EDGE’s SkyKnight air defense missile system details key program milestones



Dubai – United Arab Emirates – EDGE Group entity HALCON, a regional leader in the production and supply of precision guided weapons, announced the successful completion of a series of major developments for its defense missile system SkyKnight aerial, which includes the completion of the concept design of a naval missile.

The updates were provided at the 2021 Dubai Airshow, where HALCON detailed the significant progress made by SkyKnight, which was first unveiled at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in February. . The very first anti-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) missile system designed and manufactured by the United Arab Emirates, SkyKnight has been specially designed to counter the full spectrum of modern threats, by providing signals of early warning and precise ground-to-air interception capabilities. .

Development of the current SkyKnight system began in August 2020 with a full team. Key milestones achieved over the past 12 months extend to the first tests of missiles from a cartridge; comprehensive reviews of system requirements for user needs and system design; design of subsystems; and design and manufacture of wind tunnel test models.

Commenting on the progress to date, Saeed Al Mansoori, CEO of HALCON, said: “The development of SkyKnight in its own right and its inclusion in the Skynex air defense system of Rheinmetall AG are important developments for the defense industry. of the United Arab Emirates. Then continuing to chart the impressive progress we have made on the program is extremely rewarding and a testament to the talent of our team, EDGE’s ability to act with speed and agility, and the benefit of partnering with established global players.

The first prototype parts for SkyKnight were manufactured by HALCON’s special manufacturing group earlier this year, with a second missile launch slated for before the end of the year. All subcontractors of the program are identified and registered, which allows the work of integrating the system to begin in earnest.

Dr Gerrit Viljoen, Chief Technology Officer of the Missiles and Weapons Cluster at EDGE said: “SkyKnight is a large and complex company, which requires all the skills, knowledge and expertise that we can apply to be successful. We believe we have these elements and more, and we will continue to work diligently to build a system that has international appeal and that will help build on the export credentials and manufacturing prowess of EDGE and the United Arab Emirates.

As previously announced, EDGE, the parent company of HALCON, was developing a short-range air defense system, as was German company Rheinmetall AG, which was actively researching a missile system to be part of its Skynex air defense system. The companies decided to jointly come up with a solution, with HALCON supplying SkyKnight, the missile system to the popular Oerlikon Skynex air defense system.



HALCON is a regional leader in the end-to-end manufacture of precision guided systems. Founded in 2017, the company innovates and develops efficient and economical products. HALCON is backed by a strong in-house research and development process, backed by one of the most advanced testing facilities in the region, providing high-tolerance, high-precision components and subsystems, finished by services parts of the company’s assembly line. As part of EDGE’s Missiles and Weapons Cluster, the company also offers special manufacturing solutions, automation and robotics consulting, and advisory services that help customers achieve their operational and tactical goals.

For more information, please visit https://halcon.ae/

About EDGE

EDGE is a cutting edge technology group created to develop agile, daring and disruptive solutions for defense and beyond. Enabling a secure future, it is dedicated to bringing innovative technologies and services to market with greater speed and efficiency.

Consolidating more than 25 entities and employing more than 13,000 brilliant minds, it offers expertise through five main areas: Platforms and systems, missiles and weapons, cyber defense, electronic warfare and intelligence and mission support.

Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, EDGE is a catalyst for change – enabling quick, accurate and rapid decision-making to revolutionize the industry and change its fundamentals.

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