Middle East Naval Commanders Conference at DIMDEX 2016 focuses on Security of Gulf Waters
|MENC is a key component of DIMDEX 2016’s three-day programme, and as with the exhibition, official VIP delegations, and warship visits, MENC is both hosted and organised by the Qatar Armed Forces for the first time this year.|
(All photos: DIMDEX 2016)
The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), part of DIMDEX 2016, was successfully undertaken under the auspices of the Chief of General Staff of the Qatar Armed Forces, H.E. Major General (Pilot) Ghanem Bin Shaheen Al-Ghanem. Held under the theme: “The Maritime Domain – The Centre of Gravity for the Regional Security Complex of the Arabian Gulf”, MENC welcomed senior naval commanders and academics to discuss the most relevant issues currently facing maritime security in the region. The authoritative military and academic speakers hailing from Canada, France, India, Italy, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, and the United States examined a diverse range of topics relating to the maritime security complex for the Arabian Gulf States, expanding beyond a narrow viewpoint of military security to include energy security, environmental security and freedom of navigation around maritime choking points.
Brig. Dr. (Eng) Thani A. Al-Kuwari, Chairman of DIMDEX, said: “The fifth edition of the MENC conference provides a high profile industry forum for GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and international naval commanders to share their insights on the strategic challenges facing the security of regional waters. With a high calibre of speakers and topical agenda, MENC acts as Qatar’s prestigious platform for thought leadership in international maritime defence policy and practice.”
In his opening remarks at MENC, the Chief of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces, Staff Major General (Sea) Mohammed Bin Nasser Al-Mohannadi, said: “The security and economies of all states along the coast of the Arabian Gulf rely on the protection of our territorial waters and the ability to defend these waters from evolving threats is fundamental.” He added; “Regional and international coordination and cooperation is required to guarantee the energy security, environmental security and freedom of navigation of our waters from both the conventional and unconventional challenges we face in this geo-strategic region.”
a QAR2.6Bn (US$713.56M) MoU between the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) and MBDA for a coastal defence missile battery system;
a QAR240M (US$65.87M) MoU between the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QEN) and MBDA for EXOCET MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles;
a QAR95M (US$26M) MoU between the QEN and MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH for the maintenance and overhaul of propulsion systems;
a MoU between the QEN and Nakilat for the training of Navy officers;
an EUR32.5M (QAR134.6M) MoU between Al Zaeem M.B.A.A. Air Academy and DCI for fighter and helicopter pilot training;
a QAR365M (US$100.17M) MoU between the QENF and Reiner Stemme Utility Air-Systems GmbH for the production of drones;
a MoU between the Qatar Armed Forces and WKK from Poland for the purchase of 51 percent of the company’s shares, which specialises in the manufacture of composite materials and fuselage production;
a QAR60M (US$16.5M) MoU between the Qatar Armed Forces and THALES for SEARCHMASTER radars; and
a MoU between the Qatar Armed Forces and the Chinese National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CASIC) for the provision of support in the fields of production and military cooperation between the drone project committee and CASIC.