On 27th Nov President Arif Alvi inaugurated the 10thInternational Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS – 2018) with the resolve that arms production in the country has been and will always be for the defence purposes and never for the offense. Urdu Point
Organized under the aegis of Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), IDEAS 2018 brings together defenceindustry players from different parts of the world. Pakistan Today
522 exhibitors from 50 countries are taking part in the exhibition and will be able to showcase their high-quality arms from Nov 27 to Nov 30. Countries such as China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, USA and host Pakistan are all establishing their exclusive country pavilions at the Expo Centre. Dawn
Two Russian naval ships will also be visiting Pakistan for a port call during IDEAS 2018. (Pakistan Today)
A great stride forward for the Navy was the launch of the Anti-submarine System. Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) has introduced newly developed anti-submarine weaponry system named “Depth Charge Mark-II MOD3”. Produced and developed for the navy, the air launched anti-submarine weapon system detonates at an optimum depth of 70 feet that makes it very effective against intruder submarines submerged at a shallow depth. (Dawn)
Another support system that can cover both the army and the Navy was the unmanned aircraft called “Burraq“. Built by Global Industrial Defence Solution, the drone is capable of flying at the altitude of 16000 feet for up to ten hours. The multirole drone is very effective in hunting the enemy especially terrorists. The News
As a capstone activity in IDEAS-2018, National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR) Karachi Chapter of National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) under the auspices of Pakistan Navy organized a Maritime Conference on the topic Maritime Security Dynamics and Requirement of Innovative Solutions for Indian Ocean Region. Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Brigadier General Ibrahim Salman Al Naimat, Commander of Royal Jordanian Naval Forces as the Guest of Honour in the conference.
Vice Chief of Naval Staff while highlighting the significance of Indian Ocean Region in prevailing situation, dilated upon the myriad of maritime security challenges being faced by the littoral states. He emphasized that besides, collaboration and information sharing with partner nations, the demands of effective maritime domain awareness also require capability enhancement through technological innovations. (Business Recorder)
IDEAS exhibits showcasing high-tech weaponry for all three services was on display covering different aspects of warfare such as intelligence, surveillance, information and data sharing. Tribune
Pakistan has introduced to the world its indigenously built multi-role drone to the world during the ongoing Defence Exhibition IDEAS 2018 in Karachi. Vice Chief of Naval Staff Kaleem Shaukat inaugurated the launching ceremony of the unmanned aircraft called “Burraq”. The drone is capable of flying at the altitude of 16000 feet for up to ten hours. The News
The President while addressing the opening ceremony said, “IDEAS served as a regional gateway for international manufacturers and suppliers to explore new avenues of defencecooperation through joint ventures, outsourcing and collaboration.” Dawn
Delegations from various countries are scheduled to call on Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi during IDEAS 2018… Prominent amongst are dignitaries from Greece, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and Turkmenistan. (The News)
Various foreign dignitaries called on Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat… including Commandant of the East Troops for Counter Terrorism Egypt Major General Yahya Taha Ahmed Ali El Hamily, Deputy Naval Commander Kuwait Major General (N) Idrees Abdul Latif, Director Hellenic (Greece) Navy General Staff Rear Admiral Aristeidis Al Exopoulos, Flag Officer Logistics Nigerian Navy Rear Admiral UB Onyia and Commander Naval Forces Western MindanoPhilippines Rear Admiral Rene V Medina. (Urdu Point)
The Pak Navy is presenting a magnificent show in the event and using the forum for international outreach. Such forums provide new opportunities and promotion of mutual cooperation in the field of defence. Moreover, the successful conduct of the mammoth event accomplishes prominence in view of the daunting security challenges and the tough travel advisory that discouraged foreigners to visit Pakistan in post 9/11 era.