Industry looks to the East

AFM’s Alan Warnes headed to the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX), held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and one of the biggest defence shows in the world.

The penultimate Archangel to be delivered to the UAE was on the IOMAX stand in the centre pavilion.
All photos Alan Warnes
GlobalEye meets the UAE’s ‘swing-role surveillance system’ requirement. An order for a third aircraft was announced at IDEX.

WITH MORE than $5bn of sales announced in the five days from February 19-23, the biennial IDEX is a place where defence companies want to be. This year there were in excess of 1,200 exhibitors. For those wanting to do business, the message was louder and clearer than ever before: if you are not prepared to work with local partners, be flexible, or transfer technologies, you are wasting your time. The days of a straight sale appear long gone.

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