In the past five years, defense shows and exhibitions around the world have ballooned owing to the surge in demand for military technology and arms in growing markets.
This surge is credited to an influx of new defense and aerospace exhibitions launched around the world.
Kazakhstan hosted its first international arms show in 2010 called KADEX. Since then the biennial show has attracted the likes of Airbus Defense, Antonov, Israel Military Industries, Beechcraft and, MiG Corporation among others.
In the Middle East, Bahrain launched the biennial Bahrain International Airshow in 2010 which has since attracted hundreds of companies while Kuwait similarly launched the Gulf Defense & Aerospace in 2011 and is gearing to host the third edition in December 2015.
The United Arab Emirates launched the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX) in 2011 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX).
With cyber security becoming a growing concern, Israel this year launched the first-ever Cyber Tech Israel (CTI) show which will be a “series of International Cyber Tech campaigns, to be held in close partnership with Israel Defense and in association with Israel National Cyber Bureau”.
Manila, Philippines will host the third edition of the Cyber Intelligence Asia in 2015. “Cyber Intelligence Asia is now in its third year and will provide attendees unrivalled opportunities to meet with the regions senior government officials who deal with cyber security,” according to the official website.
The Border Management & Technologies Summit in 2015 will mark the show’s third anniversary as well. Set to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, an official statement from the organizers says, “The 2015 event will also take a greater look into the borders in Eastern Europe and their IBM strategies and future roadmap. Identity Management systems being developed at borders are becoming more sophisticated and our event will look into the different techniques used by border forces across Europe.”
And Rome will host the 2nd edition of CBRNe Summit and “will provide attendees with an overview of the key CBRNe threats that are being faced across the globe.” The main event focus will be on the threat intelligence of a CBRNe attack on a city, airport, train station, shopping mall, power grid, nuclear plant etc. There will also be presentations on Military-Civil Methodologies, Technologies and Application to a CBRNe and WMD threat, according to an official statement.
The rise trade shows globally excludes only a handful of countries that do not host any kind of defense and aerospace exhibition including Sri Lanka, Burma and, Vietnam among others. Ghana was set to host Africa’s first air show in October this year called the African Air Expo however this show has been postponed due to E-bola concerns.
While top companies such as Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Russia’s Rosoboronexport all attend about 20 shows each year which include LIMA, AUSA, IndoDefense and Eurosatory among others. In 2012, Airbus Defense and Space attended a whopping 41 shows globally. However it’s unclear how many shows the company will make it to in 2015.
Mubadala Development Company and Tawazun Holding on Tuesday announced the launch of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), the UAE's first integrated national defence supplier. According to Arabian Business, the new company will comprise 11 units including the subsidiaries of Mubadala, Tawazun and Emirates Advanced Investment Group (EAIG) at the conclusion of the first phase of integration, with a formal transfer of ownership from January
China unveiled several land warfare weapons and platforms at Airshow China in Zhuhai last week to cater to a growing demand, particularly in the Middle East, South America and Asia. Earlier this year China tasted a surprise success in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a sale of 150 units of the V-shaped VP11 4x4 wheeled mine-resistant vehicle manufactured by China North Industries Group Corporation (CNIGC)
AAR announced Monday that it has been selected by Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) to support in the design, outfitting and integration of key areas of its facility in Al Ain, UAE. The new facility will be an anchor tenant at Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park (Nibras), the free-zone project being jointly developed by Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Airports Company to support the establishment of a sustainable aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi
Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezouarannounced today that Morocco will provide direct military, operational and intelligence support to the United Arab Emirates to assist in its fight against terrorism as part of a bilateral military cooperation agreement between the two countries. "Morocco will give its active support to the United Arab Emirates in their fight against terrorism and for the preservation of regional and international peace and stability," and "the contribution presented by the Kingdom of Morocco will focus on operational military and intelligence aspects," read the Foreign Ministry statement
Boeing has completed environmental and performance qualification testing on the aircraft satellite communications antenna system it is developing for multipurpose satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Company (Yahsat) of the United Arab Emirates. The system has passed customer-witnessed acceptance testing, and its required data transfer rate has been validated in over-the-air satellite tests
The US and India have decided to jointly strengthen their cyber security partnership to combat cyber-crimes. Many business leaders shared their views on cyber challenges with Indian and the US government officials in the US –India cyber security dialogue that took place last week
Protection of critical infrastructure from cyber attacks has become an important priority for world leaders, says Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab Thursday. He will be addressing the most pressing issues facing cyber-security and how to address them during a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week
The French government is likely to intensify the search of cyber-criminals with the launch of a massive surveillance program to track exchanges that pass through social media, covering audio and video communications. Prime Minister Manuel Valls yesterday announced 54 measures his government was considering since the attacks last week on Charlie Hebdo magazine office
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