Registration for the International Scientific Conference is opened.

The topics of the  IX-th International Scientific Conference, to be held within ‘Hemus 2018’, have been defined as:   

- Innovation and Industrial Cooperation for Defence and Security:
• European Defence Fund - Opportunities and Prospects;
• European initiatives in support of research, innovation and industrial cooperation;
• The Future Defence Research Program.

- Research, Technologies and Systems for Defence and Security:
• Armament, combat systems and technologies;
• Communication and information systems, cybersecurity;
• Military, political, social and economic aspects of defence. 

Published on the website of the Conference are the requirements for the layout of the papers to be presented and other conditions for participation.   

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Live Demonstrations and Test Firings are offered

The exhibitors at ‘Hemus 2018’ would be able to demonstrate the capabilities of their equipment/products including through live test firings in a Live Demonstrations and Test Firings event, to be held at “Zmejovo” Central Artillery Technical Test Range on 1 June 2018 from 10.30.

The event is organized by the Bulgarian Defence Institute “Professor Tsvetan Lazarov”.

The exhibitors willing to take part in the event may register using Form 2A. The form is available for download on the exhibition website.
Considerable International Attendance Expected at Hemus 2018

Traditionally, the exhibition enjoys considerable international presence. In 2016 it included 21 official foreign delegations from countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.For the upcoming thirteenth edition of the exhibition in 2018, 57 countries, 4 NATO agencies, the European Defense Agency and the National Armament Directors of 32 countries were invited. Detailed information on invited delegations can be found on the website of Hemus:

We expect the international attendance this year to be even higher due to the fact that the International Scientific Conference as part of the accompanying program of the exhibition will be held as an event from the calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
IXth International Scientific Conference

The theme of the IXth International Scientific Conference, to be held within Hemus 2018, is defined as „Scientific Research, Innovation and Industrial Cooperation in the interest of the Common European Defence and Security”. The preliminary concept of the conference provides for the first three plenary sessions to be attended by high-level representatives from the European Commission, the European Defense Agency, as well as Directors of Research and Technology and Armament Directors from EU countries. Based on this, not only the conference, but also the exhibition, can be seen as a good platform and forum for the work of the EU countries on the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) with regard to the developing of the future European Defence Research Program, as well as with regard to the efforts for reaching a common European approach to the European Defence Industrial Development Programme - EDIDP.
Officially invited delegations and guests of Hemus 2018

Official invitations on behalf of the Minister of Defence of Bulgaria were sent to foreign delegations, NATO and EU structures as well as National Armament Directors. Minister Karakachanov has officially invited 57 states, 4 NATO agencies, the European Defence Agency and the National Armament Directors of 32 countries to visit Hemus 2018.
Hemus 2018 is going to be held under the slogan "Defence, Antiterrorism and Security"

With a Ministerial Order, the motto of the 13th Hemus 2018 was defined as " Defence, Antiterrorism and Security". Minister of Defence will be represented in the Organizing Committee of the exhibition by the Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Velichkov. Specific responsibilities were assigned to the Directorates of the Ministry of Defence, to the respective structures of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, and to the “Hemus-95” Foundation. The Order specified also the planned accompanying events of the exhibition: International Scientific Conference, Demonstrative Firings, Static and Dynamic Display of armaments and equipment of the Bulgarian Armed Forces and live demonstrations, jointly conducted by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Interior.
First Exhibitors for Hemus 2018

The visitors of the exhibition will be able to get to know the products and services of:

More to come soon...
Foreign Defence Attachs invited to Hemus 2018

Information materials for Hemus 2018 Exhibition were sent to the foreign Defence Attachs accredited in Sofia, as well as to the Defence and Commercial Representations at the Bulgarian Embassies abroad. As part of the process of attracting visitors to the exhibition, the Attachs contribute effectively to reaching the specialized audience that the defense industry is looking for
Our new media partner -Bulgarian Military Industry Review- is an English project that supports the Bulgarian military industry, includes:
  • E-newsletter which is distributed worldwide in the military industry
  • Web portal with Bulgarian Military news, events, products, interviews, analysis and reports
  • Weekly web TV which starts at 2017
  • HEMUS 2018 Daily Digest (printed)
Bulgarian Military Industry Review will cover everything related to the exhibition during this year and next year through all its informational channels.
Ensuring the security of the country - a priority for the new President of Republic of Bulgaria.

In his speech in front of the National Assembly after taking the oath as a president, the new president of Republic of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev said: "Ensuring the security of Bulgaria and Bulgarians became a priority."

Regarding the Bulgarian Armed Forces, President Radev also said "As Commander-in-Chief I will work to build armed forces capable not only to participate worthily in the NATO collective defense, but also to guarantee the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the country. After a long delay, finally we can boast of approved investment projects and guaranteed funding for the rearmament of the Bulgarian Army. I will monitor closely the actions of responsible institutions, because on this complex process and on the selection of new weapons will depend for decades our future defense capabilities. The implementation of the projects should be beneficial not only to our defense capabilities, but also to the whole society, to be accompanied necessarily with contribution to the economic development of the country through the development of programs for industrial cooperation, implementation of high technologies, creating new jobs and stimulating the Bulgarian defense industry. The financial provision for the rearmament should by no means remove the attention the problems in defense. The acquisition of modern weapons is a necessary but not sufficient condition for modernization of the army. Solving the problems that have piled up with decades requires a systematic and comprehensive approach. We need improvement of the regulatory framework of the armed forces, of the system of military education and training."
The XIIIth specialized, international "Defence Equipment Exhibition - Hemus 2018" will take place in the period 30 May 2018 – 02 June 2018 г. 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 is in charge of the organization.

The exhibition structure remains the same:
Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Plovdiv International Fair Exhibition Space 37 “Tsar Boris III” boulevard
Subject sections:
- Land Forces
- Air-force
- Navy
- Anti-terrorist equipment
- Equipment and technology of general military use
- Services and information

OBJECTIVES OF THE EXHIBITION: Тo establish immediate contacts between Defence, Security and Antiterrorism vendors and potential customers both at national and international level; to give impetus to the development of the defence industry providing the manufacturers and traders the opportunity to showcase industry innovations and recent developments; to provide a forum opening new opportunities for joint ventures, joint Research and Development projects on defence produce and cooperation.

Innovations and research and development promoted by scientific conferences, demonstrations and test firings, presentations of academia and higher educational institutions again will be exhibition highlight.
In the period May 25th – May 28th, 2016, the International Fair Plovdiv featured the twelfth edition of the Specialized International Defence Equipment Exhibition “HEMUS 2016 – 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.