This week thousands of world leaders, experts in defence and governments, all met under one roof to catch the exclusive first glimpse of the Defence Industries most advanced new inventions. That roof being the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, home of the IDEX 2017 conference.
The IDEX defence conference took place in Abu Dhabi from 19 to 23 February 2017, arguably the world’s largest and most important event in the defence calendar, where 1,235 exhibitors had the opportunity to proudly unveil the fruits of their hard labour to an audience of 100,000 visitors.
With the imposing line up including companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon taking part in the five day expo, it’s no surprise we were not left disappointed with its offerings.
5. Kaplan-20 Armoured Fighting Vehicle
The Turkish defence company FNSS unveiled its new generation armoured fighting vehicle that has the ability to move in convoy with main battle tanks, with a 22-25 Hp/ton power-to-weight ratio.
The Kaplan-20 comes equipped with protection against mines, rocket propelled grenades and kinetic energy threats. Electronic subsystems are combined with a high performance power pack and heavy duty suspension which enables the vehicle to effortlessly carry heavy loads and artillery along tough terrain.
4. Rabdan Armoured 8 Wheeled Vehicle
The UAE based company Tawazun, officially unveiled its Rabdan armoured vehicle at the expo.
Rabdan is the result of a joint venture company called Al Jasoor between Tawazun and Otokar UAE, and is to be built in Abu Dhabi. The Rabdan is predicted to end The UAE Army’s plight for an 8 wheeled vehicle to replace its tracked BMP-3 series, with Otokar securing the contract for $661.
Rabdan has a crew capacity of 12 including the driver and commander, a top speed of 105km/h with a range of 700km and can travel up to 10km/h in water with its rear propellers.
3. Milosh BOV M16 Armoured Combat Vehicle
Serbia’s Yugoimport-SDPR unveiled the Milosh BOV M16 armoured multi-purpose combat vehicle this week.
The BOV M16 vehicle features a V-shaped hull design, integrating floating floor plates and blast mitigation seating to provide protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IED). The Milosh has a maximum speed of 110km/h and a cruising range of 600km, and to increase the self-protection of the vehicle, six 82mm smoke grenade launchers are mounted at the rear top part of the troop’s compartment.
2. Fantom Unmanned Tactical Vehicle
Part of Ukroboronprom, SpetsTechnoExport showcased a new unmanned tactical multipurpose vehicle at this year’s IDEX.
The developers have merged the anti-tank missile system, “Barrier” into the Fantom. With such armament, the nearly invisible Fantom is capable of striking heavy and light armoured targets at a distance of 100 to 5,000 meters. This highly sophisticated UTV is also equipped with a stabilized rotating platform for different types of armament. Tests with the installed 12.7mm calibre machine gun have confirmed the high accuracy and efficiency of the Fantom.
1. JAIS 4×4 Multi-Purpose Fighting Vehicle
The JAIS has benefitted from forty years of experience in protected optimized mobility. The JAIS is the next generation of the MRAP, providing the perfect synergy of firepower, survivability and mobility to complete modern and conventional operations. The “crew citadel” provides great protection from mines, IED’s and ballistic threats.
Surprisingly, the JAIS is also cost-effective for patrol, utility and ambulance roles. Lastly, the JAIS boasts high power to weight ratio and excellent situational awareness.