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  • UAE Buys Locally Built Aircraft
    UAE Buys Locally Built Aircraft 22 November 2019
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will acquire 24 light aircraft B-250s after signing the deal at Dubai Air Show 2019. The contract costs $ 260 million. It is the first time the UAE has purchased an aircraft that it manufactures domestically. The B-250 is being developed by Calidus, based in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Brazilian Novaer and Rockwell Collins. Aircraft is reportedly designed by Joseph Kovács, designer of the Brazilian Tucano. The B-250 was ...
  • Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat
    Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat 26 August 2019
    In February, China's unmanned combat ship, which was exhibited at the 14th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (International Defence Exhibition/ IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, has launched. Jointly developed by No. 716 and No. 702 research institutes under the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the JARI multi-purpose unmanned combat vessel held its launch ceremony. The launch indicates the world-leading combat drone ship has gained initial combat capability, the...
  • IDEX/NAVDEX and the Advancing Battlefield 16 March 2019
    Organised biannually, the IDEX/NAVDEX Exhibition in February became the first meeting point of the world’s prominent defence companies in 2019. For its part, IDEX hosted over 1,300 companies as an outstanding event in the Middle East and Africa.   It should be remembered that a large part of global defence expenditures is concentrated in this region on account of security threats and active conflicts. Many countries in the region, particularly the United Arab Emirates (UA...
  • India Begins AK203 Production
    India Begins AK203 Production 15 March 2019
    Indian PM Narendra Modi opened a plant for production of 200-series Kalashnikov assault rifles, in Corva, Uttar Pradesh. The founders of the JV Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited for production of Kalashnikov assault rifles in India are India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Russia’s Rosoboronexport and Kalashnikov Group parented by Rostec. The 200-series Kalashnikovs were unveiled abroad in 2019. The weapons made their debut at IDEX 2019 in the UAE and Aero...
  • Ukrainia Presents "Neptun" and "Vilkha" at IDEX
    Ukrainia Presents "Neptun" and "Vilkha" at IDEX 21 February 2019
    Ukranian Spetstechnoexport Company, part of the State Concern Ukroboronprom, presented for the first time the new models of the cruise anti-ship missile system "Neptun" and high-precision multiple rocket launching system "Vilkha" at the international Defence exhibition IDEX-2019 in the UAE. Neptun was first tested in 2018. The combat units for both systems were developed and produced by the State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch.” Local media reports say the ...
  • Russia to Renew Damaged S-400 Missiles
    Russia to Renew Damaged S-400 Missiles 19 February 2019
    Russia will supply to China a replacement for the S-400 air defence system missiles instead of those damaged during a storm in the English Channel a year ago, "The contract had been signed a long time ago. The shipment would’ve been carried by now, but regrettably the ship that was carrying the missiles was hit by a storm. We were forced to eliminate all those missiles to make new ones instead," Rostec corporation chief Sergei Chemezov told the media at the IDEX-2019 exhibitio...
  • New UGV from MBDA
    New UGV from MBDA 19 February 2019
    MBDA and Milrem Robotics exhibited their new UGV systems at IDEX 2019. MBDA, has announced feasibility works for system has started eight months ago. The system is a combination of the THeMIS UGV system by Milrem Robotics and the MBDA production IMPACT (Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret) s equipped with a machine gun for self-defence. The system with low heat and acoustic signals stands out with its low detectability.
  • KUB-BLA from Kalashnikov
    KUB-BLA from Kalashnikov 19 February 2019
      Kalashnikov, operating under Rostec, introduced its new system at IDEX-2019. The platform with a attack UAV was named KUB-BLA. Developed for the destroying of long-distance targets, the KUB-BLA can move to its target at a top speed of 130 km / h for half an hour. The vehicle supported by the precision guidance system can attack its target without being affected by the weather or terrain. 80 to 130 km / h in speed, the system can carry a payload of 3 kg. The test pha...
  • Fuses Exhibited 18 February 2019
    At IDEX-2019 in Abu Dhabi, Russia exhibited the fuses used in multi-barreled rocket launchers. Such systems produced in Russia in the past were not exhibited in any activity.   The electrical fuses developed by Techmash Group, a subsidiary of Russia-based Rostec, are being exhibited for the first time at IDEX-2019. The company produces various solutions according to different mission requirements. Techmash also give information about the products. Displayed products incl...
  • Mbombe 4 at IDEX
    Mbombe 4 at IDEX 18 February 2019
    South Africa-based Paramount Group,introduced a new vehicle during IDEX-2019'da. The platform, called Mbombe 4, has been designed in order to be able to be produced in domestic countries by customer.   As a new member of the successful Mbombe family, the Mbombe 4 has the flexibility needed for asymmetric warfare and anti-terror and peacekeeping operations in parallel with the need for increased protection. The platform, which has 70% common components with other members...
