UAE’s ministry of defense announced at the Dubai Airshow 2017 that it has ordered the MS-110 reconnaissance pod from UTC Aerospace Systems/Goodrich. The deal is worth $140 million and covers an unspecified number of pods. The UAE is the first customer for the multi-spectral derivative of Goodrich’s DB-110 dual-band sensor system that has been acquired by more than a dozen F-16 operators, as well as being operational on the F-15, Tornado and P-3 Orion. The UAE air force already operates the DB-110 on its F-16s.
The UAE air force’s other fighter community—which flies the Dassault Mirage 2000—is also benefiting from recent deals through the placing of a $120 million order for the P3 guided bomb from Tawazun Dynamics. This new weapon is being shown for the first time at the Dubai show, both on the Tawazun Dynamics stand and under the Calidus B-250 in the static park.
In other deals announced on the second day of the Dubai air show Global Aerospace Logistics was awarded a contract worth nearly $400 million to provide logistics and maintenance support for UAE Joint Aviation Command helicopters, while Advanced Integrated Systems received a $130 million contract to provide support services for an unspecified reconnaissance aircraft. Maximus Air received a follow-on contract to provide heavylift support for a further two years, while SCG was contracted for UAV services.