• Oman to spend more

    A Bank of Muscat report says Oman’s 2014 defence budget will increase by 4.1 per cent to OMR3.7 billion ($9.6 billion). Most of the extra funding is expected to cover major arms deals, including the acquisition of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets (12), Airbus C295M transport aircraft (8), and

  • Call for co-ordinated anti-missile defence

    US deputy assistant secretary of space and defence, Frank Rose, said at a conference in Abu Dhabi on missiles and defence that Iran’s continued development of ballistic missile capabilities has made the development of a co-ordinated missile defence system for the Gulf Co-operation Council

  • Countering attack with diversity

    Canada’s Ultra Electronics, TCS (Hall 1, Stand C111) has launched the UltraHop ECCM waveform. This fast frequency hopping (1,000 hops per second), full band and high throughput (16Mbps) waveform is compatible with the GRC-245C and X500-G tri-channel radio systems, said to be the only

  • Ready for the battlefield

    The combat proven twin-engined Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan medium tactical transport aircraft is claimed by the firm to fly faster and higher, carry more cargo and be able to operate from smaller airfields compared with its direct competitors, and is also cheaper to operate. With these solid

  • Promise of greater capability

    In Afghanistan, BAE Systems’ M777 lightweight towed howitzer, developed out of a joint US Marine Corps and Army programme, was used very effectively for both point and area defence by US and Canadian forces. In the former role it was used to fire the Excalibur round, co-developed by BAE

  • A recommended combination

    UK engineering firm C2UK (Hall 1, Stand A134) and Lockheed Martin (Hall 1, Stand C101) are demonstrating that the combination of the C-LITE Gen3 tactical mission system and Gyrocam sensor system – two sophisticated vehicle-mounted systems here shown on a Polaris MV850 all-terrain vehicle

  • Ease of use with precision

    Two new pistols are featured by Ceska zbrojovka (better known as CZ) on Stand A117 in Hall 1. The CZ P-07 (right) and P-09 models have been developed following consultation with many armed forces around the world. Both have much in common in terms of materials used, but one is compact while the

  • A step beyond

    UK-based simulation, training and consultancy NSC (Stand A141) is providing the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior with a virtual environment in which the crews of its Desert Chameleon armoured personnel carriers can familiarise themselves with aspects of the vehicles’ Remote Multipurpose Turret

  • Innovation floated

    UK-based BCB International (Hall 1, Stand A109) is reporting a high level of interest for its inflatable body armour system, which automatically inflates within seconds of being immersed in water. BCB International’s Middle East sales manager, Stephen James, says: “We have seen in

  • System of systems

    Turkey’s leading defence electronics company Aselsan (Hall 1, Stand A103) is seeking to further strengthen its ties with the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF), through offering to meet the country’s border security requirements with its vast array of night vision and thermal imaging systems.

  • Cutting edge imaging

    In the UK Pavilion, Thermoteknix presents a range of thermal imaging products for defence, security and Special Forces applications. The company is showcasing the ground-breaking ClipIR Thermal Imager, as well as its TiCAM 750 Thermal Imaging Binoculars and the MicroCAM 2 range of ultra miniature,

  • Flexible, superior protection

    A major manufacturer of body armour, EnGarde, is introducing its new Flex-Pro flexible soft armour panel on Stand C107 in Hall 1. The new armour comes in both NIJ Level II and IIIA configurations and is claimed to represent an important step forward in the creation of flexible body armour panels.

  • Close quarters advance

    A much improved AA12 12-Gauge Close Quarters Combat Automatic shotgun is claimed to be the most advanced in its class. Produced by the Military Police Systems (MPS) division of the Falcon Defense Group (Hall 1, Stand B103), the original made its debut in 2009. Responding to inputs from many

  • Buy from Canada

    Chateau Marketing Consultants Inc (Hall 1, Stand C109) is announcing a new procurement service to assist Special Forces and defence agencies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region when buying Canadian equipment and services. The new service will help MENA defence organisations to better

  • Iraq looks East and West for attack helicopters

    Since the end of the war in 2003, Iraq has been steadily rebuilding its forces, assisted by US and other partners, and funded by the re-established flow of oil wealth. Beginning with light aircraft roled for general surveillance, Iraq has built a sizeable air force and army aviation component

  • Shelters for all reasons

    French company CEGELEC Défense Solutions & Services (Hall 1, Stand B125), a specialist in providing deployment solutions for defence forces and humanitarian relief organisations, is presenting two new products here at the show. Already in service with the French forces, they are now being o?ffered for the first time on the export market.

  • US court bans Russian rocket engine purchases for military space launches

    Key Points US Federal Court Judge Susan Braden has prevented the purchase of Russian-made rocket engines The legal maneuovre follows a suit filed by private launch provider SpaceX and a congressional effort to commence a new rocket engine development A US federal court judge has issued an

  • Thales Alenia Space stakes claim on UK

    Thales Alenia Space - the space technologies joint venture of Thales and Finmeccanica - has announced that it will establish a subsidiary in the UK. The decision emerged on 30 April, and was followed the next day by the announcement that Thales Alenia Space will underpin its place in the UK through

  • Ecuadorian MoD establishes aircraft and aerospace component factory

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Industries have launched a joint programme for the design and development of a light aircraft to replace the country's ageing fleet of primary trainers and crop dusters. According to both ministries there is a domestic market for 424

  • Kaman reports positive Q1 revenues

    Led by a double-digit sales increase in its Aerospace division year-on-year (Y/Y), Kaman posted largely positive financial results for the first quarter of 2014 (Q1 2014) ending 28 March 2014. Consolidated (net) sales increased to USD413.9 million, a 6.7% increase over Q1 2013, and adjusted EBITDA