On February 17 2019, the five-day, 14th International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX 2019) was held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. On behalf of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Ltd. (AVIC), CATIC participated at the exhibition as the aviation representation of China’s Military Trade. The main exhibits included an L15 advanced trainer, Wing Loong I reconnaissance and strike drone; CM400AKG common beam; U8EA unmanned helicopter; and an A-HAWK-I/II multi rotor UAV. These choices showed the systemization and advancement of AVIC’s products.
The IDEX has become an influential defense exhibition in the Middle East and Africa. At the exhibition, 33 national pavilions were set up, attracting 1,235 defence companies from 57 countries. One hundred and seventy two senior government and military delegations paid visits to the exhibition.
On December 3, 2018, the first three-day Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX) was held in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. CATIC participated at the exhibition on behalf of AVIC. The main exhibits include the FC-1/J-17 single/dual seat fighter, Wingloong I integrated reconnaissance strike UAV, Y-9E transporter, L-15 advanced trainer, ASN-216 small UAV and various airborne weapons. All the products are tailored to the market. The simple booth design and contemporary feel showcased strongly the systemization and advancement of the AVIC’s products.
On the first day, President Sisi paid a visit to the CATIC’s booth during his hall tour.
It is known that the exhibition attracted 373 companies from 41 countries, including 39 American, 34 French, 20 Chinese and 19 Russian. The Egyptian Government is devoted to building the EDEX into an influential integrated defence exhibition in the region.