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    UAE-BASED AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, CALIDUS, SELECTS IFS APPLICATIONS TO SUPPORT RAPID GROWTH

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    Dubai Airshow – November 14, 2017 – IFS, the global enterprise applications company, today announced that the aerospace and defense technology company Calidus, based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has selected IFS Applications™ as its core solution to manage key company operations and manufacturing projects. The IFS solution includes Finance, HR, Supply Chain, Project and Document Management modules to support the development of all major Calidus projects, including the manufacturing of the new B-250 light attack aircraft which is currently being unveiled at the Dubai Airshow, November 12th-16th.

    Following its rapid business and project growth in the last two years, Calidus recognized the need for a solution which could scale alongside and meet the requirements of the fast-moving company. IFS Applications will allow Calidus to automate key end-to-end processes to increase productivity, reduce costs, and provide management with a 360-degree view of operations to make better business decisions. The industry-specific and agile nature of IFS Applications removes the need for customization and a long implementation timeline.

    One of the recent successful Calidus projects supported by the IFS solution, the B-250 light attack aircraft, is being launched during the Dubai Airshow 12th-16th November 2017, stands A34 and A35.

    Calidus management selected IFS because of its recognized industry leadership in enterprise software as well as its strong track record with other defense manufacturers. As a fast-growing technology and development company, it was essential for Calidus to partner with a software provider that could adapt at the same rate as the business. The flexibility and agility of IFS Applications will scale alongside the aggressive Calidus growth strategy.

    Luis Ortega, Managing Director, Middle East, Africa & South Asia at IFS added, “The selection of IFS to support such a fast-moving company demonstrates the agility of IFS Applications. With such quick expansion, it is essential for Calidus to have a 360-degree view of its operational processes to make informed, data-driven business decisions. Aerospace and defense manufacturing and maintenance is a rapidly growing industry in the Middle East, and Calidus joins a growing number of customers in the region which recognize the industry expertise of IFS.”

    About Calidus

    Calidus is a new technology development company based in Abu Dhabi. Through partnerships with some of the most innovative companies in the aviation field, Calidus aims at providing cutting-edge, mission-oriented and cost-effective solutions to its clients.

    About IFS
    IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with commitment to our customers, has made us a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,500 employees supports more than one million users worldwide from a network of local offices and through our growing ecosystem of partners. For more information, visit: IFSworld.com


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    UKROBORONPROM SHOWCASES AN-132D AND AN-70 AT DUBAI AIR SHOW

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    Antonov, which is under UkrOboronProm, is showcasing the An-70 medium-heavy airlifter and An-132D light transport and utility aircraft at the 2017 Dubai Air Show.

    The An-132D is a collaborative effort between Antonov and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City of Science and Industry (KACST) and Taqnia Aeronautics Company.

    An upgrade of the venerable and once ubiquitous An-32, the An-132D is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW150 turboprop engines. It had its maiden test flight in March. The An-132D has a cruise speed of 500 km/h and maximum payload of 9,500 kg.

    Other commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystems onboard the An-132D include Dowty R408 propellers, Liebherr oxygen generating systems, Zodiac air conditioning and Honeywell Primus Epic 2.0 avionics.

    Since it is a co-production effort, Saudi Arabia will eventually manufacture 18% of the An-132D’s airframe, though Ukraine will manage final assembly. The An-132D has an estimated unit cost of $30 million U.S. The An-132D is being positioned as a transport and as a special mission aircraft platform.

    UkrOboronProm has been eager to revive the An-70 strategic airlifter, which had been beleaguered with technical complications through its development in the 1990s and 2000s. Moreover, Kiev’s collapse in ties with Moscow have resulted in the An-70 losing a key launch market.

    Designed to compete with the Airbus A400M and Lockheed Martin C-13, the An-70 has a payload capacity of 47 tons and ferry range of 3,000 km with that load. The An-70 is powered by four Motor Sich D-27 propfan engines. With a payload of 20 tons, the An-70 can take-off and land at 600-700 m.

    In July, Antonov announced that it was seeking U.S. industry support to upgrade the An-70 (under the An-77 designation), which could open the platform to modern electronics subsystems available on the An-70’s competition, such as the Lockheed Martin C-130J, Airbus A400M and Embraer KC-390.

