Bahrain international defence exhibition and conference

16-18 October 2017
Bahrain International
Exhibition & Convention Centre

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The latest BIDEC 2017 updates and other defence and security news in the Middle East
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  • A delegation from National Guard units left Bahrain for Kuwait to participate in the Taawun anti-terrorism Drill3, at the directives of National Guard President Lt-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
  • Education and military expenditures take the top two spots in Saudi Arabia’s 2017 budget, which estimates a spending of SR890 billion ($237.3 billion), an 8% increase from 2016.

    Revenue is projected to reach SR692 billion ($184.5 billion) in 2017, a 31% increase from initial projections. The budget deficit is expected to reach SR198 billion in 2017, reflecting 7.7% of the GDP. The budget projects a record 33% decrease in the Kingdom’s national deficit.

  • The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) is the previously unidentified country that acquired the EXPAL EIMOS 81 mm integrated mortar system, a photograph released by the Egyptian military on 19 December has confirmed.
  • The first of 152 Boeing F-15SA (Saudi Advanced) Eagle fighters arrived in the Kingdom on 13 December.

    Images showing the initial four aircraft, comprising two remanufactured F-15S (93-0857 and 93-0899) and two newbuild F-15SA platforms (12-1006 and 12-1010), arriving at King Khalid Air Base (KKAB) in Saudi Arabia were posted online following a four-day ferry flight from the United States via the United Kingdom. A further two aircraft are expected to begin the journey imminently.

  • As the UK marks 200 years of close ties with Bahrain this year, the Royal Marines have taken part in the Pearl Dagger exercise and to reinforce UK commitment to the wider region.
  • UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addressed the Manama Dialogue last week to strengthen ties between the Middle East and Britain.

  • Members of the BIDEC team had a booth at IDEAS 2016 last week. 

     

  • The BIDEC Team visited the 7th Regional Assembly of the Pan Arab Regional Working Group of the ICMM and the 8th International Conference of the Royal Medical Services, which took place at King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center, Jordan on 15-18 November, 2016
  • The UK Royal Navy (RN) has completed the first phase of its plan to establish a forward operating base in Bahrain.

    A welfare building for sailors and other personnel was officially opened at Mina Salman port in Manama on 10 November by senior members of both countries' royal families.

  • See the Bahrain News Agency Coverage in English and Arabic from the BIDEC 2017 Press Conference, held 19th October 2017 in the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay.
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