IDEX 2019 AND NAVDEX 2019 Witness Contracts Signed Totalling $5.4 Billion

25 Nisan 2019

IDEX 2019, and its sister exhibition devoted to naval systems NAVDEX 2019, witnessed intense and active participation again this year, as evidence of the boom in the Gulf market. The total value of the contracts signed during the exhibitions – held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on February 17–21 – was approximately $5.4 billion.


A total of 1,310 companies from 62 countries opened stands at the events, with the companies from Turkey that took part being, AKTİF Engineering, ARES Shipyard, ASELSAN, ASFAT, CES Advanced Composites, DESAN, Elektroland, FNSS, Garanti Apparel Composites Technology, Global Defence, Gül Otomotiv, HAVELSAN, MKEK, Nicomatic, Otokar, REPKON, Roketsan, STM, T-KALIP, TRANSVARO, UNIFO, Yakupoğlu and Yonca-Onuk Shipyard. The Turkish participants came to the event to promote a wide range of platforms and systems, including armoured vehicles, unmanned land and air vehicles, naval systems, combat systems, electronic systems, ammunition, simulators, military textiles and logistical support products. IDEX 2019 and NAVDEX 2019 welcomed over 124,000 visitors and some 1,213 members of the press from 42 countries.

During IDEX 2019 and NAVDEX 2019, contracts were signed to a total value of AED20,053,699,941 (approx. $5.4 Billion), as clear evidence of the UAE’s drive to modernise its Armed Forces.


FNSS’ TEBER-30 turret

FNSS Stands Out with Innovative Turret Systems

As a regular participant at IDEX since its first outing, FNSS showcased its Anti-Tank Remote Controlled Turret (ARCT) and TEBER-30 turret systems, as well as its PARS III 8×8 with a SABER-25 turret at the event.

Thanks to its modular architecture, the ARCT – which was developed indigenously under the Anti-Tank Vehicles (ATV) project signed between FNSS and the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) – permits the easy integration of various anti-tank weapons. As a provision of the ATV Project, ARCT can be equipped with both OMTAS and KORNET anti-tank missiles.

The SABER-25 and TEBER-30 turrets feature the latest technologies in the turret propulsion system, fire control, survivability and firepower areas. SABER-25 is a single-seater, medium calibre, electrically-driven turret that can be integrated with wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles, while TEBER-30 can function night and day in all weather conditions and battle environments, thanks to its integrated sensors and other electronic systems, and has a modular structure that facilitates future configuration changes. The TEBER product family contains two different versions, being the TEBER-30 two-seater turret and the TEBER-30/35 remote-controlled turret.

FNSS’ Anti-Tank Remote Controlled Turret (ARCT)

FNSS’ Anti-Tank Remote Controlled Turret (ARCT)

RABDAN, TULPAR, ARMA 6×6 and COBRA II on Otokar’s Agenda

OTOKAR participated at IDEX 2019 together with Al Jasoor, which is its joint venture in the country, displaying its RABDAN, TULPAR, ARMA 6×6 and COBRA vehicles at the shared stand, along with its KESKIN and BOZOK turrets.

Serdar Görgüç, General Manager of Otokar, referred to IDEX as a significant event for the identification of cooperation opportunities in the region. Noting that Otokar was participating in IDEX for the ninth time, and that the exhibition has particular importance for Otokar, Görgüç said: “Our military vehicles that are serving successfully in the region have provided us with important experience. In 2016, we established our Otokar Land Systems company in the United Arab Emirates as a means of following more closely our users’ expectations and responding quickly to their needs. Otokar took its position in the sector to a different level with the contract signed together with the local partner of our affiliate to meet the United Arab Emirates’ armoured vehicle needs. Otokar has come to the forefront in the defence sector not only with its product range, but also its know-how, engineering, R&D and global-scale technology transfer capabilities. IDEX is an important opportunity for us in our efforts to strengthen our international cooperation, especially in the Gulf region, and to enter new markets.

SOM missile

SOM missile

Roketsan Shows its Ability to Meet the Different Needs of the Countries in the Region

Building on its already strong presence in the Gulf region, Roketsan’s participation at IDEX 2019 focused on strengthening its existing relations and entering into new cooperation projects. Since 2003, the company has signed contracts for various projects in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar for Artillery Rocket Systems, Artillery Rocket Launcher Systems, and laser-guided missiles for helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Roketsan has also recently entered tenders in Oman and Kuwait, of which it is currently waiting for the results.

The highlights of the Roketsan stand at IDEX 2019 were KHAN, the CIRIT 2.75” Laser Guided Missile, the TEBER Laser-Guidance Kit and Smart Micro Munitions (MAM-L and MAM-C), with a wide range of solutions for aerial, land and naval applications also featured. The outstanding features and current statuses of these products are as follows:

  • The KHAN missile, which ensures effective fire support to manoeuvring units through the provision of timely, accurate and effective firepower, has the ability to hit its targets with high precision thanks to its Inertial Navigation System (INS) backed by a Global Positioning System (GPS). When placed in an insulated pod, KHAN can be stored, carried and launched as an inside-the-pod missile configuration.
ROKETSAN CİRİT missile and Smart Pod

ROKETSAN CİRİT missile and Smart Pod

  • As the longest range missile in its class, CİRİT, the 2.75″ Laser Guided Missile, continues its development with a new thermobaric warhead. The number of platforms on which CİRİT is used has been increasing every year since 2011, when it started to be integrated with helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, UAVs, and land and naval platforms.
  • The TEBER Laser Guidance Kit, which has been integrated with MK-81 and MK-82 series general purpose bombs in order to increase their strike capability, provides the necessary infrastructure for a smart weapon system through the use of an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), GPS and a semi-active Laser Seeker Warhead (LSW).
  • The Smart Micro Munition stands out as a solution that increases the efficiency of air platforms, particularly UAVs, with a low payload capacity. The Smart Micro Ammunition has been integrated onto the BAYRAKTAR TB2 tactical and ANKA MALE UAVs, and is expected to enter the inventory of various allied countries in 2019.


