Around 57 countries will participate in the event, said İlhami Kelesh, the general secretary of SAHA Istanbul, which organizes the fair.
“We will showcase our unmanned sea vehicles to foreign participants, which will include ministers from 11 countries. Domestically produced those vehicles have a huge potential just like the unmanned aerial vehicles,” Kelesh added.
The event may help Türkiye increase its defense exports above the targeted $4.5 billion, he said.
Türkiye has been positioning itself as a major player in the global defense and arms industry.
In the first nine months of 2022, the defense and aviation industry’s export revenues amounted to $2.6 billion, rising more than 40 percent from the same period of 2021. Turkish defense firms sell their products to more than 80 countries.
Exports, which stood at only $248 million in 2002, climbed from $2.27 billion in 2020 to $3.22 billion last year, while the turnover of the defense sector rose from 1.1 billion Turkish Liras in 2002 to 10.9 billion liras in 2020.
The number of defense projects carried out by the local defense sector jumped from 66 some 20 years ago to nearly 800 last year.
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SAHA Istanbul is the largest industrial cluster of Türkiye and Europe with 876 companies and 24 universities.
At SAHA Expo, many strategically important and high-tech products in the defense, aviation, naval and space industries will be introduced for the first time.
More than 170 official delegations, 37 of which are high-level, such as the chief of general staff and force commanders, will participate in the exhibition this year. Nearly 350 companies, 83 with stands, will showcase their products.
It will be held as an international defense industry specialization fair with the participation of 555 local companies.
The event, which hosted more than 18,000 professional visitors in 2021, targets to welcome 30,000 professional visitors this year.
The exhibitors will include manufacturers of land, aviation and naval platforms as well as companies from the civil aviation and space sector, software firms and companies from design, modeling and simulation sector. Universities and non-governmental organizations will also be among the participants.
SAHA EXPO will take place in the Defense Industry Metaverse Universe for the first time in the world between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1, after the physical part of the exhibition is closed. Metaverse SAHA EXPO will be open to the whole world for three months. There, companies will be able to interact directly with their customers from all over the world through their avatars or via video conferences.