Today is the final day of the 2nd Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition, ADEX 2016 at Baku Expo Centre. The organising partner of the event is Caspian Event Organisers, CEO. This year the exhibition was attended by 216 companies from 34 countries, and 29 official delegations from 21 nation states. ADEX 2016 enjoys the great interest from the state authorities, business circles and industrial structures of both Azerbaijan and foreign countries, which underlines the relevance and importance of this event. The initiator of the exhibition is the Ministry of Defence Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan, while official support for the exhibition was provided by the AR Defence Ministry.
The event, which has been deservedly praised as a demonstration of the strength and power of the national defence of Azerbaijan, was attended by the President of Azerbaijan, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces H.E. Ilham Aliyev. The President viewed the military products which were showcased in the Azerbaijan’s pavilion. The head of the state also toured the national pavilions, the largest stands of several countries, and got acquainted with the expositions of the international manufacturers. In his greeting to the ADEX 2016 participants, H.E. Ilham Aliyev noted the progress that had been achieved over the recent years in the field of defence industry. Thanks to the development that is observed in all industrial sectors, Azerbaijan has now become a leading figure and a strategic partner at both the regional and international markets. The head of state noted the important role of the exhibition as a credible platform to discuss issues in the field of military and technical cooperation. Demonstration of the products of national defence industry at the exhibition re-confirms that the implementation in the short term of the reconstruction of the enterprises which were transferred to the Ministry of Defence Industry, and the acquisition and installation of the latest technological equipment from the world’s developed countries has already borne fruits. Products of the Azerbaijani military industry caused a great interest at the exhibition. The light and heavy military equipment produced in recent years in our country was presented within the framework of ADEX 2016. These military products included the universal GURZA vehicle equipped with small firearms, small-weapons of various calibre, missile warheads, and the Tufan and Ildırım heavy military machines. The military products displayed in the open area in front of the Expo Centre are very spectacular and interesting. Here, the Matador armoured military vehicles and Marauder anti-tank missile system, including heavy military equipment from Russia and Belarus are being showcased. ADEX 2016 provided opportunities for exhibiting modern defence technologies in various areas of the military-industrial complex, the latest models of military equipment, systems, industrial, transport security, information security and communications, fire safety, etc. The current exhibition was a good occasion for the signing of new contracts in the field of international military and technical cooperation. The numerous meetings of representatives of large foreign corporations with the Azerbaijani specialists were also held at the exhibition. The extensive business program contributed to the fact that entrepreneurs from many companies carefully studied the possibilities of cooperation with their colleagues. Famous companies such as Aselsan, CETC, Damen, MBDA, Norinco, IAI, Roketsan, Rosoboronexport, Thales and other exhibition participants demonstrate their military equipment. Along with the naval vessels, armoured vehicles, naval platforms and the latest aerospace technologies, as well as cyber technology, many companies also offer development and production of advanced defence systems, including many options for innovative solutions. Note that this year the number of local exhibitors representing defence-related and special-purpose products, military vehicles and equipment, as well as weapons and ammunition has significantly increased. The exposition of the Museum of Azerbaijani History reflected the military past of our history. The types of weapons, reflecting the various stages of military history of Azerbaijan are being showcased at the Museum’s stand. In this context, the retrospective of the struggle for freedom and the ability to protect the national treasure from invaders and separatists is of particularly importance. The effectiveness of the exhibition for four days of its work has highlighted the huge interest in the event. The success of the exhibition is associated with the attention and support of industry professionals, specialists, military experts, representatives of government agencies and businesses from around the world. In conversations with journalists, the foreign guests and participants listed the prospects for cooperation in the sphere of military security, and repeatedly noted the successful initiative of Azerbaijan in the area of struggle for the security and integrity of its territories.
For this very reason ADEX has gained worldwide popularity today, and we therefore can justifiably talk about the positive development of the project in the future. The great merit in this achievement goes to the organisers, the experience and knowledge of whom has been recognized by both local participants and many foreign exhibitors.