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Australian Counter-Drone Tech Firm Plans Expansion in the Middle East

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An Australian company manufacturing counter-drone technology is aiming to expand its presence in the Middle East.

Oleg Vornik, CEO of DroneShield, told Breaking Defense that the company currently has contracts with government agencies from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait. He added that the company will set up offices and manufacturing in the region once it gets “enough meat on the bone.” He also floated the idea of forming a joint venture with a local operator to begin assembly in the Middle East.

DroneShield is based in Sydney, Australia, but it also has offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. In July, the company secured a $33 million contract to provide equipment and multi-year support for an unnamed U.S. government agency.

DroneShield may need to build apparatuses to locally manufacture its products in the Middle East if it wants to continue doing business with Gulf nations. Saudi Arabia, in particular, is demanding that foreign firms establish regional headquarters in the kingdom by 2024.

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