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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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Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group Continues the Support of Project Amphora

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group Continues the Support of Project Amphora

CAMBRIDGE, the UK (BulgarianMilitary.com), 21 September 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

One of the largest privately owned and independent aerospace and defence companies, offering civil, military and commercial aircraft and defence solutions, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, announced on 17 September 2018 that the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom has extended its containerised deployable systems support contract, Project Amphora, for a further three years, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The Head of Operational Infrastructure at DE&S, the MoD’s procurement body, Sam Rawle commented, “Amphora has delivered significant financial and delivery efficiencies in its initial four year term, benefitting all our Front Line Commands; it was an obvious choice to extend the contract to build on these early successes. I look forward to our teams continuing to work together to achieve even more over the next three years.”

For the past 4 years Marshall, together with its partner G3 Systems, has been assigned the task to refurbish and re-engineer a range of shelters so that the deployable shelter systems to be completely supported to demanding operational levels and the equipment’s useful life to be extended.

The Chief Executive of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group Alistair McPhee underlined, “The extension to the Amphora support contract is a real vote of confidence in the team. It has come about through hard work, focusing on the task and most importantly through integrity and honesty, which has been demonstrated by the close working relationship between the two teams to deliver real value for money for the taxpayer.”

By now, under the current period of contract, the team of Marshall has worked on refurbishing and bringing thirteen different shelter systems up to the newest standards. Systems, the life of which has been extended, are Tardis, the Power Pack Repair Facility (PPRF), and the Deployable Engineering Workshop.

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First Automated Landing of an MQ-9 Block 5 Completed by USAF

First Automated Landing of an MQ-9 Block 5 Completed by USAF

SAN DIEGO, California, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 21 September 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)

The affiliate of the privately-held company General Atomics and leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), announced on 17 September 2018 that the US Air Force (USAF) has completed the first automated landing of an MQ-9 Block 5, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

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The first-ever automated landing of an MQ-9 Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft was carried out on 7 August 2018 and two days later, on 9 August 2018, the first auto-takeoff of the MQ-9 Block 5 followed.

That innovative Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) has been developed by GA-ASI for the purposes of improving mission capability and thus increasing the safety and efficiency of the air crews.

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The President, Aircraft Systems, at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. David R. Alexander, commented, “This new, all-weather capability greatly increases the autonomy, flexibility, combat effectiveness and safety of the MQ-9 Reaper for the USAF. Adding this level of automation will reduce the deployment burden of the warfighter and expand the scope of missions that can be flown by Air Force MQ-9s.”

The ATLC development programme remains on track for fielding next year in the autumn.

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About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is a leading company in the field of design and manufacturing of reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, among which are the Predator®RPA series and the Lynx®Multi-mode Radar. The company also makes various ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, develops meta-material antennas and provides pilot training and support services.

Reaper, Predator, and Lynx are registered trademarks of GA-ASI.

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Supacat Announces at DVD2018 That Its All Terrain Mobility Platform Will Be Upgraded

Supacat Announces at DVD2018 That Its All Terrain Mobility Platform Will Be Upgraded

Millbrook, Bedfordshire, the UK (BulgarianMilitary.com), 20 September 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Supacat

The UK maker of high mobility vehicles, Supacat, has announced at the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2018 exhibition a new programme, under which its All Terrain Mobility Platform (ATMP) will be modernized, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The original vehicle is still reliable, flexible and capable workhorse although it has been in service with the UK MOD, foreign militaries and other non-defence sectors since the early 1980s (more than 30 years).

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“This is an exciting time for Supacat as we seek to harness the rapid advances in hybrid propulsion and autonomous technologies made over the last few years to enhance the capabilities of our products and team for the benefit of our defence and non-defence customers,” underlined the Engineering Director at Supacat Steve Austen

The modernization programme will include upgrading of the engine and drive train. A hybrid drive train will be integrated into the platform as well. For the purposes of developing the alternative drive solution Supacat are working together with the University of Exeter.

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“The Knowledge Transfer Partnership is an exciting opportunity for us to use the latest academic research in industry to improve and modernize what is already a hugely successful vehicle. It is fantastic to work with a company like Supacat who have a huge wealth of experience and a really agile approach to engineering,” said Matthew Harvey of the University of Exeter comments.

The All Terrain Mobility Platform of Supacat is designed to carry a payload of 1600 kg. The Platform has already been successfully proven in lots of military and humanitarian missions in Canada, Malaysia, Afghanistan, the Gulf, the Falklands, Bosnia, and Kosovo. It can be transported within or underslung below a range of air platforms.

DVD is a biennial two-day Defence industry exhibition held at Millbrook Proving Ground. This year it has been scheduled to take place on 19th and 20th September 2018.

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Cyber and Electronic Warriors of the Future Will Be Trained at New Leonardo Facility

Cyber and Electronic Warriors of the Future Will Be Trained at New Leonardo Facility

ROME, Italy (BulgarianMilitary.com), 19 September 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Leonardo

The global high-tech company and one of the key players in aerospace, defence and security Leonardo announced on Friday, 14 September 2018, that at a ceremony on the same day the UK’s Chief of Defence Intelligence Air Marshal Philip Osborn officially opened a new training facility of the company, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The new training facility will be used by Leonardo to train and educate technical specialists within the Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) domain. The company has in invested in that new training centre more than £2M in response to the growing market demand for training in the skills needed to operate in today’s electronics-driven battlespace.

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It shall be reminded that Lenorado has run a base in Lincoln since 2009, where UK Armed Forces based at the nearby Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington and visiting delegates from allied nations have been trained.

At the new Leonardo Academy facility, UK MoD personnel will be trained in protection of platforms against high-tech threat radar systems. In addition, the Academy will offer a range of domain knowledge modules that provide users with a structured course of education from overview to expert across the CEMA environment, some of which will be part of a Masters of Science (MSc) programme.

The Leonardo Academy in Lincoln will also host delegates from international allies, including Brazil and South Korea. Approximately 70% of the training is expected to be provided to international customers.

The company is quite well prepared to provide the mentioned types of training because it employs some of the best UK experts in CEMA and is one of the main suppliers of such technology to the UK Armed Forces. It shall be mentioned here that Leonardo provides more than 60% of the avionics needed for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft in service with the RAF and its allies, It also delivers protective equipment and support for the helicopter fleet of the UK.

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