Abu Dhabi is taking its first steps into aircraft production with a contender for the already busy light-attack market. Developed in virtual secrecy in just over two years, the Calidus B-250 is the result of a distant collaboration between a United Arab Emirates (UAE) defense technology company and Brazilian light aircraft manufacturer Novaer. “We see market potential for a light-attack, counterinsurgency and advanced training aircraft,” said Hamdan Abdulla al-Shkeili, a senior ...

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