Darkwater Irons

Darkwater Irons (Wai EleʻEle)
Native name
Darkwater Irons Industries
Public-owned enterprise
IndustryArms industry
PredecessorRed Coral Inc.
FoundedJune 20, 1938; 81 years ago (1938-06-20)
New Hope
Area served
Key people
John Waihee, CEO
OwnerCrown Holdings 30.5%
John Waihee 9.8%
Number of employees
DivisionsDI Marine
DI Aerospace
DI Electronics
DI Kinetics
DI Dynamics

Darkwater Irons (Ajerrin: Wai EleʻEle) is a global defense and engineering group headquartered in The Kingdom of Ajerrin. Led by CEO John Waihee, the Group operates through the following subsidiaries: The flagship segment DI Marine, DI Aerospace, DI Electronics, DI Kinetics, and DI Dynamics. The Group reported revenue of A$21.35b in FY 2017 and ranked among the Fortune 500 as the largest company in the Kingdom based on revenue. DI has more than 100,000 employees in over 100 subsidiaries spread out across 23 countries. The company was also ranked as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Aeia by Aeian Innovation Magazine.

Darkwater Irons draws on innovation, agility, and creativity that exists uniquely in our engineering capabilities to meet tomorrow's challenges. Since the birth of out pioneer companies in shipbuilding, electronics, engineering, automotive and aerospace gave rise to our formation and set us on a course for expansion. The amalgamation of our pioneer companies to form Darkwater Irons in 1997 sparked our transformation into a global defense and engineering group. Today, our footprint stretches across three continents and our products are into the depths of the oceans and up to the vastness of space. Our list of world-class solutions continues to grow as we continue to invest in technology and innovation and draw on the unique engineering capabilities and synergies of the Group.

DI Marine: Red Coral Inc.

Red Coral Inc is the original shipbuilding segment of Darkwater Irons

Red Coral delivers high quality naval and commercial vessels and provide customized shipbuilding, repair and conversion services at our yards in Ajerrin, Indragiri, Midrasia, Sükhbaatar, and Ardaima. We have an established track record of high engineering content ship repair and ship conversion services for a worldwide clientele. Our expertise extends to environmental engineering - today we provide turnkey water and waste treatment solutions in cities across Catai and Savai.

Vanguard Series Vessel Configurations

The Vanguard series of naval vessels is a platform that delivers multiple modular capabilities with one design. DI Marine's concept fast tracks project execution and reduces development costs by using a proven & scalable design. It reduces the engineering tail and life-cycle cost by adopting common and proven engineering systems accross multiple ship classes. Key features of the Vanguard series include a scalable hull form, design & equipment commonalities, use of integrated mast, integrated ship management system and sensemaking, modular payloads with a mission bay. The Vanguard series' hull form features reduced radar cross-section (RCS) features, can operate up to Sea State 6, and survive up to Sea State 9. Each of the platforms can accommodate one helicopter, and has also been designed with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unmanned surface vessel (USV), and unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) operational needs in mind. Vanguard series vessels will be built in two main production centers, Argois Harbor Midrasia and locally in Ajerrin.

Vanguard 120 Frigate

Displacement 3800 tons, speed 28 knots, range 6000 nm and endurance 25 days. High survivability and reduced signatures. Sea keeping: Operations in Sea State 6 and Survival in Sea State 9. AAW, ASuW, ASW and asymetric warfare capable and space for unmanned vehicles.

Vanguard 105 OPV

Displacement 2500 tons, speed 28 knots, range 4000 nm and endurance 21 days. Enhanced Stealth with reduced radiated noise and radar cross section. All round weapon and sensor coverage. Aviation facilities with hangar for medium sized helicopter. UAV, USV and UUV operation

Vanguard 95 Naval Research & Support

Displacement 2300 tons, speed 15 knots, range 8000 nm and endurance 45 days. Hydrographic and oceanographic research. Detached naval support operations using embarked crafts and modules. Aviation facilities with hangar for medium sized helicopter. Dynamic positioning. SILENT class notations.

Vanguard 80 Patrol Vessel

Displacement 1500 tons, speed 25 knots, range 3000 nm and endurance 14 days. Stealth design with all round sensor coverage. COTS standard with militarised mission system. Helo deck and UAV operations, stern LARS USV operations.