  • STM Signs Agreement with IGG
    STM Signs Agreement with IGG 18 February 2019
    STM has announced from its official twitter account an agreement with UAE’s Defence Company IGG. The statement reads, “We signed a Cooperation Agreement with International Golden Group (IGG) at IDEX-2019 to set up new collaborations within the Gulf Region. “ Established in 2002 with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, International Golden Group (IGG) PJSC specialises in providing high-end defence and security solutions. From small, medium and heavy arms to consultancy ...
  • Additional Consultations for S-400
    Additional Consultations for S-400 18 February 2019
    Russia's S-400 procurement process is experiencing new developments. Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of Rosoboronexport, a military export company of the Russian State, made a statement on the subject. Speaking at the IDEX 2019 international defence fair in Abu Dhabi, Mikheyev made statements the Saudi Arabia's S-400 procurement process. According to the program, the parties agreed with Saudi Arabia, but the process of consultation on the contract continued.
  • China Displays Laser System at IDEX
    China Displays Laser System at IDEX 18 February 2019
      China presents its Poly Defence’s Silent Hunter truck-mounted laser weapons system at IDEX 2019. According to Poly Defence representative’s, the Silent Hunter is capable of targeting small unmanned aerial systems, and other airborne threats. According to written statements, the laser has a maximum range of 4 kilometres at 30kW, and a minimum range of 200 meters at 10kW of power. The laser itself was mounted on a heavy truck, presumably carrying the power-generatio...
  • Fastest Cruise Missile BrahMos at IDEX
    Fastest Cruise Missile BrahMos at IDEX 17 February 2019
    One of fastest cruise missile Indian and Russian missile BrahMos, is displayed at IDEX 2019.  BrahMos was first launched in 2001 and can be installed on ships, submarines and on aircraft. In November 2017, a BrahMos flight test on an Indian SU-30 MKI employed the missile against a ship target. The current range of the missile is nearly 300 kilometres, the representative said. It is claimed that the governments of Russia and India plan doubling the range of the missile to 600 km.  Br...
  • New Mobile Mortar from STC Delta
    New Mobile Mortar from STC Delta 17 February 2019
    Georgian State owned company Delta State Military Scientific-Technical Centre unveiled a new mobile mortar system at the IDEX 2019 defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The new weapon system is a Didgori Meomari armoured vehicle equipped with an integrated hydro-pneumatic mechanism for 120mm mortar.  The mortar is mounted on an open turntable at the rear of the vehicle, in fire position.
  • Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX
    Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX 15 February 2019
    Russian, JSC Rosoboronexport and JSC NPO High Precision Systems will demonstrate the Pantsir-ME shipborne air-defence missile and artillery system at IDEX, Abu Dhabi. The Pantsir-ME air-defence missile and artillery system can be set up on ships with water displacement of more than 300 tons. The system provides protection of vessels from all the existing and prospective air assault weapons in the whole spectrum of their combat capabilities with an unconditional probability of kill, ...
  • FNSS Press Release
    FNSS Press Release 24 January 2019
    FNSS completed all preparations to attend IDEX 2019, which will held in Abu Dhabi, capital of United Arab Emirates. Anti-Tank Remote Turret (ARCT), Pars III 8x8 with SABER-25 Turret and TEBER-30 Turret System will be displayed at hall 10; stand number C-5 where FNSS stand is located.
  • Egypt Considers Acquiring Archangel
    Egypt Considers Acquiring Archangel 16 March 2017
    The Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is negotiating with IOMAX for Archangel aircraft for Border Patrol and close air support (CAS) missions. IOMAX that had attended to IDEX 17 expo at United Arab Emirates (UAE) returns US with negotiations with Egypt in pocket. IOMAX began negotiations with the Egyptian MoD for upgrading its 12 IOMAX AT-802s and acquiring 10 additional Archangel Block-2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA). Egypt’s 12 aircraft are donated to Cairo by the UAE.
  • The Biggest Defence Showcase of the Middle East: IDEX 2017
    The Biggest Defence Showcase of the Middle East: IDEX 2017 16 March 2017
    A geography in which conflicts never cease, the Middle East comes to the front with ever-expanding defence expenditures and volatile balance of power. IDEX 2017, being the biggest defence fair organised in this region, was significant for demonstrating not only potential market opportunities but also the broadened scope of demands by regional countries. With the decline in oil revenues, these actors have diverted their relatively limited resources to emergency requirements and rapid-solution ...
