21 Feb 21. L3Harris Technologies to Launch Industry’s Smallest Multi-Channel, Multi-Mission Vehicular Radio.
- Three times smaller than any other multi-channel vehicular radio
- Offers low SWaP, full-spectrum versatility
- Provides interoperability across every echelon of the battlefield
IDEX 2021: STAND 03-C10] — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) will introduce the industry’s smallest multi-channel, multi-mission radio at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2021 in Abu Dhabi February 21-25.
This RF-7850D radio provides users the choice of either two simultaneous 30-512 MHz channels, or an optional second channel for continuous coverage spanning 30-2500 MHz. When used in a vehicular application, the RF-7850D mounts in a low-profile chassis, is easy to install and concealed without interfering with vehicle navigation and passenger egress.
The RF-7850D leverages the TDMA Networking Waveform (TNW) family for true simultaneous voice and data services over wideband, narrowband and ECCM channels. It is interoperable with legacy Falcon® II systems and is software-defined, ready to interface with next-generation waveforms and networking technology.
The RF-7850D also includes the L3Harris Mission Module interface, supporting additional technologies and custom capabilities, ranging from new waveforms to commercial solutions. Users can employ the RF-7850D to crossband three disparate networks together simultaneously, into a single all-informed network.
“The 7850D is the only radio in its class providing interoperability across every echelon of the battlefield, bridging communication from the tactical edge to the VHF and UHF mid-tier and the airborne tier,” said Bryant Henson, President, Tactical Communications, L3Harris. “It is the ultimate in SWaP-reduced multi-channel communications for tactical vehicles and Tactical Operations Centers.”
(Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
21 Feb 21. EDGE Group Unveils UAVs. EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond, today launches its first family of multirotor loitering munitions, the QX range.
The QX family of loitering munitions comprises four products: QX-1, a micro-UAV, QX-2, a mini-UAV, QX-3, a small UAV, and QX-4, which features an impressive vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed wing. The precision-guided systems use sophisticated AI algorithms to target and strike, boasting an accuracy of 1 m Circular Error Probable (CEP) – with an aim similar to laser guided munitions. Built to launch in any environment or terrain, the entire QX family of UAVs are lightweight, man portable and comprise VTOL capabilities.
The second range of loitering munitions consists of SHADOW 50 and SHADOW 25. As the name implies, the former can carry a payload of 50kg, whereas the latter is a high-speed system equipped with a jet engine and boasts a short reaction time. Delivering high precision strike against fixed targets and advanced guidance capabilities, these UAVs leverage Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and can fly using video navigation systems in GPS denied Environment.
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Also launched on Day 1 of IDEX, the RASH 2 is a fixed-wing guidance kit for mortars and other in-house designed payloads, capable of gliding in flight and directing munitions to ground targets. It is available in different sizes to accommodate varying payload capacity, range, and endurance. ADASI has secured a AED 55m contract to supply RASH 2 to the UAE Armed Forces, marking the first order of the newly launched product.
Three new additions to the RW-24 range were also launched in time for IDEX 2021. The newly unveiled RW-24 SEEKER is equipped with a thermal automatic seeker that enable greater accuracy of engagement of moving targets and increased functionality within GPS-denied environments.
The RW-24 Extended Warhead and RW-24 Extended Range variants increase the payload capacity from 8 kg to 13 kg, enabling the UAV to carry additional fuel or to increase the size of the warhead. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
21 Feb 21. Biden’s Arms Freeze on Saudi Arabia Rings Hollow as Lockheed Signs Deal With Kingdom. US President Joe Biden announced a halt to arms sales and operational support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen — which began when he was vice-president to Barack Obama in 2015 — earlier this month, followed by the removal of Yemen’s Ansarallah movement from the US list of terrorist organisations.
US President Joe Biden’s vaunted freeze on arms sales to Gulf Arab kingdoms has been belied by a deal between Lockheed Martin and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) announced a joint venture with the US aerospace and defence firm on Sunday to develop Riyadh’s “domestic defence and security capabilities”.
The new company will help build up the Saudi arms industry through “transfer of technology (ToT) and knowledge (ToK) and training of Saudi nationals to manufacture products and provide services to the Kingdom’s armed forces,” a Sami statement read.
The agreement was signed by SAMI CEO Walid Abukhaled and Lockheed Martin International Senior Vice-President Timothy Cahill at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“SAMI has been exploring avenues to help build a sustainable, self-sufficient military industries sector in the Kingdom,” said Abukhaled, “and our strong and enduring partnership with Lockheed Martin underpins our commitment.”
Cahill called the deal a “major milestone in our strategic relationship with SAMI” in line with its strategy of “providing reliable defence and security solutions that will support security and prosperity for decades to come.”
SAMI, a subsidiary of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), will have a 51 per cent stake in the venture while Lockheed Martin will control the remainder.
Early this month Biden said his was ending US operational support and arms supplies to Saudi Arabia for its six-year war on Yemen that has left at least 100,000 people dead and 80 per cent of the population in need of aid. That support began in 2015 when Biden was serving as vice-president to Barack Obama. The White House later removed Yemen’s Ansarallah movement — dominated by the Houthi clan — from its list of designated terrorist organisations and urged the force to call a ceasefire and enter talks with their Saudi opponents.
In late January his administration announced a temporary freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, pending a review. But that was viewed in the context of moves to pull out of the deal Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump struck with the UAE to sell 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth attack jets — seen as a quid pro quo for Emirati recognition of the state of Israel last year.
Only on Saturday US Congressman Ro Khanna, a member of Biden’s Democratic Party and a long-time critic of the Yemen war, hailed the president’s pronouncements on Yemen as a “profound and historic shift”.