Tangaroa Class Destroyer

The Tangaroa Class Destroyer is a class of stealth guided missile destroyers for the Ajerrin Navy. The class comprises four ships - Tangaroa, Tawhiri, Tane and Rogo all of which are being built in a joint project between Red Coral of Ajerrin and DA-MP_Arms of Ardaima, and will be the largest destroyers to be operated by the Ajerrin Navy. The destroyers are an improved version of the Te Kore-class and will feature enhanced stealth characteristics. The aim of the follow-on class was to retain the same hull as the earlier class but incorporate significant changes in the superstructure and improve the ship's stealth characteristics. The key difference between the Te Kore Class destroyer and the Tangaroa Class destroyer are not much since they both share the same hull design. Its however in the internal fitments that separates the 2 destroyer class:

  • The class will be armed with a 127 mm main gun
  • The sonar will be relocated from hull to the bow
  • A revised bridge layout and mast design to reduce radar cross-section
  • A rail-less helicopter traversing system to secure the helicopter
  • A network-centric layout with a Ship Data Network (SDN), an Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and a Combat Management System (CMS)

Te Kore-Class Destroyer

Te Kore-Class Destroyer

The Te Kore-Class Destroyer class of stealth guided missile destroyers constructed for the Ajerrin Navy. The Te Kore-Class are the largest destroyers ever to be constructed at Red Coral, and as of 2013, all three ships of the class have been launched and are being fitted out for the Kingdom. These are the first stealth destroyers being built by Red Coral and marked a significant development in their shipbuilding technology. The ships would incorporate modern weapons and sensors, and will have an advanced information warfare suite, an auxiliary control system with a sophisticated power distribution architecture, and modular crew quarters. Perhaps the most distinctive and noticeable armament of the Te Kore-class is its 76 mm naval gun located forward of the bridge. The 76 mm gun provides limited anti-shipping capability and anti-air capability in addition to its naval gun fire-support role for land based operations

Aku Lani-Class Frigate

Aku Lani-Class Frigate

The Aku Lani-Class Frigate is a class of multi-role stealth frigates with combined diesel or gas (CODOG) propulsion systems. The main features of the class are its stealth characteristics and its land-attack capability. The ships incorporate structural, thermal and acoustic stealth features.

The Aku Lani-Class Frigates are equipped with a wide range of electronics and sensors, ilcluding HUMSA-NG and the BEL Eltora Electronic Warfare suite. The frigates are also equiped with 76mm naval guns, supersonic anti-ship missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-submarine rocket launches and Close-in weapon systems (CIWS). The ship can also carry two medium-sized helicopters.

Palekana-Class Missile Boat

Palekana-Class Missile Boats

The Palekana-Class Missile Boats incorporate stealth features designed to have wave-piercing catamaran hulls that are more stable than other fast missile craft in high sea conditions. The Red Coral AMD cataraman design may mean as much as a 50% reduction in vessel speed penalty in high sea conditions (in which monohulls may only perform at half or less of their maximum capability). Further, seasickness and disorientation is significantly reduced, improving the combat readiness/situational awareness of the small-craft operators during such conditions.

In addition to the stealthy polygonal-designed superstructure with its stealthy gun mount, the Palekana has an advanced C4 datalink that may represent some kind of capability to allow AWACS planes or other ships to vector the Palekana's missiles.

Marine Protector-Class Patrol Boat

Marine Protector-Class Patrol Boat

The Marine Protector-Class Patrol Boat is a class of coastal patrol boats for the Gorku Coast Guard. The high-speed pursuit boat has a crew of 10 that takes on missions such as combating drug smuggling, illegal immigration, marine fisheries enforcement and search & rescue support.

Boarding parties can be launched while the vessel is underway, through the cutter's stern launching ramp. The attached rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) has been upgraded since the initial inception of this class of cutter, in an effort to increase speed and sea state sustainability for boarding parties and rescue and assistance teams. The stern launching system requires just a single crewmember to remain on deck to launch or retrieve the boarding party. All 87-foot-long vessels are named after a marine predator. The cutters consume approximately 165 gallons of diesel per hour at their maximum speed of 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph)

Island-Class Patrol Boat

Island-Class Patrol Boat

The Island-Class Patrol Boat is a class of cutters of the Ajerri Coast Guard. The 110 ft (34 m) Island-class patrol boats are a modification of a highly successful Chen-designed patrol boat. With excellent range and sea-keeping capabilities of 3300nm and 29.5 knots, the island-class staffs a crew of 18 with a 25mm autocannon and two M2 50-cal machine guns for defense. All cutters are able to launch and retrieve a pursuit boat from its real launching ramp.

