• Asset guard [IDX15D4]

    Looking like an oversized jetski, the X3 is a quick solution to crossing over from manned to unmanned boats, says local firm Al Marakeb (UM-40). With an unrefuelled surveillance range of 50 nautical miles, the cross-over X3 is ideal for coastal defence, maritime interdiction and even assisting

  • Seahawk guns ranged on NAVDEX [IDX15D4]

    UK-based MSI-Defence Systems (B-052) is displaying its latest Seahawk range of fully stabilised naval gun systems – now extended to include the new UltraLightweight 0.50 cal mounting – at NAVDEX. The Seahawk family has been designed to provide ship self-defence against the asymmetric

  • FGA 14.5 chassis for special applications [IDX15D4]

    In addition to providing a wide range of military trucks, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks (Stand 09-A21) is a supplier of complete running chassis to other contractors, who then apply their own bodies. The latter can be armoured or normal military cargo truck-type bodies to the rear

  • Giving the SkyRanger a sharp eye [IDX15D4]

    Imaging quality just gets better by the day. Canada-based Aeryon Labs (UM-10) has just revealed its Aeryon HDZoom30 capable of capturing very high-quality, clear images from long stand-off ranges. Rating it as the “new standard for clarity and precision in unmanned aerial imagery”,

  • Saudi Arabia shows Luna [IDX15D4]

    Saudi Arabia’s Military Industries Corporation is displaying a Luna X 2000 unmanned aerial vehicle at IDEX (Stand 12-D20). The EMT Penzberg Luna Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) has been combat-proven in the Balkans (since 2000) and in Afghanistan (since 2003) and is the

  • Intelligent acquisition [IDX15D4]

    Nothing focuses the mind like a serious threat, especially one that has been around for 100 years. UK-based Avon Protection (IGG Pavilion, Stand 04-C20) was there right at the beginning, which goes to show that it has the expertise to offer solutions. “With evidence at our disposal, there is

  • Taurus for F-15 [IDX15D4]

    Taurus Systems GmbH, a joint venture between MBDA Deutschland and Saab Dynamics, is eyeing potential regional opportunities for its Taurus KEPD 350 air-launched long-range precision-strike missile. In service on German Air Force Tornado IDS aircraft and Spanish Air Force EF-18 Hornets, Taurus has

  • Gulf nations build up air defence umbrellas [IDX15D4]

    Formerly known as the Theatre High-Altitude Area Defense system, the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence system (THAAD) is an antiballistic missile system designed to shoot down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase using a hit-to- kill approach. The

  • Eagles for the Kingdom [IDX15D4]

    Deliveries of the first Boeing F-15SA Eagles to the Royal Saudi Air Force are impending, the IDEX Show Daily has learned, following the solution of an unspecified problem with the aircraft’s all-new digital fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control system. The first of three production F-15SAs being

  • Go under cover [IDX15D4]

    Bringing land, sea or air vehicles under cover is what UK-based Rubb Building Systems (Stand 06-A38) does best. The company is highlighting a new UAV hangar from its proven range of military buildings, the seventh to be introduced to the EFASS (expeditionary forces aircraft shelter system) range.

  • Advanced 9mm ammunition [IDX15D4]

    RUAG Ammotec (Stand 08-A15) has introduced a 9x19mm high-performance round at IDEX. In tended for use by military and law enforcement applications, the new Hexagon ammunition is claimed to be more accurate than 9mm rounds in current use. Hexagon is a hollow-point round, but unlike standard

  • Testing times [IDX15D4]

    Live firings of missiles, and especially advanced tactical ballistic missiles (ATBMs), generally require large sea-facing test areas with relatively clear airspace. The 50-year-old NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI, Stand C3-004) in Crete offers just that. In recent years, weapon systems such

  • Build a training house [IDX15D4]

    Combat troops need to experience a realistic and challenging environment for close quarter battle (CQB) training, which is what UK-based PPS Partition Panel Systems can provide. PPS is part of the Emirates Defence Industries Company pavilion (Stand 05-A10). Instead of fixed-wall or rail-mounted

  • Foam protection [IDX15D4]

    The IBS Ramfoam (Stand 12-E01) joint venture brought Ramfoam UK and Middle East-based IBS Flightcases together in a partnership that provides superior packaging solutions for the military and civilian sectors. With a 15,000ft2 manufacturing and warehousing facility in Dubai, the company is a

  • Mission-critical comms [IDX15D4]

    For US-based Motorola Solutions (Stand 03-A10), IDEX presents the ideal platform to showcase its comprehensive range of two-way radio solutions, end-to-end communication security, voice and data communications and wireless broadband solutions with Public Safety 4G LTE for mission-critical customers.

  • Smart alternators [IDX15D4]

    With military vehicles carrying increasingly sophisticated command, control and communications equipment, Australian firm Milspec Manufacturing (Stand 07-C01) devised brushless alternators to handle the demanding power requirements. Multiple alternators per vehicle offer significant benefits

  • Nimr shows its Talons [IDX15D3]

    Raytheon and Nimr Automotive, part of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), have joined forces to equip Nimr armoured vehicles with the Talon laser-guided rocket (LGR) system. Developed by Raytheon, the Talon LGR is a low-cost, digital semi-active laser guidance and control kit

  • UAE orders grow [IDX15D3]

    Yesterday at IDEX, the UAE General Headquarters announced nine further orders from domestic and international suppliers. In value, Tawazun Dynamics was the recipient of the largest of the second-day orders, an AED1.53 billion contract for precision-guided weapons. Emirates Advanced Research and

  • More duties for local Ajban LAV [IDX15D3]

    Nimr Automotive of the United Arab Emirates (Stand 05-A10) is now in full-scale production of its expanding family of light armoured vehicles (LAVs), now referred to as the Ajban class. Well in excess of 1,000 vehicles have rolled off the production line, in 4x4 and 6x6 configurations, since

  • NightOwl on watch [IDX15D3]

    Airbus Defence and Space (Stand 08-B05, German Pavilion) has received a contract valued at “tens of millions of euros” from an undisclosed Middle East customer to provide a large number of Z:NightOwl M imaging systems produced by the company’s Optronics division. The customer will