• Falcon flourishes in the desert [IDX15D1]

    Having evaluated and rejected the Dassault Rafale and the Euro-fighter Typhoon, and having been informed that the existing order backlog alone would keep the UAE from obtaining the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter until after 2020, a solution to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence’s long-term

  • Get a wolf for protection [IDX15D1]

    With security forces and civilians increasingly exposed to the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), landmines and explosive remnants of war, Swiss company MineWolf Systems (Stand 08-A32 in the Swiss Pavilion) offers a range of innovative solutions. In recent times, its large MW370 has

  • Packing new pistols [IDX15D1]

    Those who are keen on target or competitive shooting, hunting or focused on personal protection, would do well to stop by the US Pavilion to see a series of new handguns that Colt’s Manufacturing Company (Stand 03-038) is introducing this year. As to be expected of a company that has been in

  • Surveillance on the prowl [IDX15D1]

    Two decades of developing mobile solutions for the civil and military markets have seen Desert Wolf (South African pavilion, Stand 12-C20) offering a range of products for land, sea and air applications. “Besides South Africa’s military and police, our clients include the UK armed

  • Decoys afloat [IDX15D1]

    Buoyed by recent export success, UK-based Airborne Systems (UK Pavilion, Stand B-052) is pushing the merits of its FDS3 inflatable floating corner reflector decoy at NAVDEX 2015. Based on the latest version of the Royal Navy’s Outfit DLF soft-kill decoy system, FDS3 is a ship-deployed, passive

  • Expanding the MASS effect [IDX15D1]

    Rheinmetall Defence (German Pavilion, Stand 09-A10) is introducing new features to its best-selling MASS (Multi Ammunition Soft Kill System) shipborne decoy launcher system to broaden its all-round self-protection capability. Originally designed to provide protection against anti-ship missiles and

  • Keep cool [IDX15D1]

    AMETEK Rotron (Stand 07-C34) has released a 19in rack-mountable liquid-cooling heat exchanger assembly designed for years of reliable service in harsh and demanding applications, including military and commercial equipment racks. The unit, housed within a ruggedised 6U aluminium chassis, is one of

  • Partner in the air [IDX15D1]

    Italy’s Finmeccanica (Stands 06-A03 and B-005) has been a long-standing partner of the UAE Armed Forces, having had a presence in the nation for more than 40 years, and it is exhibiting many of its products here at IDEX 2015. The company now has a UAE corporate headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The

  • 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