The Island class, all named after Ajerri islands, replaced the older 95 ft (29 m) Cape-class cutters used by several Ajerri states. These cutters are equipped with advanced electronics and navigation equipment and are used in support of the Coast Guard's maritime homeland security, migrant interdiction, drug interdiction, defense operations, fisheries Enforcement, and search and rescue missions.

Cyclone-Class Patrol Ships

Cyclone-class patrol ship

The Cyclone-Class Patrol Ship are coastal patrol boats made by DI. The Ajerri Royal Navy purchased 28 boats under the Makani-Class name. The ships were launched between 2003-2008 with the primary mission as coastal patrol and interdiction surveillance, an important aspect of littoral operations from the Royal Navy.

The 179ft long Cycle-class ship has a crew of 28 men with a range of 2000-2500nm. These ships can reach maximum speeds of 35 knots to provide the Royal Ajerri Naval Command with a fast, reliable platform that can respond to emergent requirements in a low-intensity conflict environment. Each ship carries two MK 38 25mm autocannons, five 50 caliber machine guns, two MK 19 40mm automatic grenade launchers, two M240B machine guns, six FIM-92 Stinger SAMS, and two MK-60 quadd BGM-17GB Griffin B missile launchers.

In 2016, the decision was made by the Ajerri Royal Navy to order 4 additional ships due to fatigue damage on the first four hulls.

Concept: Endurance-Class 170 LHD

Concept Ship Endurance-Class LHD-design

At 170m, this 30.8m wide platform will displace approx.19.000t and feature a full length flight-deck of approximately 4200sqm with five landing spots and two deck elevators. Apart from a core crew of 140 and an air crew of 150, the ship will be capable to embark up to 400 fully equipped troops. The well deck will accommodate up to 17 tanks and 16 30t vehicles. The ships will also feature a 1000sqm medical facility with 4 operating theatres, 10 intensive care beds and 17 wards.

DI Aerospace

Darkwater Irons is the world's largest commercial air frame MRO provider operating a global MRO network with facilities and affiliates in Sükhbaatar, Onza, and Ardaima. With more than 40 years of experience as an integrated service provider, our customers include leading airlines, airfreight and military operators. We offer a spectrum of maintenance and engineering services, aviation materials and asset management services, to keep aircraft flying safe.

DI Electronics

At Darkwater Irons, we deliver innovative advanced electronics and Infocomm Communications Technologies (ICT) solutions for e-Government, rail and intelligent transportation, satellite communications, cyber security and much more. Today, we serve customers in more than 50 countries through our operations in over 10 countries including New Timeria, Ardaima, Chenosam,Sükhbaatar, and Rohst.

DI Kinetics

As a trusted partner with 50 years' engineering experience, we provide integrated land systems, specialty vehicles and through-life support that meet the stringent requirements for defense, homeland security and commercial applications. We work with customers to help preserve the peace and security of nations and meet the requirements of transport operators as well as mining, construction and distribution companies. In October of 2017 DI Kinetics opened a regional headquarters in Pale, Ardaima and its main plant employs more than 1500 Ardaiman people to build the new ARIELE Modular System. DI Kinetics ARIELE has major facilities in Delfina and New Timeria. In September of 2018 the Sukhbaatar government ordered 1,100 LSVs and 750 Terrax ICVs, Darkwaters' largest order to date.


Terrex 2
The Terrex 2 ICV

The Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle is an armored fighting vehicle developed by Darkwater Irons of Ajerrin and produced by DI Kinetics, a subsidiary of Darkwater Irons for the Ajerr'i Army. The Terrex's mass is 30+ tons and the vehicle is built on a 8x8 wheeler chassis with modern military vehicle armor. Multiple weapon platforms are supported on the vehicle, including both remote-type weapon systems and overhead weapon stations (OWSs). The Terrex is air-portable with a conventional layout, operated by a crew of 2 and 11 dismounts.

In August 2012, the The Royal Army awarded Darkwater Irons a developmental contract for the Terrex for the Royal Personnel Carrier program.

