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    Don't know about the stand, but the gun is the M777 light weight howitzer

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    French soldiers at IDEX practicing some CQB drills this morning. Looking good with the Felin gear.


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    Lazar 3, with 12.7mm RCWS and Russian 30mm turret MB2-03. Behind those people is new 300 km range ground to ground rocket called Sumadija. Looks like a cooperation with China (WS-3).

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    New 4x4 armored vehicle called Milos.

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    New helicopter UCAV called Hornet.

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    ABU DHABI: Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has accompanied two of the United Arab Emirates’ most-powerful rulers to a defense show.

    Al-Bashir was flanked by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan and Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the event Sunday.

    They watched a military demonstration that included explosions, jet fighters and helicopters at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference, known by the acronym IDEX. The event happens every two years in Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital.
     
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    Photo Report: IDEX 2017 Defence Show in Abu Dhabi
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    IDEX 2017. Photo by Defence Blog
    The IDEX defence show takes place in Abu Dhabi from 19 to 23 February 2017, the most important event of its kind in the Middle East.

    IDEX 2017 is one of the world’s largest and most strategically important defence and security exhibitions.

    Exhibitors and visitors will have the opportunity to meet local and international manufacturers and suppliers of the latest equipment, technology and systems. Guests can also attend the IDEX & NAVDEX Defence Summit during the event.

    IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.

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    IDEX is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and is organised by the IDEX LLC in association and with the full support of the UAE Armed Forces.

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    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, views armoured vehicles on the first day of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi. EPA
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    Above, Paramount Group’s Mwari, a military variant of its advanced high performance light aircraft. Courtesy Boeing

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    Paramount Group, a privately owned South African defence company with more than US$1 billion in annual sales, is planning to boost the share of its sales to the Middle East market by 50 per cent in the next two years from 30 per cent through new products and services.

    Paramount hopes to reach its target through the sale of its Mwari, a military variant of its advanced high-performance light aircraft, on display at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex), said Ivor Ichikowitz, executive chairman of Paramount in a interview. It also plans to boost sales of its 8x8 armoured vehicles to the Middle East, its biggest market.

    The Mwari is focused on the Middle East region and can do the job of BAE Systems’ Hawk aircraft and the job of a light helicopter at lower operating and acquisition costs, said Mr Ichikowitz. The company is currently in negotiators with a number of countries in the region to sell the Mwari and it expects orders over the next 12 months.

    "We are very much focused on the introduction on new products and services," said Mr Ichikowitz. "What we are finding even though defence budgets may be growing, governments are looking to use their money much more effectively."

    Boeing and Paramount are cooperating on an advanced mission system for the Mwari, following a 2014 agreement. Boeing will develop its own integrated mission system for the aircraft. "We see a need of upgrade and modernisation capability in eastern Europe and central Asia," said Mr Ichikowitz.

    Paramount is also focused on establishing joint ventures in the Middle East as part of transferring technology and expertise. It already has a production-sharing agreement in Jordan and other partnerships in the region.

    Paramount is in talks with countries in the Mena region to open a factory in the region, including the UAE.

    "We believe the UAE is an ideal environment of production collaboration," Mr Ichikowitz said. "We already are involved in collaboration in the UAE, which we hope in the future will lead to the establishment of significant industrial activity."

    Embraer unveils the KC-390 cargo aircraft in 2014. Paulo Whitaker / Reuetrs
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    The Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer will try to get a foothold in the Middle East’s tactical air transport sector at Idex this week, looking for the first major regional order for its new KC-390, which competes with Lockheed’s famous C-130 Hercules class.

    The sector covers the huge aircraft that can transport not only a special forces detachment – the KC-390 carries up to 80 people – but also their light armoured vehicles and other equipment.

    Embraer has been marketing the aircraft aggressively – "the advanced and modern option to replace legacy medium-lift aircraft", its literature says, in reference to the C-130 and other rivals – and has secured an order from the Brazilian Air Force.

    Competition is tough. In December, it lost out on a C$2.4 billion (Dh6.73bn) order to supply 16 aircraft to the Canadian air force’s search and rescue branch, which was won by Airbus with its C295W, which was apparently a much cheaper option (slightly over half the unit cost of the KC-390, at about US$28 million each, with lower fuel and running costs too, according to industry press reports).

    But others also lost out, including Canada’s own Bombardier Q400, as well as the C-130J, the new Hercules model, Alenia’s C-27J Spartan and Viking Air’s DHC-5NG.

    Embraer is in the running for New Zealand’s air force, having responded to its request for information, and there is a chance in the UAE, which has a need for up to 12 aircraft to replace ageing C-130s and to expand the fleet, according to IHS Jane’s, which tracks and analyses global military developments.

    Jackson Schneider, the chief executive of Embraer Defense & Security, said the company tested the KC-390 for the UAE Air Force under demanding desert conditions, in part to answer critics who have suggested that its turbojet engines are more vulnerable to rough flying and landing conditions than turboprop craft, which includes the C-130J.

    "We had the opportunity in the middle of last year to do a debut tour in the region, specifically in Abu Dhabi where the plane flew in very strategic conditions," said Mr Schneider. "We performed a very severe test and it was successful, even exceeded some of the parameters."

    He also noted that the KC-390 had to perform in jungle conditions in the Amazon to win its domestic Brazilian air force order, also had to demonstrate effectiveness in the Antarctic, where the Brazilian air force also expects to use the craft.

