The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce has announced that Brazil will participate at International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2017, the latest edition of the region’s only event dedicated to unmanned systems and technologies taking place from 19 to 23 February 2017 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The Brazilian Defense and Security Industries Association (ABIMDE) will host 18 local companies to throw the spotlight on their products and services at a dedicated 312-square meter pavilion. The Ministry of Defense of Brazil along with Embraer, one of the world’s largest aerospace companies, will also attend the biennial arms and defense technology event.
Brazil is a leading supplier of lethal and non-lethal weaponry, vehicles, armored vehicles, and aircrafts in the Middle East. Its participation in IDEX 2017 will further strengthen its presence in the region as it showcases domestic solutions such as command and control systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, and armor plating. Brazilian companies will also look to establish partnerships with regional firms to further penetrate the market.
According to a recent report by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Services of Brazil, the country exported USD 146.7 million worth of defense and security products to the Arab World in 2016, registering an increase of 14% over 2015.
With imports of USD 65.5 million last year, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains Brazil’s largest market in this segment in the region. The UAE trailed close behind with USD 36 million worth of defense imports at an increase of 89% over the previous year.
Dr. Michel Alaby (photo), Secretary General and CEO, Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Middle East has been a key market for defense and security solutions for Brazil and therefore, the presence of Brazilian companies at IDEX will enable them to establish new partnerships with companies from the region.”
“IDEX is a perfect platform to meet new clients, give live product demonstrations, and get insights on the latest technology and products that are in demand in the region. We are confident that Brazilian firms will cater to unmanned systems and technologies requirements and secure deals with some of the leading players in the region,” he added.
Brazilian companies representing the aerospace engineering, simulators, drones, command systems, control and combat, personal ballistic protection, armor products, ammunition, non-lethal weapons, temporary shelters, naval engineering, rockets, drone and cell phone jammers, signals, military logistics, and light weaponry segments will be present at IDEX 2017.
These include A.S. Avionics Service, Akaer Engenharia, Altave, Atech, BCA, CBC, Cecil, Condor, Domus, Emgepron, Fly Sistemas, Gespi, IACIT, Índios Pirotecnia, M&K, Safety Wall, Smart Power, and Taurus.