22nd International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO
Date of next exhibition: 1-4 September, 2014
The expo under the banner of important meetings
At this year’s 21st International Defence Industry Exhibition, almost 25,000 square metres of exhibition space was the showcase for 400 companies from 23 countries. Exhibitors represented Italy, Spain, Canada, Turkey, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, the USA et al. This year’s show attracted 13,000 visitors who had a chance to admire a digital battle field, the soldier of the future, the MG-20 driving simulator equipped with the Barko night vision system in addition to a whole array of technological novelties.
Over the twenty years of its existence; since 1993, the International Defence Industry Exhibition has acquired and confirmed the status of Central Europe’s most important event of this kind; it also the continent’s third largest military show. MSPO is a global-scale expo as it brings together guests from all corners of the world.
For the third time in its history, the International Defence Industry Exhibition was formally by the Republic of Poland President Bronisław Komorowski; the Expo is also organised under President’s auspices. “Congratulations on the advancement, on your consequence and the results – said the Republic of Poland President Bronisław Komorowski at the MSPO opening ceremony – I do remember the first show and I compare the way we all have gone along. In my opinion it is a success of Poland’s defence industry, of the State of Poland and of international cooperation.”
The 21st Defence Industry Show was also attended by the Minister of Treasury Włodzimierz Karpiński and the Minister of National Defence Tomasz Siemoniak. In the meeting with journalists, the ministers informed about plans to consolidate Polish defence industry; all the state-owned business sector companies will be the subject to the consolidation process. The idea behind the consolidation is to cluster the assets managed by the Minister of Treasury, so as the companies would work for the benefit of broadly defined Poland’s defence.
For a number of years the expo has been accompanied with National Exhibitions, which have become an indispensable part of the MSPO’s tradition. This year Turkey put on display its military potentials. Turkish presence at the MSPO marked the 90th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Turkey as well as the 2014’s 600th jubilee of diplomatic relations development between our country and the Ottoman Empire. The concert of the Company of Mehteran, the oldest Turkish military band in conjunction with Polish Armed Forces Representative Band was the highlight of this year’s Exhibition’s opening ceremony.
The Exhibition is the venue for important meetings. Polish Defence Holding acted as the host to the defence industry representatives’ summit of the Weimar Triangle and the Vishegrad Group countries 4+; the conference was held in Targi Kielce’s Congress Centre. The Expo also featured a very important event - the Mesko of Skarżysko Kamienna signed the agreement with the American Lockheed Martin. The cooperation contract with Americans has been signed within the framework of the HOMAR rocket programme. The scheme is aimed to provide a 70 to 350 kilometre rocket protection system for Poland; it is also of pivotal importance for Poland’s defence system.
Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Defence also paid a visit to Targi Kielce. Not only did the Minister express his admiration for the exhibition, but also highlighted Ukraine’s willingness for experience exchange in the field of defence and national security. “The International Defence Industry Exhibition is a valuable exhibition owing to its quality and contents; this is the showcase of the defence industry’s mot important products. Everything is displayed in one place; ranging from land to air forces. – said Ukraine’s Minister of Defence Artur Babenko. - I wish to express my gratitude for the people in Poland who advocate for Ukraine’s integration with the European Union
Following the previous years’ example, the prize and distinction awarding ceremony was held on the last day of the Expo. This year’s President of Poland’s Award has been presented to the consortium of Military Mechanical Works S.A. from Siemianowice ¦l±skie, Autocomp Management from Szczecin; Trinity Interactive from Warsaw for TASZNIK Simulator – a training tool for KTO ROSOMAK gun crew and crew commander. The jury panel of the MSPO bestowed the Defenders - the prestigious accolades for the defence industry sector entrepreneurs. In addition, the statuettes and distinctions of the Minister of National Defence were also presented by General Waldemar Skrzypczak; Undersecretary of State for Armament and Modernisation at the Ministry of National Defence.