More than 80 major exhibitors have confirmed their attendance at the inaugural NAVDEX (Naval Defence Exhibition), which will be held in parallel with IDEX, the region’s leading defence and security show, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centrefrom 20th – 24th February 2011, under the patronage of of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.
Visitors to NAVDEX can expect to see the latest in naval defence technology with exhibits of warships, naval workboats and amphibious crafts, combat equipment, coastal security systems and sea-to-shore communication solutions. The event will also feature a number of international naval vessels berthed alongside the ADNEC marina and daily live on-water demonstrations.
Major global manufacturers and suppliers at NAVDEX include Raytheon Co., Quantum Marine, Skydex Technologies Inc., L-3, L-3 Nautronix, L-3 MAPPS, L-3 Valmarine, OSI Geospatial, Thordon Bearings, DCNS, MBDA, Proengin, L-3 ELAC, Brahmos Aerospace, Elettronica S.p.A., Fincantieri, Finmeccanica, MES S.p.A., Vestdavit AS, Russian Technologies State Corporation, Vympel Shipyard JSC, JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation, Navantia, Rodman Polyships S.A.U. and Geobrugg AG.
In 2010, Arabian Gulf nations and Western Indian Ocean regional countries invested an estimated US$ 6bn in naval and military defence technologies and services according to advisory Jane’s DS Forecast. The region’s total naval spending in the 2010 - 2019 period is projected to reach US$ 76b, with the largest market, India, projected to contribute nearly 65% of spending. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are expected to jointly account for another 20% of the market.
“The demand for naval defence equipment and technology in the region is growing exponentially and it is therefore no surprise that NAVDEX has attracted leading defence contractors to the inaugural event,” said Mohamed Al Mashgouni, IDEX and NAVDEX Show Director.
Middle East exhibitors include Abu Dhabi Mar, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Abu Dhabi Systems Integration, Elcome International L.L.C., Exalto Emirates, Gulf Logistics & Naval Support, Ocean Power International LLC and Solas Marine Services Group of Co. (Stellar Composites).
Speaking of his company’s participation at NAVDEX 2011, Mohamed Salem Al Junaibi, General Manager, ADSB, said: “NAVDEX is an important platform for enhancing Abu Dhabi Ship Building’s visibility within the MENA and Asia markets. Being a dedicated exhibition for naval defence and coastal security, we will maximize this opportunity to extend our position as the Gulf’s leading ship builder and support contractor to a broader market. Co-located with IDEX 2011, the largest tri-service defence exhibition in the MENA area, NAVDEX will enable us to interact with the top international names in naval products and services.”