The biennial specialized International Defence Equipment Exhibition “HEMUS” was established in 1995 with a decision of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria to be held in the last week of May at the traditional International Fair Plovdiv venue.
The Exhibition is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria.
“HEMUS-95” Foundation, the Principal of which is the Ministry of Defence, has undertaken the financing of the Exhibition and the immediate arrangements.
Over the course of its existence, the Exhibition has pursued and achieved its main goal - to give an impetus to the development of the Defence Industry, providing the manufacturers and business people a focal point to showcase armaments and combat equipment along with the whole spectrum of defence assets. The Forum creates opportunities for the establishment of joint-venture enterprises, maintenance and repair activities and joint innovative Research & Development projects in the area of defence and security.
Since 2011, the concept of the Exhibition has been expanded and enriched to involve three more perspectives: Defence, Antiterrorism and Security. Special role has been assigned to innovations and research and development promoted by scientific conferences, demonstrations and test firings, presentations of academia and higher educational institutions, etc.
In the period May 25th – May 28th, 2016, the International Fair Plovdiv featured the twelfth edition of the Specialized International Defence Equipment Exhibition “HEMUS 2014 – DEFENCE, ANTITERRORISM AND SECURITY”.
Over an exhibition area of 3700 sq.m. indoor area and 2600 sq.m. outdoor area, “HEMUS 2016” presented 57 exhibitors, among which 37 Bulgarian and 20 foreign organizations. Innovative solutions were presented by scientific and technical organizations and universities.
Among the exhibitors were representatives of leading world companies from Austria, China, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey along with the main Bulgarian manufacturers, R&D and educational institutions in the area of security and defence. Compared to the previous exhibition in 2014, there is an increase in the number of foreign exhibitors. The territorial scope of the exhibition has expanded with the participation of companies from a larger number of countries, including countries, which were never before presented at “Hemus”.
The number of visitors surpassed 2500 people. During the first two days the visitors were only from the defence industry and the Ministry of Defence, as well as official foreign delegations. On 27 and 28 May the exhibition was open to wider public.
The exhibition boasts significant international participation, which this year included 21 official foreign delegations of countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, as well as representatives of different structures of NATO and military attaches, accredited in Bulgaria. Some of the delegations were led by Ministers of Defence (Cameroon, Moldova and Nigeria), others by deputy Ministers of Defence (Bosnia and Herzegovina, China and Italy).
The satisfaction survey of exhibitors, conducted by an independent company (Alpha Research) showed that during “HEMUS 2016” the majority of exhibitors were able to realize their pre-set goals. Over 75% of the exhibitors stated that they are satisfied with their participation at “Hemus 2016” and over 50% assessed the prospects for post-exhibition deals as good or very good. The exhibitors stated that their exhibition booths were visited by representatives of the Ministry of Defence and government agencies of Bulgaria, as well as by foreign guests from the following countries: Algeria, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel, Kuwait, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nigeria, Poland, Qatar, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Syria, Turkey, Uganda and Ukraine.
Parallel to the exhibition the Ministry of Defence hosted a session of the Ammunition Support Partnership Committee (ASPC), part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The participants in the meeting visited the exhibition and the demonstration firings.
Traditionally a highlight of the exhibition programme was the International Scientific Conference, organized by the Defence Institute “Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov”. The theme of the 8th Scientific Conference, which took place on 26th May, was „Scientific Research - A Key Factor For New Defence Capabilities Acquisition”. During the Conference totally 80 scientific reports with authors from different countries, among which Greece, Ireland, Israel, Spain, UK and Bulgaria were presented.
On 27th May Demonstrative Firings took place at “Zmejovo” Central Artillery Technical Test Ground. At the firings, organized by the Defence Institute, the exhibitors had the opportunity to demonstrate in reality how their products work. During the firings, 4 Bulgarian companies from the defence industry demonstrated their products („Arcus“ JSCo, „VMZ“ JSCo, „Dunarit“ JSCo and „Stroyproject" Ltd.). „Lassa Engineering” Ltd. presented the system S.C.A.R. – POD. Official guests at the firings were the Ministers of Defence of Nigeria and Cameroon, the deputy Minister of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other representatives of the official delegations, visiting “Hemus”. The participants in the meeting of the Ammunition Support Partnership Committee (ASPC) also visited the firings.
“HEMUS 2016 – Defence, Antiterrorism and Security Exhibition” spotlighted static display of existing and acquired new samples of vehicles and armament by the Ministry of Defence. The exhibits were exposed in separated centers and included: “Armored vehicles” center; „Armament and optic devices” center; „Individual and ballistic defence devices” center; „Special vehicles” center; „Air vehicles” center; „Simulation and modeling systems” center.
A dynamic display for demonstration of actions during special operations was organized under unified scenario with the following theme: „Demonstration of Combat Skills in Extreme Situations” with the participation of formations of the Land Forces, the Air-force and the Military Police. The demonstration featured the following main elements: “Searching, detecting and locating of terrorists”; “Clearance of an object, arrest and neutralization of terrorists” and “Actions of EOD team for finding and destroying improvised explosive devices (IEDs)”.
“Hemus 2016” became a forum for defence and military expertise, covering the full life cycle of the defence product - innovation, implementation, marketing, acquisition by the Bulgarian Army and level of usage by the Bulgarian military personnel.
Drawing on the accumulated experience and long tradition, relying on established contacts and business relationships with our partners from the EU, NATO and worldwide, recognizing mutual benefits, we look ahead with optimism to the next International Defence Equipment Exhibition “HEMUS 2018”.
On the website of “Hemus” Exhibition will be published updated information about the forthcoming 13th edition of the International Defence Equipment. Exhibition “HEMUS 2018”.
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN PLOVDIV!