December 3, 2023

The Al-Zarrar, a third-generation battle tank, currently in the service of the Pakistan Army, will also be displayed at IDEAS 2022. (AN photo)

MOON Desk: Pakistan expects a record number of companies and delegates to attend this year’s edition of the country’s largest military hardware and software exhibition, despite the fluid domestic and international political situation, organizers said on Saturday.

The 11th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS 2022) is scheduled to be held from November 15-18, 2022, at the Karachi Expo Centre. The Defense Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) will be organizing the event under the theme of “Arms for Peace”.

IDEAS provides a platform for local and international companies to showcase the world’s advanced military hardware and software. The event also features latest defense technology demonstrations.

This year, Pakistan is enhancing its focus on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the field of defense.

IDEAS 2022 will bring together defense industries from across the world to showcase their latest technological innovations.  A large number of senior civil, military delegations and trade visitors would also be attending this year’s IDEAS exhibition, the organizers said at a curtain raiser for the event, held at Karachi Expo Centre.

“As of today, 64 countries have confirmed their participation in the exhibition which is the highest-ever number of foreign participation in any such event in the history of the country,” Brigadier Naveed Azam Cheema, Director Coordination of DEPO, Ministry of Defence Production, said.

“Despite the adverse geopolitical situation, around 300 delegates have expressed their intention to participate in the event,” he added.

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