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News Article | February 15, 2017
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World Premiere of the Company's New Multi-Purpose Truck Concept / International Debut of the HMMWV/Hawkeye Howitzer System / HMMWV Chassis Upgrades and Services/Support Business Highlighted ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AM General, the premiere Global Vehicle Solutions Provider, will showcase its innovative vehicle solutions, global reach and diversification at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) tradeshow held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Feb. 19 - 23, 2017, Booth 01-C20 in the U.S. Pavilion. "IDEX 2017 is an excellent venue for AM General to display its diverse range of innovative products and services," said AM General Executive Vice President, International Defense, Larry Platt. "As the Company continues to expand and strengthen its partnerships in the region and around the globe, we will use this opportunity to engage current and potential customers, listen to their unique needs and offer them the most innovative, affordable mobility solutions available today to meet their demands." Multi-Purpose Truck / MPT - Making its world premiere at IDEX 2017, the Multi-Purpose Truck (MPT) is a commercial base 4x4 platform chassis truck (cab and chassis) with 8,391 kg (18,500 lb) GVW and 2,359 kg (5,200 lb) payload capacity engineered to serve the extreme-environment needs of energy, mining, industrial, and government customers around the world. The MPT is engineered and designed based on existing and test-proven AM General components, Off-the-Shelf (OTS) AM General items, Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) items from other commercial vehicles and Military Commercial Off-the-Shelf (M-COTS) items. The MPT was designed to allow customers to configure payload modules based on their needs. The Cab & Chassis Base Platform is the base vehicle configuration. MPT modules can be developed by the purchasing country's engineering experts or, if needed, by AM General engineers. Modules can include several applicable configurations utilizing a 2-man cab. Other variants include the 2-man w/ Flat Bed, 2 + 6 Personnel Carrier, 4-man Base w/ Cargo box, and 9 Crew Capacity Vehicle. HMMWV/Hawkeye Howitzer System - Making its international debut at IDEX 2017, the HMMWV/Hawkeye Howitzer System incorporates advances in protection, payload, suspensions and life-cycle sustainment at an affordable price to meet the unique expeditionary requirements of global customers.  It exemplifies the steady evolution of the HMMWV based on customer feedback, battlefield experiences, and innovation. HMMWV Chassis Modernization – AM General is uniquely capable of tailoring upgrades and modernization programs that are based on the specific needs of each country.  These modernization efforts can range from country specific fleet surveys that recommend a set of services or component upgrades… through offering a complete modernization program that will bring earlier HMMWVs to a configuration on par with new vehicles.  The modernized chassis is designed for HMMWVs that will continue to be in the U.S. and international military fleets for 30-plus years. AM General's modernized chassis has been upgraded after more than 10 years of Research and Development investment to support heavier vehicle operating weights, thereby increasing payload capacity at the same time as providing full crew protection with modular and scaleable kitted armor. Additionally, the upgraded cooling system provides higher cooling capacity to ensure the HMMWV will meet or exceed all operational requirements at a heavier operating weight and in significantly higher temperature environments.  Specific improvements include: 400-amp alternator; Enhanced air lift brackets; Front mounted AC condenser; heavy duty shocks; high capacity disc brakes; improved cooling with gear fan drive; reduced effort steering; increased load rated wheels; robust 3-piece frame rails; dedicated parking brake; rear differential improved cooling capacity. HMMWV Parts, Service and Training – AM General is uniquely capable of providing parts, service and training on all HMMWV configurations built over the last 30 years and currently in service. AM General builds most of the critical spare parts including engine, transmission and suspension components and AM General certified parts are available through our global parts provider Brighton Cromwell.  Representatives will be on hand to discuss the company's award-winning, worldwide supply chain management and field service support, dealer and technician training, advanced driver training and warranty support. Media wishing to schedule interviews should call or e-mail Jeff Adams, 703-347-2276; e-mail: jeff.adams@amgeneral.com  with the following information on their representative(s) who will attend the event: About AM General AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineer, manufacture and support of Light Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained more than 300,000 vehicles in over 60 countries. Its growing commercial business includes its wholly owned subsidiary, Mobility Ventures, designer and manufacturer of the acclaimed MV-1, the only American made vehicle specifically engineered from the ground up in support of wheelchair users and people with disabilities. AM General is also proud to have been selected by Mercedes-Benz to be its only contract manufacturer in the United States, producing the R-Class vehicle in Mishawaka, Ind.  Additionally, the company was selected by the U.S. Postal Service to develop and test advanced automotive technologies for use in the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle program. AM General has more than five decades of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states. Please see more information about AM General at www.amgeneral.com.


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AM General today announced it has selected global supply chain integrator Brighton Cromwell, to be its sole authorized aftermarket reseller of certified HMMWV parts. "The HMMWV continues to be the vehicle of choice as the w...


