• Keep on trucking [SOFEX18D3]

    Being displayed in public for the first time is one of the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s PZL Mielec/Sikorsky M28 Skytruck utility transports.

  • Light Attack Experiment enters next phase [SOFEX18D3]

    On Monday the US Air Force began the second phase of its Light Attack Experiment (OA-X) to gather data ahead of a potential buy of aircraft that could perform close air and special operations support in permissive air defence environments.

  • Arena-E awaits first contract [SOFEX18D3]

    The Russian KBM Joint Stock Company (Hall 4, Stand A401) claims to have completed development of the latest-generation Arena-E hard kill active defence system (ADS). This has been designed for installation on main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, to enhance their survivability against incoming threats such as ground- and air-launched anti-tank guided missiles, as well as the more widely deployed unguided antitank weapons fitted with a high-explosive anti-tank warhead.

  • Defeat silent intruders [SOFEX18D3]

    With increasing emphasis on evolving threats, also discussed at SOFEX this week as part of ‘hyper warfare in the grey zone’, US-based SRC Inc (Hall 6, Stand B648) offers several solutions in the area of counter- UAS (C-UAS).

  • Turkish aviation expertise [SOFEX18D3]

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is rapidly expanding its capabilities along a number of avenues. Here at SOFEX some of its principal areas of expertise are being presented (Hall 1, Stand A108), including Turkey’s TF National Fighter project, which is being pursued to equip the Turkish air force by replacing the F-16 from the 2030s.

  • Aero India 2019: HAL showcases Naval Utility Helicopter

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) showcased the technology demonstrator of the Dhruv Mk III Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) with folding tail boom and main rotor blades, designated Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH). The helicopter, primarily designed to meet the requirements of the Indian Coast
  • Rafael unveils Rocks air-to-surface missile

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) designed to engage high-value stationary and re-locatable targets in heavily GPS-denied environments. Designated ‘Rocks’, the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid
  • DARPA delays key Launch Challenge deadline

    Key Points DARPA delayed an important Launch Challenge milestone, allowing additional teams to pre-qualify The partial US federal government shutdown affected the launch licence approach, a programme requirement The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) delayed an important
  • IDEX 2019: New Russian SPMs make international debut

    Russia’s newest self-propelled mortars (SPMs), the Floks and Drok, made their international debut at the IDEX show being held in Abu Dhabi between 17–21 February, with models of both systems being displayed for the first time. A representative of the systems’ manufacturer,
  • IDEX 2019: Yugoimport unveils RALAS missile

    Serbia’s Yugoimport unveiled the RALAS non-line-of-sight missile at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February, prominently displaying an eight-round launcher mounted on the company’s Lazar 3 8×8 armoured vehicle. The RALAS is essentially a smaller version of the
  • Iran commissions Fateh submarine

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) officially commissioned its first indigenously developed Fateh-class submarine on 17 February. The ceremony was held at the Bandar Abbas naval base and was attended by President Hassan Rouhani. Defence Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying that the
  • MBDA offers SPIMM for ‘bolt-on’ ship self-protection

    MBDA has unveiled details of a new self-protection system designed to provide otherwise unarmed containerised ships with a short-range defence capability in high threat zones. Known as SPIMM (Self-Protection Integrated Mistral Module), the new system was unveiled in February at the IDEX 2019
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