On September 25, the 3rd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition, ADEX 2018 commenced its work at Baku Expo Centre. This is a large-scale event, which has the distinction of being the largest exposition of armament and military equipment in the region, demonstrating the strength and power of the Azerbaijani defence-industry complex. The originator and organiser of the exhibition is the Ministry of the Defence Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The organiser of the event is Caspian Event Organisers (CEO).
The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, attended the exhibition and visited the stands and open area of ADEX 2018, where he talked with leaders of modern enterprises of the military-technical complex.
The opening ceremony attended by Assistant to the President for Work with Law Enforcement Bodies and Military Issues Mr. Fuad Aleskerov, Deputy Minister of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan Mr. Yahya Musayev and Mr. Edward Strachan, CEO. Mr. Fuad Aleskerov read the greeting of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to the participants and guests of the Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition, ADEX. Mr. Musayev thanked participants and organisers of the exhibition for the worthy contribution to the development of Azerbaijan's defence potential.
ADEX is held for the third time and is the largest exhibition in the region. This year, 224 companies from 29 countries, 34 official delegations from 23 countries are taking part in the exhibition. 11 countries - Azerbaijan, Turkey, China, Russia, Israel, Iran, Belarus, Serbia, Ukraine, Pakistan and France - participate alongside the national groups. In total, companies, delegations and guests from 44 countries have joined ADEX 2018. Occupying three pavilions of Baku Expo Centre and an outside area, the exhibition enjoys a 10-percent growth in total area required.
The Ministry of the Defence Industry of Azerbaijan and its associated agencies and plants, including ANAMA and other Azerbaijani defence enterprises and organisations, take an active part in the exhibition. The pavilion of the Ministry of the Defence Industry of Azerbaijan, at which the latest armament and military equipment of local production will be demonstrated, is located in the third hall of Baku Expo Centre. Among the local debutants this year are the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Caspian Shipbuilding Company, the scientific and technical company Vitta, the High Technology Park of ANAS, and the and the Сentre for Maintenance and Repair of Armoured Vehicles.
Professionals will be able to acquaint themselves with innovations of the country's defence complex, and observe the existing and growing capabilities of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan.
At ADEX 2018, myriad exhibits display air and missile defence systems, military shipbuilding, development and modernisation of weapons systems, military research, UAV systems, robotic complexes, small arms, ammunition and equipment, demilitarisation systems, missile and artillery armament, MLRS, optoelectronic and laser technology, armoured vehicles, submarines, naval cyber security, EW and C4ISR systems, railway equipment and equipment, technology and equipment for the production, repair and disposal of weapons and many other sectors. Also, the military aviation industry branch is widely represented where such world famous corporations as MIG, TUSA, Leonardo, UAC, Motor Sich, Russian Helicopters, the Aeronautics Group and others will take part.
The ADEX 2018 exhibition breaks the record for the number of scheduled visits by foreign delegations. 34 high-level official delegations from 23 countries of the world will visit the exhibition, which surpasses previous exhibitions. These countries are sending delegations to ADEX for the first time: Egypt, Kazakhstan, Ghana, Saudi Arabia and Montenegro. As part of the exhibition, negotiations between the heads of foreign delegations and representatives of Azerbaijani agencies and departments are planned, where prospects for bilateral military-technical cooperation will be discussed. A special negotiation zone has been designated in the third hall of Baku Expo Centre for holding such bilateral meetings. The great interest in ADEX shown by international delegations and companies once again confirms the important role and significance of Azerbaijan as an important strategic partner.
Companies from around the world occupy an open exhibition area deserving particular attention. Here visitors can observe the latest fighter aircrafts, unmanned aerial vehicles, tanks, air defence systems and military vehicles. Moreover, this open area exhibits the Service Сentre for Maintenance and Repair of Armoured Vehicles for the first time.