The Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX) 2018 kicked off in its twelfth edition at the King Abdullah I Airbase in Amman in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Held under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Chairmanship of HRH Prince Feisal Bin Al Hussein and with the full support of the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF), SOFEX takes place biennially.
SOFEX is a four-day event (07-10 May 2018) that starts with a prominent one day conference that includes a series of comprehensive and topical seminars delivered by top military officials from around the world, tackling a wide range of issues pertinent to current counter terrorism and homeland security issues.
The SOFEX Exhibition surpasses expectations each year in terms of an increase in the number of participants that include Exhibiting Companies, International Pavilions, International Delegates and International Delegations headed by Ministers of Defense, Chiefs-of-Staff and Special Operations Commanders, as well as numerous deals that are signed at every SOFEX event.
The 75,000 m² of indoor and outdoor exhibition space attracts exhibitors and national pavilions from all corners of the globe.
“It is the largest defense exhibition worldwide dealing with Special Operations, national security and the sole of its kind in the Middle East and north Africa region,” said SOFEX Director Amer Al Tabaa.
SOFEX focuses on issues of equipment and supplies of the Special Operation and peacekeeping forces, security agencies and training of these units, Al Tabaa pointed out, noting the fare is a special global forum for dialogue, the exchange of expertise and offering solutions to security challenges facing all world nations.
The security event is held under the direct supervision of HRH Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein, and with the support of the various security agencies.
SOFEX 2018 started Monday with the Middle East Special Operations Commanders Conference under the title “Hybrid Warfares in the Global Gray Zone - Ever Changing Operational Environment”, in which more than 600 participants including Defense Ministers, senior officers, experts and specialists from across the world will discuss current global security issues in a bid to consolidate international peace.
Al Tabaa also said that the King Abdullah II Center for Design and Development Bureau (CADDB) is participating in the exhibition through displaying the latest innovations and designs that are produced by its cadres, adding that the Jordanian Armed Forces- Arab Army and security apparatuses also have a special pavilion to demonstrate their role, capabilities, military, technological and training potentials, which had been enhanced by the forces participations in international peacekeeping operations and in joint exercises.