“We’re being explicit and bold and open to the Saudis saying, ‘no, this is not a war we support’,” Khanna said. “Now I think that President Biden has made a clear statement that relationship is no longer what it once was.” (Source: Google/https://sputniknews.com/)
22 Feb 21. UAE Armed Forces sign over Dhs5bn deals on day one of Abu Dhabi defence exhibition. UAE companies secured deals worth Dhs3.939bn, accounting for 78 per cent of the overall value of the agreements
The UAE Armed Forces signed 19 deals, cumulatively worth over Dhs5bn, with local and international companies on day one of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX) 2021.
The two exhibitions commenced in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, February 21, and will continue until Thursday, February 25.
“The total amount of deals signed with international parties amounted to Dhs1.091bn, which is 22 per cent of the total value of deals. Meanwhile, the value of deals signed with UAE companies reached Dhs3.939bn, or 78 percent of the total value of deals,” said Staff Brigadier-General Mohammed Al Hassani, official spokesperson of the IDEX and NAVDEX.
Of these, seven contracts were awarded to foreign companies, and 12 were awarded to companies based in the UAE, reported state news agency WAM.
Among the Emirati companies, contracts were agreed between the UAE Armed Forces and Calidus Aerospace, purchasing the Calidus B-250 aircraft, at a value of Dhs1.69bn. Agreements were also inked with NIMR Automotive to purchase NIMR vehicles worth Dhs230.4m.
“The UAE Armed Forces have further finalised deals with the Abu Dhabi based company, the International Golden Group, purchasing ammunition and weapons for the armed forces at a value of Dhs689m,” confirmed Naval Staff Colonel Fahed Nasser Al Thehli, official spokesperson for NAVDEX.
Deals were also agreed with Al Masaood, providing spare parts and maintenance for a Leclerc tank and spare parts for Oshkosh Defence vehicles, valued at Dhs250m.
GAL, part of the EDGE Group, agreed a deal with the UAE Armed Forces to provide technical support for the air navigation systems of the UAE’s Joint Aviation Command, at a value of Dhs410m. Contracts were also finalised with Bin Hilal Enterprises, supplying spare parts, repair, and technical support for the General Maintenance Corp, with a value of Dhs45m.
The other deals included a Dhs35.4m agreement signed with Al Fattan Marine Services to buy coastal patrol boats, helping enable vital installations and coastal protection. Also, another contract was signed with Etihad Ship Building, providing technical support alongside spare parts for boats and naval vessels at a value of Dhs60m.
The UAE Armed Forces have also signed deals with AMMROC, another subsidiary of EDGE Group, to review the efficiency and ensure the combat readiness of aircraft of the UAE’s Joint Aviation Command, with the total value of Dhs175m. Wolf Sbane WholeSale of Military Equipment Trading also signed deals to install chemical, radiation detection, and early warning devices for the Chemical Defence Command. In addition, a contract was signed with Maximus Air, to charter air freight services for the Armed Forces, worth Dhs293m.
Lieutenant-Colonel Staff Maya Rashid Almazrouei, spokesperson for IDEX and NAVDEX added, the international agreements reached with the UAE Armed Forces included a deal with the German company, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, to develop technology for ground forces’ engagement, with a value of Dhs57m, while a contract was also agreed with Insitu to purchase integrator drones systems, with a value of Dhs405m.
Another deal was signed with the Serbian company, Yugoimport, to provide shells and artillery for land engagement, with a value of Dhs74m. Contracts were also agreed with Tecnobit to provide artillery simulators for land units, and a contract has been confirmed with the French company Thales SIX to develop the GATR-T Communication System for the UAE Air Defence Forces, in a deal worth Dhs350m.
Also, another agreement struck with Denel SOC, trading as Denel Dynamics, to provide an unmanned drone system, Seeker 400 UAE, to the Presidential Guard Command was valued at Dhs50m. Contracts were also signed with the French company, Ouvry SAS, to purchase preventative missions for chemical defence, at a value of Dhs101m.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visited several national and international pavilions at IDEX on Monday. During his visit, he was introduced to the representatives of participating countries and senior officials from the event’s exhibitors, and was also briefed about their key products and innovations in the field of smart defence technologies.
22 Feb 21. Steadicopter, a leader in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry, is expanding the applications for the Black Eagle family to include homeland security, police, offshore and military ISR missions. Exhibiting for the first time at the IDEX event, the company will highlight the capabilities of the lightweight unmanned robotic helicopter that enable it to meet the various challenges of HLS, military forces and law enforcement agencies.
The company has recently signed a number of cooperation agreements with Israeli companies with technological leadership, among them is Simplex – a leading developer of unique, groundbreaking drone control technology, enabling operations of multiple drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).
The integration of FlightOps.io Drone Operating system, by Simplex-C2, with the Steadicopter, Black Eagle will enhance the platform’s autonomous operational capabilities.
The FlightOps Drone OS is installed onboard the Black Eagle thus upgrades its autonomous capabilities turning it into a smart, mission aware robot that can operate in shared airspace, making smart autonomous decisions in real time and significantly increasing mission capabilities, efficiency and safety of flight.
This unique integration also allows the operation of multi-UAS in cooperation with other types of systems, sensors and unmanned aircrafts performing collaborative complex missions.
The FlightOps web-based Ground control application provides an easy yet powerful multi-mission and multi-UAS control using a single operator.
“Recently, we launched the Black Eagle 50E and Black Eagle 25E, featuring electric propulsion, adapted for naval and ground forces missions,” says Noam Lidor, Sales & Marketing Director at Steadicopter. “We identified an immediate need for an unmanned platform that would provide mission flexibility. The Black Eagle family now has open architecture that enables much-needed integration, in accordance with user requirements. In order to provide a comprehensive solution to our customers around the world, as well as addressing the specific needs in this region, we have carried out extensive collaborations, with the result that the Black Eagle can already carry out a wide range of missions, including the use of the most advanced payloads.”
