The 8th edition of ISDEF took place on 6-8 June 2017, and successfully solidified the show’s reputation as the largest defence and security event in Israel
As in previous years, the focus of the exhibition was on interoperability and the diverse use of products by end users for various purposes. The expo was opened by a speech from the Israeli Deputy Defense Minister, Eli Ben Dahan; and visitors included both procurement and end users from the public and private
Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in defence technology and watch live demonstrations showcasing a variety of products.ISDEF 2017 also dedicated a great deal of resources to promoting and sharing professional knowledge among manufacturers, distributors and end users. This was displayed in a conference that took place alongside the exhibition and featured world renowned lecturers from the IDC, INSS, Tel Aviv University and more. The conference took place in addition to the workshops and discussed global concerns from immigration to homegrown terrorism and the impact on HLS and the financial issues.
Key issues at ISDEF
For the first time at ISDEF, a professional conference was incorporated, covering subjects such as ISIS, the refugee crisis and immigration. These issues were examined from three different perspectives: the ‘real world’, the ‘virtual world’, and the ‘financial world’. The conference spanned two full days, and included lectures by top Israeli experts such as: Professor Boaz Ganor, from the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT); Dr. Gabi Saboni, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS); Professor Zisser, Tel Aviv University; and Gila Gamliel, Minister of Social Equality. Altogether, the conference featured over 30 lecturers.
ISDEF 2017 was also the main event celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and India. This manifested in the presence of official Indian delegations at the diplomatic level, including as an Indian national pavilion of 400 square meters. In addition to the Indian pavilion, ISDEF also featured national pavilions on an unprecedented scale; including Czech Republic, China and US pavilion with 30 exhibitors.
This year’s expo proved that quality and quantity need not come at the expense of each other. With more than 14,000 attendees and almost 300 exhibitors, ISDEF 2017 also featured advanced products and technologies by leading companies such as IMI Systems, HP, Plasan, Surefire, Schmidt & Bender, Steiner, ECA Group, Avon Protection and Beth-El Industries.
Overall, ISDEF 2017 exceeded the expectations of the event organisers, exhibitors and visitors alike. With record media exposure and attendance, ISDEF 2017 set a high bar for future defense exhibitions in Israel; and we are confident that we will exceed all expectations at ISDEF’s next event.
ISDEF 2017 welcomed 14,400 visitors, of whom 292 were exhibitors. Additionally, the number of international visitors reached 3,242. ISDEF 2019 will be taking place in Tel Aviv, June 2019.