• Virtual training tool [IDX15D3]

    EDIC company Al Taif Technical Services, a leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider for defence-related systems, is showing off a range of virtual reality systems that it is employing to train technicians at the Al Taif Technical Affairs School. Using state-of-the-art

  • ‘Shoot and scoot’ weapon [IDX15D3]

    RUAG Defence of Switzerland (Stand 08-A15) has unveiled its new-generation 120mm Cobra mortar system at IDEX 2015. This has been under development using company funding since 2012. With that process complete, production can commence when orders are placed. Cobra is a turntable-mounted 120mm

  • Mobile mortars complete [IDX15D3]

    Having been awarded a contract worth AED786 million for 72 production systems, the International Golden Group (IGG) of Abu Dhabi has now integrated the last batch of Agrab Mk 2 120mm Mobile Mortar Systems (MMS) for the UAE Armed Forces. The first batch of 10 was integrated in South Africa, with the

  • Launcher team aims to boost surface firepower [IDX15D3]

    Turkish systems house Aselsan and Thales UK have signed an agreement to jointly develop and co-market shipborne launcher systems for Thales’s Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) low-collateral precision weapon. The two companies cemented their relationship in a signing ceremony at IDEX on 22

  • Committed to capability [IDX15D3]

    Eurofighter CEO Alberto Gutierrez told the IDEX Show Daily that he wanted IDEX visitors to take away two key messages about the Eurofighter Typhoon. The first is that Eurofighter is completely committed to delivering the capabilities defined in the aircraft’s future capability roadmap; the

  • HammerHead takes flight [IDX15D3]

    Piaggio Aero has announced that its P.1HH HammerHead UAV, based on the Avanti business aircraft, made its first flight on 22 December. Known as Prototype 001, the first aircraft flew from the Trapani-Birgi military base in Sicily, performing a shakedown flight over the Mediterranean Sea at varying

  • More firepower for Boxer [IDX15D3]

    Currently deployed by Germany and the Netherlands, the ARTEC Boxer is normally used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC), as well as for more specialised roles such as ambulance and command post. To meet potential export requirements for an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), Boxer is being shown for

  • Early warning [IDX15D3]

    Given the very serious danger posed by a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attack to civilian populations and the military alike, it is imperative to have early warning in an effort to contain or limit the threat. Sweden-based Saab (Stand 01-A17) offers an innovative range of

  • Carrying water [IDX15D3]

    Combat forces need lots of water and fuel, often stretching logistic capabilities to breaking point. German firm WEW (Stand 09-A02) knows how to deal with this problem, as is shown in its spectrum of handling solutions for liquids. One estimate put the fuel requirement at 77 per cent of the total

  • Saudi-Spanish agreement [IDX15D3]

    Riyadh-based Advanced Electronics Company (AEC, Stand 01-B20) has announced the signature of a Memorandum of Agreement with Spain’s DAS Photonics to collaborate in the design, development, manufacture, testing and marketing of EW solutions to customers in Saudi Arabia and across the region.

  • Surveillance solutions [IDX15D3]

    Enterprise Control Systems (ECS) is displaying its airborne and ground-based Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (COFDM) surveillance equipment on Stand 05-C09 . ECS recently supplied the Filipino Navy with a number of COFDM receivers, which were deployed during the papal visit to

  • Al Sabr keeps watch [IDX15D3]

    A subsidiary of Tawazun Holding, Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI, Stand 05-A10) provides a one-stop solution, delivering a comprehensive range of services, including consultation, procurement, development, test, operation, logistical support, training and full service support for

  • Sea Venom/ANL missile seeker moves forward [IDX15D3]

    Selex ES (a Finmeccanica company, Stands 06-A03, B-005) has signed a contract with MBDA France and Sagem for the development and production of the new imaging infrared (IIR) seeker equipping the next-generation Sea Venom/ Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. MBDA

  • Aiming for the top spot [IDX15D3]

    With several critical in-flight guided tests concluded in recent weeks, the A-Darter air-to-air missile jointly developed by Denel Dynamics (South African Pavilion, Stand 12-C21) and the Brazilian Air Force is poised for production this year. According to Denise Wilson, deputy chief executive at

  • First showing for SF boat [IDX15D3]

    Italian fast-boat specialist FB Design (Stand C-006) is showcasing its latest models at NAVDEX, including the newly launched FB 32’ SF (pictured). Described as “revolutionary” by the company, the FB 32’ SF boat has been purpose-designed for clandestine special forces-type

  • Griffin blows up a storm on Monsoon [IDX15D3]

    Available for viewing on the NAVDEX waterfront, the Cyclone class coastal patrol boat USS Monsoon is equipped with the latest addition to the US Navy’s anti-surface warfare armoury in the shape of the Mk 60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System. Developed by Raytheon Missile Systems (Stand

  • More roles for Survivor R [IDX15D3]

    Being shown for the first time at IDEX 2015 is the Survivor R configured in the four-person command post role. The vehicles is a joint development between Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (Stand 09-A10) of Germany and Austria’s Achleitner. Survivor R consists of a slightly modified

  • Patrol boat pedigree [IDX15D3]

    Based in Abu Dhabi’s Al Sadr Port area, Al Fattan Ship Industry (Stand B-038) has in recent years emerged as a key supplier of patrol craft to the UAE Coast Guard, including an AED18.5 million contract for eight vessels announced at IDEX on Monday. Examples of the company’s products

  • Unmanned array [IDX15D3]

    China’s CATIC is marketing an astonishing array of unmanned aerial vehicle designs, but is displaying just a few of these on its stand (11-A24). These represent a selection of developed and mature designs capable of fulfilling real operational roles, and which CATIC believe might meet the

  • Making it real [IDX15D3]

    Simulation and war-gaming are increasingly invaluable tools to armed forces that tend to operate increasingly complex systems, writes Sam J Basch. This is where UK-based NSC (Stand 05-D28) comes into its own, with cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training for military academies and