Cutting-edge defense technologies and products from more than 30 countries will be showcased at the ADEX 2018 International Defense Exhibition in Baku, running from September 25–27. Twenty-four Azerbaijani companies will be represented as well as two from Kazakhstan, one from Iran, and 29 from Russia.
Defense product categories will include aerospace defense systems, arms, ammunition, electro-optical equipment and systems, electronic warfare systems, internal (domestic) security, as well as radar systems, naval systems, simulation and training systems, unmanned systems, weapons and vehicles for ground troops.
Now in its third year, the exhibition is welcoming over 200 companies in an event that is being sponsored jointly by the Ministries of Defense and Defense Industry. The last two events were held in 2014 and 2016. Defense companies from Turkey, Israel, Belarus, Serbia, Ukraine, Pakistan, France, Italy, Bulgaria, China, the Netherlands and Lithuania will also be represented at the event, which will be held at the Expo Center in Baku.
The Defense Industry of Azerbaijan is reportedly going to put the most recent armaments and military equipment in local production by enterprises and plants like “IGLIM”, “ARAZ”, “AZON”, “DALGA”, and “ALOV” on full display next week. This year Azerbaijan will also be represented by the science and technology companies, including Vitta, High Tech Park (ANAS), and Service Centre for Armament and Military Equipment of Air Defence.
The country’s Ministry of Defense Industry manufactures about 1,100 different types of arms at 23 different production units across the country. Domestically produced weapons include the Istiglal and Mubariz-12.7 anti-materiel rifles, YIRTIJI-7.62, Yalguzag, and Shimshak sniper rifles, UP-7.62 and HP-7.6v submachine guns – all of which are in line with NATO standards.
The Gurza armored patrol car and Tufan mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle, the TR-107 and TRB-107 ground-to-ground missiles, new-generation Zarba attack UAV – known as the “kamikaze drone” of Azerbaijan – are considered some of the best-in-class systems.
In the latest rankings provided by Global Firepower regarding the military strength of countries worldwide, Azerbaijan came in at number 53 out of 136, putting it at the top within the South Caucasus region. Regional neighbors Georgia and Armenia ranked 82 and 84 respectively.