ABU DABI, Emiratos Árabes Unidos--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Milrem, el proveedor estonio de soluciones de defensa, ha aunado esfuerzos con Raytheon UK, Advanced Electronics Company e IGG Aselsan Systems para poner en marcha su vehículo terrestre híbrido, modular y no pilotado, THeMIS, en la región de Oriente Medio y el norte de África. Junto con estos importantes socios, Milrem presenta tres soluciones diferentes del primer vehículo terrestre totalmente híbrido, modular y no pilotado, el THeMIS. Milrem


News Article | February 24, 2017
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ABU DHABI, Emiratos Árabes Unidos--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hace poco, se anunció una alianza de seguridad internacional compuesta por 7 naciones en Abu Dhabi, a fin de servir como grupo de trabajo para luchar contra el crimen organizado y transnacional, en presencia del Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahya, viceprimer ministro y Ministerio del Interior, ministros del interior y representantes de seis países árabes y del mundo. La secretaría general de la alianza recientemente formada, que comprende Italia,


News Article | February 23, 2017
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ABU DHABI, Emirati Arabi Uniti--(BUSINESS WIRE)--È stata annunciata di recente ad Abu Dhabi, in presenza dello Sceicco Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Primo Ministro e Ministro dell'Interno, e dei ministeri dell'interno e i rappresentanti di sei Paesi arabi e di altre regioni del mondo, l'istituzione di un'alleanza per la sicurezza internazionale comprendente 7 nazioni che si adopererà contro la criminalità organizzata e i reati transfrontalieri. La Segreteria generale dell'alleanza neoistituita


News Article | February 24, 2017
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ABU DHABI, Verenigde Arabische Emiraten--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In Abu Dhabi is recentelijk een uit zeven landen bestaande internationale alliantie voor veiligheid aangekondigd. Bij de aankondiging waren sjeik Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, vicepremier en minister van binnenlandse zaken van de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten, en binnenlandministers en regeringsvertegenwoordigers van zes landen aanwezig. De alliantie is een werkgroep voor de strijd tegen georganiseerde en grensoverschrijdende misdaad. Het secretariaat van de nieuwe alliantie, die bestaat uit Italië, Spanje, Senegal, Bahrein, Marokko en oprichters VAE en Frankrijk, is gevestigd in Abu Dhabi. Deze bekendmaking is officieel geldend in de originele brontaal. Vertalingen zijn slechts als leeshulp bedoeld en moeten worden vergeleken met de tekst in de brontaal, die als enige rechtsgeldig is.


News Article | February 24, 2017
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ABU DHABI, Emirados Árabes Unidos--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Uma aliança de segurança internacional de sete países foi recentemente anunciada em Abu Dhabi para servir como um grupo de trabalho para confrontar o crime transnacional e organizado, na presença do Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, vice primeiro ministro e ministro do interior, além de ministros do interior e representantes de seis países árabes e mundiais. O secretariado-geral da nova aliança formada, que inclui Itália, Espanha, Senegal, o Reinado de Bahrain, o Reinado de Marrocos, assim como os países fundadores, EAU e França, será sediado em Abu Dhabi. O texto no idioma original deste anúncio é a versão oficial autorizada. As traduções são fornecidas apenas como uma facilidade e devem se referir ao texto no idioma original, que é a única versão do texto que tem efeito legal.


News Article | February 20, 2017
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Delegates are pictured during the launch event of a solar carport at the Garden City shopping mall in Kenya's capital Nairobi, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya ABU DHABI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A “solar revolution” is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun and a huge need for electricity on a continent where many are still without it, means solar has huge potential in Africa, said Adnan Amin, the director general of IRENA. “Africa’s solar potential is enormous,” he said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The continent gets 117 percent more sunshine than Germany, which today has the highest installed solar power capacity, he said. “It has never been more possible and less expensive for Africa to realise this potential,” he said. Both grid-connected solar power and off-grid solar energy now offer “cost-competitive means to meet rising energy needs and bring electricity to the 600 million Africans who currently lack access”, Amin said. Innovations – including better transmission and storage for solar power, and new payment systems – also mean using more solar power in Africa could boost economies and create jobs for millions of people across the continent, he said. "Africa’s vast solar potential presents a huge opportunity for people to engage in a range of economic activities such as irrigation and agro-processing, and it is already beginning to happen,” said the Nairobi- born Amin. Solar can have high upfront costs, compared to traditional fuels, but a number of technological and financing advances – such as pay-as-you-go solar, with payments made by mobile phone – are helping deal with that problem, he said. Even the higher initial costs are coming down, he said, with solar panel prices expected to continue falling. The price of producing power from solar mini-grids – installations unconnected to larger national grid systems – is expected to fall by at least 60 percent over the next two decades. “The rapid rise of pay-as-you-go solar home systems and integration with mobile payment technology is an example of the speed of innovation that is taking place. In East Africa alone, over 450,000 such systems have been deployed,” he said. IRENA estimates that up to 60 million Africans already may be using off-grid renewable electricity of some kind. But for use of solar to dramatically expand further, countries will need sound regulatory frameworks, master plans that help draw in local investors, and a sufficient number of entrepreneurs, Amin said. Government finance institutions will also need to help cut the risks investors face in financing large solar projects in order to keep interest rates for loans low, he said. That view is shared by Snehar Shah, director of solar company Azuri East Africa, which has sold over 100,000 solar home systems in East Africa over the last four years. He believes the majority of people in East Africa living away from national power grids will need to rely on solar for energy – and that emerging innovations will persuade them to do that. “Just as landline telephones once were the preserve of elites in Africa but mobile telephones are now owned by nearly everyone, solar power presents much larger possibilities for expansion than grid power,” Shah said. “Solar is cost effective when compared to the cost of getting connected to grid electricity in Africa and it is stable, ensuring that outages, which are a daily thing with grid (power), are non-existent," he said. Reliability "is one thing that is attracting people to solar”, he said. Solar firms such as Azuri not only offer solar panels but also accessories to make the most of that power, such as efficient LED lights, televisions, torches, phone chargers and radios, Shah said. The company also provides finance for customers, cutting out the need to seek separate bank loans. Crafting policies to support the growth of solar power will be key for continued uptake of it, said Pavel Oimeke, director of renewable energy for the Kenya Energy Regulatory Commission. Some African countries have lowered or removed duties on the import of solar equipment and appliances, while others – such as Kenya – have set attractive feed-in tariffs for renewable energy to attract investment in solar power plants.