    At the 2017 Paris Air Show, UkrOboronProm’s Director General, Roman Romanov, claimed that the An-70 was drawing interest from several prospective overseas clients.

    The Gulf Arab states are a key market, not least from the fact that Saudi Arabia helped bring the An-132D to fruition, but also with the burgeoning interest on the part of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the aviation industry. The UAE has already begun talks with Russia’s Irkut to co-produce and market the MC-21-400 civil airliner in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market.

    While there might be possible to have the MENA region support large aircraft platforms, Ukraine will have to compete with the Russians and Chinese. For Ukraine, competitiveness in cost and flexibility in terms of transfer-of-technology and production workshare will be integral to gaining market-share.

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    GLOBAL AEROSPACE LOGISTICS SIGNS STRATEGIC SERVICES MOU WITH AAR TO ENHANCE SUPPORT FOR THE UAE ARMED FORCES.

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    Dubai, U.A.E, November 13, 2017

    Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC (GAL), a subsidiary of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC) and AAR Corp (AAR), an international aviation aftermarket service provider, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop enhanced support services for the UAE Armed Forces. Since GAL is expanding its role with the Joint Aviation Command to include Performance Based Logistics (PBL), agreements with companies like AAR provide unique and relevant past performance and proven processes that can be transferred to GAL and the UAE. This has enabled AAR to be a global leader in PBL support. Under this agreement, AAR will provide working knowledge of PBL programs to reduce overall risk and to greatly enhancing the ability to increase operations tempo with fully mission capable aircraft at an overall cost savings enhancing both companies’ ability to support the UAE Armed Forces.

    GAL is a key supplier of professional aerospace and defense maintenance services and support for the UAE, and the execution of this agreement further enhances its role as a provider of routine and urgent customer support services for the UAE Joint Aviation Command – including new spare parts, repairs, training and technical publications.

    “GAL is extremely pleased to work with AAR as a flexible partner with a history of success.” said Mr. Ammar Al Ozaibi, GAL’s Chief Executive Officer. “GAL believes very strongly in leveraging the experience of global leaders, such as AAR, to build capabilities in the distribution, repairs, and support of military operators. AAR brings a level of sophistication and experience to GAL that reduces both risks and costs for the end user. Working together will allow GAL to use AAR’s extensive experience and as a result, this will shorten GAL’s initial start-up time which will undoubtedly prove invaluable to GAL, EDIC and the Joint Aviation Command. ”

    Al Ozaibi added that the extended relationship ensures GAL and AAR will meet and exceed operational needs of the UAE Joint Aviation Command, ensuring efficient and effective fleet maintenance of the entire fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft operated in the United Arab Emirates.

    Global Aerospace Logistics LLC (GAL) is an Abu Dhabi based Emirati owned company providing professional aerospace services. The Company is a subsidiary of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC).

    GAL holds several maintenance and integrated logistics services contracts across the UAE, and continues to expand its support capabilities to customers throughout the region.

    Services Portfolio:

    • Engineering and technical services
    • Maintenance services for aircraft and defense systems
    • Logistics and supply chain management
    • Components & System Overhaul/Repair
    • Aircraft Sales
    • Aviation Consulting & Project Management
    For more information about GAL and its activities, visit the company’s website: http://www.gal.ae.

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    I do not expect that the UAE will be able to get both the SU-35 and the F-35. it is not likely that the US will allow that to go forward. The UAE is most likely going to have to decide between the two.

    And that is understandable. The US does not want Russian technicains who undoubtedly will be in the UAE in the case of an SU-35 sale anywhere near te F-35s, or working with anyone in the UAW who has access to them. There's far too much at stake for the US and its allies who have invested in the F-35 in its capabilities to allow them to be put in that situation.
    The talk of the SU-35 may be the UAE's way of trying to tak down the F-35 price or the SU-35 price.

    I believe they are going to find that they simply will have to choose between the two and the best price they cn get...and to do so in such a way as to not "poison the well."
     