On 18 July 2013, DI Kinetics and Armatec Survivability Corporation, successfully completed two weeks of evaluations of the Terrex at Camp Wahaui. The tests included a series of water performance demonstrations in various sea conditions and an evaluation of human factors and stowage capacity. The Terrex completed all required surf transit and ocean swim maneuverability tests at its fully loaded combat weight. It demonstrated load capabilities through successful stowage of gear and supplies that Marines would require for three days of operations, with space available for additional equipment. The human factors evaluation demonstrated the spacious interior by accommodating the specified number of combat-equipped Marines and enabling rapid tactical and emergency egress through a quick-release hatch. The Terrex repeated ocean swim and maneuverability results were achieved in a March 2013 rehearsal event. DI Kinetics began ballistic and blast tests at the Apo Automotive Test Center in May 2013, and was scheduled to complete all ballistic and mine blast demonstrations in July.

The Royal Personnel Carrier was put on hold in June 2013, restarted in February 2014, and then restructured as Phase 1 of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program.

On 24 November 2015, the Royal Army selected the Terrex to move on to the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the ACV 1.1 program. DI Kinetics was awarded a $121.5 million contract to build 16 vehicles by late 2016 for testing, which will begin in early 2017 and last one year. The Terrex submitted for the ACV program, called the Terrex 2, was designed to enhance situational awareness, with the troop commander's station equipped with a screen covering all aspects outside the vehicle, also visible to the squad to enable them to see what they would be exiting to. The driver’s station is equipped with several screens with obstacle avoidance, situational awareness sensor feeds, and other features. Although the Terrex is specialized in ground operations, it also meets the minimum requirements for safe sea operation. The Terrex has a V-over-V hull that creates a crush zone to reduce the impact of a blast on the floor; this creates a spacious interior. Footrests attached to seats across the aisle keep the soldier's feet from absorbing blast energy. The vehicle uses a central tire inflation system, can swim 7 mph (11 km/h; 6.1 kn) in water, and has excess buoyancy of 23 percent. It weighs 32.5 tons (65,000 lb (29,000 kg)), carries three crew and 11 embarked soldiers, and can reach 55 mph (89 km/h) on paved roads.

Various weapon systems can be fitted on the roof, including a remote weapon station armed with a 40mm automatic grenade launcher and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun or a complete stabilized turret armed with a 25mm M242 Bushmaster cannon and 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. Additional 7.62mm machine guns can be mounted over the rear troop compartment. In addition, the vehicle can be configured to carry varying combat payloads, from turret-based weapon stations (including 105 mm tank guns) to rocket launchers. The modular top deck allows for quick configuration changes to be carried out.

Terrex 3

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The Terrex 3 ICV

The Terrex 3 Infantry Carrier Vehicle is better protected and carries a much more powerful armament as compared to the Terrex 2 but lacks the amphibious capability due to its 35tonne weight.

  • Command Variant
  • 40mm AGL/7.62mm Coaxial MG Variant
  • .50 calibre HMG Variant
  • SPIKE ATGM Variant
  • Pioneer Variant
  • Medical Variant
  • Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Variant
  • STORM Variant


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The Spider LSV

Designed for excellent off-road mobility, the SPIDER New Generation Light Strike Vehicle is a 4x4 all wheel drive vehicle. Installed with a 138hp turbocharged diesel engine and state-of-the-art suspension, it is capable of climbing and traversing 60% inclines and is able to take on difficult terrain.

A revolution of the original SPIDER Light Strike Vehicle, the SPIDER New Gen is designed for superior crew safety with a Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) standard space frame and increased reliability from its new and enhanced components. The improved maneuverability and high speed cross country mobility makes it ideal for providing close fire support for infantry troops and special operations forces.

The SPIDER New Gen can be transported by air platforms like the C130 while being lightweight enough to allow for heli-lift operations by helicopters such as the CH-47D Chinook. Accommodating up to a crew of 6, the SPIDER New Gen’s unique center-hand drive enables flexible weapon configurations on both sides of the driver position for a wide arc of fire.

Even with its small footprint, the SPIDER New Gen offers a high payload capability of 1,000kg to accommodate a wide variety of weapon systems, ranging from heavy machine guns, automatic grenade launchers to ATGM launchers. Its new design enables easy customisation to suit a variety of missions, including attack, reconnaissance and combat support roles.


The ARIELE System

DI Kinetics’ ARIELE system is specifically designed to address the challenges of the modern battlefield.

The key to the ARIELE system is the Adaptive Real-Time Core Temperature Intelligent Cooler (ARCTIC) which utilizes both active and passive cooling methods to maintain a soldier's body temperature at peak performance. The active cooling function makes use of thermal sensors to automatically decrease or increase the temperature, while its passive cooling function is fabric-integrated and sweat-activated.

