Turkey's SAHA Expo virtual defense fair commenced today on Monday with the participation of many major local industry players as well as professionals from abroad.
Organized by SAHA Istanbul Defence and Aerospace Cluster Association, the 3D virtual event will be held using the XperEXPO, an application developed by Turkish technology firm BITES, an affiliate of Aselsan.
According to the organizer, it will be the world's first 3D virtual defense fair.
The first week of the five-month event – between Nov. 9, 2020 and April 9, 2021 – will host videoconferences with 300 participants, including Roketsan, Baykar, FNSS and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
Over 400 products will be on display during the fair. The event will exhibit several major defense products, including Baykar’s Akinci and TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) and the domestically developed T129 Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter (ATAK).
Among others, Turkey’s first locally designed engines, TUSAŞ Engine Industries' (TEI) TJ300 and PG50, will be exhibited at an event for the first time.
As part of the event, firms and officials from several countries will conduct virtual business-to-business meetings.
The fair had originally been scheduled an in-person event in Istanbul Nov. 9-13, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held online.