Barzan looking to open factory with BMC in Qatar

In an interview with Breaking Defense at DIMDEX 2024, Barzan deputy CEO Mohammad Al Marri said Barzan is “looking to open an assembly facility in Qatar” with BMC.

Stating that BMC’s 8x8 armored vehicle ALTUG attracted “huge interest from neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar”, Al Marri pointed out Barzan owns “just under half the shares” of BMC and he referred to the relationship between BMC and Barzan as a “strategic partnership.”

The rest of the interview focused on Barzan’s plans for the next five years, its cooperation with other companies and future trends.

Regarding the near future, Al Marri said: “We are not planning to diversify since what we have right now is competent enough. Our focus for the next five years is to ensure capability and sustainability for our platforms.”

The interview highlighted counter-UAS systems as an important focus for Barzan, mentioning the several systems showcased by Barzan’s joint venture with Germany’s Rheinmetall (Rheinmetall Barzan Advanced Technologies) at DIMDEX.

On future trends in the industry, Al Marri said: “The modern war is focused toward artificial intelligence, cheaper and more effective equipment and that’s what we are trying to work on, basically swarm technologies.”

Alongside artificial intelligence, Al-Marri highlighted human capital and ammunition production as areas where Barzan is heavily investing.

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