Escribano signs contract for remote weapon stations with UAE Army

By Defence Industry Europe

Escribano Mechanical & Engineering, a Spanish defence company, has announced the sale of 516 Guardian 30 remote weapon stations (RWSs) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Army. The deal follows a previous order for over 800 small-caliber weapon stations in 2019.

The UAE Army’s modernization programmee  aims to equip its vehicles with advanced small- and medium-caliber weapon stations, replacing outdated manual stations. The initial three-year contract includes the delivery of 516 Guardian 30 RWSs, each armed with a 30 mm cannon and a 7.62 mm machine gun. Escribano, the only manufacturer of electro-optical systems in Spain, will also supply 1,000 electro-optical systems for targeting and advanced observation.

During the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi, Escribano signed an agreement with the UAE’s International Golden Group (IGG) to establish a joint venture for local production of the Guardian RWSs. This partnership will contribute to the modernization of the UAE Army’s wheeled and tracked vehicles.

With an order book exceeding EUR 1 billion and operations in over 20 countries, Escribano has experienced significant growth, recently acquiring a 3% stake in Indra. The company’s success can be attributed to its vertical integration of manufacturing and engineering capabilities, as well as its commitment to research and development in cutting-edge technologies.

Escribano Mechanical & Engineering’s contract with the UAE Army solidifies its position as a leading provider of remote weapon systems. This achievement demonstrates their ability to meet the evolving needs of defence forces worldwide.




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