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Dh19 billion in military deals reached in Abu Dhabi

The final day of Idex and Navdex 2017 saw military procurement deals worth more than Dh3.4 billion, bringing the total number of sales to almost a whopping Dh19.2 billion – exceeding Idex 2015’s exhibition by almost Dh1 billion.

Naval Staff Colonel Fahed Nasser Al Thehli, Official Spokesperson of Navdex 2017, announced eight new deals on Thursday afternoon, worth over Dh344 million, which brings the total number of deals to 90 in just five days.

Five of the eight deals were signed with local organisations, while the remaining three were with foreign companies, including Germany, Turkey and Belarus.

The largest deal signed on Thursday was a contract valued Dh110 million, with Beltech Export FZE, a Belarusian company, to provide technical support.

Other large deals included a contract worth almost Dh59 million, with the UAE based company Emirates Centre for Al Imdad, to provide technical and logistical support; over Dh55 million with the Turkish based company, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S, also for technical support; Dh45 million with the UAE based company, Tasneef, to technically support for all classification procedures; Dh30 million with the UAE based company, International Golden Group (IGG), to supply metal sheets for airport runways.

Staff Brigadier-General Rashid Mohammed Al Shamsi, Official Spokesperson of Idex 2017, said the UAE Armed Forces also signed a three contract agreement with NIMR Automotive for 1,750 armoured vehicles.

Sales throughout the week did not drop below Dh3 billion – however, the largest sales were made on day two of Idex, which reached nearly Dh7 billion, mainly due to the mega deal signed by the UAE and Russia for Dh2.6 billion.

Monday’s contract with the Russian company, Rosoboronesport, included 5,000 anti-armor missiles, training and support.

Captain Humaid Sultan Bin Dalmouk, head of technical support – explosives security department, Dubai Police, told Khaleej Times he is not surprised by this year’s success in deals.

“I think Idex and Navdex 2017 has been evidently successful for all those that participated.”

“Even from our side, as Dubai Police, we were in contact with dozens of entities regarding deals relating to security solutions. We had around 20 meetings with other companies.”

He pointed out that Dubai Police are continuously searching for new and innovative ways to enhance the safety and the security of the emirate.

“It is not only security solutions that we had our eyes on during this year’s exhibition, but also the latest technologies and innovations relating to security.”

“During the deals meetings, we focus strategically on making our ideas come to life.”

He noted that although this year was the first IDEX exhibition he participated in, he will without a doubt join the upcoming exhibition in 2019.

“This exhibition has been incredible, it gave a solid chance for companies from around the world to connect with each other under one roof.”

Major General Staff Ishaw Saleh Al Balushi, Deputy Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of IDEX 2017, said he is proud of this year’s successful exhibition, which saw over 105,000 participants, including crowds of royals, government officials, as well as local and international entities from 57 countries.

“IDEX is growing as an exhibition, we put a forward plan and this year we had more exhibitors and delegations than in the past.”

“We have been committed to more contracts this year,” he added.

Major General Staff Al Balushi noted that the exhibition space was quickly sold out, highlighting that 10 more countries participated in this year’s five-day event.

“Today we see all the positive indicators that reaffirm our objectives have been achieved,” he told Khaleej Times.

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The First of Four Red Flag-Alaska Exercises Scheduled for 2018 Was Held

The First of Four Red Flag-Alaska Exercises Scheduled for 2018 Was Held

WASHINGTON (the USA), May 18, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Senior Airman Isaac Johnson/U.S. Air Force

The first of four scheduled for 2018 exercises, Red Flag-Alaska 18-1, was held from 30th April to 11th May, reported Defense News.

The other three exercises, Red Flag-Alaska 18-2, 18-3 and 19-1 are scheduled for June 11 – 22, 2018, Aug. 11 – 24, 2018, and Oct. 8 – 19, 2018 respectively.

This was the first time in the history of Red Flag-Alaska when the U.S. Air Force and Army together with NATO allies demonstrated a joint capability.

Red Flag-Alaska is a unique initiative that provides a more realistic operational training environment.

The radar technician, Staff Sgt. Ryan Goll, explained, “Red Flag-Alaska provides the type of training that is only replicable in real-life combat situations. It’s a really good example of the air-to-air component. Tracking enemy fighters and actually getting our communications gear jammed — this is more than your typical sortie or exercise; Red Flag is the most realistic training you’re going to get.”

And the air battle manager, Capt. Noel Conrard, added, “When we are at home station [training] it’s like a backyard football scrimmage; we just don’t have as many players. But at a large force exercise like Red Flag-Alaska, it’s like playing on a regular sized football field. We execute different tactics and integrate with more assets. It allows the E-3 to be used to the fullest extent of its capabilities.”

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The U.S. Marine Corps Accepted the Delivery of its First CH-53K

The U.S. Marine Corps Accepted the Delivery of its First CH-53K

JACKSONVILLE (North Carolina, the USA), May 18, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: the Marine Corps

On the 16th May, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) accepted the delivery of its first CH-53 King Stallion heavy lift helicopter at the New River Air Station in Jacksonville, North Carolina, reported Defense News.

The new acquisition of the Marine Corps is reported to be the most powerful helicopter within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

In a command release, the deputy commandant for aviation, Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder stated, “I am very proud of the work accomplished to deliver the most powerful helicopter ever designed into the hands of our Marines.”