“Other collaboration we are proud of are with Downwind – a leading provider of UAS services and critical support for both government and civilian applications; and Simlat – the industry leader in simulation for UAS”. Lidor adds.
These collaborations are expanding the offering by Steadicopter, turning the company into a provider of integrative solutions to homeland security, military and law enforcement forces.
Black Eagle RUAV
The Black Eagle Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (RUAV) is a robotic observation system for civil, military, and homeland security missions. From a wide variety of OPVs to the busiest offshore platforms, the Black Eagle family of products offers a comprehensive solution for highly-demanding maritime applications, such as infrastructure security, Exclusive Economic Zone enforcement, anti-piracy and unauthorized fishing, search & rescue, offshore cargo supply and more. All Black Eagle systems are certified for use in the harshest maritime operating scenarios, according to the IP67 environmental standards.
Black Eagle 25E – designed for weights of up to 25 kg, the Black Eagle 25E is suitable for tactical-urban missions, while meeting the strictest weight and category regulations.
Black Eagle 50E – with an electricity-powered engine, the Black Eagle 50E system is extremely lightweight, enabling additional payload capacity, giving the user the highest level of mission versatility for covert operations. Weighing only 18 kg as a platform, each model has the capacity to carry additional batteries for longer flights, heavier payloads and more.
With a zero-logistic footprint, both the Black Eagle 25E and 50E are the perfect fit for the ever-important maritime domain. The small dimensions of the platform within the small-tactical unmanned aerial systems (STUAS) allow for efficient and safe operation.
22 Feb 21. International Defence Conference 2021 Concludes in Abu Dhabi. Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the International Defence Conference (IDC 2021), concluded Saturday 20 February. The conference was held for the first time in a hybrid format, with attendees being welcomed virtually and in-person.
Held at the ADNOC Business Center, the conference brought together over 24 experts and specialists in the defence sector, with over 2,400 delegates from 80 nations joining the conference.
Held under the theme of ‘The Prosperity and Development of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology and the Protection in the Era of the 4IR’, the conference is organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and the Tawazun Economic Council (Tawazun), in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the General Command of the UAE Armed Forces. The conference was held prior to the launch of the International Defence Exhibition and the Naval Defence Exhibition (IDEX and NAVDEX) 2021, which is taking place from 21-25 February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre.
H.E. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs in the UAE, inaugurated the conference. His Excellency highlighted how the UAE plays a critical role in advancing global defence industries. Subsequently, four main sessions were held, with the participation of a group of Emirati and international figures specialised in topics including defence affairs, advanced technology, and the fourth industrial revolution.
“The United Arab Emirates have harnessed the wealth of possibilities made available by using advanced technology and artificial intelligence. Our nation has coped with the pandemic on the local and global stage effectively and efficiently. In spite of the darkest of circumstances, the UAE continues to achieve momentous scientific and cultural achievements. Furthermore, we extended the hand of friendship to many nations around the world struggling during this time. Our nation exemplified the model of driving disruptive, yet systematic progress. We are a capital of tolerance; a beacon for peaceful coexistence. Our achievements are achievements for all of humanity,” he commented.
“Today, we hold an excellent opportunity to discuss how to protect the development of artificial intelligence and cutting-edge technology. Furthermore, we can confer on how the pandemic has impacted supply chains for global private sector companies, including industries such as healthcare, transportation, and of course, defence. The pandemic has forced us to reconsider supply chains, ensuring they are more resilient to face future challenges.” the Minister added.
“Additionally, technologies of the fourth industrial revolution are crucial for future defence capabilities. This is particularly pertinent as a number of these revolutionary methods greatly differ from traditional defence industries. Our industry has to work together to protect these pieces of technology from being used by malevolent state and non-state actors. The defence sector must co-operate carefully with a wide range of stakeholders in order to accelerate innovation and integrate new and modern technologies into our daily practice.”
“The rapid influx of technology is creating greater complexity in the defence sector. As such, research and development in the security sector is increasingly critical to building more secure defence infrastructure. Of greatest concern is the need for cooperation between researchers working in the public sector, the private sector, and academia. We need to ensure that defence applications of the fourth industrial revolution continue to evolve, and accordingly, establishing centres for extensive research and testing is of serious gravity,” the Minister added.
“Finally, we must meticulously examine how cyber security aligns with technological transformation. Future defence confrontation will take place in the realm of the digital. Government and non-governmental organisations must carefully collaborate to realise tactical, operational, and strategic digital defence protocols. Our world is now intricately interwoven electronically, and the need of cybersecurity to protect that world is paramount, particularly in the realm of defence.”
The first session, held under the title ‘Exploring innovative opportunities in supply-chain ecosystem management beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic’, welcomed H.E. Suhail Bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei; Helmut Rauch, CEO & President of Diehl Defence; and Tim Cahill, Senior Vice President at Lockheed Martin International. This session is moderated by Badr Al Olama, Head of Mubadala Aerospace – Mubadala Investment Company.
The second session, held under the title ‘Protecting AI and other technologies of the fourth industrial revolution technologies in the age of collaboration and diffusion’, was joined by H.E. Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama; Micael Johansson, Chief Executive Officer at Saab Group; Heidi Grant, Director of the Defence Security Cooperation Agency in the United States of America, and Eric Papin, Executive VP Technical and Innovation Officer, Naval Group. This session is moderated by Tate Nurkin, CEO and President of the OTH Intelligence Group and Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
The third session focused on ‘Strengthening the defence industries R&D in an increasingly dynamic global context’. Participants on this session included: Faisal Al Bannai, CEO and Managing Director of EDGE; His Excellency Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani, CEO of the Tawazun Economic Council; Dr. Uzi Rubin, Senior Researcher at the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security; Kim Yoon Seok, Deputy Minister Office of Military Force and Resource Management in South Korea; and Lieutenant General (rtd) Theodoros LAGIOS HAF, General Director of General Directorate for Defence Investments and Armaments (GDDIA). This session is moderated by Dr. Noah Raford, Chief of Global Affairs and Futurist-in-Chief, Dubai Future Foundation.
