Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Royal Thai Army orders six Airbus Helicopters' EC 145 light utility helicopters

A further addition to the Royal Thai Army’s rotorcraft fleet has been committed with the acquisition of six Airbus Helicopters light-utility EC145 T2, which is the newest and most powerful model in Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family, the helicopter manufacturer announced on February 23. 
Royal Thai Army's future EC 145 T2 light utility helicopter
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United Arab Emirates announce purchase of two C-17 airlifters and nine AW139 helicopters

The United Arab Emirates aerial capabilities will be soon improved thanks to two massive sales announced at the occasion of the International Defense Exhibition, which was held in Abu Dhabi until today, February 26. Two Boeing C-17 Globemaster III large military transport aircraft and nine AgustaWestland's AW139 helicopters have been purchased this week by the UAE.
UAE Air Force's Boeing C-17 Globemaster III large military transport aircraft
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Northrop Grumman's digital cockpit solution for future UH-60V Black Hawk showcased at IDEX 2015

As part of an array of global defence capabilities, Northrop Grumman showcased its digital cockpit solution at IDEX 2015. Northrop Grumman is a premier provider of an open architecture based cockpit design that can be easily customized for the needs of customers around the globe. The company is already under contract and implementing its avionics solution for a digital cockpit upgrade for the U.S. Army's UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The newly upgraded aircraft will be designated the UH-60V.
 Northrop Grumman's digital cockpit solution for future UH-60V Black Hawk
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Mercedes-Benz unveils new Zetros 1833A 4x4 off-road truck with tank body at IDEX 2015

During IDEX 2015, German vehicles manufacturer Mercedes-Benz showcased a new variant of its Zetros 4x4 off-road truck especially dedicated to help in frontline airstrips logistic. The Zetros 1833A 4x4 employs proven engineering and technology from the area of volume production , and has been optimised for deployment on rough tracks and off-road use. 
Mercedes-Benz's new Zetros 4x4 off-road truck with tank body
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A new big one from Streit Group unveiled at IDEX 2015: the Hunter 6x6

During a live demonstration held at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Streit Group unveils a new impressive armored vehicle: the Hunter 6x6 Armored Personnel Carrier. The chassis is based on a monocoque V-Hull compartment (for crew), engine are fixed separately from armored saloon.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

New 8x8 armored vehicle Enigma unveiled at IDEX 2015

The Enigma 8x8, displayed on the Emirates Defense Technology’s (EDT) stand for the duration of IDEX, provides high-levels of protection, heavy weapons systems, amphibious capabilities, an unrivaled spacious interior that can accommodate 11 personnel, all without compromising the 28-ton vehicle’s mobility.

At IDEX 2015, CZ is not only showcasing weapons, but also Body Armor

CZ FENIX Protector represents whole system of tactical equipment, where all items of the system are mutually compatible and enable use in perfect harmony with each other. Body armors, backpacks, pouches and other tactical equipment are fully functional and are designed to enable long-term use, with minimum of restrictions to user and together with maximum of comfort.

Video: Thales new SEARCHMASTER multirole surveillance radar (AESA) at IDEX 2015

At IDEX 2015, French company Thales is showcasing its latest maritime surveillance radar called searchmaster. It is a truly multirole surveillance radar with the ability to meet all the surveillance requirements of five mission types: antisurface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, maritime surveillance, ground surveillance and tactical air support.

Military Industry Corporation's Khalifa-1 self-propelled howitzer displayed for the first time at IDEX

Once again, Sudan's Military Industry Corporation comes to IDEX 2015, which is held in Abu Dhabi until tommorow, with a large range of novel weapons and military vehicles. Among them, Sudanese corporation MIC decided to display for the first time a full-scale model of the Khalifa-1 GHY02 122mm self-propelled howitzer. 
Military Industry Corporation's Khalifa-1 GHY02 122mm self-propelled howitzer showcased at IDEX 2015

New details on the PRIVINVEST / CMN upgraded Combattante BR 71 (Baynunah class) Mk II Corvette

French shipyard CMN, part of Privinvest holding company, is showcasing a new version of its famous Baynunah class corvette at NAVDEX 2015 defense exhibition held in Abu Dhabi. Navy Recognition was the first to report that the new Mk II evolution incorporates the latest innovations from CMN's research and development. Here are some additional details we learned at NAVDEX 2015.

