• Pride of the UAE [IDX15D4]

    Since the inaugural exhibition in 1993, IDEX has steadily grown in size and prestige. Exhibition space has been increased, the exhibition halls have grown, and conference facilities have been added. For the first IDEX, there were just 350 exhibitors from 24 nations, in an area of 12,000m2. From the

  • IDEX orders boosted [IDX15D4]

    Orders announced at IDEX so far.

  • GD Canada, Bin Hilal, form JV [IDX15D4]

    General Dynamics Canada and UAE-based Bin Hilal Enterprises have formed a joint venture focused on building C4ISR capability and related technologies. The new company, General Dynamics Mission Systems International Middle East LLC, will leverage the capability of General Dynamics Canada and General

  • ADSB, Thales sign MoU for regional MRO [IDX15D4]

    Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thales to provide integrated engineering support services for military vessels. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop, implement and deliver life-cycle management solutions for the UAE and other regional

  • Hanwha prime contractor for Chunmoo [IDX15D4]

    Prime contractor and system integrator for the Chunmoo 239mm (12-round) multiple rocket launcher system is Hanwha (Stand 12-B12), not Doosan DST as stated in issue 2 of the IDEX Show Daily. Hanwha has confirmed that the 239mm rocket has a high-explosive warhead fitted with a fuze that can be set for

  • Teaming up for Hitrole [IDX15D4]

    UAE company Siham Al Khaleej Technology (SAKT) and Finmeccanica’s OTO Melara armaments business have joined forces to develop, market and manufacture a new 20mm Gatling variant of OTO Melara’s Hitrole stabilised remote weapon station. Known as Hitrole 20, the new system is being

  • Ghannatha vessels delivered [IDX15D4]

    Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has announced the completion of the Ghannatha Phase II programme after delivery of all 24 vessels to the UAE Navy. Built to a design developed by partner Swede Ship Marine (Stand C-015), the Ghannatha-class boats are high-speed, aluminiumbuilt multi-role combat

  • China reveals armed vehicle [IDX15D4]

    Being shown for the first time outside China is the Poly Technologies 07PD (8x8) vehicle fitted with a turret armed for anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs). Displayed in the ready-to-launch configuration, these missiles are laser-guided and are fitted with a tandem warhead to defeat targets fitted with

  • Getting Patriotic [IDX15D4]

    In the face of a large and growing missile threat from across the Arabian Gulf, a number of GCC nations are building up their air defence systems, improving their capabilities against air-breathing atmospheric threats (aircraft, UAVs and cruise missiles) and against exo-atmospheric targets

  • Brazil’s amphibious APC makes debut at IDEX [IDX15D4]

    Being shown for the first time at IDEX is the Viatura Blindada Transporte de Pessoal (VBTP) 6x6 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC), now in production for the Brazilian Army under the name of ‘Guarani’. The VBTP has been developed by Iveco Defence Vehicles (Stand 06-B07) in

  • France markets special forces vehicle in Gulf [IDX15D4]

    ACMAT, part of the expanded Renault Trucks Defense Group (Stand CP-300), has brought its latest Bastion PATSAS HM (4x4) special forces (SF) vehicle to IDEX 2015. The Bastion has already seen operational service with Chad. Based on the proven ACMAT chassis, the Bastion PATSAS HM is fitted with an

  • Korean armour [IDX15D4]

    A member of the Hyundai Motor Group, the fifth-largest automobile company in the global market, Hyundai Rotem is promoting the K2 main battle tank in the Korean Pavilion (Stand 12-B09), as well as 6x6 and 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles. Through its work developing and manufacturing vehicles for the

  • Sky Dragon takes aim [IDX15D4]

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO, Stand 10-E05) is aiming to export its latest Sky Dragon 50 medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to countries in the region. For rapid deployment, all elements of the Sky Dragon 50 are mounted on a cross-country truck chassis, and the system

  • New run-flat tyre rolls into IDEX [IDX15D4]

    Tyron Runflat (Stand 07-C20) has announced a new development for its well-established rubber, multi-piece run-flat inserts for wheeled armoured fighting vehicles. The Tyron military run-flat tyre is now available with Friction Shield. At the heart of Friction Shield is a sealed lubrication system

  • Strike with accuracy [IDX15D4]

    Previously shown at the last Dubai Air Show, the Al Tariq precision-guided munition is being displayed here by Tawazun Dynamics. Jointly produced by Abu Dhabi-based Tawazun Holdings and South Africa’s Denel Dynamics, the Al Tariq is a modular IN/GPS-guided glide bomb kit, designed to fit Mk 80

  • Onboard medevac [IDX15D4]

    Survitec Group (Stand 05-D22) has expanded its range of DSB-branded semi-rigid inflatable boats for high-speed interceptor and medical response applications. The versatile DSB 8.2R (pictured) features two 400hp engines capable of delivering a maximum speed in excess of 50kts, with an operating

  • Spirit of creativity [IDX15D4]

    Among the 30 or more companies exhibiting their unmanned aerial system (UAS) capabilities at IDEX 2015, Lockheed Martin (Stand UM-18) displays a remarkable breadth of applications. “In the public mind, UAVs − or drones – are mostly associated with the military, but law enforcement

  • A belt of security [IDX15D4]

    In early 2001, the GCC established the first phase of a joint air defence command and control system. Hizam al Taaun (HAT, or the Belt of Co-operation) provides secure communications between the national air defence command and control centres of the GCC states, providing a degree of joint early

  • Elettronica heralds EW success [IDX15D4]

    Italian electronic warfare (EW) house Elettronica (Stand 06-B24) is looking to build on its long relationship with the UAE armed forces in the supply and support of EW systems across air, land and sea. The company’s most recent success in-country has been with the supply of the SEAL shipborne

  • Watch out for SAMs [IDX15D4]

    Drew Defence of Germany is exhibiting its ManPADS (man-portable air defence systems) simulator on its stand (08-33). Shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles are a serious threat to low-flying aircraft and helicopters, but present a training challenge. Drew Defence’s system is a pyrotechnic