Abu Dhabi, UAE: – EDGE Group entity, HALCON, a regional leader in the design and production of guided weapons systems and beyond, signed a contract with The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye Defense Industries Research and Development Institute (TÜBİTAK SAGE), a leading research and development (R&D) institution in the field of defence industry technology and producer of precision air-to-surface weapons. The contract was signed at IDEX 2023, one of the largest tri-service defence exhibitions in the world, which is being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, until 24 February.

Under the contract, HALCON will send employees to TÜBİTAK SAGE for training in formulating composite propellants and liners on a laboratory scale. Two HALCON employees will be sent to TÜBİTAK SAGE for a month-long course over the next 18 months.

Wim Strydom, COO of HALCON, said: “We are proud to be sending HALCON personnel to TÜBİTAK SAGE, a renowned institution with a long-standing history in providing the Turkish defence industry with competitive and advanced technologies, products and services. Over the next year and a half, HALCON’s young engineers will gain invaluable insights from the highly-experienced TÜBİTAK SAGE team and incorporate their learnings into HALCON’s solutions.”

Gurcan Okumuş, Director of TÜBİTAK SAGE, said: “We are very glad to establish links with HALCON and to sign our first contract as a service provider. We hope to increase the number of business activities in the near future.”

Attendees of IDEX can visit EDGE and its portfolio of companies at Hall 5, stand A-05 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) between 20 to 24 February, 2023.



The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye Defense Industries Research and Development Institute (TÜBİTAK SAGE) was founded in 1972 in order to meet the needs of Turkish Armed Forces and the national defense industry organizations. TÜBİTAK SAGE operates in Ankara.

The main mission of institute within the frame of this goal; is to conduct research and development studies to fulfill the requirements of Turkish Armed Forces and national defense industries organizations by establishing cooperation with national and/or foreign foundations when needed. TÜBİTAK SAGE is empowering its knowledge by research projects, designing and developing software&hardware by development projects, providing services by analysis/measurement and consultancy projects and establishing the infrastructures which are required by the high-tech products and services. TÜBİTAK SAGE executes projects with Ministry of National Defense, Turkish Armed Forces, Presidency of Defense Industries and various defense industry organizations.

For more information, please visit https://www.sage.tubitak.gov.tr/en


HALCON is a regional leader in development and production of precision-guided munitions, loitering munitions and autonomous systems. Established in 2017, the company innovates and develops high-performance and cost-effective products. HALCON relies on strong in-house research and development, 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. HALCON also provide special manufacturing solutions, and automation and robotics consulting, and advisory services that help customers achieve their operational and tactical goals. 

The company is part of the Missiles & Weapons cluster of EDGE Group, one of the world’s leading advanced technology and defence groups.

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

About EDGE

Launched in November 2019, the UAE’s EDGE is one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups, established to develop agile, bold and disruptive solutions for defence and beyond, and to be a catalyst for change and transformation. It is dedicated to bringing breakthrough innovations, products, and services to market with greater speed and efficiency, to position the UAE as a leading global hub for future industries, and to creating clear paths within the sector for the next generation of highly-skilled talent to thrive. With a focus on the adoption of 4IR technologies, EDGE is driving the development of sovereign capabilities for global export and for the preservation of national security, working with front-line operators, international partners, and adopting advanced technologies such as autonomous capabilities, cyber-physical systems, advanced propulsion systems, robotics and smart materials. EDGE converges R&D, emerging technologies, digital transformation, and commercial market innovations with military capabilities to develop disruptive solutions tailored to the specific requirements of its customers. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, EDGE consolidates more than 20 entities into four core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Electronic Warfare & Cyber Technologies, and Trading & Mission Support.

For more information, visit edgegroup.ae