EDGE Group’s HALCON entity has been awarded a significant contract worth AED 4.7 billion by the UAE Armed Forces for the supply of advanced precision-guided glide munitions. The DESERT STING 25 (DS-25), a light-weight, air-to-surface precision-guided munition designed by HALCON, can be deployed on multiple racks on aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
This contract award is a major milestone for EDGE, showcasing the company’s expertise and innovative approach to defense technology.
This new contract will provide the UAE Armed Forces with flexibility in air strike operations, and HALCON is proud to be contributing to the UAE’s “Make it in the Emirates” initiative by producing the DS-25 at their cutting-edge manufacturing facilities.
The DS-25 is part of HALCON’s DESERT STING line of lightweight, precision-guided glide weapons, which are designed to strike targets with differing payloads and stand-off ranges. The contract for DS-25 PGMs underpins EDGE and HALCON’s commitment to the UAE Armed Forces in providing advanced systems and solutions that enable mission flexibility and ensure the safeguarding of the UAE.
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ADVANCED CONCEPTS, a new business unit within EDGE, is dedicated to designing and deploying advanced, innovative technologies. It focuses on accelerating the rapid development of critical innovation projects from concept definition and technical feasibility stage (TRL6+) to detailed engineering design before handing these projects back to EDGE’s portfolio of companies for industrialization and commercialization.
Saeed Al Mansoori, Senior Vice President of ADVANCED CONCEPTS, expressed delight in providing the UAE Armed Forces with this capability and furthering their relationship in seeking to provide innovative, UAE-made products.
To sum up, the awarding of the AED 4.7 billion contract to EDGE for DESERT STING 25 marks a significant milestone for the defense industry. It serves as a testament to the company’s expertise in defense technology and showcases the continued investment in the region. The impact of this contract on the industry and its contribution to national security is eagerly anticipated.