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    Loaded for bear ! and not surprising ESSM in this case replace Mica VL 32 vs 16

     
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    now Raytheon: Saudi-based Patriots intercepted over 100 tactical ballistic missiles since 2015 https://www.defensenews.com/digital...atriots-intercepted-over-100-tbms-since-2015/
    very interesting claim (middle, right):
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    ooh la la

    Saudi use of US, Russian air-defense systems will create ‘serious challenges’ https://www.defensenews.com/digital...fense-systems-will-create-serious-challenges/
     
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    ooh la la again:
    Pentagon eyes intimate R&D tie-up with UAE based on US-Israel model https://www.defensenews.com/digital...mpd-tie-up-with-uae-based-on-us-israel-model/
     
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    RUSSIA LOOKS TO THE MIDDLE EAST FOR NEW AND RETURNING DEFENCE MARKETS

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    Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) brought its marquee fighter, the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E, to the 2017 Dubai Air Show as part of a broad effort to secure new markets for its big-ticket items in the Middle East and to regain entry to legacy markets which had bought Russian through the Cold War.

    The Su-35 is drawing interest from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which, according to Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, is negotiating for an unspecified number of the fighter. Russia hopes to close a sale by the end of 2017 and, ideally, expand it to “several dozen” Flanker-Es.

    However, UAC is also eager to generate interest for the Mikoyan MiG-35 Fulcrum-F, a twin-engine multi-role fighter equipped with the Zhuk-AE active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar. UAC and MiG are pitching the MiG-35 for its competitive acquisition and life-cycle costs, which MiG claims are 20% and 30-40% lower, respectively, than competing Western fighters.

    With a focus on legacy MiG-29 users, especially in the developing world, the Russian Aircraft Corp. MiG’s Director General, Ilya Tarashenko said that talks are taking place with more than 30 countries. Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Malaysia and Serbia are among the MiG’s prospective customers.

    The Almaz-Antey S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system is making in-roads in the regional market as well, with Turkey signing on recently. Saudi Arabia has also begun negotiationsfor the S-400, with Bahrain also expressing interest in the system. For Russia, the S-400 seems to have become its entry-ticket to accessing markets that continue to lean heavily on American and Western European armaments.

    In an interview with Aviation International News (AIN), the Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), Dmitri Shugayev outlined Moscow’s defence export objectives, citing the Dubai Air Show as a major event. The FSVTS defines Russia’s defence export policies.

    Shugayev also spoke of Pakistan, with whom Russia had relaunched defence relations in 2015. The FSVTS head reiterated that the central focus of those ties was counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism oriented, but also suggested that there are no explicit limits to scope of armament sales to Pakistan.

    “With Pakistan, we have an agreement now on military-technical cooperation: I signed it on behalf of the Russian government this year. To be specific, we will supply the Mi-35 [helicopter] and we will see how events develop further. Our relations are based on a common goal of combatting terrorism, so in the future I also do not exclude any new export sales.”

    Russia is also working to position itself as a factor in the defence industry development goals of its current and prospective customers. At the Dubai Air Show, UAC announced that it has begun talks with the UAE to potentially to co-produce the Irkut MC 21 airliner. UAC also signed an memorandum-of-understanding with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to “implement joint design and production in the field of civil aviation.” TAI’s General Manager Temel Kotil expressed interest in developing a 100-seat airliner.

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    INDUSTRY POSITIONS COUNTERINSURGENCY SOLUTIONS AT DUBAI AIR SHOW

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    Airbus Defence & Space (DS), Leonardo and IOMAX are pitching current and prospective Middle Eastern customers solutions designed for asymmetrical sub-conventional warfare, especially counterinsurgency (COIN) and counter-terrorism (CT) operations. With emphasis on affordable acquisition and operational costs, the industry is aiming to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and precision-guided strike capabilities using a range of different platforms, from drones to transport aircraft.

    With 50 Falco unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in service globally, Leonardo announced that it completed the delivery of its improved Falco EVO to an undisclosed user in the Middle East. Like its predecessor, the Falco EVO – with a payload of 100 kg and endurance of 20 hours – is an ISR platform meant for building situational awareness as well as target identification and acquisition.