News Article | February 19, 2017
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ABU DHABI, UAE, Feb. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) was unveiled today at Abu Dhabi national exhibition center. Together with CATIC at the exhibition,  drone manufacturer MMC, global leader in industrial and military drones and developers of the first hydrogen drone, introduced the next generation of its hydrogen technology, designed for the military: HyDrone 1800. The superior product was an immediate success and attracted a constant stream of visitors. The carbon-fiber HyDrone 1800 is an almost indestructible aircraft.  Designed for use in the toughest conditions, the drone is wind-resistant, rain-resistant, cold-resistant and still incredibly lightweight.  Most importantly, HyDrone 1800's hydrogen fuel cell technology provides a flight endurance of 4 hours or of a stunning 50+ hours when combined with MMC tethered technology.  The endurance of the hydrogen drone changes the scope of applications dramatically: most military or industrial drones currently on the market are limited by flight times of under 1 hour. HyDrone 1800 achieves the extended flight time while maintaining altitude limits of 4500 meters – competitive or better than other similar sized aircraft – and a payload capacity of up to 5kg. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is a breakthrough for drones.  The technology is an environmentally friendly solution towards a drone industry bottleneck: flight endurance. Constructed for safety and durability, an auxiliary lithium battery starts the fuel cell and provides a backup source of power for the drone. The properties of hydrogen fuel not only allow for extraordinary flight time, but extend the ideal temperature range for operation. Hydrogen drones can be flown in extreme temperatures – from -10 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius. "This technology is the next step forward for military grade drones," says MMC's founder Lu Zhi Hui. "It's safe, it's effective, it's proven – and the endurance is unmatched by other power sources. " Payloads can be changed quickly and easily.  Operators may choose from payloads including a thermal imaging camera, low light camera, laser equipment, or zoom camera; making the system ideal for many military applications. HyDrone 1800 can be used for intelligence gathering, border patrol, aerial fire support, laser designation, or battle management services to tactical military operators. MMC also offers packaged solutions in target acquisition and reconnaissance technology (ISTAR). About MMC:  MMC is a leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial drones focused on enhancing productivity, improving work safety and efficiency. In 2016, MMC launched the first commercial hydrogen-fueled drone, followed by the first commercial tethered drone. MMC is not only a leader in drone design and manufacturing, but is a pioneer in the use of ecofriendly hydrogen cell energy. To learn more about the Hydrogen fuel cell drone, visit  http://www.mmcuav.com/


News Article | February 19, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks at the opening of the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder ABU DHABI - U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday for talks with one of Washington's closest allies in the Middle East. Jim Mattis, on his debut trip to the region as Pentagon chief, was expected to meet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan and U.S. embassy representatives. U.S. officials have not disclosed details about his agenda. In late January, Trump and the Crown Prince spoke by telephone and the White House said they had discussed a proposal for safe zones for Syrian refugees displaced by the conflict. Mattis, a retired Marine general who is reviewing U.S. war plans against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, is a familiar figure to Gulf Arab rulers. A former leader of Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the region, Mattis said in his Senate confirmation hearings that Iran was "the biggest destabilising force in the Middle East and its policies are contrary to our interests." Such views play well with Gulf Arabs, who hope Trump's administration will check what they see as a surge of Iranian support for paramilitary allies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon and for fellow Shi'ite Muslims in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia's oil-producing Eastern Province. The United Arab Emirates is also a key U.S. ally in the fight against al Qaeda in Yemen.

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