ABOVE: Military Systems Group Inc. is a long-term US Government contractor providing mount solutions. They’re well known in this marketplace and at IDEX were showing their newest solution for mounting the DShK M machine guns to vehicles. This author looked the mounts over—they’re well thought out, well made and were easy to charge and control the weapon system. www.milsysgroup.com
IDEX 2017—International Defence Exhibition & Conference
The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) of 2017 is a biannual show that reached its 13th anniversary with this event. It is a mature show with well developed habits and procedures for the exhibitors and attendees. Having established itself as a benchmark show much like Eurosatory, Milipol, DSA or AUSA, IDEX attracts a rich diversity of attendees from around the world. The show itself is centered in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE controls 9% of the world’s oil reserves and 5% of the natural gas. As such, the UAE has a strong interest in their defense industry and tries very hard to stay modernized and up to the best technology in the region. Many Middle Eastern/Southwest Asian countries had their military in attendance, and the technology innovations were flying.
This year’s 5-day show was full to the brim with over 1,235 exhibitors, and the “New Exhibitors” section in Hall 1 was also filled. More than 105,000 attendees roamed the halls, and there were 1,000 local and international media representatives. Exhibitors were from over 50 countries. This shows significant growth from the 2015 show, but in any event this is a massive defense show. Being paired with the 4th edition of NAVDEX gives both events a boost as well.