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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  • BIDEC Team members visited Intersec 2017 in Dubai on 22-24 January.
  • The Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF), Field Marshall Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, received in Bahrain on Thursday UK’s First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, in the presence of the BDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Dhiyab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi.
  • Members of the BIDEC 2017 team visited Shot Show at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas on 17-20 January with the aim of increasing awareness of the show among the North American Firearms industry.

  • Bahrain based Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) has announced its recent addition to its training capacity through Maritime Training, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

    The Maritime program was established in response to the need in the industry for certificated training through the Ports and Maritime Affairs (PMA), the first of its kind in the Kingdom.

  • 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.

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  • Bahrain’ Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has stressed the importance of mutual understanding, collective efforts and joint coordination in consolidating peace and stability and preventing interference in domestic affairs for the aim of subverting countries’ security and stability, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
  • The Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa received British Naval Component Commander Commodore W. J. Warrender who introduced to him his successor Commodore Steve Dainton, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
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