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  • All avenues lead to IDEX [IDX15VP]

    Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in co-ordination with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ, and with Tawazun as strategic partner, the International Defence

  • Rafale lands first export order [IDX15VP]

    Last Monday, French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was in Cairo to sign a contract with Egypt concerning the supply by France of 24 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters, a FREMM frigate from DNCS, and associated Aster 15 and Mica missiles from MBDA. The signing of the contract, worth around

  • EDIC – a new platform for growth [IDX15VP]

    Announced on 2 December last year, and commencing operations in its first phase last month, the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC) brings together elements of the UAE defence industry to harmonise their activities and maximise their potential, as well as to provide a springboard for future

  • Gulf air forces display new-found confidence [IDX15VP]

    In recent years, the air forces of the Gulf nations have undergone a dramatic transformation, growing in both size and stature. In the past few months, the Royal Bahraini Air Force, the Royal Jordanian Air Force, the Qatar Emiri Air Force, the Royal Saudi Air Force and the UAE Air Force and Air

  • Mastering the art of artillery [IDX15VP]

    In addition to offering a complete range of 105mm, 122mm and 155mm towed and self-propelled (SP) artillery systems, China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) (Stand 10-E05) is now marketing the Artillery Master 155 Field Artillery Weapon System (FAWS) in the Middle East region. This is a

  • UMEX throws open its doors [IDX15VP]

    Reflecting the growing importance of unmanned and autonomous systems in the defence and security sector, IDEX welcomes a new addition in the form of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference. Having grown out of dedicated unmanned technology zones at previous IDEX shows, UMEX is now an

  • Predator spreads its wings [IDX15VP]

    Earlier this month, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) conducted a long-endurance flight of its Predator XP remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). Launching from the company’s Castle Dome Flight Operations Facility at the Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, on 6 February, the Predator XP

  • Sure-fire way to spot [IDX15VP]

    Marksmen and long-range shooters want to be sure of what they see at long distances. Swarovski Optik (Stand 07-D44) has just the spotting scope for that purpose, its new STR 80. New technology has enabled Swarovski Optik to become the first manufacturer to successfully project a reticle directly in

  • Rifle upgrades in production [IDX15VP]

    Aiming to further improve its already renowned specialist weapon systems, Truvelo Armoury (South African Pavilion, Stand 12-C20) earlier announced important upgrades. Now chief executive Ralf Gebert says Truvelo Armoury’s upgraded 7.62x51mm specialised target rifle, .338in Lapua long-range

  • Vigilant on show in NAVDEX marina [IDX15VP]

    Seattle-based Kvichak Marine Industries is displaying the Response Boat – Medium (RB-M) Vigilant at the NAVDEX marina and during waterborne demonstrations. Designed by Camarc Design, the 13.6m RB-M is an all-aluminium self-righting patrol boat currently in service with the US Coast Guard for a

  • Gulf countries turn towards wheeled artillery [IDX15VP]

    Most countries in the Gulf region still deploy full-tracked self-propelled (SP) artillery systems, with the most widely deployed being the US M109 155mm system, which by today’s standards lacks range. However, a new trend is afoot, and these systems are now being supplemented, or replaced in

  • Offering expertise [IDX15VP]

    UK technology and services group QinetiQ is launching its extensive C4ISR and naval combat systems capability to the international market at NAVDEX 2015. QinetiQ has a long and successful history of building and integrating combat and C4ISR systems for a wide variety of naval platforms, including

  • Praetorian on guard [IDX15VP]

    In recent counter-insurgency and asymmetric campaigns, many air forces have found that their targets have tended to be fleeting, emerging only briefly before melting back into cover – where they cannot be engaged without the risk of collateral damage. Armed ISR and ISTAR aircraft offer a means

  • State-of-the-art firepower [IDX15VP]

    Making its Middle East debut here at the show is the FN Herstal Sea deFNder remote weapon station (RWS). Based on the deFNder RWS developed for land vehicle applications, the Sea deFNder is intended for employment on board a range of vessel classes, from fast patrol boats to large warships. It

  • Middle East moves to balanced vehicle fleets [IDX15VP]

    While light and medium tracked armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) are deployed by countries in the Middle East in significant numbers, there is a clear move in the region to a more balanced fleet of tracked and wheeled AFVs. The latter exhibit a number of significant advantages over their tracked

  • Wraps off military RHIB [IDX15VP]

    UAE-based ASIS Boats (Stand A-013) has unveiled its new 12.5m rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) designed to meet the exacting requirements of elite military and maritime security forces. Manufactured from marine-grade 5086 aluminium alloy and powered by twin inboard-diesel water-jets, the new craft

  • Leopard ready to prowl in Qatar [IDX15VP]

    Late in 2015, Qatar will take delivery from German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (Stand 08- C20) of the first of 62 Leopard 2A7+ series main battle tanks (MBTs) and 24 PzH 2000 155mm/52 self-propelled (SP) artillery systems, which were ordered under a €1.89 billion contract placed early in

  • Maritime communications network for Oman [IDX15VP]

    Qnective Middle East, through local partner Al-Madakhel Investment LLC, has been contracted to build and operate a new maritime communications network in Oman. The project will be delivered in conjunction with strategic partner Frequentis, which will take responsibility for implementing the

  • New armour plant in UAE [IDX15VP]

    Leading high-tech armour processing specialist Advanced Armour Engineering (Stand FT-003) has opened a new factory in the UAE. The company has invested more than $3 million in the largest armour processing machines currently available in the Middle East. With more than 15 years’ experience

  • A new bird takes wing [IDX15VP]

    Earlier this month, a new shape took to the skies, in the form of Embraer’s KC-390 tanker-transport. The aircraft made its maiden flight from the company’s Gavião Peixoto facility in Brazil on 3 February, in the hands of test pilots Mozart Louzada and Marcos Salgado de Oliveira