Raytheon's new AMRAAM Extended Range missile project showcased at IDEX 2015

Raytheon Company has chosen IDEX 2015 to display for the first time an improved variant of its AMRAAM missile, the AMRAAM Extended Range. The US-based company has begun development on an extended range variant of the combat-proven Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM®). Designed specifically for ground-based air defense, AMRAAM-ER will enable intercepts at longer range and higher altitudes.
Raytheon's new Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile Extended Range displayed at IDEX 2015
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BAE Systems has handed over the first CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) in serial production to the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (FLO) on time and on budget. BAE Systems Hägglunds’ contract, signed in 2012, includes the upgrade of the Norwegian Army’s existing fleet of 103 CV9030s and 41 new-build vehicles, giving the Army a total of 144 state-of-the-art CV90s in varying configurations.

Terma and Lockheed Martin announce partnership to field critical infrastructure protection system

Terma and Lockheed Martin announced during IDEX 2015 that they are partnering to field Terma’s Critical Infrastructure Protection System – T.react CIP – at the Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST) facility in Owego, New York. The system has been installed as an integral part of the existing security systems at the facility and thus provides the Lockheed Martin security staff with an enhanced surveillance system. 
Terma’s Critical Infrastructure Protection System – T.react CIP

Hellfire Systems foreign military sale contract to produce 2,060 Hellfire II air-to-ground missiles

The US Department of Defense announced today it has awarded Hellfire Systems LLC a $144,044,911 foreign military sales contract (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Australia) to exercise option for FY 14 Hellfire II Missile production requirement. Estimated completion date is Nov. 30, 2016. Hellfire Systems will produce 2,060 Hellfire II tactical missiles in containers, Air-to Ground (AGM) missiles model AGM-114R, AGM-114R-3, AGM-114P-4A, ATM-114Q-6 and AGM-114R-5. Work will be performed Orlando, Florida. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. 
AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-ground missile

The Estonian company ELI Military Simulations showcases its SWAN III UAV at IDEX 2015

The SWAN III is the third generation UAV platform from ELI Airborne Solutions. The system consists of two main parts - autonomous air vehicle and the human operated ground segment – Ground Control Station. UAV SWAN III is a multi-purpose UAV system that can be used in various scenarios. On ELI's booth at IDEX 2015, a SWAN III is installed on its catapult.

CMI Defence unveils for the first time its CPWS 30 mm turret on a Textron Commando

The Cockerill CPWS 20-25-30 is a family of light medium-calibre protected weapon stations. At IDEX 2015, CMI (Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie) Defence presents this weapons system, 30 mm cannon version, on a TEXTRON System Commando vehicle. This is not the first time CMI installed one of its products on a TEXTRON vehicle.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hesco Group showcases its defensive barriers during IDEX 2015

The Hesco Group, manufacturer of HESCO" defensive earth-filled barriers, continue to demonstrate their commitment towards protection and security with the introduction of ultra lightweight, high impact ballistic resistant body armor to its product range. Hesco group is showcasing its range of defensive barriers and introducing our new ballistic insert armor range. 

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KMW presents the GTK Boxer variant with a LANCE RC turret at IDEX 2015

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) is exhibiting the newest generation of its vehicle systems at IDEX 2015: the GTK Boxer as a wheeled armoured personnel carrier variant with a Puma turret for the first time. Integrating the world's most advanced infantry fighting vehicle’s turret into the Boxer's 8x8 chassis unites the state of the art technologies of both of these systems, which have already been qualified and introduced into the German Armed Forces.