  • Bold Moves by OTOKAR
    Bold Moves by OTOKAR 16 March 2017
    Otokar was one of the most attractive participants at IDEX 2017 to conclude the biggest export deal at the fair. The company signed a partnership agreement with the United Arab Emirates worth around $661 million to produce and sell modified ARMA 8x8 amphibious armoured vehicles at the UAE facilities.
  • ASELSAN is Everywhere
    ASELSAN is Everywhere 16 March 2017
    Attending IDEX 2017 with a large delegation under the leadership of the General Manager, ASELSAN displayed a visible dynamism. ASELSAN Middle East, ASELSAN’s subsidiary in Jordan, attracts attention with its activities. Established for the purpose of producing night vision systems to meet the requirements of the Jordanian Armed Forces, the company gains momentum with each passing day.
  • Alternative Helicopter from Ukraine
    Alternative Helicopter from Ukraine 16 March 2017
    Ukrinmash, a subsidiary of state-owned UkrobOronProm, which controls Ukraine's defence industry, presented a new product at the IDEX 2017 Defence Fair. Ukrinmash revealed the KT-112UD light attack helicopter developed by KB Vertical.
  • UAE Ready for Rapid Intervention
    UAE Ready for Rapid Intervention 16 March 2017
    NIMR Automotive, one of the subsidiaries of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), exhibited its newest vehicle designed for use of special forces for the first time at IDEX 2017. The "RIV" Rapid Intervention Vehicle, which was unveiled at the fair, was developed with the partnership of Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA).
  • LAV 700 Show by General Dynamics
    LAV 700 Show by General Dynamics 16 March 2017
    General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) displayed in Abu Dhabi the latest variant of its Light Armoured Vehicle 700/ LAV 700. LAV 700 is the most advanced vehicle of its class developed by the company so far, appearing at IDEX 2017 in its command control configuration.According to information shared by the company, the product is already being exported to an undisclosed country.
  • Tracked SARP by ASELSAN
    Tracked SARP by ASELSAN 22 February 2017
    ASELSAN, which raised its sights in the Middle East market, extends its sphere of influence via its joint venture. The product of the  joint venture IGGASELSAN, established by the United Arab Emirates company International Golden Group (IGG) and Turkish company ASELSAN, attarcted attention at the IDEX 2017 trade show. The SARP-THEMIS armed unmanned land vehicle has been exhibited at IGGASELSAN's stand. SARP-THEMIS, which combines ASELSAN's SARP remote-controlled stabili...
  • Giant Rocket by Belgrade 22 February 2017
    Serbia's Yugoimport SDPR exhibited the 400 mm 'Sumadija' correctable rocket at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The 8,25-meter-long giant rocket was designed to meet an increasing market demand for large-caliber weapons. Sumadija, which has stabilizing fins and steering wings that emerge after leaving the launch system, can correct the course of travel using the inertial navigation system (INS) mounted on its nose. With a minimum range of 70 km and a maximum range of 280 km, Suma...
  • Middle East's New Favourite: 'Tagil'
    Middle East's New Favourite: 'Tagil' 22 February 2017
    Russia is to export its latest version of T-90 main battle tanks (MBT) to Middle East.  The T-90MS Tagil MBT was first revealed in 2011 and tested over two years in several Middle Eastern countries according to Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov.  Speaking at IDEX 2017 defence exxhibition in Abu Dhabi, Manturov stated a large- scale contract was signed in December and another contract is epected to be signed soon.  Built by Uralvagonzavod, the comb...
  • Guiding Surprise from MKEK
    Guiding Surprise from MKEK 21 February 2017
    Turkish Machinery and Chemical Industries Association (MKEK) announced the launch of concept studies on guided ball munitions in IDEX 2017. MKEK General Manager Ahmet Taşkın announced that they were working on 155 mm diameter guided ammunition and that they included several companies operating in Turkey's defense industry sector. The first prototype is scheduled to be tested at the end of this year. Studies will be conducted that will significantly increase the hit rate of ammunition with...
  • Contract Signed for An-132 Conversion
    Contract Signed for An-132 Conversion 21 February 2017
    HAVELSAN, one of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation companies, and Taqnia Company of Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to convert the An-132 to naval patrol and surveillance aircraft. Attended by the Undersecretary for Defence Industry Prof.Dr. İsmail Demir, the signing ceremony was held at ASELSAN's stand at IDEX 2017, being held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • First Upgraded 'RAM' Sales In Middle East
    First Upgraded 'RAM' Sales In Middle East 21 February 2017
    Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a direct sales contract for its RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 by the United Arab Emirates, announced by the company at IDEX 2017. The agreement, signed in late 2016, marks the first sales of the RAM Block 2 in the Middle East region and will be mounted on UAE Naval Forces' Baynunah-class corvettes and Project Arialah offshore patrol vessels. The Block 2 variant has a larger dual-thrust rocket motor, advanc...
