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Abu Dhabi’s mystery counter-guerrilla planes could destabilize the whole Horn of Africa…

Abu Dhabi’s mystery counter-guerrilla planes could destabilize the whole horn of Africa these sophisticated war planes could be used  civil wars in Somalia and Somaliland . United Nation could keep eye on UAE violating weapons embargo against Somalia and Somaliland by deploying such weapons in their bases in Somaliland . This article  of ” intelligence online ”  describes how that counter – guerrilla plane developed :

Abu Dhabi has started to market its B-250 air-to-ground attack aircraft to potential clients. The plane was developed in the United Arab Emirates by the little-known company Calidus.

Obsessed by counter-guerrilla aircraft, the United Arab Emirates contracted a small local company, Calidus LLC, an emanation of the UAE’s defence ministry, to develop a counter-guerilla plane and the resulting aircraft, the B-250, which is equipped with cutting edge surveillance technology, was duly unveiled at the Dubai Air Show in November. Calidus worked on the project with Brazil’s Novaer and star aircraft engineer Joseph Kovacs , who designed Embraer’s Tucano. A number of other aeronautics companies were also involved, including Rockwell Collins via its vehicle Intertrade LLC , Halcon Systems , South Korea’s LIG Nex1 and L-3 Technologies , which supplied the aircraft’s much in demand Wescam MX-15 optronic pods. Calidus hired an army of Brazilian engineers to carry out their integration on the plane, much as the country recruited large numbers of South African engineers to acquire drone technology. As well as those working for Novaer, the UAE also hired engineers from AEL Sistemas , the Israeli defence company Elbit Systems’ subsidiary in Porto Alegre.

 

Via Calidus, Abu Dhabi is further perfecting its strategy of using dedicated counter-insurrection planes, which are considerably less costly to deploy in ongoing asymmetric theatres of operation than highly sophisticated Western planes. Similar experiences were carried out when it militarised Iomax’s Air Tractor.

 

Abu Dhabi is keen to develop its own technology, preferably without US components that are subject to restrictive ITAR export regulations so that it can more easily market it to allies in the region, notably Egypt and General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan forces. The UAE is expected to get the ball rolling by placing its own orders for the B-250.

 

Calidus LLC Nadja Street, Abu Dhabi Mohammed Al Bawardi Al Falasi Sponsor. The United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for defence, Mohammed Ahmed Al Bawardi Al Falasi is very involved in the development of the B-250. He made a series of trips to Brazil to lock down the partnership with Novaer, the joint constructor of the plane. The UAE dignitary had a strong hand to play in Brazil since he is also on the board of the public defence fund Tawazun as well as being deputy-chairman of the sovereign fund Mubadala, which has pledged to invest heavily in Brazil and it opened an office there early in 2016. Under Al Falasi’s tutelage, Ishaq Saleh Al Balushi, the head of the UAE defence ministry’s industrial programmes department, was also closely involved in the development of the B-250. Calidus also benefited from Emirati know-how: the guided missiles on the B-250 are manufactured by Barij Dynamics, a subsidiary of Emirates Defence Industries Co .

 

 

Ahmed Jigga