KARACHI: The 11th Edition of International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS-2022) concluded on Friday (18th of November, 2022) at Karachi Expo Center.
Federal Minister for Defense Production Muhammad Israr Tareen on Friday said that by holding IDEAS 2022 successfully under the prevalent environment is the manifestation to build the image of Pakistan as a modern, progressive and tolerant state that is willing to co-exist peacefully with the international community.
The Federal Minister for Defence Production stated this while addressing the concluding ceremony of the 11th edition of IDEAS, 2022 held from November 15 to 18, at the Expo Center, Karachi, said an official statement.
While giving an answer to a question Muhammad Israr Tareen said we had achieved all targets of holding the IDEAS 2022.
Around 285 foreign defense delegations from 64 countries participated which showed the significance and success of the exhibition. Over 30 MoUs were signed by delegates on the sideline of IDEAS-2022.
He highlighted that foreign delegates, as well as exhibitors, had a comfortable stay and a good message will be conveyed in the world that Pakistan is a peaceful country and has the organizational skills to hold a grand event in the most organized way.
Muhammad Israr Tareen said that Pakistan has always been conscientious of the reality that arms facilitate peace, desires to live as a harmonious and peace-loving country in this competitive world.
Major General Muhammad Arif Malik HI(M) DG DEPO, Brig. Naveed Azam Cheema, Director Coordination DEPO, Commodore Mohammad Tahir SI(M), Director (Media) DEPO and Zohair Naseer, CEO Badar Expo Solutions were also present on the occasion.
The Federal Minister for Defense Production said, “Our country has showcased one of the best and technologically advanced air and ground equipment in the global market, thus, proudly achieving self-sufficiency in many fields related to the defense sector.
He added that the aim of the IDEAS 2022 was to showcase our products, demonstrate our organizational skills to plan and conduct a mega event of international stature and provide a great international platform to convey our viewpoints on security issues of the Region.
Moreover, to provide a unique opportunity for our defense related industry, both in public and private sector, to display their products and interact directly with the defense industry of the developed world and creating a good opportunity to reinforce the diplomatic efforts in the domain of defense diplomacy, he said.
Meanwhile, DG DEPO Major General Muhammad Arif Malik also briefed the media, and added that Pakistan had been in defense production since decades.
Our some of the major indigenously developed products were showcased in IDEAS-2022 including Main Battle Tank, Al-Khalid, Al-Zarrar, JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft, Armored Personnel Carriers, and Armed UAV etc, he said.
He said that Pakistan received a very good response for IDEAS 2022 from Turkey, China, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Far East.
The DG DEPO thanked Badar Expo for selling up show in befitting manner.
He added that the impact of the event will be large, it is an ongoing process and major deals take time to be cemented.
He said that Pakistan is producing high-quality defence products which are competitive in cost but are equal in terms of quality.
Pakistan would continue to hold IDEAS biennially and has great potential to export its defense products across
different continents of the world.
Later, the exhibitors were recognized by giving away certificates and participation awards.
On the 4th and final day of the exhibition, the National Aerospace Science and Technology Park (NASTP) being the most appreciated project of the show, continue to gather admiration from the visitors, said a news release on Friday.
The broad spectrum of the project and its national significance has made it the most successful project at the exhibition.
The NASTP project as per CAS vision and his own initiative has materialized in record time.
PAF pavilion with the static display of state of the art JF-17 Thunder and Super Muhshak Trainer Aircraft remained iconic in the mega event with keen interest shown in the indigenously developed aircraft by the visiting delegates and senior military officials of different countries.
Earlier, on the 3rd day of the event, PAF’s legendary Mirage aircraft presented a breath-taking flypast at Karachi Sea view.
The event also included a paratrooping show of PAF’s Air Borne team jumping from the mighty C-130 Hercules.
The Flypast was witnessed by several key officials and delegates from friendly countries.
The excited crowd gathered at the venue were over joyed to see the power packed performance of the PAF aircrew.
Both NASTP and the JF-17 Thunder aircraft together will serve as the leading defense productions to attract foreign delegates for joint ventures.
NASTP is all set to become one of the best Aerospace, Cyber and IT Clusters in the world and transform national landscape with design, R&D and innovation centers for emerging and disruptive technologies to foster research, innovation and development in aviation, space, IT and cyber technologies, products and services to accrue maximum social, economic, security and scientific dividends for the country.
The mega event on one hand provided an opportunity to Pakistan Air Force to showcase its aircraft and indigenous productions in-front of the audience from around the globe while on the other will pave the way for future defense collaborations with friendly countries.