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In the past 18 months, military equipment produced in the United Arab Emirates has made its way as far as Russia and as close as Kuwait, with contracts signed at Abu Dhabi's International Defense Exhibition and Conference in February for future deliveries of Emirati weapons to Egypt and the UAE armed forces. Motivated by strategic, economic and symbolic ambitions alike, the UAE's attempts to bolster its defense industrial base have clearly begun to take shape. Unlike other Arab states also seeking to develop their defense industries, such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE has also been more explicit about its goals to become a net arms exporter.In December 2014, a major restructuring initiative was announced to create the Emirates Defense Industries Company, signaling that, in addition to governance reforms from 2010 onward, the UAE was taking its defense industrial base seriously. Creating the EDIC helped this industrial base diversify the economy and, more significantly, better align the national defense industry to serve the UAE armed forces and regional clients.Third, the UAE has been bolstering its defense capabilities by making investments in strategic sectors.
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