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Asian Navies Maintain Course Despite Economic Slowdown

Defense business in the Asia-Pacific region continues despite economic slowdown. Market projections by AMI International, reveal that GDP growth in the region is slowing but will remain positive for almost every country in the South and Southeast Asian naval market. Reflecting this reality is the naval exhibition IMDEX 2009, which, according to Deputy General Manager Mr Chandran Nair, has been sold out. IMDEX Asia is the premier maritime defense exhibition in the region; according to Mr. Nair the show's strong performance emphasizes the importance of defense of the seas in the region, despite the present economic climate. The exhibition and conference taking place at the Singapore Expo from 12-14 May is expected to attract over than 5,500 trade visitors from 50 countries and VIP delegations from 35 countries. The event will be officially opened by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence. (continue...)


Defense & Aerospace Exhibitions and Conferences Calendar - 2009

According to Bob Nugent, Vice-President, Advisory Services of AMI International the Naval spending in South and Southeast Asia is expected to remain steady despite the global economic slowdown, compared with forecast declines in other markets over the next two years. Market projections by AMI International, reveal that GDP growth in the region is slowing but will remain positive for almost every country in the South and Southeast Asian naval market.  This continued growth signals that the growth in naval markets in the region is projected to remain steady amid the global slowdown. Global naval ship and systems acquisitions over the next 20 years are now projected to amount to over US$600 billion, up from AMI’s projected value of future naval procurements which totalled about US$475 billion in 2000. The report indicates that new naval platform and related system procurement in South and Southeast Asia over the next 20 years is still projected to be US$100 billion (at 2007 exchange rates). The AMI study was commissioned by the organiser of IMDEX Asia 2009.

136 exhibitors from more than 20 countries are expected to participate in IMDEX Asia 2009, across 10,000 m2 of hall space at the Singapore Expo from 12-14 May. It will be the seventh biennial maritime event to be organised by IMDEX Asia Singapore. The show has traditionally attracted top brass from the region’s navy and coast-guard fraternity as well as warships from the international maritime arena.
85% of the companies are repeat exhibitors, including Atlas Elektronik, Bramos, Damen Schelde, DCNS, DESO, Elettronica, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Northrop Grumman, Rafael, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, SAAB, Singapore Technologies, Team Australia, Thales and ThyssenKrupp, to name a few. Among the new exhibitors for this year are AAL, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems, DSM Dyneema, Elettronica, ESRI, Glenn Defense Marine (Asia), Global Strategies Group, IAI, Naval Team Denmark, Navy BMD, Pyser-SGI, Sonardyne, Special Concept Systems, STX Europe, Twin Disc, Unifire AB and VOGO.

IMDEX Asia 2009 will showcase the latest in Command and Control Systems, Radars, Naval Shipyards – Surface/Underwater, ESM & EW Systems, Communication & Data Links, Decoy Systems, Diving Equipment, Simulation & Training, Helicopters, Sonars, Integrated Combat Systems, Surveillance Systems, Maritime Patrol Aircraft, UAVs, USVs, UUVs, RPVs, Torpedoes, Missiles, On-deck Equipment, Sensors. Additionally, 22 warships from 15 countries are expected to come to Singapore as part of the warship display at IMDEX Asia 2009.  A list of Participating Warships can be viewed at the Imdex Asia website.

Inaugural International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC)

The first International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) 2009, with the theme “Realising Safe & Secure Seas for All” will be held in tandem with IMDEX Asia 2009 at the Singapore Expo on 13 -14 May.  IMSC is organised by the Republic of Singapore Navy, together with the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Singapore Exhibitions.  For details on the Conference, visit



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