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Renault announces deals at Abu Dhabi arms fair

A visitor takes pictures of a Renault Trucks Defense vehicle at the Eurosatory 2012 defence and security exhibition in Villepinte near Paris on June 11, 2012. Renault Trucks Defense has announced orders for armoured vehicles from Middle East and African states, at the start of the IDEX military fair in the United Arab Emirates.

Renault Trucks Defense on Sunday announced orders for armoured vehicles from Middle East and African states, at the start of the IDEX military fair in the United Arab Emirates.

RTD, an affiliate of Sweden's Volvo, said in a statement that "a Middle Eastern country" placed an order for 46 Shepra armoured vehicle, but it did not disclose the value of the order.

The 9.6-tonne vehicle carries a crew of six and can travel at a speed of 120 kilometres (77 miles) per hour.

The manufacturer also said it began delivering 10 Sherpa armoured personnel carriers and 22 Higard carriers ordered by Qatar in October, equipped with non-lethal weapons for use by riot police.

RTD said it has built 14 off-road ALTV ambulances for an undisclosed African country.

More than 1,000 exhibitors from 57 nations, including top military manufacturers, are taking part in the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, held every two years in the UAE capital.