    The Brazilian order in 2014, which was for 24 planes plus a logistical support package, spare parts and maintenance, was for a total of about $3bn. But Mr Schneider said the competition is never on unit price alone but includes the specific needs of the service.

    Embraer says it expects KC-390’s initial operational capability declaration in the second half of 2017 and the certification of the final operational capability in the second half of 2018, after which it can commence deliveries. In terms of its operational qualities, it flies higher, faster and further than its rivals and can carry up to 26,000 tonnes, which puts it at the top end of its category.



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    one of the Bell helicopters in Abu Dhabi Aviation's fleet. Satish Kumar / The National



    The US helicopter manufacturer Bell Helicopter expects to clinch a deal with the UAE military this year as it expands its military business outside the home ground.

    The Texas-based company that has as its major client the US government, has supplied Bell 412 and Bell 212 models to Abu Dhabi Aviation, which uses 44 of its helicopters.

    "We have a lot of interest in the [Arabian] Gulf and we expect it to be a good year this year for the military division of our business," said Douglas Wolfe, the director for the Middle East and North Africa region for global military business development at Bell Helicopter, ahead of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference that starts in the capital on Sunday. "The low oil prices did not affect the military business as we did not see a slowdown."

    Local manufacturing of some parts of Bell helicopters could be a possibility in the future if it gets a deal with the UAE, Mr Wolfe said.

    The strong dollar is not expected to affect regional procurements "because of the importance of the equipment", he said.

    UAE military spending, which slowed down in the past couple of years, is expected to recover. This year, the country’s defence budget is expected to be US$19.76 billion, according to Jane’s Defence Budgets, up from an estimated $18.66bn last year and $18.16bn in 2015. The UAE does not publish its defence budget.

    Saudi and Omani military spending is likely to decrease this year. The Saudi military budget is expected at 190.8bn Saudi riyals (Dh186.87bn) this year, compared with 205bn riyals last year.

    Oman will reduce its security spending to 3.3bn Omani rials (Dh31.46bn) this year from 3.5bn rials last year, according to Jane’s.

    Bell Helicopter is developing a V-280 model, which the manufacturer expects to compete with Boeing’s Apache and Chinook and Sikorsky Aircraft’s Black Hawk helicopters. Under development for the US army, the V-280 is expected to make its first flight this year.

    About 64 per cent of Bell Helicopter’s turnover comes from sales to the US government but globally it started supplying foreign armies in 2015. So far it has sold 12 advanced attack AZ-1H choppers to Pakistan and 10 V-22s to Japan.

    In March last year, it won a US$461 million contract to supply the US marine corps with 24 new utility and attack helicopters, including 12 UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and 16 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters.

    Bell Helicopter revenues were down $148m year-on-year to $887m in the three months ending December 31, but profit was up $2m to $126m. Its parent company textron manufactures Cessna aircraft.

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    Abu Dhabi: Raytheon, the US-based defence company, sees opportunities in the Gulf region due to growing security threats and instability.

    Speaking to Gulf News on Sunday, on the sidelines of Idex (International Defence Exhibition and Conference), a senior executive of the company said they’ve been in the region for 30 years with offices in Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait.

    “We do significant business in Saudi, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait and we will continue to nurture those relationships and look for opportunities in the region,” said Alan Davis, programme director for naval and area mission defence in the company.

    The company said that the UAE navy awarded it a multimillion dollar direct commercial sale to supply the navy with Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAMs) Block 2, which are designed to protect ships against anti-ship missiles, helicopters, aircraft and surface craft. The company did not disclose the total money involved in the sale of the missile system to the UAE navy.

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    “The emirates want to protect the investment they’ve made in their naval forces and that’s what Ram missiles provide,” Chris Davis, president of Raytheon International in the UAE, said in a statement.

    The company said the missiles will be used to protect the emirate’s Baynunah class corvettes, which are used by the UAE navy for surveillance, interception, coastal patrol, helicopter operations and other security missions.

    The company also said the Qatari navy has recently signed a letter of offer and acceptance for Ram Block 2 for their corvette class ship.

    Raytheon, which is headquartered in Massachusetts has partnership in the UAE with Abu Dhabi Ship Building, NIMR Automotive, Emirates Defence Industries Company and Tawazun.

    At Idex 2017, the company is showcasing advanced capabilities in air and missile defence, border security, and land and naval systems among a wide range of innovative solutions for the Gulf region. The total sales of the company in 2016 stood at $24 billion (Dh88 billion).

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    Otokar and UAE signed deal worth 661 million $ for Arma 8x8 vehicles !

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    how many pcs? and which variant?
     
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    I don't know the variants but Media reports a number of 700 Arma 8x8 vehicles.
     
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    ty & any news about the Ejder?
     
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    It is announced that Ejder-III has been sold or on final for two foreign state but It is not underlined which countries those are. I think We will see them in following days as well because The production of desert camo Ejder's have been revealed in a few days ago.

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    Tunisia was testing few... will see then.
    any other confirmed sells around IDEX?
     
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    BMC announced around 300 armoured vehicle sell for oversea countries. It is underlined that Pakistan will certainly receive Kirpi MRAP's but not clear the total number. The official expressed 18t Vuran is also on export market and not cleared the name of country they are making contact.

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