GRADEONE, a defence trading specialist concentrating in manufacturing non-lethal pyrotechnics, ammunition, defence-related components and packing solutions, has been appointed as an official channel partner by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a Defence Public Sector Undertaking under Ministry of Defence, Government of India, which has state-of-the-art facilities for the manufacture and supply of guided missiles, underwater weapons, airborne products and allied defence equipment for the Indian Armed Forces.
The handing over of the Authorization Letter occurred during the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi from 20 to 24 February.
Khalifa Al Ali, Managing Director of GRADEONE, said: “As we continue to develop our scope of defence trading capabilities within EDGE Group, we are proud to partner with BDL, a well-established manufacturer of high technology weapon systems for the Indian Armed Forces and international clients. By developing successful partnerships and capitalizing on our trading proficiency, GRADEONE has the privilege of broadening the UAE supply chain and strengthening in-country defence capabilities and components.”
Commodore Girish Raghunath Pradhan (Retd), Executive Director of BDL, added: “BDL is delighted to be collaborating with GRADEONE, as well as contribute to the UAE defence sector by providing our trusted products to the region. We are proud to call GRADEONE, an outstanding provider of defence trading solutions, our UAE regional representative.”
Established in 2004, GRADEONE specialises in defence trading and services and providing various solutions to the military and defence sectors, including army, special forces, navy, air force, law enforcement, and search and rescue services. GRADEONE also provides sporting and hunting equipment, supplies and accessories. It is part of the Trading & Mission Support cluster within EDGE, one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups.
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.