  • Bora Khan on Abu Dhabi Campaign
    Bora Khan on Abu Dhabi Campaign 20 February 2017
    Turkey announced for the first time at international level the IDEX-2017 exhibition in Abu Dhabi, the export version of the Bora missile developed and produced by ROKETSAN. The export version of the short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) is called Khan. The missile has a diameter of 610 mm, a weight of 2,500 kg and a warhead weight of 470 kg. Khan hits its target by a 50-meter error posibility from its maximum range. There are two options available: Khan, aided Global Navigation Satellite ...
  • Russian Gun for American Police
    Russian Gun for American Police 20 February 2017
    Russia is planning to sell non-lethal weapons to the United States. Sergei Rusakov, General Manager of Machine Engineering Technologies Holding (Tecmash), said at the IDEX 2017 trade show that the polis departments of the United States expressed interest in the multifunctional, non-lethal weapon "Osa". The news reports that the Arizona Police Department is pre-ordering 60 weapons and 10 thousand cartridges. The Osa weapon system has an aluminum body with 4 or 2 shells. Thanks to its...
  • Cooperation Commitment by SaSaD
    Cooperation Commitment by SaSaD 20 February 2017
    The Defense and Aviation Industry Manufacturers Association (SaSaD) and BAE's National Defense Companies Council has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to exchange information on high tech issues, especially qualified labour force, at IDEX 2017 held in United Arab Emirates (BAE). The MoU was signed by Roketsan General Manager and SaSaD Chairman Selçuk Yaşar on behalf of SaSaD from Turkey. SaSaD, which has been operating since 1990, was established in order to...
  • 2017 Goal: At Least Four Helos
    2017 Goal: At Least Four Helos 20 February 2017
    Russian Helicopters has started the production of the multirole Mi-171A2 helicopters, announced by the CEO Andrey Boginsky on 19 February at IDEX 2017. The company plans to produce at least four platforms in 2017, the first prototype of which was launched in November 2014. 
  • Record Agreement in UAE
    Record Agreement in UAE 20 February 2017
    Otokar signed a record agreement of $661 million with United arab Emirates (UAE) strategic investment company Tawazun at IDEX 2017 held in Abu Dhabi. Under the agreement, Otokar Land Systems will manufacture Arma 8xx8 tactical wheeled armored vehicle for UAE Land Forces. Otokar Land Systems and Tawazun Heavy Vehicles Industry will conduct production of Arma 8x8 amphibious armored vehicle, which will be designated as 'Rabdan', under a joint venture called ...
  • OTOKAR Announcement
    OTOKAR Announcement 20 February 2017
    GHQ awards Al Jasoor a 2Bn Dirhams contract for the supply of 8x8 armored infantry vehicles The General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE Armed Forces has awarded Al Jasoor a contract for the supply of 8x8 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles, at an estimated value of over 2 Bn AED. The decision to purchase the vehicles was made following a thorough commercial/ technical evaluation by Tawazun, the vehicle underwent an array of successful extensive all-terrain tests in the UAE.
  • Mine Protection to Gulf
    Mine Protection to Gulf 16 February 2017
    Denel, South African aerospace and defence technology provider, announced on its website that Denel Vehicle Systems has recently begun delivery of RG31 Mk5 Mine-resistant vehicles to United Arab Emirates (UAE), following another contract for 4x4 N35 armoured vehicles. The company revealed its aims to expand its market in Middle East, which Denel have already been earning almost 60 percent of revenue from. In this frame, senior officials of the company will be meeting ...
  • A 'TIGER' in IDEX
    A 'TIGER' in IDEX 13 February 2017
    The Turkish company FNSS announced that the new generation armored fighting vehicle KAPLAN (Tiger) NGAFV will be exhibited for the first time. KAPLAN , developed as an amphibious tracked combat vehicle, will be unveiled at Abu Dhabi IDEX 2017, to be held on February 19-23. KAPLAN, which has two water propulsion systems, will be able to operate in deep and flowing waters. The vehicle, with a maximum speed of 70 km /h, is equipped with Remote Commanded Tower/RCT, 30 mm Automatic Cannon.
  • ROKETSAN Announcement 25 January 2017
    Please visit us at IDEX 2017, Abu Dhabi/United Arab Emirates, between 19 – 23 February 2017, in Hall 10, B05.