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Korhan Ozkilinc

The organisers of the 2020 EURASIA Air Show have announced that the event, originally scheduled to take place between the 22nd and 26th April, has been postponed until the 2nd to 6th December. Announcing the new date in an online press conference, Chairman of  the Organising Committee Hakan Kurt said the event, which had already been postponed until June this year before the latest change, would take place in Antalya, Turkey.

According to data from March this year, 260 companies from 47 countries and delegations from 72 countries have registered for the event and over 400 companies are expected to attend. The main exhibitors come from Brazil, Russia, China, Colombia, Italy, South Africa and Qatar while the US will field 14 companies, the largest of which is Honeywell, though questions were asked about the participation of Lockheed Martin. Russia will also make a big appearance with its own pavilion and seven major defence companies including Almaz-Antey, Rostec and United Aircraft Corporation.

From the point of view of the organiser, the weighting of aircraft types will be split evenly between military and commercial with the Saab GRIPEN, JF-17, F-35 and F-16 all on display while Turkey will provide the T-129 ATAK helicopter and ANKA-S UAV. The Turkish Government is working intensively to counter the pandemic and according to a simulation by the Ministry of Health, Turkey would begin normalisation from the beginning of June and trade fair events would be resumed from 1st July, subject to conditions.