Through rapid technological advanced wars have changed rapidly within the last years. Much smarter, faster, more agile and advanced weapon systems are frequently invented and often get a chance to deliver combat data pretty fast which also leads to more advances in their special fields.
A clear trend here can be seen especially when it comes to autonomous and unmanned warfare. IDEX 2021 showed this when a huge emphasis on umanned weapon systems, especially drones, was made by a lot of exhibitors during the middel easterns biggest defense exhibition.
Mainly showcased were loitering munitions or so called sucicde or kamikaze drones a weapon system category in which the munition loiters around the target area for some time,
searches for targets, and attacks once a target is located.
These systems are some sort of merge between cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are easiser launched, cheaper to produce and harder to counter for enemy
Loitering munitions enable faster reaction times against concealed or hidden targets that emerge for short periods without placing high-value platforms close to the target
area, and also allow more selective targeting as the actual attack mission can be aborted.
One country stood out when it came to this weapon systems at IDEX 2021. The United Arab Emirates. HALCON and ADASI two companies under the umbrella of EDGE Group unveiled a whole arsenal of loitering munition drones. HALCON showcased the Shadow 25 and Shadow 50 suicide drones with 25 or 50 kilogram warheads and ADASI displayed the man portable
QX loitering munitions family, a series of 4 loitering munitions types.
These systems are fully UAE made and where developed in a time of under two years.
This video takes a closer look at the Shadow kamikaze drone and QX loitering munitions family.
If you want to now more about EDGE Group make sure to check their webiste out atedgegroup.ae/ also you should consider checking out theIr YouTube Channel with a lot of content regarding interesting new weapon systems at www.youtube.com/channel/UCY7dyW5y05kwTrr_i0Oaq0w
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