• Saudi tie-up for the B-250 [IDEX19D5]

    One of the more eye-catching exhibits on display in the IDEX exhibition halls is the Calidus B-250, the innovative light attack aircraft that is to be built at a factory in Al Ain.

  • Autonomous futures on show [IDEX19D5]

    Al Marakeb Boats (Stand B-038), the UAE-based manufacturer of high-performance GRP and marine autonomous vessels, has been conducting live autonomous demonstrations of an unmanned surface vessel (USV) from a command and control station located on its stand at NAVDEX.

  • Contract awards [IDEX19D5]

    On the fourth day of IDEX 2019, the UAE Armed Forces announced a total of 29 contracts, of which 22 were for Emirati companies. These contracts totalled AED787.7 million ($214.5 million). Additionally, seven contracts worth nearly AED2 billion ($540 million) were announced for international suppliers.

  • Underwater training [IDEX19D5]

    Thales and Atlas Elektronik have signed an agreement with Tawazun Economic Council at IDEX 2019 to establish a new underwater training centre in Abu Dhabi. According to a joint statement, the new centre will provide facilities to support antisubmarine warfare and mine countermeasures training for the UAE Naval Forces.

  • Decoys at sea [IDEX19D5]

    French countermeasures and pyrotechnics group Lacroix Defense (Stand 07-B47) is showcasing its Sylena family of decoy launching systems at IDEX 2019. Designed to provide soft-kill protection for ships from patrol boats up to frigates, Sylena employs Lacroix’s SEACLAD family of decoys – more than 10,000 of which have been delivered to date – to counter missiles using radio frequency (RF) or imaging infrared (IIR) seekers. Another SEACLAD decoy is available for torpedo defence.

  • BAE Systems flies PHASA-35 solar-powered HALE UAV

    BAE Systems has flown the PHASA-35 solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can remain aloft for up to a year, the company announced on 17 February. The company said that the successful flight trials took place at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
  • UAE reveals SR5 MRL acquisition

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces revealed they are operating the Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) during a parade held on 9 February. Attended by the crown princes of all seven emirates, the event was held at Zayed Air Base to celebrate the UAE’s military intervention
  • MBDA conducts first end-to-end test firing of Marte ER

    MBDA has completed the second of three planned test firings in the design, development, and qualification programme of the Marte ER anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missile. Designed to confirm the overall design and performance of the missile, the end-to-end test firing was conducted in early February
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