• UAS flies south [IDEX17D2]

    The Royal Australian Navy has selected the S-100 Camcopter from Schiebel (Stand 07-D04) to assess the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air system (UAS) capabilities alongside its manned helicopter inventory.

  • EDEN comes to IDEX [IDEX17D2]

    Part of the major French participation at IDEX is the EDEN cluster (Stand 07-B53), an organisation that incorporates 130 French SMEs in the defence sector. Nine of those companies are exhibiting in Abu Dhabi as part of the cluster’s display.

  • Beat the threat [IDEX17D2]

    US based HighCom Security (Stand C3-004) has just announced four new hard armour models to its ballistic product line. As with High- Com’s other products, the four new Guardian models received compliance status through the National Institute of Justice compliance testing programme (NIJ CTP).

  • Seeing is... taking control [IDEX17D2]

    The ability to timely detect enemy incursions is vital for countering such a threat. UK-based Blighter Surveillance Systems (Stand 05-C20) is showing its new Explorer Nexus, a compact, lightweight, all-weather surveillance solution designed for covert operations.

  • Customer focus [IDEX17D2]

    Brazil-based Cecil SA (Stand 09- B20), a leading supplier of raw materials and components for ammunition, has invested in technology, process development, quality, lean manufacturing and innovation.

  • Make it real [IDEX17D2]

    For effective military training, the simulated operation should appear as realistic as possible. The FATS 100e virtual training system from Meggitt Training Systems (Stand 03-A22) is making its Middle East debut at IDEX, with several other products.

  • Ukrainian APC [IDEX17D2]

    The Varta is a special purpose vehicle designed and manufactured by Kiev-based Ukrainian Armor (Stand 08-D22).

  • Enhanced rifles [IDEX17D2]

    Colt (Stand 03-B18) has added the M5 Enhanced Carbine series of assault rifles for the modern war fighter and special weapons law enforcement professional when weight, comfort and adaptability are critical.

  • Information superiority [IDEX17D2]

    Canada’s IXTROM Group (Stand 01-A22), a developer of advanced software solutions for 360° situational awareness, and command and control, is introducing the Intelligence, Mission Management, Command, Control and Dynamic Collaboration (IXM2C2) system, designed to meet the operational requirements of military, law enforcement, government and corporate clients.

  • Mitigating bomb blast [IDEX17D2]

    BlastGard International (Stand C3-004) is presenting its bomb mitigating Trash Receptacles models MTR91 and MTR101, which reduce the pressure from a very large charge from 60.47psi (fatal), to 7.5psi (eardrum damage) at 3m. BlastGard CEO Michael Gordon said: “Under extensive testing, BlastGard’s MTR units suppress the force of a very large charge, even when it is placed against the vulnerable sidewall weld seam.

  • Take on robotic humans [IDEX17D2]

    The world’s first and only autonomous robotic human type target system can turn soldiers into ‘pre-combat veterans’, says Australia-based company Marathon Targets (Stand 07-C01). Used in dry and live-fire combat training, the robotic targets look, move and behave like real people.

  • Fine weave and stitch [IDEX17D2]

    Fabrics of innumerable types play an important part in all facets of the military. Several manufacturers in South Africa now form a South African Technical Textile Cluster, which aims to become recognised as a global supplier of standard-setting quality. Both Stepahead and Gelvenor Textiles (Stand 12-C40) are members of the cluster.

  • Cutting edge [IDEX17D2]

    Fox Knives (Stand 06-B05), based in Maniago in Italy, known for ages as ‘the city of knives’, is showcasing its extensive range of knives and cutting tools for military and security operators.

  • Secure communications [IDEX17D2]

    Travelling members of defence and government agencies are vulnerable to cyber threats when communicating with headquarters over public or satellite networks. South African company Parsec (Stand 12-C40) has been developing high-security network encryption (HSNE) products since 2007.

  • Bite the bullet [IDEX17D2]

    As the need to counter threats grows, specialist ammunition is improved, which is why UK company Primetake (Stand 07-D21) is launching three new small arms ammunition products. It has just introduced the armour piercing (AP) and armour piercing incendiary (API) rounds in .338 (8.6x70mm) calibre, along with the .308 (7.62x 51mm) APround.

  • Night time ally [IDEX17D2]

    The ability to ‘see’ at night adds immensely to a military or homeland security force’s operational success against an enemy. French company Bertin (Stand 07-B40) is offering its innovative FusionSight night vision device, developed with Photonis. The company stated: “To win in close combat missions under increasing global terrorist threats, the ability to use the night as your ally has become a priority.”

  • IDEX confronts challenges [IDEX17D1]

    For the 13th time, the world’s defence companies and decision-makers in the air, land and naval sectors are gathering here in Abu Dhabi at the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s premier defence and security exhibition.

  • Enhanced capability is MENA message [IDEX17D1]

    Countries in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region are continuing to enhance their armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) capability with the acquisition of new platforms or by upgrading their older models to extend their operational lives.

  • Swing-role surveillance [IDEX17D1]

    Saab has been at the forefront of airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) technology for more than two decades, having revolutionised the marketplace with its low-drag, small-size phased-array Erieye radar system. Now Saab has leveraged the capabilities of the latest iteration of the Erieye, and the company’s core competencies in the electronics and communications fields, to take the concept of airborne sensor platforms into a new realm.

  • Attacks reaffirm need for force protection [IDEX17D1]

    Recent attacks on shipping off the coast of Yemen have provided both regional and extra-regional naval forces with a timely reminder that instability and insurrection on shore can all too easily extend its malign effects into the maritime sphere.