Orbital ATK chose IDEX to unveil key element of Helicopter Active Protection System, the ShotFinder

Orbital ATK, Inc., a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, chose IDEX 2015 to display for the first time its ShotFinder, a key element of the Helicopter Active Protection System (HAPS). Orbital ATK’s Acoustic Hostile Fire Detection System provides detection of small caliber ball and tracer rounds, antiaircraft artillery, unguided rockets, and rocket propelled grenades. 
Orbital ATK's ShotFinder Acoustic Hostile Fire Detection System at IDEX 2015
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Zala Aero Group proposes the ZALA 421-08M UAV at IDEX 2015

ZALA Aero Group, a Russian developer of unmanned aerial vehicle recently purchased by Kalashnikov Concern, is, for the first time, exhibiting its UAV system ZALA 421-08M, a man-portable UAV.

SIHAM AL KHALEEJ TECHNOLOGY, MBDA & GEM present their coastal defence system at IDEX 2015

At IDEX 2015, the UAE company Siham Al Khaleej Technology (SAKT), together with the European MBDA and the Italian GEM Elettronica is presenting an innovative and cost-effective coastal battery system. This cooperation is part of an Head of Agreement signed during 2013 Dubai Air Show that sees SAKT as the prime contractor and system integrator, MBDA as the supplier of the launchers and the launching systems for the Marte family missile, and GEM as the coastal battery remote station system supplier.

FLIR highlights Light Tactical Vehicle's sensor suite at International Defense Exhibition 2015

FLIR Systems is proud to announce a major technological advance in its ongoing efforts to provide best-in-class imaging solutions to border security operators around the world. The new, improved Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) is in full-rate production and shipping to customers in the Middle East, offering unmatched mobility and broad area surveillance capabilities. This product is designed to support critical security and border protection missions in the most demanding of environments. 
FLIR Systems LTV's sensor suite displayed during IDEX 2015
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UAE boat builder Al Marakeb showcases world’s first unmanned commercial craft at IDEX 2015

UAE boat builder Al Marakeb is drawing the crowds at this year’s International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) with a ground-breaking new vessel that is setting a high water mark for the region’s maritime industry. The Sharjah-based manufacturer’s recently-launched B-7 is a proving to be a major talking point at the show – the world’s largest defence exhibition - by being the world’s only pilotless vessel with fully capable commercial as well as military applications.

Mercedes-Benz unveils new Sprinter 4x4 crew transport vehicle with variable usage concept at IDEX

At IDEX 2015, which is held until Thursday February 26 in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes-Benz is displaying its Sprinter in crew transport with variable usage variant. High performer and workhorse – as the founder of an entire segment, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been leading the way since 1995 – with uncompromising operational reliability. Its standard cab for up to three people and a robust, large cargo area provide a sound foundation for the most diverse requirements and sectors. 
Mercedes-Benz's Sprinter 4x4 crew transport vehicle with variable usage concept at IDEX 2015
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Video - Thales Latest Sonar Solutions at NAVDEX 2015: SeeMapper, Captas-1 & BlueWatcher

At NAVDEX 2015 naval defense exhibition currently held in Abu Dhabi, Thales is showcasing its latest sonar solutions:
- The SeeMapper, a turnkey system providing continuous, high-resolution mapping of the sea-bed using a towed synthetic aperture sonar.
- The BlueWatcher hull-mounted sonar and its associated towed array sonar, the Captas-1, represent a new range of compact sonars for surface combatants and patrol vessels displacing 300 tonnes or more. 

During IDEX 2015, Airbus announces qualification of its aerial target DO-DT25

Airbus Defence and Space Direct Aerial Targets have played a key role in the qualification of the full performance of a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system being developed as part of the German Air and Missile Defence System. During the trials conducted for the German Government end of January at the Overberg Test Range in South-Africa, the Direct Aerial Targets performed flawlessly in a series of engagements with the SAM system.

