Rapid Fire Feb. 19, 2013: IDEX Deal IndexFeb 19, 2013 10:10 UTC
- The United Arab Emirates announced $1.4B worth of contracts with Oshkosh ($380M for 750 M-ATVs), General Atomics (near $200M for an unspecified quantity of unmanned Predator UAVs), and others. Talks about the purchase of defanged “Predator XPs” (XP for export, not Blue Screens of Death) had started two years ago. Decaffeinated coffee, low-fat bacon, unarmed UCAVs… Gulf News | Bloomberg | Reuters | Defense News.
- The elephant in the room is the UAE’s Rafale-Typhoon standoff: they are still talking to both vendors.
- Boeing teamed with 2 UAE firms to market and support ScanEagles and Integrators in the region.