9th International Expo of Military Equipment and Armament MILEX-2019
From May 15 to 18, 2019, the 9th International Expo of Military Equipment and Armament MILEX-2019 was held in Minsk. The State Authority for Military Industry of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus and National Exhibition Centre “BelExpo” were the organizers of the expo, while SFTUE “Belspetsvneshtechnika” was its general sponsor. The chief media partner was Russian specialized magazine “National Defence”.
The official opening ceremony was held on May 15 at Historical and Cultural Complex “Stalin Line”. The Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Sergei Rumas, the First Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Turchin, Assistant to the President for National Security Victor Lukashenko, Chairman of the Upper House of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich, Minister of Internal Affairs Lt. Gen. of Militia Igor Shunevich, Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei, Minister of Information Alexander Karliukevich, Chairman of the State Border Committee Maj. Gen. Anatoly Lappo, Chairman of the State Control Committee Leonid Anfimov, Deputy State Secretary of the Security Council Maj. Gen. Mikhail Puzikov, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences Vladimir Gusakov and other officials and representatives of the delegations from 35 countries became the guests of the ceremony.
This year, about 170 national and foreign OEMs, R&D organizations, industrial and trade companies presented their products at MILEX-2019. The biggest exhibitions were made by Belarus (about 100 exhibitors), Russia that was represented by more than 40 leading defense companies, Kazakhstan (7 defense companies) and China – 3 companies. It was the first time for the companies from Serbia and South Africa, as well as for the Ministry of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan Republic to take part in the expo. The capabilities of the countries that participate in the Collective Security Treaty Organization were presented at a separate stand.
The visitors could see more than 4000 items. The total square of the expo was about 20 thousand sq. m. 59 official delegations from 35 countries visited the expo, including the delegations of Collective Security Treaty Organization and Standing Committee of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. The delegations from Bahrain, Bulgaria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Laos, Czech Republic and Eritrea visited the expo for the first time.
SFTUE “Belspetsvneshtechnika” presented the following at its expo stand: “Polonez” Multiple Launch Rocket System, small arms, optronic items for small arms and armored vehicles, observation devices, “Alliance” Automatized C2 System for Land Forces, “Trio” Air Defence Missile System, Upgraded Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun ZSU-23-4 “Shilka”, Self-Propelled Robotized Systems “Bogomol” and “Berserk”, “Igla” MANPAD Simulator and BMP-2 Driver’s Simulator, high-precision artillery rounds, anti-tank missiles, aircraft missiles of different types. Besides, the stand presented the capabilities regarding overhaul and upgrade of helicopters and equipment and many other.
High-level negotiations were held with the delegations of the Ministry of Defence Industry (Azerbaijan), China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) and China Aerospace Long-March International Co., Ltd (ALIT), Ministry of Military Production (Egypt), Defense Industries System (Sudan), Ministry of National Defense (Cambodia), Ministry of Defence (Zimbabwe), Equipment Development Department of Central Military Commission (China), Air Force Command (Saudi Arabia), Ministry of Defence (Zambia) and Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs (Uganda). Besides, the meeting were held with the representatives of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (Russia), the management of Rosoboronexport, , as well as the representatives of the diplomatic missions (Bangladesh, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Serbia and many others).
At the ceremony of MILEX-2019 official closing, SFTUE “Belspetsvneshtechnika” was honored with award “For high professionalism in carrying out the advertising campaign” and diplomas “For contribution in development of exhibition project “International Expo of Military Equipment and Armament MILEX-2019”, “For original design of the exhibition and for the best expo stand among the national exponents of the Republic of Belarus” and “For cooperation on scientific developments”.