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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3CDSE - Three Counties Defence & Security Expo
Location: Worcester, United Kingdom
Date: 17/09/2019
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: 16/09/2020 to 20/09/2020
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: Manila, Philippines
Date: 23/09/2020 to 25/09/2020
ADECS - Asia Defence Expo & Conference Series
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Date: 04/02/2020 to 05/02/2020
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: 08/09/2020 to 10/09/2020
ADEX - International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Date: 15/10/2019 to 20/10/2019
ADS Show
Location: Bordeaux, France
Date: TBC
ADSE - Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo
Location: Abbotsford, Canada
Date: 08/08/2019 to 09/08/2019
Aero India
Location: Bengaluru, India
Date: TBC
AeroDef India
Location: Bengaluru, India
Date: 03/12/2019 to 05/12/2019
ArmHiTec
Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Date: 26/03/2020 to 28/03/2020
Arms & Security

This fair is held annually.

Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Date: 08/10/2019 to 11/10/2019
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: 14/10/2019 to 16/10/2019
AUSA Global Force

This is a conference and exhibition and is held annually.

Location: Virginia, United States
Date: 17/03/2020 to 20/03/2020
AUSR

Unmanned Arial Show

Location: Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel
Date: 23/09/2019
Balt Military Expo
Location: Gdansk, Poland
Date: 22/06/2020 to 24/06/2020
BIAS - Baharin Airshow

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain
Date: 18/11/2020 to 20/11/2020
BIDEC - Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference

The first BIDEC was held in 2017.

Location: Manama, Bahrain
Date: 28/10/2019 to 30/10/2019
Border Security Expo
Location: San Antonio, United States
Date: 11/03/2020 to 12/03/2020
BSDA - Black Sea Defense and Aerospace

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Date: 20/05/2020 to 22/05/2020
CANSEC
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Date: TBC
China Airshow
Location: Zhuhai, China
Date: 10/11/2020 to 15/11/2020
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: TBC
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: 22/05/2019 to 24/05/2019
CiviSec - International Civil Security Congress and Exposition
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: 24/03/2020 to 26/03/2020
CPSE - China Public Security Expo

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Shenzhen, China
Date: 28/10/2019 to 31/10/2019
CSTM - Conference on Simulations and Military Technology
Location: Brasilia, Brazil
Date: 24/06/2019 to 27/06/2019
CTAX - Counter Terror Asia Expo
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Date: 16/10/2019 to 17/10/2019
Defence Security Days

This fair is held annually.

Location: Paris, France
Date: TBC
DefenPol China

Wide range of defence and security technologies on display: 250 exhibitors / 6000 SqM / 7000 professional attendees

Location: Guangzhou, China
Date: 17/07/2020 to 18/07/2020
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: 18/11/2019
Defexpo
Location: Chennai, India
Date: 10/04/2020 to 13/04/2020
DIMDEX - Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Doha, Qatar
Date: 16/03/2020 to 18/03/2020
DSA - Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference
Location: Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia
Date: 20/04/2020 to 23/04/2020
DSE Vietnam
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Date: 02/10/2019 to 04/10/2019
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: 10/09/2019 to 13/09/2019
DSEI Japan

DSEI Japan will be organised by Crisis Intelligence & Clarion Events, and will take place for the first time at Makuhari Messe from November 18-20, 2019. The exhibition and associated conferences will run biennially thereafter, and in keeping with the themes of DSEI in London, DSEI Japan will cover all four domains of Land, Naval, Aviation and Security.

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Date: 18/11/2019 to 20/11/2019
Dubai Airshow

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

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date: 17/11/2019 to 21/11/2019
EDEX - Egypt Defence Expo

EDEX will take place for the first time in 2018.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Date: 07/12/2020 to 10/12/2020
Emergency Services Show (ESS)
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Date: 18/09/2019 to 19/09/2019
EMS - Expo Seguridad Mexico
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Date: TBC
Enforce Tac
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Date: 04/03/2020 to 05/03/2020
Eurasia Airshow

Airshow with commercial and military exhibitors

Location: Antalya, Turkey
Date: 01/04/2020
Euronaval
Location: Paris, France
Date: 01/10/2020
Europoltech

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

Location: Gdansk, Poland
Date: TBC
Eurosatory

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

Location: Paris, France
Date: 08/06/2020 to 12/06/2020
Expodefensa

This fair has been held biennially since 2009.

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Date: 02/12/2019 to 04/12/2019
FAMEX
Location: Santa Lucía, Mexico
Date: TBC
Farnborough International Airshow

This large international aerospace exhibition and is held biennially.

