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Title Global defense exhibition 'DX Korea' to take place in Seoul'
Date 2023.11.29 Hit 811

Global defense exhibition 'DX Korea' to take place in Seoul's satellite city in 2024

 

By Kim Joo-heonPosted : November 29, 2023, 16:08 Updated : November 29, 2023, 16:16

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SEOUL "DX Korea," one of South Korea's largest defense exhibitions, will be held at a convention center in Goyang, a northwestern satellite city of Seoul, for three days in September 2024. Various arms manufacturers and military officials from South Korea and abroad will participate in the biannual event designed to showcase advanced products for ground forces. About 350 companies from 40 countries took part in the previous exhibition in 2022.  

According to the exhibition's organizing committee, the sixth defense exhibition is scheduled to begin at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) on September 4, 2024. As of November 29, 2023, some 40 companies have submitted applications, including LIG Nex1, a defense contractor in South Korea, and domestic ship engine builder STX Engine.

The organizing committee will seek decision-makers in weapons system acquisition in about 50 nations to assist in facilitating the export efforts of domestic arms makers. Without disclosing details, the committee said it also plans to invite a total of foreign defense ministers from Eastern Europe and the Middle East, as well as army commanders and chiefs of staff from 25 countries. During the event, a security seminar will take place, involving military officials from the United States, Ukraine, and Israel.

In February 2023, South Korea unveiled its scheme to invest 1.5 trillion won ($1.16 trillion) to develop defense technologies under a private-military cooperation project by 2027. The country's arms exports reached $17.3 billion in 2022, marking about a fivefold increase compared to the average defense exports for the preceding five years. This spike was driven by the country securing large-scale export deals, notably with Poland, including contracts with Poland to supply K2 battle tanks, K9 self-propelled howitzers, and FA-50 light attack aircraft.

The country is currently in a discussion with Saudi Arabia for a long-term arms provision project in many different areas such as anti-air defense systems and firepower weapons. The presidential office made the statement during South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol's state visit to the Middle Eastern country in October 2023.  

Kim Joo-heon jhkim123@ajunews.com

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