• Simulators for the Gulf [IDX15D3]

    Gene Colabatistto, CAE’s group president of Defence and Security, believes that the Middle East will be a growth market for simulation and training systems. Already the number one supplier of flight simulators in the region to both civil and defence customers, he expects the company to build

  • A tiny trace gives it away [IDX15D3]

    For the sake of passenger and cargo security, as well as protecting infrastructure and transport assets, improved screening for explosives and other dangerous substances is increasingly imperative. Germany-based Bruker Detection (Stand 06-A26) has just met stringent new aviation standards for its

  • Mirach 40 target flies [IDX15D3]

    Finmeccanica’s Selex ES business has conducted the first flight tests of its new Mirach 40 aerial target vehicle, the company confirmed during IDEX 2015. The latest in the line of Mirach air targets, the Mirach 40 is designed to provide realistic, high-fidelity threat simulation at a

  • Multi-static solutions for ASW [IDX15D3]

    With many regional navies studying options to introduce or improve anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities, Ultra Electronics (UK Pavilion, Stand 05-D20) is pressing the merits of its advanced sonobuoy and acoustic processing technology. Sonobuoys are expendable air- or ship-launched devices that

  • Turrets for the UAE [IDX15D3]

    On 20 February, just before IDEX began, L-3 Wescam announced that it had received an order for 28 MX-15D electro-optical/infrared imaging and target designator turrets from Iomax USA. These will have high-definition EO and IR imaging sensors, a two-channel colour and low-light spotter, a laser

  • FLIR Systems opens UAE office [IDX15D3]

    FLIR Systems (Stand CP-331) has announced the opening of a new office and support facility in the New Ministries Complex in Al Muntazah, close to Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi. The facility has a fully equipped and dedicated operator training space, as well as areas for product service and maintenance.

  • Smart launcher [IDX15D3]

    Being shown at IDEX for the first time is an innovative new weapons carrier from the UK’s Cobham (Stand 06-A23), writes Jon Lake. The carrier, known colloquially as the ‘Cobham launcher’, is being carried on the inboard underwing stations of the Eurofighter Typhoon Full Scale

  • Mbombe for Jordan [IDX15D2]

    Extensive evaluation trials done, the Mbombe 6x6 armoured combat vehicle is ready for production. South Africa’s Paramount Group (Stand 12-C22) and the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) of Jordan (Stand 01-B08) yesterday signed a major production contract at IDEX for the

  • Bumper orders announced [IDX15D2]

    Yesterday, on the first day of the IDEX exhibition, the UAE Armed Forces General Headquarters announced 19 orders that the UAE is placing or has placed with a range of contractors, from both home and overseas. The total value of those orders is AED9.84 billion (US$2.68bn) – the largest daily

  • Sea axe cuts through the waves [IDX15D2]

    Damen Shipyards is working in partnership with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) (Stand B-022) to deliver two 6711 offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to the UAE Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) under Project Arialah. ADSB was awarded a contract for the two ships in December

  • Pride of place [IDX15D2]

    Taking centre stage on the NAVDEX waterfront is the UAE’s state-ofthe- art 72m Baynunah corvette, Al Dhafra. The third Baynunah vessel to enter service with the UAE Naval Forces, and the second of the class to be built in-country by Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), the ship was formally handed

  • Forty Light naval gun breaks cover [IDX15D2]

    Italian armaments house OTO Melara (Finmeccanica, Stand 06-A03) has lifted the veil on a new-generation lightweight single 40mm naval gun system designed to provide small craft with a bigger punch. Making its official debut at IDEX 2015 yesterday, the all-digital Forty Light non-deck-penetrating

  • Hafeet eyes UAE market [IDX15D2]

    European missile systems house MBDA (Stand 07-A07) has teamed with Nimr Automotive of the UAE to propose the Hafeet Air Defence Vehicle (ADV) to meet a UAE Defence Forces requirement for a high-efficiency very short-range air defence (V-SHORAD) system. Hafeet ADV is based on the latest Hafeet 640A

  • Sights set on new areas [IDX15D2]

    Arguably the best-known name in small arms, renowned Russian enterprise Kalashnikov Concern (Stand 09-C30) is actively branching out into the areas of UAVs and boats, writes Sam Basch. The company, which is part of state corporation Rostec, decided to acquire a controlling (51 per cent) stake in

  • Long-range firepower [IDX15D2]

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) (Stand 10-E05) has brought its latest AR3 multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) to IDEX this year. The system is integrated onto an 8x8 chassis, which not only provides a high level of cross-country mobility, but also strategic mobility. This allows it to

  • United-40 gains ASW capability [IDX15D2]

    UAE-based unmanned air vehicle (UAV) specialist ADCOM Systems (Stand OA-003) has unveiled an antisubmarine warfare (ASW) variant of its United-40 Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. Developed in co-operation with Finmeccanica (Stand 06-A03) company Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei (WASS),

  • Sounding out the submarine threat [IDX15D2]

    Thales has revealed details of a new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar pairing specifically designed for small ship applications. Engineered to allow installation on offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) down to about 800 tonnes, the new CAPTAS-1 low-frequency variable-depth sonar and BlueWatcher

  • USV from the UAE [IDX15D2]

    UAE boat-builder Al Marakeb (UM-40) has given a first public outing to its recently launched B-7 unmanned surface vessel (USV) at UMEX 2015, claimed to be the world’s only pilotless craft with fully capable commercial as well as military applications. B-7 undertook successful open-water

  • Chun-Mu being delivered [IDX15D2]

    The Republic of Korea Army (ROK) is now taking delivery of the Doosan DST (Stand 12-B11) Chun-Mu artillery rocket system (ARS) that entered quantity production in October 2014. Doosan DST is the prime contractor and system integrator; Hanwa supplies the rockets. Chun-Mu provides the ROK with a step

  • Home-grown firearms [IDX15D2]

    With the growing interest in pistols and rifles for the civilian, military, law enforcement and sporting markets, local firm Caracal International (Stand 05-A10) is making a name for itself with its range of latest products. Part of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), Caracal is showing