Chief Executive Officer

Born in Milan, Italy in 1958, Nicola Bandini served as a Missile Artillery Officer in the late 1970s, and has been a professional journalist and publisher since 1978. Since 1985 he has written about firearms, hunting, armed forces and related matters for the most prominent defence, gun, hunting and military magazines in Europe, Russia and the Americas.

He has written institutional books on the Italian Police and Armed Forces, published with the cooperation of the Italian Government, and has become a noted Italian Government Armed Force Consultant. Mr Bandini is also a Registered Ballistician and Court Consultant on criminal cases in Italy.

In over four decades of professional experience, he has also contributed to the development of government projects in the UAE and in Qatar, having been the Communications Director of the UAE defence contractor CARACAL.

In 2010, Mr. Bandini founded the Arsenal Firearms Group of companies, introducing two major patented small arms products: the AF2011-A1 Second Century, the first double barrelled semi-automatic pistol in history, and the AF1-Strike One, Service Automatic Pistol, which features a revolutionary new locking system that outperforms any existing similar weapon.

In 2016, he founded and became CEO of the PBM Group of companies with subsidiaries in Malta, Italy and Canada. The company has since filed two patents, one of which is for the revolutionary Modular Case for intermediate calibres.

Today, inspired by the powerful vision of EDGE, Mr Bandini brings 40 years of global experience in small arms and small arms ammunition to take LAHAB Light Ammunition to international prominence by delivering total quality, innovation and reliability.

A message from our CEO

Under the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed and His Highness Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, the UAE has made astonishing progress in multiple domains, including defence capability. LAHAB Light Ammunition has been established to be the premier partner to the UAE Armed Forces, law enforcement agencies and domestic and international customers.

Since its formation, LAHAB Light Ammunition has experienced rapid growth and development in technology, engineering and technical services. We offer not only an advanced manufacturing capability, but also in-country ballistic testing at a certified CIP Proof House, a state-of-the-art metrology laboratory and X-Ray facilities.

We believe in innovation, entering alliances with strategic partners to expand opportunities for cooperation, drive continuous improvement, implement technology transfer and invest in cutting-edge defence technologies to strengthen our in-country capability and service portfolio.
Today we are focused on providing our customers with the highest quality, safest and most cost-effective products and services, as we strive to build a leading brand in the domestic and international arenas. As an equal opportunities employer and investor in people, we know that our greatest asset is our diverse multicultural workforce.  Our corporate culture fosters a strong work ethic, creativity, inclusion and a healthy work-life balance to ensure that our employees perform at the highest level.

Under this vision and leadership, we are determined to position LAHAB Light Ammunition at the forefront of the defence munitions industry in the UAE, the GCC and worldwide.