A Leader in Manufacturing of Precision-Guided Systems and Aerial Combat Vehicles

Defence Industry

HALCON is an EDGE Group company and a leader in the end-to-end manufacturing of precision-guided systems and aerial combat vehicles. Established in 2017, the company innovates and develops high-performance and cost-effective products that enable its customers to neutralise specific targets and avoid collateral damage. HALCON relies on an impressive in-house research and development process, supported by one of the region’s most advanced testing facilities delivering high-tolerance, high-precision components and sub-systems, finished through the company’s full assembly line services.

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With 500+ employees, three laboratories and eight manufacturing facilities, HALCON counts the UAE Armed Forces among its key clients. Commencing with detailed research into customer requirements and an in-depth look at market trends, the company’s teams ensure that its systems are tested and delivered in compliance with leading military standards to ensure safety, performance and compatibility.

The company is at the cutting edge of defence innovation and beyond, and recently unveiled its Shadow 25 and Shadow 50 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV); Thunder series and Desert Sting family of precision guided missiles; and Nasef missile. We are actively contributing to raising the UAE’s manufacturing capabilities domestically, while helping to build the country’s sovereign capabilities

HALCON’s work is complemented by in-house advanced manufacturing capabilities that deliver high-tolerance, high-precision components and sub-systems, finished through its full assembly line services. The company also designs, manufactures, assembles and integrates components for precision-guided munitions that can be customised to meet client requirements. Through leveraging emerging technologies, world-class intellectual property assets and its expertise at all points of the manufacturing value chain, HALCON’s systems are known for their reliability. The company is passionate about upskilling staff and UAE nationals, and runs dedicated programmes in this regards.

The company is at the cutting edge of defence innovation and beyond, and recently unveiled its Shadow 25 and Shadow 50 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV); Thunder series and Desert Sting family of precision guided missiles; and Nasef missile. We are actively contributing to raising the UAE’s manufacturing capabilities domestically, while helping to build the country’s sovereign capabilities.

Through leveraging emerging technologies, world-class intellectual property assets and its expertise at all points of the manufacturing value chain, HALCON’s solution provide reliability.

HALCON also provides advisory, design and procurement services to help customers solve complex challenges. By redefining the art of machining, the company’s Special Manufacturing division serves clients with advanced capabilities to include CNC machining, coating and surface treatment, cable harnesses, and printed circuit boards. Offering turnkey solutions through a comprehensive range of advanced surface coating and painting solutions, HALCON boasts the UAE’s only cathodic electrodeposition (CED) coating facility and is the leading expert in providing military-grade anti-corrosion protection that helps assure performance.

HALCON is a firm supporter of collaboration and cooperates with numerous companies around the world, with one such example being Rheinmetall, the German defence contractor with which HALCON is developing an advanced C-RAM system, Skynex, to which HALCON is contributing its SkyKnight missile defence system

EDGE Group has an ambition to be an international exporter of products, services, and expertise from the UAE to vetted customers, and HALCON supports this vision with a product line that is of export quality. HALCON is a firm supporter of collaboration and cooperates with numerous companies around the world, with one such example being Rheinmetall, the German defence contractor with which HALCON is developing an advanced C-RAM system, Skynex, to which HALCON is contributing its SkyKnight missile defence system.

Development of the original SkyKnight system commenced in August 2020 with a full strength team. Key milestones achieved in the first 12 months of development include the first missile tests out of a canister; full system requirement reviews for user needs and system design; subsystem design; and wind tunnel test model design and manufacturing.

EDGE Group had been developing a short-range air defence system, as has Germany-based Rheinmetall AG, which was actively seeking a missile system to form part of its Skynex air defence system. The companies decided to jointly offer a solution, with HALCON providing SkyKnight, the missile system, to the highly regarded Oerlikon Skynex Air Defence System, which sets new standards with its unique open architecture.

SkyKnight was purposely designed to counter the full spectrum of modern threats, providing early warning signals and precise surface-to-air intercept capabilities targeting of rotary-wing aircraft, UAV rockets, artillery, mortar, and other fixed-wing aircraft at a range of up to 10km. While the UAE Defence Force stands as the initial customer for SkyKnight, the system’s integration into Skynex, as well as its standalone capabilities, is likely to see it deployed globally.

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