Lockhed Martin to Sell Falcon Air Defence System to UAE

Issue: 3 / 2019

Lockheed Martin has targeted the UAE for the sale of the Falcon Air Defence System. Lockheed Martin, Diehl Defence and Saab had unveiled the Falcon, a short and medium range air defence system, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in February 2019. They hope the UAE will be the first customer. The new missile system was developed in response to a request from the UAE, which seeks to replace Lockheed’s Hawk Air Defence System. The Falcon is designed to counter threats such as unmanned aerial systems, cruise missiles, fixed and rotary-wing aircraft capable of delivering ordnance at extended ranges. The missile integrates Diehl’s 40 km range infra-red imaging system tail and vector-controlled interceptor and vertical launcher, with Saab’s 360-degree Giraffe radar system and Lockheed’s SkyKeeper command and control battle manager.