Hensoldt Further Secures its Position in the UAE

During the exhibition, Hensoldt strengthened its presence in the UAE by signing an agreement that envisages the establishment of a joint venture company in Abu Dhabi, which will serve as a centre of excellence for optronics. The joint venture company established by Hensoldt and Atlas Group, will ensure the perpetuation of the electro-optic and optical systems provided by the company to the UAE, and will serve also other countries in the region.

ARGOS-II HD electro-optic systems;

ARGOS-II HD electro-optic systems;

COBRA artillery and missile fire detection system;

COBRA artillery and missile fire detection system;

The broad product family promoted by the company, which will be participating at IDEF after the doors close on IDEX 2019, includes the following products on the agenda in Turkey:

  • MILDS AN/AAR-60 Block 2 missile warning system;
  • ARGOS-II HD electro-optic systems;
  • COBRA artillery and missile fire detection system;
  • TRML-4D multi-function surveillance and target detection sensor; and
  • PrecISR multi-function surveillance radar for aerial platforms.
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Leonardo introduced a wide solution set at its stand.


Leonardo Offers Drone and Remote-Controlled Aircraft Solutions

At IDEX and NAVDEX, Leonardo introduced a wide variety of solutions, ranging from training aircraft and services to naval helicopters, and from advanced radars to physical and cyber protection systems for events and critical facilities. Among these, the C-UAS (Counter Unmanned Aerial System) solutions developed by the company to counter threats from low-cost drones and remote-controlled aircraft attracted the most interest.

Leonardo is one of the leaders in the newly developing C-UAS sector, and the position of the company in this field was clearly evidenced after Leonardo’s Falcon Shield system was called up for duty in December and January when incursions were made into the airspaces of the Heathrow and Gatwick Airports in London by unmanned aerial vehicles of unknown origin.

There is no standalone solution that can guarantee its effect against unmanned aerial system incursions. For example, airports, military bases and organizations such as the Olympic Games represent different scenarios with different requirements in terms of protection. Leonardo’s C-UAS solutions are able to meet the requirements of different scenarios due to their open architecture and scalability, with different solutions created by combining different subsystems, based on the type of threat and the location in which the solution is to be deployed. These subsystems include command-control system, radars, electro-optical sensors, jammers, and weapon systems. It thus becomes possible to put forward the most fit-for-purpose solution that will provide the most efficient performance in the determined scenario.

Leonardo’s solutions cover all stages of countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), from detection to disruption. Some of the subsystems used in these stages also bear the signature of Leonardo, including the Nerio ULR infrared camera system and the precision steerable jammer, which has been developed taking the Guardian IED jammer system as a reference.

Leonardo can offer C-UAS solutions in portable versions as well, and these solutions can also be mounted on masts to ensure wide effectivity.

Leonardo’s C-UAS solutions are used by the Italian Army, and have also been selected by the Italian Air Force. The configuration selected by the Italian Army was developed specifically for rapid deployment. Leonardo is engaged in negotiations with various public organizations and non-governmental organizations regarding its C-UAS solutions, particularly for the provision of airport and event security.

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ADS on the FUCHS vehicle.

Rheinmetall_ADS in action - C - Rheinmetall

Rheinmetall’s Agenda is Active Defence System

One of the products highlighted by Rheinmetall at IDEX 2019 was the Active Defence System (ADS), which eliminates missiles and rockets directed towards land vehicles by means of a directed explosion. The system has a distributed architecture rather than a single launcher, which brings several advantages. Systems that use a launcher eliminate incoming missiles or rockets at a further distance, and this means that a wider area around the vehicle is dangerous to other personnel. ADS destroys the missile or rocket very close to the vehicle, meaning that a wider area around the vehicle is safe for other personnel. The distributed architecture also enables the simultaneous elimination of multiple missiles and rockets coming from different directions. ADS is an active radar-based system, and signals emitted by active systems can be detected by electronic warfare units. According Rheinmetall, the RF broadcasts of launcher-based systems can be detected by ground-based electronic warfare systems from approximately 21.5 km, while the signals emanating from ADS can be detected from 0.35 km. Air-based electronic warfare systems can detect ADS from only 6 km, while launcher-based systems can be detected from 380 km. Another advantage provided to ADS by its distributed architecture is its modular architecture, which allows it to be integrated to different vehicles by using various subcomponents.

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Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec, held a press conference on the second day of the exhibition.


Rostec Showcases New Products

Rostec introduced a wide range of solutions at IDEX 2019, some of which were being displayed for the first time in the region. These solutions include the Pantsir-ME air defence system developed for ships and the KYB-UAV assault UAV. In addition, a video on the firing of the Tornado-G multiple-launch rocket system was screened for the first time at IDEX 2019.

Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec, held a press conference on the second day of the event that was attended by many journalists from all over the world, and during which he gave various information about tenders and projects in different countries. Answering a question regarding Turkey’s S-400 Triumf missile system purchase, Chemezov said: “All information and developments regarding this contract are open to the public. We signed the contract, and we will make the first delivery this year.”


Pantsir-ME air-defence system

Pantsir-ME air-defence system

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