Arms Fairs

Arms fairs are held all over the world where companies exhibit all types of military, security and policing weapons and equipment, from fighter jets and water cannon to assault rifles and ammunition. They are designed to give companies the opportunity to showcase their weapons and for dealers and traders to meet with military delegations and governments from all over the world and arrange deals. Over the years, these fairs have grown in number and size. Between 2010 and 2014 for example, African Aerospace and Defence grew from 284 to 403 exhibitors, IWA in Germany grew from 1145 to 1355 exhibitors and Eurosatory in France grew from 1371 to 1478 exhibitors. This is mirrored by both the growth of military and policing equipment sales and the desire to sell domestically produced weapons to the international market.

The fairs can be a useful source of information for researchers with information such as exhibitor lists available on exhibition websites, details of new equipment and deals on company websites, and reports and photographs of new weapons in the trade press. We have extensive information on various fairs in our archive.

This map shows various arms fairs around the world hover over one of the pins and click to find out about the fair. We are developing this resource to include further information such past exhibitors lists and show reports – when available you will be able to find them under the 'more information' link. We will try to make all the exhibitors lists available in excel format for ease of use by other researchers – all the lists have been taken from the fair website or other materials published by the fair in question.

This is not an exhaustive list - so if you have any additions please contact us.

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AAD - African Aerospace and Defence

This fair is held biennially. There are approximately 450 exhibiting companies from over 30 countries.

Location: Tshwane, South Africa
Date: 14/09/2016 to 18/09/2016
ADAS - Asian Defence Security and Crisis Management exhibition

ADAS held its first fair in 2014. There are companies exhibiting air, sea, and land defence technologies. It is held biennially.

Location: Metro Manila, Philippines
Date: 26/09/2018 to 28/09/2018
ADEX - Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition

ADEX (Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition) held its second fair in 2016 and is held biennially. Generally, there are more than 200 exhibiting companies from 34 countries.

Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Date: 26/09/2018 to 29/09/2018
ADEX - International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition

This fair is held biennially. In 2015 there were 386 exhibitors from 32 countries.

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Date: 17/10/2017 to 20/10/2017
ADS Show
Location: Bordeaux, France
Date: 28/09/2016 to 29/09/2016
Aero India
Location: Yelahanka, India
Date: 01/02/2019 to 02/02/2019
Arms & Security

This fair is held annually. In 2016 there were 477 companies exibiting - the majority were Ukranian with 45 companies from 16 foreign countries.

Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Date: 10/10/2017 to 13/10/2017
ASDA - Adriatic Sea Defense & Aerospace
Location: Split, Croatia
Date: 26/03/2019 to 28/03/2019
ASTEX

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date: TBC
AUSA Annual Meeting

This is a conference and exhibition and is held annually.

Location: Washington, United States
Date: 09/10/2017 to 11/10/2017
AUSA Global Force

This is a conference and exhibition and is held annually.

Location: Alabama, United States
Date: 12/03/2018 to 14/03/2018
BIAS - Baharin Airshow

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain
Date: 14/11/2018 to 16/11/2018
BIDEC - Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference

The first BIDEC will be held in 2017.

Location: Manama, Bahrain
Date: 16/10/2017 to 18/10/2017
BSDA - Black Sea Defense and Aerospace

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Date: 16/06/2018 to 18/06/2018
CANSEC

This fair is held annually. In 2016 there were 309 exhibiting companies.

Location: Ottawa, Canada
Date: 31/05/2017 to 01/06/2017
China Airshow
Location: Zhuhai, China
Date: 06/11/2018 to 08/11/2018
China Police

This fair is held biennially. The majority of exhibitors are Chinese companies aiming to sell to Chinese public security bureaus.

Location: Beijing, China
Date: 17/05/2016
CIPATE - China International Exhibition on Police Equipment and Anti-Terrorism Technology

This fair is held biennially. In 2015 there were 307 exhibitors of which 72 were from overseas.

