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Opinion: MILEX shows huge potential of Belarus' defense industry

Society 15.05.2019 | 12:07

MINSK, 15 May (BelTA) - The international defense technology expo MILEX offers a wide range of promising samples of weapons. The expo demonstrates the intellectual strength and huge potential of the domestic defense sector, Chief of the General Staff, Belarusian First Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Belokonev said as he opened MILEX 2019 at the Stalin Line historical and cultural complex, BelTA has learned.

Belarus Prime Minister Sergei Rumas, Chief of the General Staff, Belarusian First Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Belokonev, Chairman of the State Military and Industrial Committee Roman Golovchenko
Belarus Prime Minister Sergei Rumas, Chief of the General Staff, Belarusian First Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Belokonev, Chairman of the State Military and Industrial Committee Roman Golovchenko

MILEX is a large-scale display of armament which traditionally draws major domestic and foreign manufacturers of goods for military use. “Judging by the increase in the number of participants and visitors we can say that the expo is growing in credibility and popularity in the professional community,” Oleg Belokonev noted. “Professionals and representatives of the general public will be invited to see a wide range of brand new and promising high-technology samples of armament, military and special-purpose machinery which demonstrate a big potential of the domestic defense sector and enjoy popularity on international arms markets,” he said.

Oleg Belokonev added that a part of the equipment on show is already in service in the armies of Belarus and a number of other states.

The exhibition will be held on 15-18 May. At the Stalin's Line historical and cultural complex visitors can see an exposition of the Great Patriotic War and postwar military hardware.

The main exhibition is housed at Minsk Arena and the surrounding outdoor area. The expo will feature over 160 producers and exporters of defense products from Belarus, Azerbaijan, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Poland, Russia, Serbia and the Republic of South Africa. The largest expositions will be displayed by Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and China.

The 8th international scientific conference on military technology problems, defense, security, and dual-use technologies will take place as part of MILEX 2019.

In terms of its scope, the composition and the level of participants, the availability of exhibition infrastructure the expo is believed to be one of the largest expos in Eastern Europe. The organizers are the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus, the Belarusian Defense Ministry, and the national expo center BelExpo.

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