MSPO will be formally opened by the President of the Republic of Poland, Mr Andrzej Duda in a ceremony in the presence of the Minister of National Defence, Mr Mariusz Błaszczak.
400 exhibitors will be present at MSPO 2021 from 27 countries including:
- The Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- South Korea
- South Africa
- The US
- The UK
This is compared to 185 exhibitors from 15 countries in at last year’s event.
Polish offerings at MSPO 2021
The domestic defence industry enjoys the most numerous representation at the expo, with the Polish Armaments Group joining to present a wide range of innovative solutions and systems for the Polish Armed Forces and uniformed services. The PGZ expo stand is the showcase for the latest developments, including the wheeled platforms. Visitors who join the Exhibition are offered the chance to see C4ISR solutions, a wide range of combat assets and individual soldier‘s equipment – including the Fabryka Broni “Łucznik” (Archer Arms Factory) and Tarnów Mechanical Works developments. The air defence and anti-missile defence systems will also come in abundance and include the PIT-RADWAR offer for the “Noteć” and the solutions Polish industry has prepared for the “Wisła” programme.
MSPO 2021 also features National Pavilions:
- American (41 companies)
- British (13 companies)
- German (19 companies)
- Norwegian (8 companies)
- Italian (3 companies)
- Ukrainian (2 companies)
Previously, the Exhibition invited the visitors to take a tour of the Lead Nation Exhibitions, an MSPO tradition which dates back to 2004. Until now, 13 countries have presented their military potentials at the Lead nation Exhibitions:
- V4 countries
- The UK
- South Korea
American MSPO presentations – what‘s on display?
Lockheed Martin will showcase a 1:1 mock-up of their F-35 LIGHTNING II combat aircraft, which was previously displayed at the 27th MSPO in 2019, much to the astonishment and delight of the MSPO visitors, including the President Andrzej Duda.
The M1A2 ABRAMS MBT will also be an attention-catcher to visitors at this year’s event. This reliable and robust combat vehicle has already proven itself in the front-lines of the Middle East and in the distant corners of Asia. The third–generation tank showcased at MSPO is still considered one of the best, if not the best, tank in the world. Therefore, the Polish Army is considering the purchase of 250 ABRAMs in the highest SEPv3 configuration. The Ministry of National Defence has earmarked about PLN 23Bn for this purpose.
Again, safety comes at the top of the priorities list. This year, in addition to previous precautions such as decontamination booths, mouth and nose covering obligation in addition to detailed disinfection of surfaces, new precautions have been introduced. All visitors and exhibitors will be requested to fill in a COVID-19 vaccination survey. The information regarding the number of people who have been vaccinated is necessary to estimate how many people can stay at the fair trade premises at the same time. Targi Kielce employees who work in trade fair projects have all been fully vaccinated.
The 29th International Defence Industry Exhibition is held in Targi Kielce from 7 to 10 September 2021. The Exhibition is an adults-only event.