International Defence Industry exhibition idef 2017 istanbul in Tuyap

Counting down to IDEF 2017

The countdown has begun for the International Defence Industry Fair IDEF 2017, one of the world’s five largest defence industry fairs. The publicity reception of 13th IDEF 2017, to be held on 09-12 May 2017 was held with the participation of the Minister of National Defence, Fikri IŞIK and the broad participation of the defence industry circles.

Produced on the leading edge vehicles, equipment and systems in the defence, security, naval, aviation and aerospace industries fields have been exhibited at IDEF International Defence Industry Fair, which have been conducted since 1993 biennially under the auspices and support of the Ministry of National Defence and under the management and responsibility of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF). By this means, the technological developments in these sectors have been observed by the delegations, companies and visitors. In consideration of these functions IDEF is one of the most significant international defence cooperation and promotion platforms in the world.

IDEF 2017 will be held in Istanbul, the center of history, culture, industry and trade at the cross-roads of Europe and Asia continents on May 09 – 12, 2017. The Fair will lead to official negotiations and signing ceremonies to be attended by delegations, company representatives and visitors from all over the world.

I would like to express that, as the  Ministry of National Defence, we will be very pleased to host in our country the companies from defence, security, naval, aviation and aerospace industries sectors, right along with the official delegations of the friendly and allied countries at IDEF 2017 Fair, which is a very important event to create international cooperation opportunities, and we will continue to give every kind of support for the success of IDEF Fair.

Fikri IŞIK
Minister of National Defence
and President of TAFF


IDEF’17, 13th International Defence Industry Fair, which was held under the auspices and support of the Ministery of National Defence in response of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF), was realized by the cooperation of Tüyap Fairs and Exhibitions Organization Inc. between May 9-12, 2017.
IDEF International Defence Industry Fair has been held once in every odd year since 1993. IDEF has played an essential role on the development of friendship and cooperation between participant countries.

IDEF, as a high technology defence industry fair, incorporating main defence industry branches and their subordinates, is an essential international marketing arena for defence industry companies. IDEF is the biggest defence industry fair in Eurasian region and one of the top four in the world with an increasing trend in terms of the number of participating countries, delegations and companies.

IDEF’15, hosted 781 company and company representatives from 53 countries, 493 High-Level Foreign Delegates responsible for defence supply for their countries; 18 of whom were Ministers, 19 were Deputy Ministers, 6 were Chiefs of General Staff, 3 were Deputy Chiefs of General Staff, 8 were Force Commanders, 15 were Undersecretaries for Defence Industries and defence procurement officials from 76 countries and 1 International Institutions. In addition, 59.715  domestic and foreign professionals from 110 countries visited the show.
There had been 2.230 prearranged meetings among 23 high level procurement officials from Turkish Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces and General Directorate of Security, participants and foreign delegates.

Within the scope of these informations, it was proven one more time that IDEF Fair was placed within the most successful and conspicuous organizations realized on the international platform in Defence Industry.