Today, a fully integrated defense show that will bring together air, land, sea, security and satellite defense systems has been announced to take place in Saudi Arabia starting 2022.
With global defense spending hitting $1.9 trillion in 2019, marking a 3.6% increase over the previous year’s figures*, the World Defense Show is set to bring together the biggest defense players in the industry to discuss the challenges facing defense industry decision makers.
The topic of discussion will be focused on finding interoperable solutions across air, land, sea, security and satellite defense systems, with the event being the first time that all five defense areas have been brought together under one roof in Saudi Arabia. The event will also bring together the latest technology innovations which will be demonstrated both live and virtually as the event takes center stage on the global defense show circuit.
With technology accelerating at pace, the World Defense Show is being held at a time when the industry is evolving, and defense considerations are becoming increasingly complex. It marks an important move for the defense community to convene and come together in the presence of Saudi Arabia’s key leadership.
The World Defense Show is set to take place in Saudi Arabia, a country that spends $70bn per year on defense, making it the 3rd biggest spender on defense globally and the single largest importer of arms in the world.
The event takes place against the backdrop of news of the country’s ambitious targets to localize 50% of its military expenditure by 2030 as it seeks to strengthen its ties with defense industry partners from around the world, whilst encouraging investment opportunities and a new generation to aspire to work in the defense industry.
The responsibility for reaching these targets lies with the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) the regulator, enabler and licensor for Saudi Arabia’s defense and security industry and founder of the World Defense Show.
Included in the show will be both live and virtual demonstrations of the possibilities that integrations can provide across all five defense domains: Air, Land, Sea, Security and Satellite. The show’s venue, estimated to accommodate 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and virtual technological capabilities to showcase every defense domain on an unprecedented scale.
Joining us now to talk about this is His Excellency Ahmad Al-Ohali, Governor, General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) and Shaun Ormrod, the former CEO of Farnborough Airshow who is CEO of the World Defense Show.
About World Defense Show
World Defense Show is display and demonstration of integrated and innovation-driven defense solutions, set to serve as the global stage for defense interoperability. The inaugural World Defense Show will take place biannually starting March 2022, in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, to showcase the latest in interoperable defense solutions. The event will be held in the presence of Saudi Arabia’s key leadership, international delegations and prominent industry decision makers from around the world.
About General Authority for Military Industries
The founder of World Defense Show, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries is the regulator, enabler and licensor for the kingdom’s military industry. GAMI is responsible for domestic defense sector development in line with the national commitment to localize 50% of military manufacturing by 2030.