The Conference concluded with the fourth session entitled ‘A holistic view on cyber security resiliency during the era of digital transformation.’ Speaking at the session were: H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security for the UAE Government; Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi AVSM NM, Director General of Naval Operations; Dr. Najwa Aaraj, Chief Researcher at the Cryptography Research Centre at the Technology Innovation Institute; Marco Obiso, Cybersecurity Coordinator at the International Telecommunication Union; and Tõnu Tammer, Executive Director of CERT-EE in the Estonian Information System Authority. This session will be moderated by Dr. Bushra AlBlooshi, Head of Research and Innovation at the Dubai Electronic Security Centre.
19 Feb 21. Lockheed Martin to Present Innovative Defense Capabilities at IDEX 2021. Lockheed Martin, the U.S.-based global technology leader, will showcase its latest defense solutions at the 15th edition ofthe International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), taking place in Abu Dhabi, UnitedArab Emirates, from February 21 to 25, 2021.
Attendees at IDEX 2021 will experience the company’s next-generation aircraft, rotary systems,air and missile defense technologies, as well as command and control systems, and advancedsimulation and training solutions, all in compliance with strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure thesafety of visitors and exhibitors.
“At Lockheed Martin, we are committed to supporting our regional partners as they navigate anevolving and increasingly complex geopolitical environment,” said Robert S. Harward, ChiefExecutive for Lockheed Martin in the Middle East.
“At IDEX this year, we look forward toshowcasing our most innovative defense capabilities and engaging with our partners to advancetheir national defense and human capital development agendas,” he added.
As the only event of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, IDEX brings together topexperts every two years, including government and military leaders, to discuss the future ofdefense technology across the land, sea, air, and space domains.
Prior to the exhibition, during the one-day International Defense Conference (IDC), Tim Cahill,Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin International, will headline a high-level paneldiscussion titled “Exploring innovative opportunities in supply-chain ecosystem managementbeyond the COVID-19 pandemic.” Taking place on Feb. 20, the panel will look at the qualitativetrends and technologies shaping strategic-sector manufacturing with a focus on the defenseindustry.
Lockheed Martin has been a committed partner to the Middle East region for more than 50years. Today, the company’s presence has moved beyond defense systems to provide variousproducts and services, technical support, and educational expertise to strengthen the defenseindustry and expand in-country capabilities.
The company will display its world-class innovations during IDEX at Stand 01-A11 inside theAbu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security andaerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principallyengaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment ofadvanced technology systems, products and services. (Source: Al Defaiya)
19 Feb 21. InVeris to Display Virtual, Live-Fire Training Solutions at IDEX 2021. InVeris Training Solutions, the leading provider of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training products and services for armed forces and law enforcement, will display a broad range of innovative solutions on two stands during the biennial International Defence Exhibition and Conference at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in the UAE, on 21-25 February 2021.
IDEX will be InVeris’ first major international trade show following its rebranding in October 2020 from Meggitt Training Systems.
“Thanks to new, dynamic ownership, InVeris Training Solutions is now better positioned than ever to deliver superior in-house military and law enforcement expertise, combined with local support across our portfolio,” said Andrea Czop, Vice President of Strategy, Sales and Marketing.
“Our advanced virtual, live-fire and integrated solutions can help Middle Eastern and other military forces better prepare to act at a moment’s notice to counter emerging and evolving threats,” she added.
The company will have a dual presence at IDEX again for 2021. At stand 02-A01, InVeris will showcase its extensive live-fire portfolio, including models of three key products: The GranTrap™ granulated rubber bullet trap, Shoot House Optimized for Tactical Training (SHOTT™) tactical environment for critical skills training, and Road Range™ self-contained, transportable weapons training facility. Targeting systems will also feature prominently, including the XWT, the industry’s first wireless, 360-degree turning target retrieval system, as well as the Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target (MF-SIT) that can respond to hits or a pre-programmed scenario, ensuring trainees do not anticipate target actions. Finally, the LOMAH (location of miss and hit) system provides the information needed to accurately display shot grouping and zeroing of weapons more effectively, resulting in improved marksmanship skills. Combined with a variety of shooting lanes and control systems, no other company can provide a comparable total firing range solution.
On the International Golden Group stand (04-C20), InVeris will display the FATS® 180MIL simulation training system that puts users in the action, facing realistic pressures while maintaining situational awareness. The system utilizes the same high-fidelity ballistic engine validated by the US Army, Marine Corps and other military customers. The FATS 180MIL at IDEX will be complemented by a selection of simulated weapons, including the wireless M249 BlueFire®, M24 Sniper Rifle (Remington 700), M4 BlueFire, Glock 17 BlueFire and AK-47. For more than three decades, FATS has been the leader in virtual training, serving as the system of record for NATO military forces and other allies, along with law enforcement departments around the world. The FATS 180MIL and 300MIL are InVeris’ latest offerings in this market.
InVeris Training Solutions combines an agile approach with an unmatched expertise in training technology to design and deliver customized, cutting-edge, first-rate training solutions that keep military, law enforcement, private and commercial range clients safe, prepared and ready to serve – Because Seconds Matter™.
With a portfolio of technology-enabled training solutions, and a team of 400 employees driven to innovate, InVeris Training Solutions is the global leader in integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training solutions. With its legacy companies, FATS® and Caswell, InVeris Training Solutions has fielded over 15,000 live-fire ranges and 7,500 virtual systems globally during its 90-year history.
