Azerbaijan last week held their first international defense exposition, ADEX. The event, held in Baku, saw 200 companies from 34 countries gather to Azerbaijan to promote their technology in areas such as firearms, explosives, armoured vehicles and military aircraft.
The event was a chance for Azerbaijani and foreign companies to show their products in hopes of forming new partnerships and deals between Azerbaijan and foreign groups.
The hosting of the event comes after Azerbaijani authorities continued to increase the quickly growing military budget of the country.
Azerbaijan are hoping to follow in the footsteps of previously successful military-industrial complexes by building a local defense industry capable of attracting foreign investors. In an interview with press Deputy Defense Minister Yahya Musaev stated that the country sought to reduce dependency on foreign arms dealers and build their own military suppliers.
Among the armaments that Azerbaijan already sells to foreign powers are ships and naval craft, which the country exports to several poorer nations.
Despite the fact that Western companies are restricted from selling arms to Azerbaijan several US and European companies exhibiting at the show, including American dronemakers Aerovironment.
Among the guests who attended the show as visitors were several well-known politicians, including Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, who made his first visit to Azerbaijan to visit with potential weapons suppliers. Also present was Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and several government representatives from Russia, Belarus, Pakistan, France, Croatia and Malaysia.
Among the announcements made during and following the exposition was news of a partnership between South Africa’s Paramount Group and Azerbaijan’s AirTechServices, who will now work together to supply modernised helicopters to the Azerbaijani military.
Organisers later released this video, in which high-ranking military officials and businessmen can be seen browsing military-grade equipment on the exposition’s show floor.