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Hi-tech defence system for Gulf under study

posted on 07/12/2003: 1653 views

The Gulf Cooperation Council countries plan to acquire a multi-billion dollar missile defence system, a top official of the UAE Air Force revealed yesterday at Dubai 2003. Major General Khalid bin Abdullah Mubarak Al Bu-Ainain, Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, said extensive use of missiles combined with regional instability has prompted the GCC to consider taking this huge step into hi-tech defence systems. Unveiling a strategy which will have international defence contractors licking their lips, he told the Dubai 2003 Middle East air chiefs conference: A joint study of the required missile defence system will be taken up by the GCC early next year.

The potential suppliers have yet to be revealed, as is the estimated cost for the project. But given the known price tag to obtain these vastly expensive systems, it would mean the GCC states, already among the world's biggest defence spenders, will incur massive new costs.

According to Arab League figures, the six oil producers have spent a staggering US$277 billion on defence and security since 1995, accounting for around 12.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) during that period. Underscoring the importance of effective air power in the GCC, Maj. Gen. Bu-Ainain called for better pooling of assets and more transparency in sharing information.

Maj. Gen Bu-Ainain also stressed the need to create a real-time information grid in the short term. Air Chief Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup, Chief of Air Staff, Royal Air Force, in his address, highlighted the importance of fusing all sorts of information in today's "net-centric warfare" which helps to achieve the same integration across the operational environment. Air Marshall Allan Grant Houston, Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, gave an overview of Australia's involvement in the coalition forces in Iraq and in earlier wars. (The Gulf News)


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