IDEX 2023, one of the world's largest defence technology and engineering exhibitions, will take place in the United Arab Emirates from February 20 to 24. Companies belonging to the Czechoslovak Group (CSG) holding and Tatra Trucks company will traditionally be among the exhibitors, which will present a wide portfolio of their products and services.
The IDEX trade fair, held every two years in Abu Dhabi, will celebrate 30 years of its existence this year, during which time it has become one of the most important events of the defence and security industry in the world. Hundreds of companies from dozens of countries around the world regularly exhibit at the fair. Companies of the CSG holding and Tatra Trucks have also been among them for many years. Their joint exhibition always attracts a lot of attention, and this year it will be the largest of the Czech exhibitors and one of the largest among European companies. As part of the exhibition, the companies Excalibur International, Excalibur Army, Tatra Export, Eldis, Retia and MSM Group will present their portfolios.
Excalibur International will present a medium-range air defence system on Tatra chassis at this year's IDEX fair. At the same time, in cooperation with companies from the CSG Aerospace division, it will exhibit a long-range radar intended for use in air defence systems, all in the form of models and audio-visual presentations. Likewise, Excalibur Army will present its products through models, presentations and software augmented reality. The company will primarily present armoured vehicles such as the Patriot II APC, artillery and missile systems DANA M2, Dita, Morana and RM-70 Vampire or engineering vehicles Treva-30 and AM-70EX.
The company Tatra Export will present the production lines of the Tatra Trucks manufacturer intended for military purposes. Visitors will be able to familiarize themselves with the characteristics and performance of vehicles of the Tatra Force, Tatra Tactic and Tatra Phoenix model lines through virtual reality. All three are already serving in a number of armed forces around the world, including in the Middle East. The exhibition space will also feature a Tatra Force 8x8 heavy logistics vehicle with a short armoured cabin by the Tatra Defense Vehicle company, equipped with a hydraulic arm for handling cargo.
The Eldis company will present its entire range of active radars on the realistic scale model of the airport. These radars are included in the RPL-2000 assembly, which is designed to provide a complete air traffic control solution. The RPL-2000 radar set consists of the RL-2000 primary surveillance radar, the MSSR-1 monopulse secondary surveillance radar, and the PAR-E precision approach radar. The set of radars is complemented by the ERDIS air traffic control software system.
Retia company will be the next exhibitor at the CSG stand. It will present the ReGuard 3D radar previously presented in Abu Dhabi, but this time newly incorporated into the ReCas anti-drone system. It is intended for both civilian and military applications and can act against drones both with soft kill jamming tools and also with hard kill tools capable of eliminating them. In addition, Retia will exhibit the special radar device ReTwis 5, which is able to detect living objects and people behind non-metallic obstacles.
MSM Group including several manufacturers will show the entire range of modern medium-calibre and large-calibre ammunition. Visitors to the stand will be able to see a range of 60 mm, 81 mm, 98 mm and 120 mm mortar shells, including the Atmos light mortar, as well as 122 mm rocket ammunition and 155 mm artillery training ammunition, all produced by VOP Nováky company. The Spanish manufacturer Fábrica de Municiones de Granada will demonstrate 105 mm artillery ammunition and 120 mm and 105 mm tank ammunition or pyrotechnic charges. The company ZVS, also belonging to the MSM Group, will present 125 mm calibre tank ammunition, 155 mm calibre artillery ammunition, 30 mm calibre light cannon ammunition and ammunition components such as igniters, initiation units, etc.
The importance of the IDEX fair is evidenced by the number of exhibitors and visitors – in 2019, 1,300 exhibitors from 60 countries had their exhibits at the fair, two years later there were already more than 1,300 exhibitors from almost 70 countries of the world, while the number of visitors to the fair exceeded 130,000.