EDGE entity ADSB, the UAE’s leader in the design, new build, repair, maintenance, refit, and conversion of naval and commercial vessels, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PT PAL Indonesia, Indonesia’s state-owned shipbuilder, to strengthen cooperation and to leverage the capabilities of both partners to build a range of interceptors, landing craft, and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for Indonesia’s naval and coast guard requirements.
The deal was signed by Maktoom Al Shehhi, Director of MRO at ADSB, and Dr. Kaharuddin Djenod, CEO of PT PAL Indonesia, on the second day of the Indo Defence Expo & Forum 2022, which took place last week at JIExpo Kemayoran in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Speaking on the occasion, David Massey, CEO of ADSB, said: “Our cooperation with PT PAL clearly strengthens our investment in Indonesia and the global export success of our world-class vessels. Establishing robust strategic partnerships not only forms the cornerstone of ADSB and EDGE’s long-term strategies, but contributes to the sustainable economic development of the UAE. We are very pleased to be working with PT PAL and we look forward to jointly pursuing opportunities that will help to achieve our respective business and national objectives.”
Dr. Kaharuddin Djenod, CEO of PT PAL Indonesia said: “We are pleased to sign this MoU with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), which will support our objective of strengthening the Indonesian naval and defence industry. This collaboration will strengthen PT PAL's role in mastering naval technology in Indonesia.’
Running one of the largest and most advanced shipyards in the Middle East, ADSB operates three main naval programmes: Corvettes, offshore patrol vessels and fast interceptor vessels. The company also provides a full range of services including maintenance, repair and refit, upgrade and conversion, as well as design and engineering consultancy.
ADSB is part of the Platforms & Systems cluster at EDGE, an advanced technology group which ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.
Launched in November 2019, the UAE’s EDGE is one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups, established to develop agile, bold and disruptive solutions for defence and beyond, and to be a catalyst for change and transformation. It is dedicated to bringing breakthrough innovations, products, and services to market with greater speed and efficiency, to position the UAE as a leading global hub for future industries, and to creating clear paths within the sector for the next generation of highly-skilled talent to thrive.
With a focus on the adoption of 4IR technologies, EDGE is driving the development of sovereign capabilities for global export and for the preservation of national security, working with front-line operators, international partners, and adopting advanced technologies such as autonomous capabilities, cyber-physical systems, advanced propulsion systems, robotics and smart materials. EDGE converges R&D, emerging technologies, digital transformation, and commercial market innovations with military capabilities to develop disruptive solutions tailored to the specific requirements of its customers.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, EDGE consolidates more than 20 entities into four core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Electronic Warfare & Cyber Technologies, and Trading & Mission Support.