The 8th edition of ISDEF took place on June 6-8, 2017, and successfully solidified the shows reputation as the largest defence and security event in Israel.
As in previous years, the focus of the exhibition was on interoperability and the diverse use of products by end users for various purposes. The expo was opened by a speech from the Israeli Deputy Defense Minister, Eli Ben Dahan; and visitors included both procurement and end users from the public and private sectors. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in defence technology and watch live demonstrations showcasing a variety of products.
Promoting professional knowledge
In addition to the emphasis on interoperability and business development, ISDEF 2017 also dedicated a great deal of resources to promoting and sharing professional knowledge among manufacturers, distributors and end users. This displayed in a conference that took place alongside the exhibition and featured world-renowned lecturers from the IDC, INSS, Tel Aviv University and more. The conference took place in addition to the workshops and discussed global concerns from immigration to homegrown terrorism and the impact on HLS and the financial issues.
ISDEF 2017 was also the main event celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and India. This manifested in the presence of official Indian delegations at the diplomatic level, including as an Indian national pavilion of 400 Square meters. In addition to the Indian pavilion, ISDEF also featured national pavilions on an unprecedented scale; including Czech Republic, China and U.S pavilion with 30 exhibitors.
Advanced products and technologies
This year's expo proved that quality and quantity need not come at the expense of each other. With more than 14,000 attendees and almost 300 exhibitors, ISDEF 2017 also featured advanced products and technologies by leading companies such as IMI Systems, HP, Plasan, Surefire, Schmidt & Bender, Steiner, ECA Group, Avon Protection and Beth-El Industries.
Overall, ISDEF 2017 exceeded the expectations of the event organizers, exhibitors and visitors alike. With record media exposure, diplomatic engagement and attendance, ISDEF 2017 set a high bar for future defense exhibitions in Israel; and we are confident that we will exceed all expectations at ISDEF's next event.