The company is headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA and partners with clients in the US and around the world from facilities on five continents. (Source: Al Defaiya)
19 Feb 21. SAMI Represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at IDEX 2021. In keeping with its commitment to developing the capabilities of Saudi Arabia’s military industries sector and continuing to play an active role in localizing the Kingdom’s military spending, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), will participate in the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) 2021 under the title ‘Invest Saudi’ through the Saudi Pavilion.
Supervised by the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), the Saudi Pavilion will bring together several major Saudi national institutions and companies specialized in the field of military and security industries. The exhibition will be held from 21 to 25 February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.
SAMI aims to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the international exhibition and support the vision of the Kingdom’s leadership for the military industries sector. SAMI also supports PIF’s efforts in localizing cutting-edge technology and knowledge, as well as building strategic economic partnerships. The national defense champion seeks to contribute toward the localization of over 50% of the Kingdom’s military industries sector by 2030.
Besides, SAMI will exhibit its most significant accomplishments in the sector and its local capabilities in meeting the operational needs of the military. SAMI’s participation comes at a time when Saudi Arabia’s military industries sector is witnessing unprecedented support in terms of empowering local manufacturers, developing promising local companies, and supporting major national companies to strengthen their position globally.
SAMI will also showcase its innovative military products and comprehensive defense systems, spread across its Land Systems, Aeronautics, Defense Electronics, Weapons and Missiles, and Emerging Technologies divisions. SAMI’s exhibits will also include the products and technologies developed by its affiliates Advanced Electronics Company – AEC (a wholly-owned subsidiary), Accessories and Components Company (AACC), SAMI Navantia Naval Industries (a joint venture with Navantia S.A.), SAMI L3Harris Technologies (a joint venture with L3Harris Technologies), and SAMI CMI Defense Systems (a joint venture with CMI Group).
Established in May 2017, SAMI operates four major divisions, including Aeronautics, Land Systems, Weapons and Missiles, and Defense Electronics. SAMI is owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) – Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.
SAMI is planning to invest up to $1.8 billion (SR7 billion) during the coming period, in strategic partnerships, projects, and certain acquisitions, CEO Walid Abukhaled said in a recent interview on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative (FFI) Summit which took place on 27-28 January 2021 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
SAMI is also aiming at to be ranked among the top 25 defense companies in the world by 2030, and the acquisition of AEC has given it a big push in that direction, taking many years off the timescale toward that goal.
Earlier this month, SAMI has successfully launched a new joint venture (JV) with L3Harris Technologies, one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense systems manufacturers.
SAMI L3Harris Technologies has been created with the goal of accelerating SAMI’s growth by developing advanced communication, sensor, and integrated mission systems capabilities in support of Saudi Arabia’s armed and security forces.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s third-biggest defense spender and until recently it imported virtually all of its military equipment from abroad. (Source: Al Defaiya)
22 Feb 21. Russia Introduces Anti-UAV System at IDEX 2021. On February 22, Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state mediator in arms trade, is holding a public presentation of the Integrated Counter UAV System. The presentation will be run within the frame work of the IDEX 2021 International Defense Exhibition in Abu Dhabi within the Russian national pavilion in Hall 12.
The counter UAV measures have become a hot subject after a number of drones’ attacks in Middle East and successful UAVs performance within Azerbaijani operation in Nagornyi Karabakh. The system is claimed being capable of effectively countering attacks by unmanned aerial vehicles, combining electronic warfare and air defense systems of various classes.
The system being proposed by Russia includes radars to track a various UAVs as well as jamming devices and SHORADs vehicles.
The anti-UAV jamming systems are claimed to be effective against light- and partly medium-class drones. These assets are capable of countering a massive air raid by unmanned aerial vehicles by suppressing their command/telemetry and navigation channels. According to Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) the system has been effectively operated at the Russian military bases in Syria where all the terrorists’ attacks employing drones have been successfully repulsed.
Among the anti-UAV jamming equipment to be presented at IDEX is the Repellent-Patrol EW system is to provide areal coverage of the territories. The long-range system is capable of jamming drones at a range of up to 20 km, stated the Rosoboronexport press-service.
The Kupol and Rubezh-Avtomatika systems are to carry out continuous radio surveillance and create a protective dome over the installation. They are said to manage an impenetrable barrier to repel attacks not only by single drones, but also their massive use from different directions and altitudes within a radius of at least 3 km.
The Pishchal electromagnetic gun is one of the lightest handheld jammers on the market, weighing a mere about 3.5 kg. It can jam UAV control/navigation channels at a range of 2 km.
As a hard-kill component of its counter UAV system, Rosoboronexport offers short-range air defense systems, in particular, High-Precision Weapons (HPW) Tula-based Shipunov KBP Pantsir-S1M self-propelled anti-aircraft gun/missile (SPAAGM) system or Izhevsk-based KUPOL Tor-type SAM system. According to the KBP Head designer Valery Slugin, the company has been developing smaller missiles to be employed particularly against the drones. The new missile is to be approximately 4 times smaller of the existing one to increase the ammunition load of every Pantsir combat vehicle respectively.
These systems are capable of effectively engaging a variety of air attack weapons, including UAVs. The Pantsir-S1M has missile and gun armament and destroys air targets at up to 30 km in range and up to 18 km in altitude. The Tor-M2E’s engagement envelope against air targets is 15 km in range and 10 km in altitude.
The close-range air defense will be provided by the Verba or Igla-S MANPADS, both being designed and manufactured by the Kolomna-based KBM of HPW, as well as the Gibka-S MANPADS squad combat vehicles, capable of firing Verba or Igla-S. These weapons are to destroy targets at a maximum range of 6 km at altitudes from several meters up to 3.5 km.