Eurofighter signs contract to deliver new enhancements to the Typhoon fighter aircraft

Eurofighter has released details of a new capability contract valued at $227 million delivering a suite of new enhancements to the Eurofighter Typhoon. As well as introducing a number of upgrades to the Eurofighter’s mission and maintenance systems, the contract, known as Phase 3 Capability Enhancement, will equip the Eurofighter Typhoon to deploy multiple precision-guided air-to-surface weapons at fast-moving targets with low-collateral damage. 
Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft displayed at IDEX 2015
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ISOTREX Manufacturing Phantom 4x4 APC presented at IDEX 2015

ISOTREX Manufacturing FZE is an innovative and quality conscious builder of custom designed armored vehicles, offering our clients safe and secure transport for use in hostile environments. During IDEX 2015, ISOTREX displays its Phantom 4x4 APC.

BMC showcases its KIRPI 4x4 MRAP during IDEX 2015

BMC was established in 1964. As of today, BMC is proudly celebrating its 50th year of its foundation. During these years of showing a high determination and experience to build a sophisticated vision and a globally strong brand, BMC has successfully produced more than 300.000 units. At IDEX 2015, in Abu Dhabi, BMC presents its Kirpi 4x4 MRAP.

At IDEX 2015, The Armored Group presents its BATT APC family

BATT (Ballistic Armored Tactical Transport) vehicles are manufactured to protect people in the most hostile situations. Safety is our number one priority and every armored and non-armored vehicle can be customized to the requirements of your team. These are the best-m-class products designed for the most rugged environments and are built to withstand the most aggressive ballistics attacks. 

Raytheon and NIMR will integrate TALON laser guided rockets onto UAE ground vehicle

A lot of news arrive from IDEX 2015. Raytheon Company and NIMR Automotive, part of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), are collaborating to equip NIMR armored vehicles with TALON™ Laser Guided Rockets. Using the Raytheon remote weapons station, each vehicle will carry 16 TALON LGRs.

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New Zealand joins anti-ISIS coalition

New Zealand has become the latest nation to join the international coalition fighting ISIS, with Prime Minister John Key telling lawmakers Tuesday 143 military personnel were deploying to Iraq in a non-combat role.

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Nexter Robotics announces the sale of 50 robotics systems in 2014

The young subsidiary of Nexter Group, Nexter Robotics proudly announces, during the IDEX 2015 exhibition, its success made during the year 2014. Indeed, at least 50 robotics systems has been sold during the past year, making of Nexter Robotics a strong player in the area of robotics.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Kalashnikov Group showcases its KS-K shotgun at IDEX 2015

The 12 gauge 18.5 mm multipurpose self-loading shotgun KS-K is designed for self-defense, security and Law Enforcement units. The 18.5 KS-K shotgun is similar to AK assault rifle in its layout. The shotgun has the minimal number of parts and can be easily assembled and dismantled. All that makes the gun easy to operate and maintain and facilitates the training of shooters.

NIMR introduces its AJBAN ISV at IDEX 2015

The AJBAN ISV (Internal Security Vehicle) is designed to provide a fast, safe deployment of a non-lethal means of controlling and dispersing potentially violent crowd gatherings, whilst protecting the safety of both the vehicle's crew and demonstrators.

Thales Scorpion Automated Mortar Platform presented at IDEX 2015

Scorpion, or the Automated Mortar and Rocket Fire Control System (AMRFCS). is a self-contained motorized mortar and rocket application, capable of observation, mortar and rocketlaying. Mounted on a single palletised platform, it fires from the back of a vehicle in less than 15 seconds. This is made possible through ballistic calculations, orientation methods and recoil absorption.

Al Dhafra (Baynunah class) - The Pride of the UAE Navy Displayed at NAVDEX 2015

The first warship model fully manufactured by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) "Baynunah" – is, today, kick-starting the 'Ship of the Day' series taking place this week as part of the third edition of NAVDEX, the maritime security show that has quickly become the largest naval defence exhibition in the region, alongside IDEX - the world's leading joint defence exhibition. The name of the ship on display this year is called "Al Dhafra". 

