Four days into the event IDEX 2019, the biennial International Defence Exhibition & Conference held in Abu Dhabi, was still going strong with one more day to go, writes Bob Morrison.
Much as J-F would have loved to stay here to the end, and maybe even stopped over for a couple of days R&R in the warm and sunny Emirates, other commitments mean it’s regrettably back to the airport tonight.
Our first port of call this morning was the BCB International stand in the bright and airy ADNEC concourse, where CEO Andrew Howell showed us a number of new lines; we will cover these in more detail once back in the office. The last port of call was the British Pavilion where we borrowed a couple of the British Army team along with the Portable Counter-UAV System developed by SteelRock Technologies; again, more to follow on this intriguing British-made anti-drone weapon.
Two other new systems we were briefed on today included the hybrid power Polaris MRZR-X Optionally-Manned Multi-Mission Platform for the US Army SMET programme and the Al Jasoor SAFA Modular Tracked Armoured Vehicle developed with Otokar from Turkey. Rheinmetall also gave us a one-to-one briefing on their new ADS Active Protection System and we hope to bring readers an exclusive and interesting update on this topic in the not too distant future.
As you can see, it has been a busy four show days for J-F but every minute of our time at IDEX & NAVDEX has been well worth it. Watch this space.
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