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AL JASOOR, the exclusive supplier of the RABDAN 8×8 IFV, has announced its collaboration with Raytheon Emirates and Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) to embed a High-Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS) onto the RABDAN. EARTH, a leading facilitator of state-of-the-art R&D, engineering, and technology integration (a sister entity of AL JASOOR within EDGE) is responsible for the seamless integration of the RABDAN vehicle with the advanced laser system. Announced ahead of IDEX 2021, the integrated vehicle is on display as part of the broader EDGE stand.

The next generation RABDAN 8×8 is an advanced, mission-ready platform built to meet a range of versatile objectives. Highly mobile on land and water, RABDAN is available in several configurations and can be equipped with different levels of armour protection to ensure tactical and technical advantages.

Raytheon’s HELWS is powered by technologies that use photons, or particles of light, to carry out military missions. The cutting-edge product uses an EO/IR sensor, to detect, identify and track multiple threats; primarily UAVs. Once targeted, the system is designed to rapidly and precisely engage, and neutralise, the non-cooperating UAV.

RABDAN and HELWS Advantages

One decisive advantage of the HELWS is its unmatched precision. In addition, connected to an adequate power source, they demonstrate “infinite magazine depth,” or a virtually unlimited supply of ammunition. Complementing their pinpoint accuracy, lasers represent a low-cost-per-shot option, making them an ideal solution for low-cost threats, such as those posed by drones.

As an additional feature that reinforces its suitability for the RABDAN amphibious vehicle, the laser weapon system boasts high survivability, while providing 360-degree coverage in a rugged package that can be scaled to accommodate the demands of the mission.

As a sister entity of AL JASOOR in the Platforms and Systems cluster within EDGE, EARTH brings its world-class technology integration capabilities to the partnership, ensuring all subsystems function as one cohesive unit. The laser system’s open architecture allows for seamless installation across military platforms. This will enable EARTH to leverage its engineering excellence with flexibility to address dynamic tactical requirements with high-performance and reliable mission-ready solutions.

AL JASOOR works relentlessly to meet the nation’s diverse armoured vehicle requirements, with a strong vision for manufacturing land platforms in order to address the future needs of the UAE’s domestic and export markets. The company is committed to harnessing advanced technologies to remain adaptable and progressive within the fast-evolving landscape of conflict.

Jack Richardson