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RIYADH: Following its successful debut, the World Defense Show returns to Riyadh this February, with more than 750 exhibitors from 77 countries emphasizing future preparedness in the sector.

Founded by the General Authority of Military Industries of Saudi Arabia, WDS serves as a global forum for innovation and technological discourse in the defense industry, spanning five key domains: air, land, sea, space and security.

The second edition is scheduled for February 4-8 and promises to provide a comprehensive international perspective of the defense industry, while analyzing needs at local, regional and global levels.

It will bring together military actors, Saudi leaders and industry decision-makers with a key focus on the future of the sector.

As the Kingdom aims for a strong defense sector, a top priority remains localization, with Saudi Arabia aiming to localize 50 percent of its defense spending by 2030.

While the Kingdom aspires to a
For a robust defense sector, the top priority remains localization, with Saudi Arabia aiming to localize 50 percent of its defense spending by 2030. (SPA)

To align with this objective, the event will feature the “Meet the KSA Government Program”, an initiative that connects international companies with opportunities in the Kingdom’s government and private sector, as highlighted by WDS CEO Andrew Pearcey.

“This program, a highlight since our inaugural fair in 2022, offers a direct path to understanding and interacting with the Saudi defense industry’s acquisition, investment and partnership processes,” he told Arab News.

“In close collaboration with our founder, the General Authority of Military Industries, and our national strategic partner, Saudi Arabian Military Industries, World Defense Show serves as a platform to showcase their latest innovations and technologies. “We are proud to have a multitude of Saudi companies, each ready to interact with visitors at their stands,” Pearcey added.

spatial domain

Under the motto “Equipped for the future”, this year’s event will put the space field in the spotlight for the first time.

Pearcey highlighted the growing importance of space technology in each nation’s defense strategy and its importance to international collaboration.

He emphasized that this development has become an integral aspect of each nation’s defense strategy, fostering international discussion and collaboration.

This year’s WDS features a dedicated “Defense Space Arena,” which serves as a hub for nations to collaborate and share expertise with leading global space technology companies.

“At the WDS Defense Space Arena, the world witnesses the culmination of international collaboration as leading space entities converge, exchange knowledge and foster partnerships. “This unique platform showcases cutting-edge space capabilities and technologies, offering a glimpse at the cutting edge of space advancements,” Pearcey said.

In close collaboration with our founder, the General Authority of Military Industries, and our national strategic partner, Saudi Arabian Military Industries, World Defense Show serves as a platform to showcase their latest innovations and technologies. We are proud to have a multitude of Saudi companies, each ready to interact with visitors at their stands.

Andrew Pearcey, CEO of WDS

The Space Theatre, which will run during the visitor open days from February 5 to 8, will host more than 40 global leaders and influencers who will discuss the challenges and potential in various domains.

Discussions will focus on various aspects of space, including governance, technological development and interoperability.

Inclusion, future talent and interdisciplinary collaboration will also be highlighted.

Additionally, this specific domain, sponsored by the Saudi Ministry of Defense, will be accessible throughout the show, providing an interactive introduction to space defense development.

Physical and digital spatial assets from industry and institutions will be showcased, illustrating the evolution of technology. Additionally, visitors can explore a simulation of a space station, where digital screens offer information about the role and importance of the domain.

The Defense Space area will showcase the Kingdom’s future plans, fostering opportunities for collaborative efforts between nations to harness the potential of space to enhance national security and success in the space domain.

SAMI pavilion

In pursuit of strategic partnerships aligned with the goals of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabian Military Industries will participate in WDS 2024.

As a national strategic partner, SAMI, a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund, will be the largest exhibitor, with a pavilion of more than 3,000 square meters, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

SAMI, a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund, will be the largest exhibitor, with a pavilion of more than 3,000 square meters. (SPA)

Known for its commitment to innovation, SAMI will showcase its capabilities in various domains including aerospace, land systems and naval solutions.

SAMI’s pavilion will showcase its latest advanced products that meet the Kingdom’s needs and envision its future aspirations, including a look at aviation and space.

Senior executives, led by Chairman Ahmed Al-Khateeb and CEO Walid A. Abukhaled, will participate in high-level panels and discussions with government, military and defense industry leaders.

These engagements aim to provide insights into the defense sector and address industry challenges.

The company plans to sign multiple memorandums of understanding and agreements during the event, strengthening its portfolio and making substantial contributions to the Saudi defense sector.

The main objective of the event, according to its general director, is to consolidate itself as a comprehensive global platform for defense. To achieve this, it will bring together industry players from around the world along the supply chain, hosting daily panels and discussion forums in its three content rooms.

New features

In line with this year’s theme, “Equipped for Tomorrow,” which highlights the future of defense, the forum will introduce several new features. A highlight is the immersive “Journey to the Future,” led by an animated interactive guide, offering visitors insights into groundbreaking innovations and debuts.

Additionally, the guide will guide visitors through the Future of Defense center, emphasizing investments in new areas, new companies and inventions.

Pearcey emphasized that this center provides a platform for people with “disruptive ideas” to connect with those who have the resources and global connections to develop them, underscoring the importance of continued innovation in the defense industry.

Additionally, the center serves as a showcase for young pioneers. Visitors can also anticipate dynamic live displays daily and a lineup of aircraft, including mission-set aircraft, fighter jets and helicopters.

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