Location: Beijing, China
Date: 20/05/2017 to 22/05/2017
CPSE - China Public Security Expo

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Shenzhen, China
Date: 29/10/2017 to 01/11/2017
Defence Security Days

This fair is held annually.

Location: Paris, France
Date: 11/10/2017 to 13/10/2017
Defensa de la Industria
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date: TBC
Defense & Security

This fair is held biennially. It focuses on sales to the ASEAN region.

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: 06/11/2017 to 09/11/2017
DIMDEX - Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Doha, Qatar
Date: 12/03/2018 to 14/03/2018
DSA - Defense Services Asia

This is one of the larger arms fairs, according to the organisers in 2016 there were 1,200 exhibitors. It is held biennially.

Location: Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia
Date: 16/04/2018 to 19/04/2018
DSEI - Defence & Security Equipment International

This fair is held biennially, it is one of the larger arms fairs. In 2013 there were reportedly 1,489 exhibitors.

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: 12/09/2017 to 15/09/2017
Dubai Airshow

This is fair isheld biennially. In 2015 it reportly had 1,103 exhhitors from 61 countries.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date: 12/11/2017 to 16/11/2017
Euronaval
Location: Paris, France
Date: 22/10/2018 to 26/10/2018
Europoltech

This fair is held biennially. It focuses on policing and security equipment.

Location: Gdansk, Poland
Date: 24/04/2019 to 26/04/2019
Eurosatory

This is one of the arger fairs, in 2016 it had 1,572 exhibitors from 56 countries. It is held biennially.

Location: Paris, France
Date: 11/06/2018 to 15/06/2018
Expodefensa

This fair has been held biennially since 2009.

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Date: 04/12/2017 to 06/12/2017
Farnborough International Airshow

This large international aerospace exhibition and is held biennially.

Location: Farnborough, United Kingdom
Date: 16/07/2018 to 22/07/2018
FIDAE

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Santiago, Chile
Date: 03/04/2018 to 08/04/2018
FPED

FPED has not been held since 2011.

Location: Virginia, United States
Date: TBC
GPEC - General Police Equipment Exhibition and Conference

This a policng conference and exhibtion and is held biennially.

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Date: 20/02/2018 to 22/02/2018
Homsec
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: 12/03/2019 to 16/03/2019
IDEAS

This fair is held biennially. In 2014 there were 256 exhibitors.

Location: Karachi, Pakistan
Date: 27/11/2018 to 30/11/2018
IDEF - International Defence Industry Fair

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: 05/05/2017 to 08/05/2017
IDET

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Brno, Czech Republic
Date: 31/05/2017 to 02/06/2017
IDEX - International Defence Exhibition and Conference

This is one of the largest fairs, in 2015 there were 1,200 exhibitors from over 56 countries. It is held biennially.

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date: 19/02/2017 to 23/02/2017
IFSEC India

This fair is held annually and focuses on security equipment.

Location: New Delhi, India
Date: 06/12/2017 to 08/12/2017
IFSEC International

This fair is held annually and focuses on security equipment.

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: 20/06/2017 to 22/06/2017
IFSEC South East Asia

This fair is held annually and focuses on security equipment.

Location: Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia
Date: 06/09/2017 to 08/09/2017
IMDEX

This is a maratime defence exhibiton and is is held biennially.

Location: Changi, Singapore
Date: 16/05/2017 to 18/05/2017
Indo Defence

This is and aerospace and defence fair and is held biennially

Location: Jarkata, Indonesia
Date: 07/11/2018 to 10/11/2018
Innoprom

This fair is held annually. In 2016 there were over 600 companies from 95 countries.

Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia
Date: 10/07/2017 to 13/07/2017
International Armoured Vehicles

This fair is held annually.

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: 23/01/2017 to 26/01/2017
International Paris Airshow

This is an aerospace and defence fair and is held biennially.

Location: Paris, France
Date: 19/06/2017 to 25/06/2017
International Police Expo

The first International Police Expo was held in 2014.

