IDEF 2019 14th International Defence Industry Fair Results

Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF) founded with the donations of Great Turkish Nation has assumed the management and responsibility of IDEF International Defence Industry Fair organized since 1993 biennially.

14 IDEF Fairs has been organized successfully by TAFF since 1993. Starting with the purpose of introducing national defence industry to the world, IDEF became an important international marketing and cooperation platform of defence, security, naval, aviation and aerospace industry in a short time and is now among the five biggest defence industry fairs of the world regarding the number of exhibitors participating in the fair. IDEF ranks first regarding the bilateral meetings.

IDEF 2019 14th International Defence Industry Fair which is a significant opportunity for exhibiting high-tech products and developing cooperation between the national and international exhibitors, held;

“Under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey”,

“Hosted by Turkish Ministry of National Defence”,

“Supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Treasury and Finance, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Industry and Technology, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Turkish General Staff, Turkish Land Forces, Turkish Naval Forces, Turkish Air Force, Presidency of Defence Industries, The General Command of the Gendarmerie, Governorship of Istanbul, Turkish National Police, Turkish Coast Guard Command, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Directorate, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Small and Medium Business Development and Support Administration (KOSGEB), Defense and Aerospace Industry Manufacturers Association (SaSaD)”

“Under the management and responsibility of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation General Directorate”,

“Organized by TÜYAP Fairs and Exhibitions Organization Inc.”,

between 30th April - 3rd May of 2019 at TÜYAP Fair and Exhibition Center.

H.E. Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN, President of the Republic of Turkey, honored Inauguration Ceremony of IDEF 2019 14th International Defence Industry Fair and cut the opening ribbon of IDEF 2019 Fair with the Vice President of the Republic of Turkey, Minister of National Defence, Minister of Interior, Minister of Industry and Technology, Chief of General Staff, Commanders of Turkish Land, Naval and Air Forces, President of Defence Industries, The General Commander of the Gendarmerie, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Acting General Manager of TAFF, and the guest Ministers graced the exhibition.

151 delegations consisting of 588 members from 71 countries and 3 international organizations participated in IDEF 2019. Among the delegation members responsible for defence procurement of their countries, there are;

• 15 Ministers (Azerbaijan, Burundi, Djibouti, Gabon, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Italy, Montenegro, Niger, Pakistan, Tanzania, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Uganda, Zambia),

• 13 Chiefs of Staff (Albania, Brazil, Central Africa, Djibouti, Cameroon, Gambia, Georgia, Jordan, Kosovo, Qatar, Senegal, Tunisia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus),

•  4 Deputy Chiefs of Staff (Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Korea, Kyrgyzstan),

•  1 Land Forces Commander (Oman),

•  2 Naval Forces Commanders (Romania, Ukraine),

•  3 Air Force Commanders (Ghana, Kuwait, Malaysia),

•  4 Coast Guard Commanders (Bahrain, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan),

• 15 Deputy Ministers (Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan (3), Belarus, China, Czechia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea (2), Serbia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Zimbabwe),

• 13 Undersecretaries or equivalents (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil (2), Gabon, Gambia, Italy, NATO (Deputy General Secretary, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus),

•  2 General Directors of National Police (Kosovo, Qatar).

1.061 companies / representatives of which 481 national and 580 international from 53 countries exhibited in IDEF 2019, which provides opportunity not only to the large-scale defence industry companies, but also to the small and medium size enterprises for promoting their potentials and capabilities to procurement authorities of Turkey and the world.

Arms and materials in the inventory of Turkish Armed Forces and Gendarmerie, Police and Coast Guard was exhibited on the booths opened by the dependent departments of Ministry of National Defence and Ministry of Interior. 7 navy components from Turkish Naval Forces Command and Coast Guard Command was opened for visits in West Marina.

29 negotiation offices from Ministry of National Defence, Turkish General Staff, Land, Naval and Air Force Commands, Presidency of Defence Industry, Gendarmerie, Police and Coast Guard were established. 79 % of the 4.026 meetings / stand visits planned between the negotiation offices authorities, delegations and exhibitors were realized.

100 signing ceremonies and 9 introductory meeting were held during the Fair.

Ministry of National Defence Demonstration Day and Ministry of Interior Demonstration Day activities were organized on the 2nd and 3rd day of the fair, consecutively.

On the 2nd , 3rd, 4th days of the fair, business opportunities development was provided for the officials of the Procurement/Purchasing/R&D departments of the big companies and small manufacturers by gathering them at the Suppliers Zone.

On the 2nd 3rd  and 4th days of the fair, 4 panels and 8 presentations on various subjects were organized.

Career Day activities were organized on the 4th day of the fair in order to provide contact between the university students and qualified labor force and the Human Resources personnel of the participant companies.

394 press members from 26 countries followed the exhibition. Outstanding defence magazines of Turkey published IDEF Special Issues and economy magazines came onto the market with IDEF Special Addition. 

The exhibition was visited by 76.010 professional of which 71.082 national and 4.928 international from 96 countries, consisting of the personnel of Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of Interior and other institutions and organizations, defence industry and security company employees, war veterans and the relatives of war veteran’s and martyr’s and university students.

IDEF 2021  will be held in TÜYAP Fair and Congress Center in İstanbul between 25-28 May 2021. Please visit for more information..