UAE 'Nimr' military vehicles get locally developed advanced satellite communication systems

Yahsat and Edge have agreed to line-fit pre-qualified Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) solutions on NIMR’s vehicular systems.

The agreement builds on Yahsat and NIMR’s pre-existing partnership to provide the UAE Government with advanced vehicular satcom capabilities.

The company made the following press release about the news:

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (“Yahsat”), the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider, today announced that its government division, Yahsat Government Solutions (“YGS”), has agreed with EDGE Group, NIMR, a leading manufacturer of combat-proven wheeled military vehicles, to line-fit pre-qualified Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) solutions on NIMR’s vehicular systems.

The agreement was announced at the World Defense Show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and builds on the partnership formed between the entities by the signing of a MoU recently at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2021 in Abu Dhabi, UAE last year. That MoU allowed both entities to develop a concept design demonstrating how NIMR’s military vehicles can be equipped with Yahsat’s COTM solutions. During the World Defense Show, Yahsat and NIMR are showcasing one of Yahsat’s terminals fitted onto NIMR’s AJBAN 442A vehicle.

By pre-testing and integrating Yahsat’s COTM solutions on various connected vehicular systems, Yahsat has been able to remove risks and unwanted costs associated with system integration for its customers. Through the agreement, Yahsat will leverage NIMR’s network and existing relationship with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to extend its reach and increase customer acquisition. NIMR will have the opportunity to expand its value-chain and offer connected vehicles to their customer base with a secured satcom network – both Ka-band and L-band.

Commenting on the announcement, Eisa Al Shamsi, General Manager, YGS, said: “We are pleased to have reached this milestone with NIMR, building upon our MoU that was signed in 2021. At Yahsat, we understand the needs of our customers in the Defence industry and offer platform-integrated, satellite-enabled and ready-to-deploy COTM solutions. With our partners and solutions providers, we offer advanced, end-to-end, managed COTM services for complex, land-based and maritime vehicular platforms, backed by around-the-clock maintenance and support to ensure superlative performance, reliability and security. Through this agreement, we look forward to continuing our ongoing support to the UAE Government while also effectively expanding our services to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, working towards fulfilling the Kingdom’s demand for state-of-the-art satellite connectivity solutions.”

Abri du Plessis, CEO, NIMR, said: “As the region’s leading manufacturer of combat-proven armoured vehicles, we are delighted to announce our agreement with the UAE’s global satellite services operator to equip our state-of-the-art platforms with their pioneering satcom solutions. This strategic partnership reflects our commitment to employ the latest technologies that ensure our customers excel on the field.”

As the preferred satcom provider of the UAE Government and other semi-governmental entities, Yahsat is ideally positioned to provide comprehensive, secure and interoperable satellite connectivity and multi-mission solutions to support operations across land, sea and air. The Group’s flexible, beyond-line-of-sight solutions enable superior command and control of military vehicles from any location, enabling the extension of their operational range.

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