Soldiers guard a theatrical “mobile ballistic missile launcher” during a demonstration at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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During Abu Dhabi's International Defense Exhibition on Feb. 17, the Emirati company Calidus signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi-based aerospace and defense company GDC Middle East to export its new B-250 light attack aircraft to other countries in the region. The project signaled the ostentatious resolve of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to strengthen their domestic defense industries. This is why strengthening local defense companies features prominently in documents such as Saudi Vision 2030 or Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 . Second, sustaining a domestic defense industrial base enables small states to build their own strategic autonomy, as it decreases their reliance on foreign arms.One relevant comparison is Turkey's defense industry: following the 1974 arms embargo, Ankara invested in building a local defense industry to make its national armed forces self-sufficient.The extent to which other GCC defense industries can follow the UAE's example remains unclear. The UAE is ahead of other GCC countries in building a local defense industrial base. It appears the rise of the Emirati defense industry might end up an isolated phenomenon.
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