• Two sights in one [SOFEX16D2]

    ELCAN Optical Technologies, a division of Raytheon (Hall 6, Stand C662) is to supply its Specter DR 1-4x dual-role weapon sight to Australia’s Department of Defence. The $54 million contract award followed an open competition and deliveries will start later this year.

  • Silent patroller [SOFEX16D2]

    Fresh from beating the Thales Watchkeeper with the Sagem Patroller in the competition to supply the French Army with a new tactical UAV, Ecarys GmbH (Hall 1, Stand C107), a department of Germany’s Stemme aircraft manufacturer, is promoting here the ES15 high-performance composites aircraft on which the Patroller is based.

  • Measure not predict [SOFEX16D2]

    Microflown AVISA (Hall 1, Stand A121), the Dutch company with a reputation for developing accurate and reliable gunshot and artillery localisation systems, is showcasing several products all based on its core Acoustic Multi-Mission Sensor (AMMS) technology.

  • Royal approval [SOFEX16D2]

    His Majesty King Abdullah II, Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF), yesterday inaugurated the 11th Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX) 2016.

  • Striving for peace [SOFEX16D1]

    His Royal Highness Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein has no doubt that SOFEX, the only exhibition of its kind in the Middle East and Africa, is a Jordanian success story.

  • Cost-effective armed ISR [SOFEX16D1]

    Making its SOFEX debut is the 407MRH multirole armed ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) helicopter, modified from a standard civilian Bell Helicopters 407GXP by NorthStar Aviation of Abu Dhabi.

  • Local build for Mbombe [SOFEX16D2]

    Paramount Group of South Africa and Jordan Manufacturing Services Solutions (JMSS) have signed a new contract for the local production and assembly of the Paramount Mbombe (6x6) armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) at a dedicated facility in the Dulail – King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) Industrial Park.

  • Looking beyond [SOFEX16D1]

    SOFEX is the world’s largest international defence exhibition focusing on special operations forces and homeland security in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) region, but, says the show’s managing director, Amer Tabbah, “We are looking beyond the number of the participating companies.

  • Quick Reaction Force makes debut at SOFEX [SOFEX16D2]

    SOFEX opened yesterday with another spectacular exhibition of the skill and professionalism of the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces.

  • Going self-propelled [SOFEX16D1]

    BAE Systems and Emirates Defense Technology have announced a teaming agreement to pursue opportunities in the United Arab Emirates for the M777 lightweight howitzer.

  • Networking for global security [SOFEX16D1]

    The slogan for this year’s SOFEX conference and exhibition, ‘Networking for Global Security’, was very much the point driven home by the key speakers at the 8th Middle East Special Operations Commanders Conference (MESOC), which took place yesterday at the Le Royal Hotel, Amman.

  • A family of UAVs [SOFEX16D1]

    KADDB has developed a number of UAVs for surveillance duties, and is exhibiting three of its latest vehicles here at SOFEX. Known as Fixed-wing UAV II (below, right), the largest of the three is a short-range autonomous system with wheeled undercarriage.

  • Russia shows firepower [SOFEX16D1]

    Rosoboronexport Joint Stock Company (Hall 4, Stand B401) is showing some of the wide range of indirect fire mortar systems available from the Russian defence industry.

  • All-round improvements [SOFEX16D1]

    Oshkosh Defense (Hall 6, Stand B630) is showing its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), which is to replace the armoured AM General High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) in US Army service, following a massive contract award estimated to be worth up to $30 billion.

  • Snake Head raises its profile [SOFEX16D1]

    The Jordan Advanced Machining Company (JAMCO) (Hall 5, Stand A501) is showing its latest Snake Head Cupola Mk III for use in the static defence role, installed on a protected police post for guarding high-value installations. The Cupola Mk III has already been built in production quantities for installation on light armoured vehicles deployed in Jordan.

  • Keeping vehicles on the move [SOFEX16D1]

    The General Directorate of Gendarmerie, Maintenance Department (outside Hall 3), is tasked with keeping its wide range of vehicles operational, as well as upgrading these vehicles to enhance their capability and extend their operational lives.

  • Parabot on guard [SOFEX16D1]

    Towering over the SOFEX outside display, Parabot has marched in from South Africa to stand in salute to the Special Forces in the region, and to the special relationship between its creator, Paramount Group, and Jordan.

  • A familiar face, but a new name [SOFEX16D1]

    A new name is on show at SOFEX, but its products may seem familiar. Finmeccanica, the Italian technology group, rebranded as Leonardo at a shareholders’ meeting on 28 April.

  • Kuwait joins the Typhoon club [SOFEX16D1]

    Last month Kuwait signed a contract for the supply of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons, and in so doing became the eighth customer for the multirole fighter.

  • Fire from afar [SOFEX16D1]

    Turkish weapons manufacturer and defence contractor Roketsan (Hall 1, Stand A110) is promoting its long-range anti-tank missiles UMTAS, and the laser-guided L-UMTAS, both designed to enable attack helicopters to defeat modern main battle tanks with heavy armour penetration.