EDGE Group beefs up export apparatus
The part-publicly owned conglomerate has set up a new global division to handle exports, while building import channels for its cyber cluster.
Thales is a defense electronics company in aerospace and defense industries. It came into being with the merger of Alcatel, Dassault Electronic and Thomson CSF and inherited the latter company’s naval activity, which it has developed in recent years. Thales now operates in 50 countries and has become a leading player in the defense industry.
The United Arab Emirates aims to achieve operational independence in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) through the construction of four constellations of surveillance satellites. This major project is being overseen by E mirati defence conglomerate Edge Group.
The wind of change sweeping through the Emirati cyber sector has finally caught up with cyber defence leader Injazat. It has replaced its top management team with cloud and smart city experts recruited from Western leaders in these sectors.
In order to give itself every chance of joining the north Atlantic alliance, Ukraine is making proposals for the new security structure that Europe wants. It is being advised in this process by political and military experts specialised in these issues.
Besides their political function, Western sanctions against Moscow have taken on high stakes for security - both for NATO analysts seeking to assess the potential resilience of Russia's strategic industries and for Ukraine, which is keeping a close eye on Russia's emerging alternative trade routes.
With Riyadh progressively returning to the US fold, Western defence companies are hoping to sign new contracts with Saudi Arabia's defence and security entities. Such deals go through local partners such as SNC ICT, a rising star in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's defence apparatus.
After a turbulent period, France's military intelligence service, the DRM, aims to resume its efforts to reorganise and rise to the challenge posed by the data "tsunami" despite still being faced with major technical and human resources challenges.
As the war in Ukraine goes on, the Scandinavian countries, which are looking to rearm, are becoming an increasingly attractive market for public affairs operators. In Copenhagen, Navigate is looking to become the go-to firm for local and foreign defence groups.
France's defence ministry is hoping to introduce sweeping reforms of the laws governing French arms exports as part of a review of the new military spending law wanted by French President Emmanuel Macron. Despite being on the cards for years, these changes have never got past the legal hurdles their implementation involves.
US lawyers for the semi-public defence conglomerate Saudi Arabian Military Industries are trying to untangle the way in which major contracts with Western groups have been concluded for decades. At the heart of this have long been the deals made by the discreet Newton Trading Co, operated by commercial agent Abdallah Al Shugeir.