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BAE aiming to expand in security

BAE Systems, the European defence contractor, is expanding its focus on providing homeland security products and services in the region.

BAE Systems, the European defence contractor, is expanding its focus on providing homeland security products and services in the region as governments increasingly look to counter threats such as piracy, smuggling and illegal immigration. "More traditionally, we were involved with ministries of defence to sell defence equipment, but we're becoming increasingly involved with ministries of interior and ports," said Martin Bennett, the regional vice president and general manager of BAE.

Recent big-ticket purchases in the region include a US$3.5 billion (Dh12.85bn), 9,000km-long high-tech border security fence and radar grid in Saudi Arabia, which was awarded to EADS, the European aerospace and technology firm. BAE also said it was seeking to enhance its business in the GCC through more partnerships.In July, BVT, a builder of warships for the UK Royal Navy that is a joint venture between BAE and VT Group, tied up with Abu Dhabi Ship Building to create Gulf Logistics and Naval Support.

The company, in which BVT has a 30 per cent stake, aims to tap into the region's estimated $200 million maritime maintenance industry by providing support to Gulf navies. agiuffrida@thenational.ae igale@thenational.ae

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