    However, for strikes, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has strong portfolio of armed UAVs. Among these is the Cloud Shadow, a jet-powered UAV available in three variants: image intelligence (CS-1), electronic intelligence (CS-2) and reconnaissance-strike (CS-3). The CS-1 and CS-2 each have an internal payload of 200 kg. The CS-3 can carry 400 kg, which is available through four hardpoints.

    Having made inroads in the regional market through the United Arab Emirates (UAE), IOMAX is hoping to secure additional sales for its Archangel Strike Platform. Like competing turboprop-based attack aircraft for COIN, the Archangel – powered by a single Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67F – establishes value as a lower-cost option to fast jets for deploying guided munitions in low-intensity combat environments.

    With the Thrush S2R-660 as its base platform, the Archangel can deploy over 1,300 kg in payload through six wing-based hardpoints. Load options include laser-guided bombs, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) and laser-guided rockets. To bolster its versatility, IOMAX is also offering its Flexible Pod integrated with an electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret, video data-link, countermeasures systems and points for connecting other ground-facing sensors, such as synthetic aperture radar with ground-moving target indicator (SAR/GMTI). IOMAX is hoping to secure additional UAE orders, while also adding Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kenya and Egypt as among its customers.

    Airbus DS is showcasing its newly launched C295 Armed ISR. While demonstrating the C295’s strengths as a versatile special mission aircraft platform, Airbus DS is aiming to give prospective air arms an analogous close air support (CAS) and area-suppression asset to the venerable AC-130. The C295 Armed ISR comes with a Rheinmetall BK27 27 mm cannon and compatibility with laser-guided ATGM, rockets and bombs.

    Although the C295 Armed ISR is not as heavily armed as the AC-130, it is an accessible platform in terms of both market access and cost. In fact, the latter is a key positioning point for Airbus DS as it pitches the C295 as a base platform for a variety of multi-mission solutions, be it transport, ISR, CAS and others. Airbus DS can sell countries on maintaining streamlined logistics and maintenance infrastructure while fulfilling many distinct requirements. Moreover, current C295 operators are potential C295 Armed ISR customers.

    Notes & Comments:

    For the industry, fulfilling apparent requirements for COIN operations appears to be a major opportunity area. The aforementioned are a subsection of the options available on the market to prospective air arms.

    For example, in the turboprop-powered attack aircraft space, IOMAX is competing with Sierra Nevada Corporation and Embraer, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Air Tractor and within the UAE itself through Calidus. There is limited variance in the cost of powerplants as most (if not all) of these aircraft use a PT6 variant, but cost of manufacturing airframes and sourcing sensors, avionics and weapons could be areas where these companies will compete on cost.

    Likewise, the armed and ISR drone market has also become dense with ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations)-free options, especially in China, but in Turkey, South Africa and potentially other countries as well. Interestingly, the proliferation of drones might accelerate growth in the communication satellite (SATCOM) industry, be it satellite design, manufacturing and launch or SATCOM services. Drone vendors, including China, are respecting the range limitations of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) by capping the radio line-of-sight ranges of their drones to below 300 km. However, UAVs and satellites are separate industries, some countries might aim for beyond-line-of-sight range by acquiring SATCOM. The key limiter in this respect could be the SATCOM transponder industry (connecting UAVs to SATCOM).

    Regarding the C295 Armed ISR, it is unclear how much utility a light gunship would have if the same buyers have turboprop attack aircraft and UAVs. The armament payload of the C295 is relatively limited (as these weapons are loaded to the wing, attached to the fuselage or side doors). It is unlikely that these would be at the center of CAS operations. Airbus DS is cognizant of this fact, hence its decision to designate the platform as ‘Armed ISR’ – i.e. hinging the aircraft to primarily ISR, but with contingency attack capabilities.

    Pakistan has been using C-130B/Es equipped with FLIR Systems Star Safire III EO/IR turrets with BRITE Star II laser target-designators for ISR and target acquisition (ISTAR). Moreover, these “FLIR Herks” carry army personnel to view the EO/IR turret’s sensor feed in real-time. It would be interesting if Airbus DS extends this concept (if it has not already) by configuring the C295 with EO/IR and SAR/GMTI sensors integrated to onboard human-machine-interfaces and tactical data-link feeds. This platform could serve as a robust ISTAR asset to support dedicated attack platforms and coordinate ground operations.
     
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