DEFENCE

Biggest defence industry event, May 18-20: Black Sea Defence and Aerospace Exhibition BSDA 2016

The biggest defence industry event in Romania started yesterday at the Romaero Exhibition Centre in Bucharest. Early in the morning, hundreds and hundreds of visitors, particularly members of the various armed forces branches, showed up at the exhibition stands and exhibits of the Black Sea Defence and Aerospace Exhibition BSDA 2016.

The event brings together over 250 exhibitors from 25 countries from America, Europe and Asia and nine military delegations from Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Thailand and Turkey.

‘The 2016 BSDA is an opportunity for specialists to take part in conferences related to the challenges in the defence and security industry, to be updated with the latest technologies developed by Romania for arms exports and with the acquisition plans of the Ministry of Defence,’ informs the a relevant ministry’s release.

During the three days, on May 18-20, MiG-21 Lancer, C-27 J Spartan and IAR-99 Soim airplanes belonging to the Romanian Air Force will perform demonstrative flights. Members of DGIA, Romania’s military intelligence agency, carried out an anti-terrorism drill on the first day of the event.

At the special stands, the Agency for Technical Research and Military Technologies and the Technical Military Academy, subordinated and coordinated by the Defence Ministry’s Department for Armaments, is presenting prototypes and the latest solutions and results obtained by military scientific research. Representatives of the Land Forces, Naval Forces and Air Forces, of the ‘Carol I’ National Defence University and of the Human Resources Management Directorate, will exhibit their main accomplishments and educational offers.

Aircraft scanning technology to identify bombs, autonomous and radio-guided aircraft, as well as software, hardware and explosive detection equipment – were the most sought-after in the Black Sea Defence and Aerospace exhibition

‘We hope to sign contracts up until the closing of the exhibition, the focus is on aeronautics, an industry where we have performance and in which we see the signs of revitalization in the national defence industry. The majority of purchase programmes that we want to launch this year, but under a long-term strategy, we see developed with solutions in the country, in the national defence industry,’ announced Minister of Defence Mihnea Motoc, present at the exhibition’s opening.

Throughout the exhibition, the Justice Ministry’s National Penitentiary Administration will carry out special demonstrative drills. On May 20, the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) will organise the second Regional Cybersecurity conference.

A special event will be the presentation, in a global first, of Roboscan AERIA, a piece of technology unique in the world, developed by MB Telecom. Roboscan AERIA allows the user to scan, in a few minutes’ time, the fuselage and wings of an airplane in order to identify smuggled or dangerous objects present onboard or hidden in the airplane’s airframe. Likewise, in a first at the BSDA, Bell Helicopter will present a demonstrator of the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter.

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