Twenty-three Ukrainian Companies to Exhibit at the Upcoming IDEF-2021 Defense Industry Fair

IDEF-2021 Defense Industry Fair will be held from 17th to 20th August in Turkey / Photo source: Anadolu news agency
IDEF-2021 Defense Industry Fair will be held from 17th to 20th August in Turkey / Photo source: Anadolu news agency

The 15th International Defense Industry Fair and Exhibition, the IDEF-2021, which is rated among the world’s five biggest exhibitions of latest defense and military equipment products, is opening in Istanbul, Turkey, on August 17. Ukraine will be represented at the event by both State and Private Sector companies

IDEF’21 will be organized from August 17 to 20, 2021, under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, hosted by Ministry of National Defense, under the management and responsibility of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation and organized by TÜYAP Fairs and Exhibitions Organization Inc. at TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Center. The event will host over 1,170 exhibitors from Turkey and worldwide, including 23 Ukrainian companies.

IDEF-21 Defense Industry Fair will be held from 17th to 20th August at TÜYAP Fair Convention and Congress Center, Istanbul / Image source: IDEF

State-owned companies from Ukraine will exhibit under the roof of their holding company, Ukroboronprom. These are the government licensed arms dealers Ukrspecexport, Specialized Export/Import Trade Firm Progres, and SpetsTechnoExport; Artem JSHC, State Enterprise “Arsenal”, Aircraft Repair Plant “Aviacon” of Konotop, Iskra R&D and Production Complex, Morozov Design Bureau, Kharkiv Engine Design Bureau, Malyshev Factory, Zavod Mayak JSC, State Enterprise “Mayak-Perspektiva”, R&D and Manufacturing Complex Progres, Ship R&D Center, Scientific Research Instutute for Chemical Products and Zorya-Mashproekt gas turbine maker.

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In 2019-20, Ukrspecexport accomplished in a successful and timely manner a contract to upgrade and refurbish an S-125 SAM system for the Turkish Armed Forces

Among Ukrainian Private Sector exhibitors will be Motor-Sich, FED, Aerotechnika-MLT, Inspetsprom JSC and SpetsTechnoMash, which will exhibit at their respective separate booths.

There is no information available to date on what products will be on the Ukrainian display.

Motor-Sich’s display at IDEF-2019 / Photo source: Motor-Sich

The number of exhibitors is expected to increase as the exhibition opening date draws nearer.

Around 120 delegations have confirmed they will attend the event, and some three dozen foreign ministerial officials have been invited to attend as guests of honor.

The Ivchenko-Progress AI-25 series turbojet will allow Turkey’s forthcoming unmanned fighter jet MIUS to develop 900 km/h

Aside from the ministerial officials, the delegations to attend the fair include many senior officials at the level of Chief of Staff, Land Forces Commander, Naval Forces Commander, Air Force Commander, Deputy Chief of General Staff, Deputy Minister, Gendarmerie General Commander, Chief of Police, Coast Guard Commander and Undersecretary.

Ukrainian-produced “Skif” ATGM system, which is seen here integrated onto Aselsan’s anti-tank weapon turret Serdar ATMLS, has been exported in numbers to Quatar’s military

The increase in the interest of senior officials responsible for defense procurement in the fair this year already informs that IDEF'21 will be very productive and reach its goals.

Turkey has procured 12 AI-450T engines from Ukraine to equip its Bayraktar Akinci armed UAVs

The previous edition of IDEF was held in 2019, attended by 588 high-level officials in 150 delegations from 70 countries and three international organizations. The exhibition featured displays of 1,061 companies from 53 countries. It hosted 76,010 professional visitors from 96 countries, and press members from 26 countries.

In early July, the Ukrainian Navy accepted delivery of its first unit of Bayraktar TB2 attack UAV system

DE memo: Military-technology cooperation (MTC) between Ukraine and Turkey has gained momentum over the years that passed between the IDEF 2019 and IDEF 2021 defense industry fairs. This is not surprising since value-creating cooperation, driven personally by presidents Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, is beneficial to the strategic interests of both countries.

Agreements reached between Presidents Zelenskyy and Erdogan in April 2021 gave a fresh boost to development of bilateral сooperation

A Turkish visit paid in October 2020 by a Ukrainian delegation led by President Zelenskyy, of which Minister of Defense Andrii Taran was a member among other high-level officials, marked a major breakthrough in Ukraine-Turkey MTC. The visit ended with the signing of a number of bilateral documents. Thus, in particular, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andrii Taran and the head of the Turkish Defense Industries Presidency Ismail Demir signed a Memorandum of Intent regarding defense-industrial collaboration on warships, UAVs and gas turbine engines.

The August 2020 visit to Turkey by a large official delegation of Ukrainian industries, led by Deputy Prime Minister/ Minister for Strategic Industries Oleh Urusky had given another strong impetus to the dynamics of cooperation between the defense industries of the two countries

Further, the Ukraine Minister of Defense Andrii Taran and the Republic of Turkey Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar signed a framework defense cooperation Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Turkey.

Cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey has been driven personally by Presidents Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, in early July 2021, gave its nod to a bill on ratifying the framework agreement on defense cooperation with Turkey, which is now awaiting adoption by Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhova Rada. The Agreement identifies 21 areas for defense cooperation between Kyiv and Ankara. These include, but are not limited to military training, arms development and production, the exchange of classified military information, peacekeeping operations, countering piracy, as well as defense-related R&D and production. Ukrainian and Turkish expert communities share a common view that this deal is establishing "a base for cooperation that offers great potentialities for both countries”.

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