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TURKISH OFFICIALS AND DEFENCE INDUSTRY IN DSEI

Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition was held between 11 and 14 September 2007 in London

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Delegations from 49 countries as well as representatives of the United Nations attended this year’s event. Visiting countries were: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Botswana,
Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (PRC), Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia,
Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic,
South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, UAE, USA and Vietnam. This year the number of participating nations increased to 37 countries with Bulgaria, Lithuania, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey all taking national pavilions
for the first time.Based on the official invitation, an official Turkish delegation under the presidency of Defence Industry ndersecretary participated in the fair. Throughout the fair duration, the delegation carried out various contacts and examinations with the English authorities, companies and the other toplevel
representatives from other countries who visited the fair about the subjects of “mutual cooperation and export” intended for the defence
industry products. The first Turkish “National
Participation” in a defence industry fair held in England so far took place with the participation of 17 companies and institutions (1000 m2) under the coordination of SSM.
The whole spectrum of the defence industry - from global prime contractors to small specialist suppliers – was represented and many companies enjoyed successful product launches
and contract signings. This year’s show also reflected an increased level of resource and innovation being channeled into humanitarian applications such as mine detection and demining
equipment (112 exhibiting companies), medical, MEDEVAC and air ambulance products (76 companies), Search and Rescue capabilities (73 companies) and disaster planning (36 companies).
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