The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2021) kicked off on Sunday and runs through the 25th of the month at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. All sorts of new weapons are being featured at the first COVID-era defense show.
According to Breaking Defense, IDEX 2021 features more than 900 exhibitors from 59 nations with 35 national pavilions.
“84% of companies exhibiting will be internationally based, while 16% will be UAE based entities which demonstrate the vast international interest in IDEX and NAVDEX,” said Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, managing director and group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), the shows’ organizers.
Staff Brig. Gen. Mohammed Al Hassani, an official spokesman for IDEX, said the first day, about $1.37 billion worth of deals were signed with seven international firms while 78% went to 12 local companies.
Here are some of the weapons being featured at IDEX 2021:
UAE’s HALCON unveiled its first anti-ship cruise missile.
The Kalashnikov Group revealed the AK-19 assault rifle.
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Chinese defense companies featured drones, a fighter jet, a shoulder-fired missile, and a tiny spy drone.
South African Paramount Group signed deal with Bharat Forge to produce Kalyani M4 MRAP armor vehicles in India.