The Personal Lightweight Armor Technology (PLATE) uses an unconventional method to form the basis of composite armor plates. This involves vacuum consolidation to eliminate encapsulated air, reinforcing the conformity and support of the ceramic core of fiber composites.

The future soldier may also wear a load-bearing vest that is modular and scalable. Made from tough yet breathable textile, the Personal Reinforced Outer Tactical Equipment Carrier (PROTEC) is designed to protect soldiers from harsh environmental and excessive heat conditions as well as preventing them from suffering from heat stroke and dizziness.

Situational awareness is always important on the battlefield. To provide this, the Shielded Advanced Eyewear System (SHADES) comes with an intelligent Heads Up Display (HUD) with ballistic protection. Using augmented reality (AR) images, SHADES enables enhanced command and control over a wireless weapon station, communication and coordination, navigation, identification and the tracking of friendly forces.

Power is crucial for the connected soldier. The Portable Watt-hr for Extended Range (POWER) system aims to provide enough power to sustain longer mission while reducing the weight burden on soldiers. The adoption of fuel cell solution also obviates the need for battery recharging as it involves merely a swapping of fuel cartridges.

It helps that a soldier can convert his walking motion to electrical energy as well. This is what the Bionic Regenerative Active Energy System (BRACES) provides. It can generate up to 6W of power, while storing the harvested energy in a super capacitor. When required, it can be channelled to power the low power electronic devices.

The company has also introduced the Soldier Enhanced Sensing Equipment (SENSE) system, a real-time health-tracking device which monitors the soldier’s vital signs such as heart and respiratory rate, stress levels (via galvanic skin response), as well as skin temperature. It is designed to detect the onset of training exhaustion and relay this information to a wearable smart interface carried by a squad leader or force commander. SENSE also stores the data for post-mission analysis, which provides an opportunity to improve training regimes.

Separately, the Power & Energy Management System (POEMS) offers a small, lightweight and easy way to draw power from sources such as fuel cells, solar-mats, building power sockets or even vehicle 12 VDC outlets. The power can then be used to charge batteries, directly power military equipment or simply do both.

Perhaps even more convenient is the Enhanced Wireless Charger developed by DI Kinetics. Using electric field induction, it enables a soldier to charge up devices anywhere. Compared to magnetic field induction, the technology used here also gives a user more freedom when it comes to placing the equipment to be charged near the charger itself.

The DI NGCR will be the successor to the SAR 21, which has been used with the Ajerrin Army since 2005. It is designed to be used with the ARIELE system and is 25% lighter than the original SAR 21. Completely ambidextrous, the DI NGCR is a 5.56x45mm NATO gas-operated assault rifle that has charging handles and controls on both sides of the weapon and a 30 round detachable box magazine.


The EXOSUIT is a new add-on for the Army Individual Eco-Lightweight Equipment ensemble.

Introduced at the Savaian Technology Conference of 2018, the Exosuit is an unpowered, lightweight exoskeleton that is designed to enable troops to carry heavier loads over longer distances with reduced fatigue, while improving safety. The Exosuit can support up to 80% of the soldier’s load in standing or kneeling positions by transferring weight through the exoskeleton to the ground, and exploits the kinetic energy generated by its wearer to maintain optimal mobility. The equipment supports walking and combat movements, and provides no degradation in locomotive or reflect performance. The Exosuit is most beneficial for the soldier when conducting extended marches or patrols.

DI Dynamics

DI Dynamics is the Advanced Engineering Center of Darkwater Irons. We are a system house which develops advanced engineering systems to help customers address their complex technological challenges in related to unmanned system, machine vision, sensor network and software algorithms. Our role is to be the developer of new products and services based on emerging technologies and business concepts. We believe in working closely with inventors, innovative firms and the academia to develop a strategic partnerships that can offer innovative engineering solutions to the market. Major DI Dynamics centers are found in Maka,Ajerrin and Santmargats, Sükhbaatar, among other places.

Contracted countries

Darkwater Irons currently holds a number of contracts to supply national armies, mostly among nations within the The Savaian Alliance. By far the largest contracted country is Ajerrin, with Darkwater as a supplier of all segments within the Royal Armed Forces of Ajerrin.

Darkwater Irons also holds contracts with the following countries to supply weaponry, equipment or vehicles: