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Saudi company to manufacture cameras for military use
Riyadh,20th March 2001

    Sophie, a versatile thermal imager/binoculars that can be used as a hand-held camera or mounted on a light-armored vehicle, is to be manufactured in the Kingdom for a major French defense equipment manufacturer.

  This follows an agreement signed here between Thales (the new name of Thomson-CSF) of France and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), a Saudi Economic Offset Program Co., authorizing AEC to manufacture and sell Sophie, the latest generation of hand-held thermal imager/binoculars. The product has already sold in thousands in more than 30 countries around the world.

  “This agreement further strengthens the long-term strategic alliance between AEC and Thales,” said Christian Breyton, chairman and CEO of Thales Optronics. He added: “Thales well recognizes AEC as a very capable and strong partner who shares our commitment to quality.”

  Abdulaziz Al-Sugair, AEC president and CEO, said the agreement confirmed the excellent cooperation between the two companies and highlighted AEC’s growing capabilities as a supplier of different electronics products and systems. “By working with technology leaders like Thales, AEC can expand its manufacturing base, service the needs of the customers in our region and provide more meaningful opportunities to qualified Saudis.”

  Thales is a leading European company and global front-runner in defense and consumer electronics. It has been operating in the Kingdom and the Middle East for the last 30 years.  Set up in 1988 under the Kingdom’s Economic Offset Program, AEC is involved in advanced manufacturing technologies, communications systems and products support. According to Khaled Al-Turki, public relations manager of AEC, the company manufactures sophisticated military and commercial electronic products in line with MIL-1-45208A and ISO 9001 specifications.

  The official added: “AEC is planning to diversify its activities and product base in the military and commercial fields addressing manufacturing, support and systems integration, and expects to team up with leading quality-oriented international companies.” 

Source: Arab News

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