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Future of the UAE Defense Industry - Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2022

Press Release   •   Jan 15, 2018 11:34 IST


The Future of the UAE Defense Industry Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2022, published by Strategic Defence Intelligence, provides readers with detailed analysis of both historic and forecast defense industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges faced by industry participants, analysis of industry leading companies, and key news.


This report offers detailed analysis of the UAE defense industry with market size forecasts covering the next five years. This report will also analyze factors that influence demand for the industry, key market trends, and challenges faced by industry participants.

In particular, it provides an indepth analysis of the following
The UAE defense industry market size and drivers: detailed analysis of the UAE defense industry during 20182022, including highlights of the demand drivers and growth stimulators for the industry. It also provides a snapshot of the country’s expenditure and modernization patterns
Budget allocation and key challenges: insights into procurement schedules formulated within the country and a breakdown of the defense budget with respect to capital expenditure and revenue expenditure. It also details the key challenges faced by defense market participants within the country
Porter’s Five Force analysis of the UAE defense industry: analysis of the market characteristics by determining the bargaining power of suppliers, bargaining power of buyers, threat of substitution, intensity of rivalry, and barriers to entry
Import and Export Dynamics: analysis of prevalent trends in the country’s imports and exports over the last five years
Market opportunities: details of the top five defense investment opportunities over the next 10 years
Competitive landscape and strategic insights: analysis of the competitive landscape of the UAE defense industry. It provides an overview of key players, together with insights such as key alliances, strategic initiatives, and a brief financial analysis

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Between 2013 and 2017, the UAE’s defense expenditure grew significantly, making it one of the most soughtafter markets for foreign defense OEMs. The multitude of deals signed with foreign OEMs at its biennial international defense exhibitions, proves the attractiveness of the UAE’s defense market. The UAE’s defense budget recorded a CAGR of 1.94% over the historic period, with expenditure driven by defense modernization programs, the protection of infrastructure, territorial disputes, and participation in peacekeeping initiatives.
The UAE faces serious constraints with respect to a limited pool of trained manpower and still has a relatively nascent domestic defense industrial infrastructure. This forces the country to import technologically superior, hightech defense equipment from suppliers abroad. Over the forecast period, attractive opportunities are expected to emerge in aerial platforms, missiles, naval platforms, and surveillance areas. The country is also expected to invest in reconnaissance, space, cyber security, border control, and digital warfare initiatives.
The average capital expenditure allocation of the total UAE defense budget during the forecast period is anticipated to reach 37.8% from 35.2% in the historic period. The substantial increase in the capital expenditure percentage is a result of UAE’s focus on modernizing its armed forces. During the forecasted period, the country is expected to invest in the procurement of multirole aircraft, attack helicopters, armored vehicles, and cyber security capabilities.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 9
1.1. What is this Report About? 9
1.2. Definitions 9
1.3. Summary Methodology 12
1.4. About Strategic Defence Intelligence 13
2. Executive Summary 14
3. Market Attractiveness and Emerging Opportunities 16
3.1. Current Market Scenario 17
3.1.1. Primary Threat Perception 17
3.1.2. Military Doctrine & Strategy 18
3.1.3. Military Fleet Size 20
3.1.4. Procurement Programs 24
3.1.5. Social, Political and Economic Environment and Support for Defense Projects 27
3.1.6. Political and Strategic Alliances 28
3.2. Defense Market Size Historical and Forecast 30
3.2.1. UAE defense budget to record a CAGR of 11.25% over the forecast period 30
3.2.2. Military modernization initiatives, territorial dispute with Iran, and peace keeping missions to drive defense expenditure 33

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