Halkin, EDGE’s precision-guided weapons company, has announced a series of significant developments in its Sky Knight air defense missile system, including the completion of the naval missile concept design for this system.
These developments were highlighted during the Dubai Airshow 2021, where “Halken” talked about the details of the great progress being made in the “Sky Night” system, which was revealed last February during the IDEX exhibition and conference in Abu Dhabi. The Sky Knight is the first C-RAM missile system designed and manufactured in the UAE, specifically designed to counter the full spectrum of modern threats and provide early warning signals and accurate surface-to-air intercept capabilities. The 2021 Dubai Airshow will witness the presentation of the design and prototype of the naval launch base “Sky Knight”, in addition to a review of the expanding applications of the air defense missile system.
Work on the development of the actual “Sky Knight” system had begun in August 2020, with a full team in place for this purpose. The most important achievements in the last 12 months include the first tests of the missile from the launch container, the review of the complete requirements of the system for user needs and system design, the design of the subsystem, and the design and manufacture of the wind tunnel test model.
Saeed Al Mansouri, CEO of Halkin, said: “The development of the Sky Knight system and its integration into the Sky Nex air defense system from Rheinmetall AG is a very important achievement for the UAE defense sector. We are very proud of the progress being made under this programme, which reflects the talent of our team, EDGE’s ability to work quickly and flexibly, and the benefits of partnering with global industry players.
The first parts of the Skynight prototype were manufactured by Halken’s own manufacturing group at the beginning of this year, and a second launch of the missile is scheduled before the end of this year. All program sub-contractors have been identified and registered, allowing system integration work to begin at the earliest.
Dr. Gerrit Viljoen, Chief Information Technology Officer, Missiles and Weapons at EDGE, said: “The SkyNight system is a large and complex task that requires all the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to successfully complete it.