The integrated use of the proposed electronic warfare and air defense assets will enable effective countermeasures against UAVs of any class provided air enemy reconnaissance and automated control systems are in place. Rosoboronexport claims to offer a tailor-made solution for any customer to incorporate the above mentioned anti-UAV system within the frame work of national defense of each nation. (Source: Al Defaiya)
22 Feb 21. Nexter Exhibits its Range of Products & Services at IDEX 2021. From 21 to 25 February 2021, Nexter Group is presenting its products and know-how on its stand (CP 320) at the 2021 edition of the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
By taking part in IDEX, Nexter is responding to one of the few defence industry events to be held in the first half of 2021. This exhibition is an opportunity for the Group, a long-standing partner of theUAE, to showcase a varied range of technological products and services.
Nexter has been supporting the UAE armed forces for more than 20 years in the maintenance and technical support of the Leclerc (XL) tank. Today, Nexter wants to strengthen this long-term relationship with,on the one hand, the renovation of the Leclerc tank, just as the French army is launching its program to ensure its longevity. On the other hand, Nexter reiterates its interest in setting up joint projects to develop new local activities.
Nexter Group is represented at IDEX by several of its subsidiaries, Nexter Systems, Nexter Robotics, Nexter Munitions, Nexter Training, as well as CTAi, the joint venture with BAE Systems. In addition to presentations dedicated to innovation within the group, several flagship products are on display:
• Leclerc Tank (XL): An Emirati Leclerc tank welcomes visitors to the stand with 120mm ammunition. Nexter is delighted with the project announced by the UAE to renovate their tank fleet. Indeed, France has launched, through the SCORPION program, the renovation of 200 Leclerc tanks between 2020 and 2028. This modernization will increase the operational capacity of the tank by integrating the latest generation common equipment (SICS and vetronics) into all SCORPION equipment.
• TITUS Extended Mission: The TITUS 6×6 armored vehicle integrates a Nexter ARX25 turret. This multi-role armored vehicle (troop transport, reconnaissance, NBC, artillery) is adapted to the geography of the Middle East, due to its motorization and crossing capabilities. Designed for urban combat, it offers excellent maneuverability and an exceptional turning radius. The TITUS is enhanced by integrating robots (NERVA on the ground and IXOS-LG from the roof) on the body, enabling the crew to extend its observation capabilities without exposing itself to the outside of the vehicle.
• CAESAR 6×6: The CAESAR 6×6 self-supporting gun in sand version installed on the stand belongs to the 5th cuirassiers regiment based in Abu Dhabi. Due to its combat experience, mobility and stealth, the CAESAR enjoys an excellent reputation in France and in the field of artillery internationally. Recently, Denmark and Morocco selected it to renew their fire support capabilities.
• Robotics: The robots of the Nerva range with their different modules are demonstrated by Nexter Robotics teams around the stand. The large robots (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) offer various capacities: mule, convoy tracking, transporting shell boxes, etc.
• Nexter is exhibiting its ammunition, ranging from 20 to 155mm. In the field of artillery, Nexter is exhibiting conventional 105 and 155mm ammunition and smart ammunition (SPACIDO, BONUS, KATANA). The BONUS shell equips many NATO armies, including the United States. With more than 10,000 units sold, it is still in production. In addition to tank ammunition, the stand includes medium-caliber ammunition, 81mm and 120mm mortars and 76mm naval ammunition.
• Medium-Caliber: Nexter is presenting its range of medium-caliber weapons. Rapidfire, recently ordered for the French Navy, is equipped with the 40 CTA gun that arms the new generations of land armoured vehicles in France (JAGUAR), Great Britain (Ajax Warrior) and Belgium (CaMo). Conventional land ammunition and the A3B (Anti-Aerial AirBurst) smart munition give it ground-to-air and ground-to-ground capabilities. This system can be integrated on the Titus. In addition, the 30mm cannon that equips the Tiger helicopter and the P20 mount for Special Forces 4×4 vehicles will be on the stand.
• Support: Customer Services Department is presenting the services that Nexter can provide in the areas of training (Nexter Training is invited to the Al Hamra partner’s stand) and in-service support. In addition, CAESAR parts made by additive manufacturing testify to the Group’s know-how and innovation.
Nexter, the leading French land defense company and third European player in the ammunition sector is part of the KNDS Group. The scope of its business includes as well the supply of weapon systems and ammunition for air and naval forces. Nexter also provides systems and protection solutions in the field of homeland security.
The group continues to apply its international development policy with 69% of the order intake in 2019 intended for the export market. In France, Nexter is fully committed to meeting the objectives of the SCORPION program, through the upgrade of the Leclerc tank and the development of the VBMR GRIFFON and EBRC JAGUAR vehicles within the temporary business venture between Nexter, Thales and Arquus, as well as the Lightweight VBMR SERVAL.
Nexter’s 2019 turnover amounted to €2.5bn. The group’s range of products also includes TITUS® and VBCI armored vehicles, CAESAR® and 105LG1 artillery systems, smart ammunition (BONUS), robots, many equipment, as well as customer service, support and revaluation.
(Source: Al Defaiya)
22 Feb 21. Arquus launches its new Hornet Business Unit to offer its RCWS worldwide. On Monday, February 22nd, Arquus has officially launched a new division dedicated to the global development and marketing of the company’s Remote-Controlled Weapon Systems: the Hornet Business Unit. Unveiled for the very first time at IDEX 2021, the Hornet Business Unit originates from decades of designing state-of-the-art military vehicles and fitting them with the most advanced equipment. From IDEX 2021 on, the Hornet BU will be offering the brand-new RCWS of the Hornet range, namely the flagship Hornet and the lightweight Hornet Lite.
