• 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.

  • UK Poseidon makes maiden flight

    The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) made its maiden flight on 13 July. The first of nine Poseidon MMAs for the UK, serial number ZP801, made its inaugural flight out of Boeing’s Renton facility near Seattle, Washington, ahead of
  • Nigerian Army commissions new locally produced vehicles

    The Nigerian Army formally commissioned into service a range of new indigenously designed and manufactured vehicles during its annual celebration day at the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos state on 6 July. Several types produced by the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC) were
  • France launches first Barracuda SSN

    France’s first new-generation Suffren-class (Barracuda) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), Suffren, was ceremonially launched at Naval Group’s Cherbourg site on 12 July. Although the event was qualified as a launching ceremony, Suffren’s drydock will not actually be flooded
  • IDF rapidly developing non-lethal systems for Gaza border

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have in recent months deployed a number of new non-lethal weapons and crowd-control measures on the border with the Gaza Strip as part of an effort to give its Gaza Division new tools to deal with weekly disturbances organised by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
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