UAE-based EDGE Group will showcase 100 products and solutions with a strong focus on advanced autonomous and unmanned systems at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2023), and the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2023) in Abu Dhabi, which runs from the 20–24 February.
As the show’s official Strategic Partner, EDGE will significantly up-scale UAE-made future technology and defence capabilities in areas such as autonomous systems, smart weapons, land systems, naval systems, arms and ammunition, electronic warfare, secure communications and precision engineering.
It is the company’s second time exhibiting at IDEX since launching the company three years ago. Mansour AlMulla, managing director and CEO of EDGE, said this year is the perfect opportunity for the company to demonstrate the phenomenal progress it has made in a relatively short period of time. “The diverse range of technologically advanced products and solutions now available from across our portfolio of 20 companies is a testament to these achievements,” he said.
“As we continue to bolster our sovereign capabilities and expand our global footprint through exports and valuable partnerships, IDEX remains the most effective platform for EDGE to demonstrate its offerings across the air, land, sea, and cyber domains, with a clear focus on autonomous and unmanned systems, smart weapons and electronic warfare.”
In addition to new product launches, EDGE will place a major focus on sophisticated autonomous and unmanned systems, showcasing the QX family of autonomous loitering munitions, GARMOOSHA rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and SCORPIO unmanned ground vehicles (UGV). HALCON’s HUNTER series of loitering munitions will also be on display, including the HUNTER 2-S swarming UAV, which uses artificial intelligence (AI).
In the “smart weapons” domain, EDGE will exhibit the Al Tariq line of long-range precision-guided munitions (PGMs), Halcon’s Desert Sting line of air-to-surface precision-guided glide weapons and Skynight air defence missile. Land systems on display include the Ajban and Hafeet ranges of tactical military vehicles, and the Rabdan 8x8 ambulance variant. In naval systems, EDGE will display a broad portfolio of ADSB’s inshore and offshore patrol vessels and tactical interceptors.
In the arms and ammunition domain are CARACAL’s full range of firearms as well as LAHAB DEFENCE SYSTEMS medium and large calibre munitions. In the electronic warfare realm, SIGN4L will exhibit counter-drone, convoy protection, and homeland security solutions. Communications will include KATIM’s ultra-secure communications and collaboration applications, smartphones and Gateway network encryptors.
Training & Services will be displayed through a variety of facility solutions, including BEACON RED’s suite of national security enhancement services, training solutions, and RANGE ON WHEELS cyber testing range; JAHEZIYA’s full scope of defence, consultation, firefighting and emergency response training solutions; and HORIZON’s helicopter pilot training portfolio. Lastly, EPI’s expansive range of Precision Engineering, machining, treatment, and assembly solutions will be exhibited, while AL TAIF will depict their Land Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and comprehensive lifecycle support capabilities.