• IDEX 2017: Al Fattan unveils new Combat Boat concept

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based shipbuilder Al Fattan displayed its new 16 m Combat Boat concept for the first time at the NAVDEX show held in Abu Dhabi. "The boat is the first of its kind to be designed and built in the UAE," said Mohamed Abdellah Kamil, project coordinator. The

  • ARCIMS wins first order for ASW surveillance

    Key Points Atlas Elektronik UK will supply two ASW-configured ARCIMS autonomous mission systems to a customer in the Middle East The ASW mission package will feature a compact active/passive variable depth sonar Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has secured a first order for its ARCIMS maritime

  • IDEX 2017: China unveils MSS-01 Mobile Submarine Simulator and decoy

    The China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Corporation (CSOC) used the 2017 IDEX show in Abu Dhabi to reveal its new MSS-01 Mobile Submarine Simulator. The simulator, which also serves as a decoy, is in service with the Chinese navy according to a company official. The MSS-1 is described as

  • IDEX 2017: China offers S-26 conventional submarine with Stirling engine AIP

    The China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Corporation (CSOC) used the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi to market its S-26 conventional submarine for the first time with what it calls a "unique" version of the Stirling cycle engine air-independent propulsion (AIP) system. Stirling cycle AIP

  • IDEX 2017: Chinese Navy to acquire new trimaran hull frigate

    The China Shipbuilding Trading Corporation (CSSC) has revealed a new trimaran-hulled frigate concept at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, telling Jane's that a version was being built for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The specifications provided by CSSC for the trimaran vessel state

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  • Turning the tide in the South China Sea

    Despite an international court ruling invalidating China's 'nine-dash line' claim in the South China Sea, Beijing has managed to boost its influence in the disputed waters by strengthening commercial and defence ties with neighbouring countries, bolstering its military capabilities and repeatedly putting on a show of force. Gabriel Dominguez reports
  • Gulf challenges

    Modernisation and deployment on military operations are driving a number of programmes in the GCC states, as the region continues to face increasingly complex challenges to its security. Charles Forrester reports on the threats and capabilities in the region
  • Strengthening partnerships: Nordic defence collaboration amid regional security concerns

    While still nascent, Nordic defence co-operation within the NORDEFCO framework has been increasing in recent years, driven in large part by the growing tensions with Russia and encouraged by the United States and NATO. Erik Brattberg reports
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  • IDEX 2017: UAE confirms order for third Saab GlobalEye

    It was confirmed during the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered a third Saab GlobalEye aircraft. The UAE military's General Headquarters (GHQ) announced that it had awarded an AED866 million (USD238 million) to Saab for "new airborne G6000 SRSS [Swing Role
  • IDEX 2017: Fantom emerges with new weapons system

    Ukraine's Spets Techno Export has integrated an anti-tank missile launcher onto its Fantom (Phantom) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), unveiling the configuration at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The Fantom was debuted at Ukraine's Defence and Security Expo in October with a stabilised 12.7 mm machine gun.
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