Lockheed Martin partners with the United Arab Emirates by delivering proven advanced technology solutions to protect residents and support the UAE’s security challenges. For the past 40 years, Lockheed Martin has enjoyed strong ties with the UAE, initially supporting defense programs such as the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, F-16 fighter, PAC-3 missile interceptor and THAAD anti-ballistic missile system.
Solidifying our commitment to the Emirates, Lockheed Martin has developed strong local partnerships, fostered trust with the UAE government, and firmly established our regional presence as a partner in the security and advanced technology space. Through leveraging shared strengths with UAE government entities, academic institutions and industry leaders, we are working together to help the UAE realize its vision of a sustainable future.
“Our focus in the UAE remains on delivering the most affordable advanced technology solutions to provide our customers and partners with critical full spectrum capabilities to help solve some of the most difficult security challenges.”
-Bob Harward, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin UAE
Partnership For Protection
There is no aircraft in history or in operation today that can match the C-130 Hercules in terms of versatility, capabilities and relevance. The C-130 is truly a global workhorse as it is operated out of 68 countries in the world — including the United Arab Emirates. With its fleet of C-130Hs and L-100s, the UAE Air Force is one of the most well-known Hercules operators in the MENA region, using its fleet of C-130s to support critical peace keeping, transport and military missions that make impacts within the UAE and around the Middle East.
The UAE Air Force flies the Block 60 F-16 ‘Desert Falcon,’ the most advanced 4th Generation fighter aircraft operating today. The F-16 remains a symbol of Lockheed Martin’s commitment to the UAE and regional allies as we work together to ensure the viability of the UAE’s F-16 Desert Falcon fleet.
As a cricital layer of defense, THAAD is the only system in the world designed to intercept threats both inside and outside the atmosphere. Since 2005, THAAD has had a 100% mission success rate, intercepting 15 out of 15 targets using its hit-to-kill technology.
The Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC): Located in Abu Dhabi, AMMROC is a center of excellence for military aviation services providing superior maintenance services and support. A joint venture between Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky, the center is designed to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers’ military and civil operations in all parts of the world including the South Asian, Middle Eastern and North African (SAMENA) regions.
Lockheed Martin launched Exechon, LLC, a joint-venture (JV) company comprising Abu Dhabi-based Injaz National and Sweden-based Tecgrant AB. The JV’s feature product, the XMini, is a robotic, next-generation intelligent portable machine system that uses Parallel Kinematics Machining (PKM) to support industrial automated manufacturing capabilities. The XMini is the first product developed by the JV, and establishes an engineering and manufacturing center set to open at Masdar Institute in 2017.
UAE Space Training Program
In 2016, we collaborated with the UAE Space Agency and Mubadala to support the UAE’s journey into space by training the next generation of space explorers. In line with the UAE’s National Vision, we launched Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program, a four-month intensive program to educate young Emirati professionals on the fundamentals of space. Participants in the program were taken through an immersive experience in the UAE and the U.S., with the goal of developing an indigenous talent pipeline of students and professionals aspiring to pursue long-term careers in the space industry.