Saudi Arabia’s Chief of the General Staff Fayyadh Bin Hamid Al-Ruwaili and his accompanying delegation attended in Kuwait Tuesday the activities of the 5th edition of the Gulf Defense and Aerospace Exhibition (GDA) taking place at the Kuwait International Fair from 10 to 12 December 2019, with the participation of 212 companies from 31 countries.
During the ceremony, the Chief General Staff toured the exhibition’s pavilions, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
GDA is the leading bi-annual show for industry professionals and business people from all over the world. Since its first edition in 2011, the show has attracted top companies who, together with a line-up of events, making it all huge success with every edition according to the organizers.
The 5th edition of the International tri-service Defense Exhibition and Conference dedicated to Defense, Aerospace, Homeland Security and Safety & Security is held under the Official Patronage of the Kuwait First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister H.E. Sheikh Naser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
GDA is organized together with the Kuwait Ministry of Defense, with the official support of Kuwait Ministry of Interior, Kuwait National Guard and Kuwait Fire Service Directorate.
Kuwait has no domestic defense production firms and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense (MoD) relies on many foreign firms to meet its defense needs. Air defense systems accounted for the largest share of imports during 2014-2018, for which the US was the biggest supplier. The country also acquired F-18 Hornet fighters, M1A2 main battle tank (MBT), ADVS Desert Chameleon armored personnel carriers (APC), PAC-3 Patriot anti-missiles, and 10 Mark V patrol boats.