Israel’s Elbit Systems will present the Skylark 3 Hybrid UAS and Hermes 900 MALE UAS at the IDEX 2023 exhibition taking place in the United Arab Emirates next week.
The 2021 edition of the IDEX marked the first participation of Israeli companies in a U.A.E. defense exhibition. This thawing of friendship between the two countries locked in decades of conflict comes after the signing of U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords peace deal in late 2020.
Elbit Systems launched a new venture in the U.A.E. in November 2021. The company says this venture “will seek to foster a long-term cooperation with the U.A.E. Armed Forces.”
U.A.E.’s EDGE Group reportedly invested $14 million in High Lander, an Israeli drone fleet management company, last month. EDGE is keen on developing autonomous systems, such as UAVs, smart weapons, and cyber technologies, as part of its international growth strategy.
EDGE has also joined hands with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to develop a drone-busting system set to be tailored to desert conditions, capable of employing explosives, lasers, and electronic jamming.
Aside of training and simulation systems and Electronic Warfare and SIGINT solutions, the Israeli weapons maker will also exhibit a range of rockets with ranges from the 35km Accular through the 150km EXTRA and up to the 300km Predator Hawk, along with Elbit’s Precise & Universal Launching System (PULS) capable of launching a range of rockets and missiles, as well as local and foreign made rockets. The RAMPAGE, long range (150km) supersonic air-to-ground precision strike missile will also be displayed.