Monday, November 24, 2008

IDEAS-2008 begins today at Expo Centre

International Defence Exhibition and Seminar” IDEAS 2008, a five-day exhibition of arms, ammunition and combat equipments starting today (Monday) at Karachi Expo Centre.In the last exhibition, IDEAS 2006, some 221 leading defence manufacturers from 27 countries including 148 foreign and 73 domestic companies displayed their products. This was considered a very successful exhibition; now 2008 have grown much bigger in size and stature and in terms of size spread and participants.

This year the exhibition has become the biggest event in display of defence products. Pakistan defence industry and participants from over 58 countries including around 256 defence companies which includes 162 foreign and 94 Pakistani companies of various capacities. The exhibition aims at bringing together local and international manufacturers and buyers from all over the world to view the finest defence materials. The platform also provides an opportunity to various groups to explore the possibility for cooperation and joint ventures and collaboration in the field of defence production.

The platform for International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) provides an opportunity to demonstrate Pakistan’s defence capabilities, technical strengths and various related skills, training and services to all concerned, said Major General Muhammad Farooq, Director General, Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) in a press briefing at Karachi Expo Centre.IDEAS-2008 is for the first time displaying JF-17 (thunder) as a proud co-production by Pakistan defence industry and China along with it some highly effective and sensitive defence related ancillary products to complement the highly sophisticated support equipments.

In this exhibition, Pakistan has shown the technological capabilities of producing highly sophisticated defence equipments, effective, efficient and fully embracing the concepts of modern technology.A number of 111 high-level meetings are expected this year between foreign delegates, key government officials and participants of the exhibition. Pointing out various benefits to other sectors, Major Gen Muhammad Farooq stated that IDEAS-2008 platform provides an excellent opportunity for some 80 percent small and medium enterprises of Pakistan to show their defence support products and export the same to various markets. Highlighting the tremendous potential, he added that the economic spin off in various industrial sectors, directly or indirectly related to IDEAS, and are getting tremendous benefits from holding IDEAS 2008.

The DG DEPO further highlighted that let’s not forget that a serious matter of controlling, organizing and facilitating smooth traffic flow at and around the exhibition was made possible by DIG Traffic Karachi. DIG Traffic, present at the occasion thanked Karachiites for their understanding and following the traffic rules and instructions and making the IDEAS 2008 trouble free in terms of traffic flow and making it possible for visitors and dignitaries alike to come and enjoy the exhibition.

DG DEPO said that IDEAS 2008 has brought dignity and honour to Pakistan, all the participants from 58 countries and visitors from all parts of Pakistan. In this connection, he also appreciated and thanked for the support rendered by the armed forces, the federal Government and the Government of Sindh, and the City District Government, Karachi. He paid special tributes to the people of Karachi for their warm hearted hospitality, help and support wherever it was needed and for holding successfully IDEAS 2008. At “IDEAS 2008,” Global Industrial & Defence Solutions (GIDS) is displaying a comprehensive range of products being produced by its constituent companies. These companies are involved in production of research based products and services.

These products and services are extensively used by three stakeholders responsible for guarding the air, land and sea frontiers of Pakistan.A product being displayed at the expo needs special mention. Anti-tank Wire Guided, Missile System known as ‘Baktar Shiken’ has been developed by Institute of Industrial Systems (IICS). It has a range of 3-km with day and night capability. It becomes highly potent when installed with tandem warhead. At present ‘Baktar Shiken’ is being exported to various countries that include Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Libya.Global Industrial & Defence Solutions is participating in IDEAS 2008 in a big way. This exhibition of arsenal is held on alternate years at the Karachi Expo Centre.

Organizing IDEAS has helped in projecting Pakistan as a country capable of meeting the defence requirements of geopolitically important states of the region.Excellence in technology, innovation and competitiveness give these companies an edge over other manufacturers in the region. These companies invest heavily in R&D and give top priority to the development of human resource.

The constituent companies are Advance Engineering Research Organization; Integrated Defence Systems; Marine Systems, Xpert Engineering Services; Institute of Industrial Control Systems; AI­ Technique Corporation of Pakistan and Scientific Engineering & Technology Services.Advance Engineering Research Organization (AERO) stands distinguished due to its capabilities. Its products comply with international standards.

AERO is now busy in acquiring AS-100, the ultimate and most stringent aerospace quality standard. Its products include anti-personnel, anti-armour, incendiary, ant-runway, electronic impact and time-based fuzes, electronic warfare equipment, navigation systems, optical fibre and optical fibre cables.

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