Expert of land mobility, Arquus has always used its knowledge to create world-defining and iconic vehicles which achieve the perfect equilibrium between mobility, protection, and firepower, thus dominating in the battlefield.
RCWS are now at the heart of modern land combat. They offer protection and accuracy to the gunner, versatility, tactical overview, and collaborative combat capabilities to the commander. Having designed and engineered systems that deal with system stabilization, weapon adaptation and firing accuracy, Arquus has decided to take up the challenge of combining modern military vehicles and efficient weapon systems, built for accuracy, stability, lightness, compacity.
Since 2015, Arquus has been putting together all its on-field expertise and in-house technologies, providing with a complete range of high-performance RCWS: the Hornet family, now offered worldwide by the Hornet Business Unit.
In 2016, the Hornet RCWS scored their first order from the French Army. The Hornet is now being delivered to the French Army, with 1,700 units already ordered and qualified by the French Army. They provide with unmatchable on-the-move observation, firepower and protection capabilities for only 220 kg above the roof including an M2HB machine gun with 300 rounds.
Hornet RCWS have been equipping Griffon vehicles since 2019 and will be deployed on all the Army’s new combat vehicles, namely the Griffon, the Jaguar and the Serval. The Hornet RCWS are key for the collaborative combat capabilities offered by the Scorpion program, as any RCWS from any vehicle will be able to react to a threat detected by another vehicle and engage it. They will be at the heart of the Army’s operational deployments in the decades to come.
Building on the experience of the Scorpion program’s RCWS, the Hornet Division now offers high-end remote-controlled weapon stations, fitted with the most advanced technologies and capabilities. The current offer currently comprises the Hornet, the flagship product of the new RCWS range and the lightweight Hornet Lite. These systems bring all equipped vehicles to a new level by fully enhancing their capabilities.
The Hornet RCWS combine the mastery of several highly technical fields: precision engineering and mechanics, secure electronics, optronics, image processing, dynamic electrical servocontrol. They benefit from the most modern and advanced technologies: full HD digital image chain, extended connectivity with the vetronics, tactical overview sharing thanks to augmented reality. A Hornet RCWS provides with the information, reduces the processing time, improves the efficiency of the response and ultimately ensures the protection of the vehicles and their crews.
Flagship of the new range, the Hornet offers top-of-the-market performance, especially on the move. It is gyrostabilized from the optronics block, allowing for exceptional stability and accuracy.
Fitted with a Sensor Unit designed in close cooperation with the world-class optronics company, Safran Electronics & Defense, the system offers unique performance with a full digital optronics unit and a 13’3 16/9 full HD screen. The Sensor Unit has an uncooled thermal camera and three daylight cameras for wide area awareness and target identification with continuous zoom and an eye-safe laser rangefinder. The user can seamlessly switch between day and night cameras. With its high-performance optics/optronics, the Hornet RCWS also serves as a first-class targeting device granting tactical vision and red force tracking to all units in the task group.
The system is C4I agnostic – capable of integration with Arquus Battlenet or any interface system with capabilities such as Slew-to- Cue and Far Target Location. It is compatible with the most advanced features, such as Blue Force Tracking and augmented reality applications.
Served by ISR rated sensors, a two-axis gyro-stabilized turret and a two-axis detached line of sight, the Hornet delivers highly accurate firing. The first round hit probability is enhanced by a sophisticated ballistic solution system that takes various parameters such as weapon, ammunition type, range, target motion and vehicle behavior into account. Fire control assistance, optimized man-machine interface and high-class security standards provide a ready-to-use and easy to deploy weapon system. The Hornet is qualified with 12.7 M2HB, 7.62 MAG58 and 40 mm HK GPMG. Its third, wide-angle camera provides with situational awareness, allowing both the gunner and the commander to keep a clear picture of their surroundings at all time without getting out of the vehicle.
To increase survivability on the battlefield, the Hornet RCWS is fitted with an exclusive, independent smoke launcher system which can conceal the vehicle to avoid detection or react immediately to a threat. With the Hornet RCWS, Arquus has a game-changer with an exclusive design based on an independent ring carrying eight smoke grenade launchers. When an armored vehicle is illuminated by a laser rangefinder or a beam rider, the Hornet, fitted with a Laser Warning System turns to face the threat and engages the smoke protection automatically or manually. As the weapon axis and the smoke grenade axis are independent, the gunner can keep the weapon trained on the tactical mission underway.
The Hornet RCWS is armored and protected against the threats of the battlefield. It is fitted with a high-level native protection to shield all sensitive components, effectively allowing for optimal availability and survivability in combat. It also comes with a transport mode which covers the optronics and protects the RCWS’ front.
The Hornet RCWS is also equipped with a world-unique, exclusive cleaning feature which guarantees the optronics’ availability at all times, including in the most demanding terrains and weather conditions. The RCWS’ gunner is thus able to focus on combat or surveillance operations without having to check the system or expose himself outside the vehicle.
On top of the RCWS themselves, the Hornet Business Unit will also be able to offer comprehensive maintenance and training services to maximize the RCWS’ service life and the operators’ performance. These services include digitalized, real-time maintenance support, as well as computer-based simulations and console training.
21 Feb 21. Iveco Defence Vehicles at IDEX. IDEX 2021 (21st – 25th February) represents not only a symbolic restart but also gives Iveco
Defence Vehicles the chance to display its newest developments and to highlight its latest commercial successes to customers and visitors to the show.
MTV – Medium Tactical Vehicle
Iveco Defence Vehicles benefits from a consolidated experience in the domain of multirole protected vehicles, with the best seller Light Multirole Vehicle LMV 1, adopted by 14 Countries, and the heavier Medium Protected Vehicle MPV in service in Italy and Lebanon.
