• Co-operation on sustainment services [IDEX17D5]

    Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) andLockheed Martin have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to co-operate on the provision of sustainment services to the UAE’s military maritime assets.  The MoU was signed between Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei, chief executive of ADSB,and Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ship and Systems at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, on the sidelines of NAVDEX 2017.

  • Pakistan MSA vessel [IDEX17D5]

    The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) patrol craft PMSS Hingol is making its debut at NAVDEX 2017. Hingoland sister vessel PMSSBasolwere commissioned in December 2016 in Guangzhou, China.

  • International Viper [IDEX17D5]

    This year Pakistan will begin receiving the first of 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters that it has ordered. When delivered, they will be the first export use of the type, which is the latest iteration of Bell’s iconic gunship helicopter.

  • Multi-role twin project [IDEX17D5]

    NorthStar Aviation is now working on an MRH (Multi-Role Helicopter) version of the Bell 429, having already undertaken a successful modification programme for the single-engined Bell 407GXP.

  • Advanced UAV flies in from Saudi Arabia [IDEX17D5]

    PSATRI (Prince Sultan Advanced Tech. Research Institute) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is displaying its Skyguard UAV at IDEX as part of the Military Industries Corporation display (Stand 12-D20). The vehicle has autonomous take-off and landing capability, but can also be controlled manually from a sophisticated ground control station (GCS).

  • Sikorsky-Boeing team delays Defiant first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky and Boeing delayed their Defiant rotorcraft first flight until early 2019 Undisclosed issues arose during PSTB testing The Sikorsky-Boeing team developing the SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter delayed the aircraft’s first flight from late 2018 until early 2019 due to
  • European Boxer programmes take final shape

    European Boxer programmes are taking final form, with offers to the UK and Slovenia expected in 2019. Klaas Krause, head of sales Eastern Europe for Rheinmetall, which formed the Artec joint venture with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to produce the Boxer, said on 12 December that the UK Ministry of
  • RAF flies Meteor BVRAAM on Typhoon for first time

    The MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is now operational aboard UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF
  • Philippines Navy demos new Spike ER capability

    The Philippines Navy conducted an open demonstration of its first surface-to-surface missile capability on 21 November, firing two Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike ER (extended range) effectors from a Multipurpose Assault Craft (MPAC) Mk III platform.  The Navy’s three current MPAC
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