DUBAI – Swedish company Saab will showcase its first product developed in the United Arab Emirates at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference from February 21st to 25th.
According to Anna-Karin Rosén, Saab’s managing director, the Rugged Camera Module-Infrared (RCAM-IR) is a “robust camera platform that can withstand the harshest of environments”. She added that the real-time camera is specially designed for the driver’s vision enhancer technology, which is used to improve situational awareness.
The camera is the first of many such products that Saab would like to develop in the United Arab Emirates to support national and regional manufacturers with advanced electronic products. This emerges from a company statement dated February 17th.
“The RCAM-IR is the result of an important collaboration with Marakeb Technologies,” Rosén told Defense News, referring to a United Arab Emirates-based manufacturer of manned boats and unmanned land, sea and flight systems. “Saab is committed to working with local partners to develop world-class defense and security solutions for the Emirates to meet national needs and the global marketplace.”
The RCAM-IR can be deployed on platforms ranging from all-wheel drive vehicles to main battle tanks, Rosén added.
The camera’s increased situational awareness is to be part of a larger self-protection suite designed to mitigate threats to crews and armored vehicles.
According to Saab, the company was first founded in the United Arab Emirates in the 1980s. However, the company’s presence expanded significantly in December 2017 when it established a development and manufacturing center in Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun industrial park. The facility initially focused on sensor systems, but has since expanded to other defense and security products.