Bodgan Corporation officially presents new Bars-6 armored personnel carrier at IDEX 2015

Unveiled this week at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi by Bogdan Corporation, the Bars-6 (“Panther”) is the armoured personnel carrier variant of the Bars multi-functional light armoured vehicle. Totally manufactured in Ukraine by Bogdan Corporation, this new all-wheel drive car is intended to be used for tactical tasks, patrolling the border, protecting roadblocks and conducting military operations in urban areas. The Bars-6 is for the first time showcased on scale-model at IDEX 2015 exhibition. 
Bogdan Corporation's Bars-6 armored personnel carrier scale model at IDEX 2015
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Oto Melara Unveils the new Forty Light naval gun system At IDEX 2015

At IDEX 2015 exhibition in Abu Dhabi, Italian company Oto Melara unveiled a new 40mm naval gun system weighting just below two tons. Thanks to its extremely reduced mass, small dimension, easy installation (no deck penetration required), modern and completely digital technology, Oto Melara believes the Forty Light will play a leading role as a 40mm naval system.

Doosan DST presents new Chun Mu multiple launch rocket system at IDEX 2015

South Korean company Doosan DST chose IDEX 2015 to present its new multiple rocket and missile launcher system, the Chun Mu. The Chun-Mu is a new multiple rocket launcher system offering physical strike with high rate and suppression against ground attacks. Having high mobile tactical wheeled platform, fire control system and joint fire networks, the launcher system can be quickly moved and deployed to provide maximum fire power in a short period. 
Doosan DST Chun Mu multiple rocket and missile launcher system scale model at IDEX 2015
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Selex ES showcases enhanced imaging solution with its Horizon SD/HD infrared camera

Selex ES exhibits for the first time at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi its new Infrared camera Horizon HD. The ultra long range capability of Horizon is achieved by using Selex ES’s own Falcon HD detector coupled together with an innovative lens assembly, surpassing previous industry benchmarks. The Horizon HD also uses new proprietary turbulence mitigation technology which minimises the effects of heat turbulence that normally affects thermal imagery over long distances. 
Selex ES exhibits for the first time the Horizon HD infrared camera at IDEX 2015
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Ateed, an Automated Weapon Station, is presented by MIC-Sudan at IDEX 2015

At IDEX 2015, Military Industry Corporation - Sudan presented its Ateed remote weapon station. Ateed is capable of operating either a 12.7mm HMG or a 7.62mm MG and merges advanced surveillance and detection capabilites of its sensors to achieve excellent battlefield performance and raise weapon effectiveness.

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Paramount Group and Jordan sign contract at IDEX 2015 for 50 Mbombe infantry combat vehicles

Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately owned defence and aerospace business and Jordan’s state-owned defence company, the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) has today signed a major contract for the production of the world’s most advanced armoured combat vehicles, the 6x6 Mbombe infantry combat vehicle, which is specifically designed to meet the demands of modern conflicts around the world. 
Paramount Group's Mbombe 6x6 infantry combat vehicle scale model at IDEX 2015
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FLIR introduces new solution in thermal imaging with Merlin ASX image enhancement software

One of the consistent challenges to thermal imaging in high temperature environments is atmospheric turbulence, or scintillation, which can reduce the effective range of a sensor. As the world leader in thermal imaging technologies, FLIR is constantly working to extend the performance of our sensors, and is proud to introduce a solution to this challenge at IDEX 2015: MERLIN ASX image enhancement software. 
FLIR's MERLIN ASX will improve imaging performance thank's to its anti-scintillation technology
(left, a raw picture and right, picture improved by MERLIN ASX)
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Scott Safety reveals smart innovations for respiratory protection at Abu Dhabi

Scott Safety, a global leader in solutions for respiratory protection, is showcasing leading ranges for the defence and security community at IDEX 2015. With over 75 years of experience of providing the highest standards in design and manufacture for military respiratory protection equipment, Scott Safety has developed market-leading solutions to provide the highest levels of protection and comfort in some of the most hazardous environments. 
Scott Safety's innovative range of respiratory protections at IDEX 2015 
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