2nd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition ADEX 2016 started at Baku Expo Center on 27 of September. ADEX 2016 is a grand display of modern weaponry and equipment, the show of the force and power of the Azerbaijani military-industrial complex. The exhibition supported by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reviewed the exhibition. The head of state has got acquainted with product in all three pavilions and in open area.
The official opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Yaqub Eyyubov- the First Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Yaver Jamalov - Minister of the Defence Industry of Azerbaijan, Mr. Edward Stroon – Director of Caspian Event Organisers.
At the opening ceremony Mr. Eyyubov read a welcoming letter from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. In his greeting, the head of state congratulated the guests and exhibitors on the opening of the 2nd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition, ADEX 2016. The relevance of issues pertaining to military-technical cooperation, the exchange of modern technologies and security features were noted in his letter. President Ilham Aliyev noted the significant role of the exhibition as an authoritative platform for discussing issues of military-technical cooperation, which will pave the way for important new initiatives in the defence industry. The Head of State wished the participants success in their future affairs and peace and prosperity to their countries.
The ADEX exhibition is being held for only the second time, but it has already become the largest exhibition in the region. This year, ADEX is attended by 216 companies from 34 countries, and 29 delegations from 21 countries. The geographical spread of the participants has expanded to countries such as Croatia, Estonia, the Czech Republic Latvia, and Montenegro. In total, companies and delegations take part at the exhibition from 44 countries. The exhibition, occupying all three halls of the Baku Expo Center as well as open spaces, is 10% larger this year. The exhibition features 10 national stands from Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, the Czech Republic, France, Israel, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey, and representing leading companies from these countries. The most numerous contingents in terms of the number of companies are Turkey (42 companies), Israel (14 companies), and Russia (14 companies). Such well-known companies as Aselsan, CETC, Damen, MBDA, Norinco, IAI, Roketsan, Rosoboron Export, Thales and others will participate with demonstrations of military equipment. One pleasant fact is that 58% of exhibitors are repeat participants from the first ADEX exhibition.
This year the number of local exhibitors has also increased, presenting different types of defence and special-purpose products, military vehicles and equipment, weapons and ammunition. The Ministry of Defence Industry and its related structures and plants, and the Ministry of Defence of Azerbaijan, ANAMA, actively participate at the exhibition. Several presentations of new Azerbaijani defence industry products are expected at the exhibition.
This year the ADEX exhibition will host 29 official delegations, led by ministers, heads of military departments, and stakeholder’s representatives from Turkey, Russia, Israel, Pakistan, and other countries. Among the countries that are sending delegations to the ADEX exhibition for the first time are Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Congo, Djibouti and Serbia. The immense interest shown in ADEX on the part of international delegations and companies once again confirms the high status and importance of Azerbaijan as an important strategic partner.
In general, demonstrations of the achievements in the following areas is planned at the exhibition: Land Forces and Air Forces equipment and armaments, armed military aircraft, air defence systems and tools, special purpose equipment and technology, information technology, space technology, and army administrative and technical support. A distinctive feature of this exhibition is a full-scale exhibition in the form of a unified concept of a wide range of modern means of protection and defence, security technology, industrial, transport security, the protection of information and communications, and fire safety and rescue equipment.
The exhibition’s open space, which is fully occupied by companies from different countries, deserves special attention. Visitors to the site can see the latest fighters, drones, tanks, air defence systems, and military vehicles. In addition, an armoured vehicles maintenance and repair service centre project will be demonstrated for the first time.
A comprehensive business program, which includes seminars, presentations and numerous bilateral meetings with the heads of line ministries, manufacturing companies and customers demonstrates the uniqueness of the ADEX exhibition as a dialogue platform. On the, 28th and 29th of September the exhibition will include workshops, which will cover the following topics: “Prospects for the development of demining systems and technologies - the participation and the role of companies working in this field”, “Modern technologies and innovations in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles” and “Modern methods in the field of air defence (AD) systems.” The workshops are open to professionals in the defence sector.
The media too has taken great interest in the exhibition. Up to date coverage is provided by 56 leading international and local specialised media - magazines, websites and news agencies. In total, more than 100 media representatives are accredited at the exhibition. The general information partner of the exhibition is IHS Jane's Defence Weekly (UK), and the official online diary of the exhibition is Army Recognition (Belgium), while the official Media partner is the Azeri Defence magazine (Azerbaijan).
The ADEX exhibition will provide an opportunity for industry professionals to get acquainted with modern defence technologies and samples in a variety of MIC industries, and catch up on the latest developments of military equipment that are being offered for export on the world’s arms markets. ADEX will be an excellent platform to demonstrate the latest weapons and to finalize new agreements in the field of international military-technical cooperation.
The registration sponsor of the ADEX 2016 exhibition is the Secretariat of the Defence Industry of Turkey. The organiser of the exhibition is Caspian Event Organisers. The ADEX 2016 exhibition will continue till 30, September.