Turkey’s IDEF 2019 opens its doors

The defense exhibition IDEF 2019 (International Defense Industry Fair), organized for the 14th time, opens its doors today in Istanbul and ends on April 3, aiming to highlight the achievements of the Turkish defense industry, as new global arms markets may help it survive. This effort is now very difficult for (geo) political reasons, as Turkish foreign policy has managed to create a record number of new powerful enemies.

However, the exhibition is expected to be impressive, as the Turkish performance in the field of PR is simply excellent. A series of exhibits, especially the ALTAY MBT and the new version of the T-129 ATAK-2 attack helicopter, are of particular interest. Interest is also highlighted by the emphasis given by Turkish media, especially on these two weapon systems, perhaps because they are the most promising for export orders.

Hosted by the Ministry of National Defense and under the management and responsibility of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, IDEF 2019, 14th International Defense Industry Fair, organized by TÜYAP Fairs and Exhibitions Organizations Inc. will be held on between April 30 – May 3, 2019 at TÜYAP Fair and Congress Center in Büyükçekmece, Istanbul.

The opening was done by Prime Minister of Republic of Turkey, Binali Yıldırım. IDEF 2017 hosted 818 participant companies and their representatives, 133 delegations and 637 delegation members active in the defense field from 67 countries and 2 international organizations. 1 President, 26 Ministers, 6 Chiefs of General Staff, 17 Deputy Ministers, 5 Deputy Chiefs of Staff, 10 Force Commanders and 14 Undersecretaries and many civil and military procurement authorities was attended the Fair.

IDEF’17 hosted 820 companies from 50 countries. With the intensive attention of visitors, 65.782 domestic and foreign professionals from 116 countries visited the show.