Both vehicles have already been extensively deployed in high-risk operations where a great number of soldiers have been saved during ballistic/mines/IEDs attacks, fulfilling one of the primary goals required by any customer.
The range has been completed by a brand-new vehicle, the Medium Tactical Vehicle MTV, presented in IDEX for the first time. Iveco Defence Vehicles multirole vehicles range now includes vehicles between 7 and 19 tons GVW: MUV – Multirole Utility Vehicle, LMV 1 and LMV 2 – Light Multirole Vehicle, MPV – Medium Protected Vehicle and the new-born MTV
– Medium Tactical Vehicle, with a GVW of 12.000 kg, which fills a gap much requested by the market. MTV is a modular and versatile vehicle platform, common base for all its variants, both
protected and unprotected. This high-performance vehicle efficiently adapts to a variety of users: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Units and Military Police. The common elements of the different variants are the 6-cylinders 6.7 liters Diesel engine,
able to reach 207 kW of power and 1000 Nm of torque, the automated transmission and the permanent 4×4 wheel-drive with 3 fully lockable differentials and high and low gears.
Protection is a fundamental feature as well: Iveco Defence Vehicles has made use of its deep expertise gained with LMV and MPV platforms. MTV variants, short and long cab and monocoque, are manufactured from ballistic steel and benefit from an add-on steel protection kit, which increases the ballistic and blast protection levels.
In terms of crew transportation, the Soft-Top and Hard-Top versions can accommodate a team of 2+2. The Pick-up can accommodate a crew of 2. The Casualty transport can accommodate a crew of 2+2 lying or 2+4 sitting casualties. The Military Police / Air Force
Security Vehicle can accommodate a crew of 2+6.
Moreover, MTV benefits from the latest digital systems, with CANBUS J1939, ready for C4I systems, in combination with EMI/EMC according to standards MIL-STD 461 and AECTP
The MTV platform has been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Defence for the “DVOW 12kN and RCWS”, that foresees the procurement of 12kN vehicles, 120 of them fitted with a Remotely Controlled Weapon Station. This project has by far been the biggest procurement plan in Europe for multirole vehicles over the last 10 years, both in terms of budget and
number of vehicles. On November 28th, 2019, Iveco Defence Vehicles signed the contract with the Dutch Ministry of Defence to initially provide 918 medium multirole protected vehicles. In December 2020, an additional batch of 267 vehicles has been ordered by the
Dutch MoD increasing the fleet to a total of 1185 units.
SUPERAV Land Iveco Defence Vehicles has a long-standing tradition of excellence in developing wheeled armoured platforms that dates back to the 1930s, when the plant was established in Bolzano, Northern Italy. Since then, the company has developed several 4×4 armoured
vehicles for the Italian Army, but the most significant experience comes from the development of the Centauro 8×8 armoured fighting vehicle and its successor, the
The new SUPERAV Land 8×8 armoured vehicle represents a new era for the evolution of the company’s land platforms. Inspiration came from SUPERAV 8×8 amphibious armoured vehicle, protagonist of the US Marine Corps ACV 1.1 program, which BAE Systems was awarded, in partnership with Iveco Defence Vehicles.
SUPERAV Land has been independently developed by Iveco Defence Vehicles, starting from SUPERAV 8×8 design, with the purpose of providing a modular vehicle for land operation with higher protection level and survivability, while relying on high-level system reliability, thoroughly assessed during thousands of hours of demanding performance and
capabilities tests. Equipped with a new generation Iveco 6-cylinder multifuel engine with 700 horsepower and 3.000 Nm torque, coupled with an automatic 7 speed transmission coupled with retarder and with proprietary H-type driveline, SUPERAV Land provides unique performance in
terms of speed and acceleration, performing best-in-class mobility on all terrains. The suspended interior seat structure can host up to 8 troops while the positions for the crew are 3. Thanks to an ideal combination of power, protection and payload, SUPERAV
Land guarantees improved survivability against KE-threats, mines as well as IEDs and force protection over currently fielded systems. Its modular reinforced roof is designed to maximize compatibility with different unmanned turrets allowing uncompromised protection
for the team and ensuring higher internal volumes and ergonomics.
Nonetheless, SUPERAV Land is designed to accommodate extensive Government
Furnished Equipment, including turrets, radios, Battery Management System, intercom and Electronic Counter Measures.
The vehicle is extremely adaptable to be deployed as APC – Armoured Personnel Carrier, CP – Command Post, IFV – Infantry Fighting Vehicle and ARV – Armoured Recovery Vehicle variants.
10 Feb 21. ARMATA at IDEX 2021. The export version of the ARMATA MBT is to be a core feature of the Russian national exposition during IDEX 2021 in Abu Dhabi this February. The tank is considered to be the first real example of a third generation MBT. The Russian exposition will be organised by Rosoboronexport, state mediator for the arms trade, which is going to run regular presentations on the ARMATA for potential customers during the show. However, the real vehicle won’t be delivered to IDEX due to logistic problems arising from the COVID pandemic.
The exported variants are different in certain key elements from the systems being delivered domestically. This prevents hostile nations from obtaining crucial technology when the equipment comes into their hands, similar to the case with the PANTSIR SHORADS being handed to the US in Libya.
Mass delivery of the ARMATA to the Russian Army will commence this year, according to Rostec State Corporation CEO Sergey Chemezov. By the end of 2021, 132 ARMATA based machines (teamed with the sister T-15 armoured vehicle) are to enter service.
The tank is armed with a 125mm smooth bore gun within an uninhabited turret while the crew of three occupies the armored capsule inside the tank body. The machine is intended for the modern ‘network-centric warfare’ when combat vehicles share information and tasks over the battlefield. (Source: ESD Spotlight)