Location: New Dehli, India
Date: 18/05/2017
Interpolitex

This fair is held annually.

Location: Moscow, Russia
Date: 17/10/2017 to 20/10/2017
Intersec

This fair is held annually. It focuses on security equipment.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date: 20/01/2018 to 23/01/2018
IQDEX - Defense, Security & Aviation Fair

This fair is held annually and began in 2012.

Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Date: 11/03/2018 to 13/03/2018
Iran Airshow

This aerospace and defence fair began in 2002 and is held every two years.

Location: Kish Island, Iran
Date: 16/11/2016 to 19/11/2016
ISDEF - International Defence and Homeland Security Expo

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Tel-Aviv, Israel
Date: 06/06/2017 to 08/06/2017
ITEC

This conference and exhibition is held annually.

Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Date: 16/05/2017 to 18/05/2017
IWA - Outdoor Classics

This fair is held annually. Whilst it has a large number of exhibitors focusing on hunting and sporting equipment there are a significant number of companies exhibiting policing equipment.

Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Date: 09/03/2018 to 12/03/2018
KADEX - Kazakhstan Defence Expo

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
Date: 02/06/2018 to 05/06/2018
LAAD Defence and Security

This fair is held biennially. In 2015 there were 642 exhibitors from 41 countries.

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: 02/04/2019 to 05/04/2019
LIBDEX

This fair has not been held since 2010.

Location: Tripoli, Libya
Date: TBC
LIMA - Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition
Location: Langkawi , Malaysia
Date: 19/03/2019 to 24/03/2019
Marrakech Airshow

This aerospace exhibition is held biennially.

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Date: 27/04/2016 to 30/04/2016
MILEX - Exhibition of Arms and Military Machinery

This fair was last held in 2014 and will next be held in 2017.

Location: Minsk, Belarus
Date: 20/05/2017 to 22/05/2017
Milipol Asia Pacific

This fair is held biennially and focuses on policing and security.

Location: Changi, Singapore
Date: 02/04/2019 to 04/04/2019
Milipol France

This fair is held biennially and focuses on policing and security.

Location: Paris, France
Date: 21/11/2017 to 24/11/2017
Milipol Qatar

This fair is held biennially and focuses on policing and security.

Location: Doha, Qatar
Date: 31/10/2016 to 02/11/2016
MSPO Defence

This fair is held annually. In 2016 there were 614 exhibitors from 30 countries.

Location: Kleice, Poland
Date: 06/09/2016 to 09/09/2016
Securex West Africa

This fair is held annually and focuses on security equipment.

Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Date: 20/03/2018 to 21/03/2018
Security and Counter Terror Expo

This fair is held annually and focuses on security equipment.

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: 03/05/2017 to 04/05/2017
Security and Policing Home Office Event

This conference and exhibition is aimed at police forces in the UK and abroad.

Location: Farnborough, United Kingdom
Date: 06/03/2018 to 08/03/2018
Security Australia

This fair is held annually and focuses on security equipment.

Location: Sydney, Australia
Date: 26/07/2017 to 28/07/2017
Security China

This fair is held biennially and focuses on policing and security equipment.

Location: Beijing, China
Date: 25/10/2016 to 28/10/2016
Security Israel
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: TBC
Shot Show

This fair is held annually.

Location: Las Vegas, United States
Date: 17/01/2017 to 20/01/2017
Singapore Airshow

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Changi, Singapore
Date: 06/02/2018 to 11/02/2018
SMES - Security Middle East Show
Location: Biel, Lebanon
Date: 08/09/2016 to 10/09/2016
SOFEX

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Amman, Jordan
Date: 07/05/2018 to 19/05/2018
TADTE - Taipei Aerospace and Defence Exhibition

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Date: 17/08/2017 to 19/08/2017
UGS - Unmanned Global Vehicles

This fair is held annually and focuses on drones and unmanned systems.

Location: Paris, France
Date: 13/05/2016 to 17/05/2016
Urban Shield
Location: California, United States
Date: 08/09/2016 to 12/09/2016