• Sure-fire improvement

    With the Jordanian special operations forces intent on modernising their UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters along with onboard weapons systems, Arizona-based Profense (Hall 6, Stand A614) is proposing an innovative solution, writes Sam J Basch. According to Christopher Myers, chief marketing officer,

  • MMP to replace MILAN

    MBDA (Hall 1, Stand B122) is exhibiting a full-scale model of its Missile Moyenne Portee (MMP) anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW), which is now under full-scale funded development for the French Army. This missile system is the replacement for the currently deployed MILAN that has been built in large

  • Teaming agreement for ECM

    Toronto-based Highland Integrated Surveillance Systems Inc (HISS) (Hall 1, Stand B134) has just announced a teaming agreement with Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG) to jointly promote, integrate and qualify electronic countermeasures systems, writes Sam J Basch. HISS has built a solid reputation as

  • Advanced demolition

    Chemring is highlighting its demolition explosives on Stand A145 in Hall 1. It supplies PE8 plastic explosive in pre-wrapped 500g blocks, which are packed into blocks of four. They are fitted with universal detonator glands that allow the entire 2kg to be detonated as a single charge. Five blocks

  • PAPF’s Snow Leopard unit triumphs again

    The Chinese People’s Armed Police Force’s (PAPF) elite Snow Leopard Commando Unit has once again triumphed at the annual Warrior Competition that is held at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre in the days leading up to the SOFEX show. Another Chinese PAPF special

  • Roketsan progresses air defence programme

    Last year, Roketsan (Hall 1, Stand A109) successfully undertook the first test launches of its air defence missile for the Hisar-A system. The trials began on 6 September at the Tuz Gölü test site, the weapon being fired from a truck-mounted canister. The indigenously developed air

  • Drive on

    First-time SOFEX participant Polaris Defense (Hall 6, Stand A615) is o ffering its o -road and ultra-light tactical vehicles to the US and allied forces in the Middle East and elsewhere. The MRZR 4 (pronounced ‘M-razor’) on show is a highly agile tactical vehicle with a range of modular

  • Making tracks on the quiet

    Canadian company Soucy Defense (Hall 1, Stand C113) has expanded its range of rubber band tracks for armoured fighting vehicles. When compared with conventional steel tracks, Soucy Defense rubber band tracks o ffer the user a number of significant advantages. These include a saving in weight, less

  • Unified for the vital task

    Names with a familiar ring, each renowned in their own right, are now integrated under the banner of Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT). Owned by Beretta Holdings, the unified entity BDT (Hall 1, Stand B144) brings together Beretta, Benelli, Sako and Steiner, each a market leader and master of

  • Assured mobility

    In an effort to expand its presence in the Middle East, UK firm Pearson Engineering is presenting its range of counter-IED, countermine, route proving, combat earthmoving and assault bridging equipment for armoured fighting vehicles on Stand A139 in Hall 1. At the forefront of its extensive product

  • Air Tractors grow Special Ops fleet

    In recent years, the United Arab Emirates has expanded its special operations aviation component considerably, both in terms of numbers and capability. Established as Aviation Group 18, the unit reports directly to Special Operations Command, rather than to the UAE Air Force or army aviation,

  • Heads-up, eyes-out

    A helmet-mounted display system designed to provide soldiers and Special Forces personnel with more real-time visual data than ever before is exceeding expectations in field testing. The Q-Warrior, the latest version of BAE Systems’ helmet-mounted display technology, looks like a fighter

  • Finding the mark

    In keeping with its reputation for battle-proven optical systems, US based Trijicon (Hall 6, Stand A618) has just brought to market the Trijicon VCOG (variable combat optical gunsight). The 1-6x24mm optic gives shooters the flexibility to engage close-quarters battle (CQB) targets and those out to

  • Rapid response to threats

    Displayed at the L-3 Wescam outdoor exhibit (OD4), Stara Technologies is featuring its vehicle-mounted surveillance system (VMSS), which has been developed to support rapid-response mobile operations. A scalable multisensor intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system, VMSS-equipped

  • Clothes make the man

    Widely attributed to famous writer Mark Twain, the expression is actually much older. A Latin version dating from the Middle Ages reads: “Vestis virum facit”, which means, “the man is his clothing”. This is particularly true of the military and, of course, applies equally to

  • Fit for a riflescope

    Designed to mount in front of a daytime riflescope is the NVS 27 (pictured), a high-resolution Gen 3 night-vision clip-on from Canada’s Newcon Optik (Hall 6, Stand B633). The rugged and simple-to- operate device is ideal for snipers, Special Forces and shooters operating in difficult

  • Man against armour

    Internationally renowned German firm Dynamit Nobel Defence (DND) is showcasing its recoilless grenade weapons in Hall 1 on Stand C108. The one-man portable systems have proven to be highly effective against armoured vehicles – even heavy main battle tanks – as well as field

  • Security with Commando Select

    Textron Systems, Marine and Land Systems (Hall 6, Stand B40) has brought its latest Commando Select (4x4) light armoured vehicle to SOFEX with the aim of securing orders from the region. The Commando Select is a further development of the US Army Guardian M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV).

  • Spotting the sniper

    French laser and optronics specialist CILAS (Hall 1, Stand B126) has introduced a handheld version of its SLD surveillance system that helps protect friendly forces from hostile fire. Known as SLD-Scout, the system is of particular value in spotting snipers. In its larger, fixed-position SLD-500

  • Stand-off missile for F-35

    Roketsan is working with Tübítak-SAGE on a version of the SOM (stand-o missile) for internal carriage in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The missile has been in production since mid-2013 for Turkey’s F-4E-2020 Phantoms and F-16 Fighting Falcons, and is intended for