International defense fair kicks off in Istanbul

ISTANBUL: International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) opened its door to visitors at Tuyap Fairs and Exhibitions Center in Istanbul on Tuesday.

During the fair which will be held until May 8, new products of 400 companies from 32 countries will be on display. The fair was held under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defense, under the responsibility of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF).

Battle tanks, drones, rockets, missiles torpedoes, radar warning systems, education and simulation systems, intelligence systems, light and heavy weapons will be on display.

ASELSAN, a defense industry giant that produces technology for the Turkish military, has exhibited for the first time its next-generation anti-tank system which was developed to defense against armored tanks.

The 2013 fair brought nearly 800 companies from 51 countries, with a total of 54,210 local and foreign professionals from 111 countries visiting the show.