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Rockwell Collins has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for military avionics.

The agreement was signed at the recent International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. It covers the provision of MRO and associated logistics services, along with upgrade installations for a broad range of military aircraft.

The companies aim to target the UAE, and countries in the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa (SAMENA) region.

AMMROC CEO Fahed Al Shamesi said: "Strategic partnerships such as this alliance are vital to AMMROC’s long-term vision of becoming the premier MRO provider in the SAMENA region.

"Strategic partnerships such as this alliance are vital to AMMROC’s long-term vision of becoming the premier MRO provider in the SAMENA region."

"I am confident that the selection of Rockwell Collins as one of AMMROC’s key avionics providers will not only enhance our ability to support our valued UAE and SAMENA customers, but also advance our role as the region’s aircraft MRO expert."

Rockwell Collins Europe, Middle East and Africa vice-president and managing director Claude Alber said: "Our proven expertise in avionics MRO, along with AMMROC’s strong relationships with military customers in this region and its state-of-the-art facilities, are a winning combination for all parties.

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"This new endeavour with AMMROC is part of a larger commitment by our company to bring new capabilities and jobs to the region."

Operations under the partnership will be based at AMMROC’s new facility in Al Ain, UAE, and are scheduled to begin in 2016.

AMMROC is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. It already supplies military aviation MRO services for a wide range of fixed and rotary wing aircraft belonging to a range of Middle Eastern militaries, including the UAE Armed Forces and General Headquarters.

In addition to partnering with AMMROC, Rockwell Collins opened a new business office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in an effort to expand its geographical footprint in the Middle East.

The company already has offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Cairo, Egypt.