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Israel-Hamas War Has an Impact on the Show

Our Bureau - : Oct 18, 2023 - : 2:00 pm

The shadow of the Israel-Hamas war has fallen on the ongoing Show.

According to ADEX 2023 organizers, several representatives of Israeli defence companies who were supposed to fly in for the event from Israel are not attending because of the unfolding situation in their home country. The companies only have representatives from their Korean offices at the event. Among the major defence firms from Israel that are at the Show are Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and Elbit Systems.

The event is the largest to date, with more companies than ever participating and a record attendance expected. More than 450 senior defence officials and decision makers from 54 countries are attending the ongoing edition, Lee Jong-ho, chief of the organising committee, told reporters. “This is an opportunity for Korea’s defence industry to draw international attention and take a giant leap forward,” Lee said.

U.S. Air Force Colonel Charles Cameron said that while the U.S. strategic bomber B-52 will not be present on the airfield, it would participate in the Show in the form of “one or two fly-bys.” “To commemorate the 70th anniversary of South Korea’s alliance with the United States, we have a lager participation in this edition. Our commitment to the U.S.-ROK alliance remains ironclad,” he added.

The exhibits at the event includes aircraft like the F-22, FA-18G, and F-35 A Freedom Knight, ground equipment such as the K2 main battle tank, the KSM120 120 mm Self Propelled Mortar, and the KAAV P7A1 (Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicle). Also attracting attention and showcasing Korea’s progress in the space sector is Hanbit TLV (test Launch vehicle).


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