Leonardo and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at IDEX/NAVDEX on 18 February aimed at enhancing their collaboration in advanced naval capabilities and services.

Building on years of positive partnership in the development of UAE naval capabilities, the new MoU will see ADSB and Leonardo work together to create a Combat Management System (CMS) Integration Laboratory capable of testing, maintaining and evolving the software of Leonardo’s CMS system, currently operational on more than 20 of the UAE Navy’s ships.

This marks an important step in the path to delivering the necessary expertise and know-how to the UAE to ensure operational availability of its fleet as well as better serving other regional customers.

The new MoU will also explore development of a joint logistic support solution for preventive and corrective maintenance, as well as a local spare parts inventory for Leonardo naval systems. The collaboration areas will significantly improve lead-times, repairs turnaround time and overall systems sustainment.

Vessels such as the BAYNUNAH-class corvettes will benefit from the continued collaboration between Leonardo and Abu Dhabi Ship Building. (Photo: Leonardo)

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