Except its powerfulness the CH-53K also features an exceptional bearing capacity by lifting almost three times the weight of the CH-53E. The latter has been demonstrated in January, when the helicopter managed to lift a 19,000 pound (around 8,618 kg) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle at 100 feet (around 30 m) for about ten minutes.

Unfortunately, before 2019, it will not be operational.

With regard to the above, in a command release, it was explained from the Corps that, “The helicopter’s arrival to New River enters it into the Supportability Test Plan where U.S. Marines will conduct a logistical assessment on the maintenance, sustainment and overall aviation logistics support of the King Stallion.”

The first international debut of the CH-53K took place in April at ILA Berlin air show.

The intentions of the Corps include delivery of 200 CH-53Ks, eight of which are already contracted. According to Sikorsky Aircraft, the manufacturer of the CH-53K, a second one will be delivered to the Corps in the beginning of 2019.

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Zetor Engineering Presents Its Tactical Vehicles GERLACH and FOX at IDEB 2018

Zetor Engineering Presents Its Tactical Vehicles GERLACH and FOX at IDEB 2018

BRATISLAVA (Slovakia), May 17, 2018, Author: Zetor Engineering Slovakia, Photo: Zetor Engineering (GERLACH Project)

The international defence exhibition IDEB 2018 in Bratislava, from 16 to 18, 2018, welcomed lots of novelties, among which are the Armored Tactical 4×4 vehicle, GERLACH, and the lightweight tactical vehicle, FOX, presented by Zetor Engineering Slovakia, a.s., which is part of HTC INVESTMENTS, a.s.

GERLACH is a tactical vehicle that involves the latest technical, construction, as well as combat experience from this century. GERLACH offers a new level of protection, modularity, mobility and comfort for the most diverse types of deployment at a highly competitive price (the basic version starts at EUR 398.000).

Zetor Engineering Presents Its Tactical Vehicles GERLACH and FOX at IDEB 2018

Armoured Vehicle – Gerlach, Picture by Zetor Engineering

The key features of GERLACH include optional ballistic and anti-mine protection, which allows you to configure GERLACH up to protection level STANAG 4569 Volume 3, i.e. to one of the highest levels specified in the so-called IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device Systems); high mobility, which is particularly achieved thanks to unique construction solutions and the use of high-quality key components from renowned European suppliers; and a combination of comfortable crew compartment – besides the usual 2+2 and 2+3, it also offers the above-standard crew members of 2+4.

In relation to the GERLACH project, the company targets all markets where procurement or replacement of obsolete 4×4 multipurpose vehicles is under way.

For its part, FOX is a rapid deployment vehicle, which has undergone foreign military tests. It shows high off-road performance of the RDV (Rapid Deployment Vehicle) category and is intended for the needs of special forces or rapid deployment forces. The vehicle transports a four-member crew and equipment, including armaments. The key attributes of FOX include high off-road 4×4 performance, low weight, configuration adaptability in accordance with the requirements of the customers.

Zetor Engineering Presents Its Tactical Vehicles GERLACH and FOX at IDEB 2018

Rapid Development Vehicle – VOX, Picture by Zetor Engineering

The vehicle was first presented at IDET 2017. At IDEB 2018, the company is showcasing again the FOX due to the positive feedback from IDET 2017.

Zetor Engineering Slovakia was founded in June 2000. It is a professional partner for development, innovation and comprehensive delivery solutions in the field of defence industry. The GERLACH project has also involved several other companies from the engineering sector, which are also part of HTC Investment a.s. – Zetor Engineering Brno, Ltd., IPM Engineering, Ltd., as well as ZETOR Tractors.

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Large Presence of Local and International Light Tactical Products at SOFEX

Large Presence of Local and International Light Tactical Products at SOFEX

AMMAN (Jordan), May 16, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Oshkosh Defense (S-ATV)

During the 12th Special Operations Forces Exhibition SOFEX, in Jordan last week (8th – 10th May) it was noticed the large presence of local and international light tactical products, reported Defence News.

In that connection, the marketing and communication manager of the KADDB Investment Group based in Jordan, Abdallah Al Salman, stated, “The new type of threats faced today requires the use of light vehicles able to meet the demand of the countries confronting terrorism in an asymmetric environment where the assemblage of terrorist groups is becoming more concentrated in residential areas. In order to counter this new type of threats, you certainly need smaller and lighter, high-manoeuvrable vehicles.”

Among the other examples that Al Salman gave in relation to the above mentioned was the exhibited Al-Washaq armoured personnel carrier (APC), which is the latest version of the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB). It has been developed after the requirements of customers, who need “smaller vehicles to manoeuvre in narrow neighbourhoods and streets.” On its roof may be installed different weapons.

Another tactical product that was presented during the exhibition was the Special Purpose All-Terrain Vehicle (S-ATV) of Oshkosh Defense – the manufacturer of tactical wheeled vehicles. The S-ATV is advertised as being able to meet a range of mission requirements for armed forces. Its light weight has been especially designed in order to be possible both external and internal helicopter transportability.

The head of Lockheed Martin’s Middle East and Africa regional business, Anthony Winns, underlined that the cost and size are among the most important things for customers. He said, “A lot of the focus is on cost and miniaturization. And when you’re able to reduce cost, that means you are able to buy more weapons. The economies are dictating that you want to be able to spend your money more effectively, and governments want to do that. The lighter weapons ― the less costly and the more effective ones.”

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