UAE Announces Contracts Worth $5 billion

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 33 deals worth AED18.33 billion (USD4.99 billion) at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi, a significant jump on the AED14 billion in orders announced at the previous show in 2013. The big news was saved for the last day, when the UAE announced it had ordered another two Boeing […]


UAE Orders Nine AW139 Helicopters

A spokesman for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military announced at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that it had ordered nine helicopters from AgustaWestland: six of them for search-and-rescue purposes and three for VIP transport. AgustaWestland told IHS Jane’s that all the helicopters would be its twin-engine AW139.


IDEX 2015: Middle East Arms Market Remains Strong

With the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and an increasingly aggressive Iran, Gulf Arab states are spending billions to improve their defenses and better protect their energy infrastructure. Nowhere has this been more evident than last month’s International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The region’s largest defense exhibition attracted officials from […]