For the first time in relations between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, companies from both countries have set up a partnership to produce military vehicles. The Defense News website reports that during the IDEX 2021 exhibition, currently taking place in Abu Dhabi, Emirati Company Nimr, a subsidiary of the UAE conglomerate Edge, signed an agreement to manufacture the four-wheel drive JAIS vehicle in Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) plants In Saudi Arabia.
Designed to lay the foundation for a long-term joint venture between the two entities, the agreement mandates Nimr license technology to Saudi Arabia so the kingdom’s industry can manufacture the JAIS vehicle and further develop its supply chain. Abri Du Plessis, the CEO of Nimr, said it is too early to estimate the deal’s value as well as the number of vehicles to be produced, according to the report.
JAIS is a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle with a "crew citadel" protection system to safeguard against mines, improvised explosive devices and ballistic threats. The JAIS was selected for production in Saudi Arabia after facing off against other vehicles in a competition run by SAMI and Saudi military experts, Defense News said.