28th International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO
About the event
For 28 years, the September International Defence Industry Exhibition has been the presentation platform for defence industry companies from all corners of the world yet the expo is much more than a comprehensive showcase of military gear and equipment
The expo abounds with business meetings. This is also the place where the defence sector producers from different continents sign contracts. MSPO is ranked third among all Europe’s exhibition, right after the Paris and London trade shows. This year’s MSPO is held from 8 to 11 September 2020. MSPO continues its many-year tradition - the Lead Nation Exhibition which has become an indispensable part of the expo agenda. The United Kingdom is this year’s featured country which presents its potentials. The Polish Armaments Group is MSPO's Strategic Partner.
It is worth recalling last year's success of both MSPO and LOGISTICS Expo - the 2019’s Defence Industry Expo in Targi Kielce has gone down in history as the exhibition which brought 610 companies from 31 countries, including 303 Polish companies; the expo hosted 58 official foreign delegations from 49 countries, 30.5 thousand guests from around the world joined the MSPO 2019, this number includes 13 thousand Open Day visitors, the final expo accord which accompanies MSPO. President of Poland Andrzej Duda visited the expo for the consecutive time.
These companies have already confirmed their presence at this year's expo: MBDA, IAI - Israel Aerospace Industries, ELBIT SYSTEMS, RAFAEL, Rheinmetall, NAMMO, BOEING, Honeywell, RAYTHEON and Kongsberg. Polish and global defence industry leaders’ expo stands at the 2020’s MSPO showcase helicopters, armoured equipment and rockets, explosives, chemical troops equipment and materials complemented with armaments and aviation equipment, air-defence systems indispensable for air defence forces and the navy. The companies which offer cutting-edge communication technologies, radio-electronic equipment and optoelectronics will also showcase at 2020’s MSPO. The exhibition scope also encompasses food-stuffs and food preparation systems, storage and transport equipment complemented with various uniforms, accessories and medical supplies.
MSPO - knowledge wealth on safety, security and defence
The expo agenda is enhanced with debates, conferences and seminars. 2019’s expo saw 38 sessions of different kind. The Kielce Jan Kochanowski University’s International Politics and Security Institute organised the National Scientific Conference on the defence industry as Poland's economic and defence policy main subject. The seminar organised by the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology “Polish supervision system over strategic importance commodities in international trade" was also on the agenda.
Important contracts signed at the MSPO
The Kielce Defence Expo is much more then the latest equipment exhibition showcased by companies from Poland and abroad. MSPO is first and foremost the place to do business and talk shop. The letters of intent and contracts regarding the equipment for the Polish army - the signing ceremonies in the presence of the Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak was also a significant part of 2091’s MSPO. MESKO signed the agreement with the British company. Thus MESKO has become an integral part of the MBDA global supply chain received the first orders to produce missile components of various types under the MBDA programmes, and among them the rockets offered by the European company for Polish modernization programmes. CAMM surface-to-air missiles are also on offer for the Narew short range air defence programme. Brimstone are to be included in the Ottokar-Brzoza tank destroyer, now under development. MBDA cooperates with PGZ in both of these programs.
Top Level Defence
The Kielce expo continues its many year tradition; MSPO has been visited by high-ranking foreign delegations. The exhibition hosts representatives of ministries and armed forces from around the world. They come to Kielce at the invitation of the Polish Minister of National Defence. It is worth recalling that the US ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher was the MSPO 2019’s guest of honour. In her speech at the MSPO opening ceremony HE Ambassador referred to hundred-year long diplomatic relations between Poland and the United States.
The UK Lead Nation MSPO 2020 - UK Pavilion for the second time in MSPO history
The International Defence Industry Exhibition boasts many-year tradition - Lead Nations' Exhibitions which have been an indispensable part of the Expo since 2004. Until now a whole array of countries have presented their military potentials: Germany, Norway, France, Israel, Turkey, the USA, Sweden, the V4 Member Countries, United Kingdom, Italy and South Korea. The UK Lead Nation MSPO 2020 offers the chance to visit the British Pavilion for the second time in MSPO history – UK was the Kielce MSPO featured country in 2010 for the first time. The 2010 UK MSPO Lead Nation Exhibition was formally commenced by Sir James Gerald Douglas Howarth, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom Minister for International Security Strategy. The 2019 US Lead Nation Exhibition was truly spectacular - the F-35 fighter model on show and the magnificent American army air-parade were real smash-hits. The UK Lead Nation MSPO 2020 promises to be equally impressive.
The Open Day
The Armed Forces Exhibition was prepared by 1000 soldiers, this has become a permanent fixture on the Targi Kielce’s MSPO agenda, an inherent part of the expo history. Following previous years’ tradition, the MSPO Open Day is the presentation arena for the Polish army’s potential to the general public. This year’s MSPO Open Day’s objective is to enhance national identity, disseminate knowledge and instil patriotic spirit.