Archangel On Guard
IOMAX showed off their 23rd Archangel border patrol aircraft of 24 on order by the UAEAF&AD. It comes 27 months after the contract was awarded. The last one will be delivered this month.

Saab receives additional GlobalEye sale
Saab were keen to show off their GlobalEye multi role surveillance system at their stand. An order worth approximately $236 million for an additional aircraft was announced by the UAEAF&AD at the show. It adds to the two aircraft acquired by the UAE, in a $1.27 billion deal which was revealed at Dubai Air Show in November 2015. The highly modified Bombardier G6000s will be delivered between 2019 and 2021.

The GlobalEye answers the UAE’s multi role surveillance system requirements. It beat off competition from Northrop Grummand and Boeing.

ESSS Emirates Guided Bomb
Emirates Systems and Support Systems, which was established in 2014 in partnership with Korea’s LIGNex1 was showing off its Emirates Guided Bomb (EGB). Essentially it is a Mk82 500lb bomb with a strap-on kit. The company is trying to market it to the UAEAF&AD. Structural integrity and safe separation has been verified on the F-4, F-5, F-15, F-16 and FA-50.

ESSS was marketing the 500ib EGB to the UAEAF&AD.

KAI’s new fire-fighting helicopter
Korean Aerospace Industries told Tangent Link that they will deliver one of their brand new Surion helicopters this year to the Korean Fire Fighting service. It will have a Simplex water tank integrated in addition to EO/IR turret, radar and loud speaker.

Indonesia’s new CN235MPAs
PTDI had a photograph of one of the three CN235-220MPAs which are being delivered to the Indonesian Navy. Work has been completed on two and a third will be delivered soon. PTDI work with US based Integrated Surveillance and Defence (ISD). The mission systems include Leonardo’s SAGE electronic support measures (ESM).

Saudis AEC and PSATRI sign MOA
Saudi Arabia’s Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) and Prince Sultan advanced Technology Research Institute (PSATRI) announced on February 20 that they have entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to explore strategic opportunities across a wide range of mission areas. Under the newly signed MOA the entities envision expanding their collaboration in the defence market in support of the Saudi Armed Forces.

Dr Sami M Alhumaidi, PSATRI’s Managing Director said: “AED is a trusted partner with substantial technical capabilities and highly qualified work force. Our cooperation with AEC will enhance the local capability in this strategic field. We look forward to increasing our teamwork to serve the Saudi market.”

Hughes SATCOM on NorthStar Bell 407
Hughes showed its SATCOM capability on the NorthStar Aviation Bell 407MRH which was on display. Its Defence and Intelligence System Division (DISD) recently demonstrated a 360 degree Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) SATCOM capability transmitting HD video through the Bell 407’s rotating blades.
It will allow the UAEAF&AD which uses the helicopters to transmit imagery recorded with its FLIR Star Safire 260 EO/IR system back to base from up to 500 miles away. The requirement is believed to have come about from the lessons learned in Yemen.

L3WESCAM move into Saudi
L3 WESCAM signed a long-term Service Center Agreement with Taqnia Defense and Security Technology Co. (DST) to open a WESCAM Authorized Service Center (WASC) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The DST WASC will provide customers in Saudi Arabia and the region with an advanced in- country maintenance and repair capability for MX Series electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) systems designed for airborne, land and maritime domains. The DST facility will be equipped with a thermal chamber, laser test room, collimator for optical alignment, and all other equipment necessary to ensure MX repairs can be performed in-country.