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20 Jan 11. 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 Centre from 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 per cent of spending. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are expected to jointly account for another 20 per cent of the market.

21 Jan 11. Back in 1979 before the first SHOT Show, organizers worried that industry professionals might not show up for the fledgling event, a story recounted in the just-released National Shooting Sports Foundation 50th Anniversary history publication. Organizers needn’t have worried then, or now, about the vitality of the SHOT Show. The 2011 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show soared above expectations by setting records for buyer attendance at 31,769 and media attendance at 2,074. Overall attendance of 57,390, comprising buyers, exhibitors, media and guests, ranked the show as the third largest ever behind the 2008 and 2010 events. In this sluggish economy, the SHOT Show demonstrates the resilience of one of America’s oldest industries and the popularity of its products.

21 Jan 11. Future Artillery 2011 conference, taking place 23rd-25th March 2011 at the Olympia Conference Centre in London, UK – Please view the completed programme online at www.future-artillery.com. This is the largest Future Artillery event globally, with over 30 international military speakers already confirmed. Defence IQ continuously works to provide you with a programme of utmost quality. Here are some of the new and improved features for the agenda, based on our customer feedback: Thematic streams including Joint Fires, C4I, Mortars and C-RAM. www.future-artillery.com

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