05/03/2009Source : IntelligenceOnline.com
Abu Dhabi A Public-Private Space Intelligence Center
The emirate of Abu Dhabi has entrusted a well connected consortium of local companies and Western industrial groups with building its space intelligence center.
The first stage in the United Arab Emirate’s space intelligence program - the construction of a land station to receive satellite images -is due to be operational by mid-2009, with work being coordinated by 4C Controls. A firm run by former executives of France’s defense industry (IOL 581/587), the company has teamed up with Hydra Trading, an offshoot of the holding concern Royal Group headed by Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (younger brother son of the UAE’s president) and with the local defense firm Baynuna Aviation.Elsewhere, Abu Dhabi is putting together the financial package for its Gulf Satellites Program, a first system of high resolution radar satellites that is scheduled to come on stream by 2013. At the same time, the prime contractor of the UAE program, 4C Controls, is pursuing its own commercial development. In addition to naming a new chief executive last month, Greece’s Anastasios Angeloglou, the firm has announced the creation of specialized affiliates in partnership with Greek firms: 4C Global Security Consulting with ISDS Hellas; 4C Systems Engineering with Hellenic Technologies; and 4C Homeland Security and Defence Systems with Theron, which specializes in offset programs