• IDEX 2018: Singapore’s ST Engineering launches SRAMS 120 mm Mk II

    Singapore’s ST Engineering Land Systems has completed the development and testing of new version of its 120 mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS), called the Mk II, and new ammunition for it. The original 120 mm SRAMS featured hydraulic elevation and traverse, but the latest SRAMS Mk

  • IDEX 2019: Calidus aims B-250 at Middle East, North African market

    Calidus of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a teaming agreement on 20 February with Saudi firm GDC Middle East to market the Calidus B-250 light attack aircraft to markets in the Middle East and North Africa. Under the agreement, the two companies are to work together on marketing the

  • IDEX 2019: New Emirati fund announces new investments

    The United Arab Emirates’ newly launched Defence and Security Development Fund (DSDF) has made further investments in local companies developing technologies and systems for the country. The DSDF announced on 19 February that it had made an equity investment of an undisclosed amount in

  • China’s CSIC expands presence in UAE

    China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has established a representative office in Dubai, China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) said on 20 February. SASTIND, the government’s leading defence-industrial agency, said

  • IDEX 2019: UAE’s ELTS command and control system goes operational

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reached an initial operational capability (IOC) with its Emirates Command and Control System (ECCS) Land Tactical System (ELTS), for which Harris Corporation was awarded a two-year, USD189 million contract in September 2016 following a demonstration and a design

  • 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

  • IDEX 2019: Rheinmetall unveils C-UAV jammer

    Rheinmetall Defence unveiled a counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) jammer at the IDEX 2019 conference being held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The company said the modular multichannel jammer can be configured through software programming to all frequencies up to 8 GHz, depending on the

  • IDEX 2019: Jadara developing new sight for Terminator missile

    Jordan’s Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems is developing a new sight for the Terminator man-portable guided missile system, a company official told Jane’s during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi from 17–21 February. Unveiled at the SOFEX show held in Jordan in March 2018, the

  • BAE Systems warns of consequences of Germany’s Saudi sales ban

    BAE Systems has told investors that the German government’s moratorium on defence exports to Saudi Arabia may affect the UK group’s “ability to provide capability to Saudi Arabia” and therefore “impact on the group’s financial performance and relationships”.

  • IDEX 2019: Paramount launches Mbombe 4, wins contract

    South Africa’s Paramount Group launched the Mbombe 4 at the IDEX 2019 trade show in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. The new vehicle is powered by a turbo diesel 6-cylinder engine and has a burst speed of 140 km/h. Weighing 16 tonnes, the vehicle has a payload of 2.7 tonnes, which

  • IDEX 2019: SAMI signs collaboration agreement with L3 Technologies

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and L3 Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 18 February to expand collaboration between the two companies. Under the agreement, the two organisations will explore possible collaboration on projects in the electro-optic/infra-red (EO/IR)

  • IDEX 2019: Saudi company displays armoured buggy

    Saudi engineering company Bandaria Auto displayed an all-terrain light armoured vehicle called the Nasser at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. Designed for patrol, reconnaissance, and fast-attack missions, the version on display can carry three people with one manning a

  • 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

  • Suppression of Comorian opposition amid upcoming presidential election increases likelihood of armed anti-government protests and port disruption

    Event Incumbent Azali Assoumani announced on 15 February his candidacy in Comoros’s 24 March presidential election, soon after banning seven presidential candidates from running, including the main opposition Juwa Party candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Soulé. A referendum in July 2018

  • 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

  • IDEX 2019: Finland, Sweden interested in NEMO Container

    Finland’s Patria has provided Jane’s with an update on the NEMO Container 120 mm mortar system, following on from extensive testing in the Baltic Sea last year. According to Kari Reunamäki, Patria’s vice-president for Weapon Systems, the design of the system is now locked

  • IDEX 2019: Sudan displays mobile ground surveillance system

    Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC) unveiled its Al-Kinaniya land surveillance system during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17–21 February. The system consists of a mast-mounted X-band ground surveillance radar with a planar array antenna and an electro-optical

  • IDEX 2019: UAE confirms EOS weapon station contract

    The UAE Armed Forces confirmed during the IDEX 2019 show, held from 17 to 21 February in Abu Dhabi, UAE, that it has placed a large contract for remote weapon stations (RWS) with the Australian company EOS Defence Systems. The military spokesperson announced on 17 February that a contract worth

  • Lockheed Martin-led team unveils new Falcon mobile air defence solution

    A collaborative industry team led by Lockheed Martin unveiled a new mobile open architecture short-to-medium range air defence solution – designated the Falcon Weapon System – at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi on 18 February. According to the team,

  • IDEX 2019: Streit Group unveils new vehicles

    Streit Group unveiled the Salamander 8×8, Shaman 8×8, and Pangolin demining system at the IDEX defence show being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February. The Shaman 8×8 has a 3-litre turbo diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and is fully amphibious. Developed for