Monday, October 21, 2013

Int'l naval defense exhibition to kick off in S. Korea .

BUSAN, An international naval defense industry exhibition will be held in the southeastern port city of Budan this week to showcase the latest naval weapon systems and warships, organizers said Monday.
The biennial International Naval & Defense Industry Exhibition will be held at BEXCO in the southern port city of Busan from Tuesday to Friday, bringing together some 1,590 companies from 55 nations with 2,420 promotional booths for maritime products and weapon systems, the Navy said.
During the four-day event, South Korea will showcase long-range anti-submarine torpedoes, heavyweight torpedoes, unmanned submarines and landmines removal robots to military officials and foreign buyers, it said.
Visitors will be able to have the real-ship experience through simulators of Aegis destroyers, amphibious assault ships and submarines in the venue.
On Wednesday, the Navy will carry out maritime maneuvers in the southern coast to present South Korea's latest warships equipped with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles as well as maritime aircraft.
Navy delegations from 20 nations will visit South Korea's major defense companies, including Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, LIG NEX 1 and Samsung Thales, and meet with officials to discuss ways to boost cooperation, the Navy said.
On the sidelines of the event, the state-funded Agency for Defense Development and the Navy will jointly hold international seminars on Wednesday and Thursday, which will present 68 research papers on the latest shipbuilding technology.
The exhibition has been co-hosted by the Busan Metropolitan City and the Korea International Trade Association since 2001 to promote South Korea's shipbuilding industry led by the world's leading companies, such as Daewoo, Hyundai and Samsung.

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