On February 19, the five-day event – the 13th International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) was opened in Abu Dhabi, the Capital of UAE. The IDEX began in 1993 and is held every two years. As the most influential defense exhibition in the Middle East, it has become an important channel to promote products and projects in the region. The exhibition brought over 1,200 companies from 57 countries and regions.
The Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) organized its 8 military trade companies to be present at the exhibition as the National Pavilion entitled China Defense. The pavilion occupied 1,458 sqm - the largest area ever in history.
As part of the pavilion, CATIC also participated in the exhibition, showcasing a range of fixed/rotary wing manned and unmanned aerial vehicles as well as airborne weapons, which are highlighted by the fourth generation fighter FC-31, Z-10ME armed helicopter and Wing Loong II UAV. What attracted the visitors also include the TD220 rotary wing UAV and six-rotor UAV with hydrogen fuel.
At 13:05 PM on January 23, 2017, the JW9035 Y8F200 of TPDF Air Wing landed safely at the Dangyang Airport. Up to now, since November 6, 2016, the 79-day recovery and ferry of the two Y8F200s has been successfully completed.