An Israeli soldier looks on as a helicopter takes off during a military exercise in Upper Galilee near the Lebanon border on February 7, 2024

EDGE, a UAE-based military supplier group, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Turkish Aerospace, a Türkiye-based aerospace and defence technology company over various advanced airborne-domain projects.

The signing ceremony occurred at the World Defence Show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The agreement shows commitment to integrating EDGE's advanced payloads and sensors into Turkish Aerospace's products.

The MoU will help both companies exchange intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) with one another.

President of Platforms & Systems of EDGE Group Khaled Al Zaabi said this agreement "strengthens our continued cooperation with Türkiye's defense industry ecosystem, and speaks volumes about the global appeal and trust placed in us as a leading international technology and defence company," WAM reported.

He noted that this agreement also "highlights the state-of-the-art capabilities EDGE has developed and acquired since our inception only four years ago, including homegrown UAE technology."

Al Zaabi further said that EDGE is looking forward to the outcomes of these collaborative efforts with Turkish Aerospace "and our continued advancements in the aerospace and defence sectors."

President and CEO of Turkish Aerospace Professor Temel Kotil, on the other hand, wishes that this MoU between Turkish Aerospace and EDGE become beneficial for both companies and hopes that this collaboration will expand further in the future.

Edge was established in 2019 as part of the UAE's efforts to enhance its defense and technological capabilities. The advanced technology group brings together various companies and subsidiaries that specialize in areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, electronic warfare, and more.

Last month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed two deals with EDGE Group valued at AED 939 million. The first contract is worth AED 220 million to procure drone systems while the second one is worth AED 708 million for the purchase of defense systems and Anti-drone guns.

Aside from this, EDGE also served as a strategic partner during Unmanned Systems (UMEX) and Simulation and Training (SimTEX) exhibition and conference, held from Jan. 23 to 25 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.