Location: Farnborough, United Kingdom
Date: 20/07/2020 to 24/07/2020
FIDAE

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Santiago, Chile
Date: 31/03/2020 to 05/04/2020
FPED
Location: Virginia, United States
Date: TBC
Future Forces
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: TBC
GPEC - General Police Equipment Exhibition and Conference
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Date: 18/02/2020 to 20/02/2020
Gulf Defense & Aerospace Exhibition
Location: Mishrif, Kuwait
Date: 10/12/2019 to 12/12/2019
HEMUS Exhibition
Location: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Date: 27/05/2020 to 30/05/2020
HLS & Cyber
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: TBC
Homsec
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: TBC
HuntEx
Location: Midrand, South Africa
Date: 24/04/2020
IADE - International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition
Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Date: 04/03/2020 to 08/03/2020
IDEAS

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

Location: Karachi, Pakistan
Date: 24/11/2020 to 27/11/2020
IDEB International Defence Exhibition Bratislava
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Date: 13/05/2020 to 15/05/2020
IDEF - International Defence Industry Fair

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: TBC
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: 21/02/2021 to 25/02/2021
IFSEC India

This fair is held annually and focuses on security equipment.

Location: New Delhi, India
Date: 19/12/2019 to 21/12/2019
IFSEC International

This fair is held annually and focuses on security equipment.

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: 18/06/2019 to 20/06/2019
IFSEC Philippines
Location: Manila, Philippines
Date: 13/06/2019 to 15/06/2019
IFSEC South East Asia

This fair is held annually and focuses on security equipment.

Location: Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia
Date: 23/06/2020 to 25/06/2020
IISE - India International Security Expo
Location: New Delhi, India
Date: 03/10/2019 to 05/10/2019
ILA Berlin Airshow
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 17/05/2020 to 20/05/2020
IMDEX

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

Location: Changi, Singapore
Date: 14/05/2019 to 16/05/2019
Indo Defence

This is and aerospace and defence fair and is held biennially

Location: Jarkata, Indonesia
Date: 01/11/2020
Innoprom
Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia
Date: 08/07/2019 to 11/07/2019
International Armoured Vehicles (UK)
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: 20/01/2020 to 23/01/2020
International Armoured Vehicles (USA)
Location: Austin, United States
Date: 25/06/2019 to 27/06/2019
International Military Technical Forum
Location: Moscow, Russia
Date: 25/06/2019 to 30/06/2019
International Paris Airshow

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

Location: Paris, France
Date: 17/06/2019 to 23/06/2019
International Police Expo
Location: New Dehli, India
Date: 19/07/2019 to 20/07/2019
Interpolitex
Location: Moscow, Russia
Date: 22/10/2019 to 25/10/2019
Intersec Dubai
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date: 19/01/2020 to 21/01/2020
IQDEX - Defense, Security & Aviation Fair
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Date: 07/03/2020 to 10/03/2020
Iran Airshow
Location: Kish Island, Iran
Date: 01/11/2020
ISDEF Japan
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Date: TBC
ITEC
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: TBC
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: 06/03/2020 to 09/03/2020
KADEX - Kazakhstan Defence Expo
Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
Date: 28/05/2020 to 31/05/2020
LAAD Defence and Security
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: TBC
LIBDEX

This fair has not been held since 2010.

Location: Tripoli, Libya
Date: TBC
MAKS
Location: Moscow, Russia
Date: 01/07/2019
Marrakech Airshow
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Date: TBC
Milipol Asia Pacific
Location: Changi, Singapore
Date: TBC
Milipol France
Location: Paris, France
Date: 19/11/2019 to 22/11/2019
Milipol Qatar
Location: Doha, Qatar
Date: 26/10/2020 to 28/10/2020
MSPO Defence

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

Location: Kleice, Poland
Date: 03/09/2019 to 06/09/2019
Naval Defense Philippines
Location: Manila, Philippines
Date: 18/06/2019 to 20/06/2019
NIDV Symposium & Exhibition
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Date: 28/11/2019
PARTNER - International Defence Exhibition
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Date: 25/06/2019 to 28/06/2019
RIDEX (Rio International Defence EXPO)

Broad security and defence event

Location: Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Date: 01/06/2020
Saha Expo
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: TBC
Securex South Africa
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: 02/06/2020 to 04/06/2020
Securex Uzbekistan
Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Date: 20/11/2019 to 22/11/2019
Securex West Africa
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Date: 17/03/2020 to 18/03/2020
Security and Counter Terror Expo
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date: 19/05/2020 to 21/05/2020
Security and Policing Home Office Event
Location: Farnborough, United Kingdom
Date: 03/03/2020 to 05/03/2020
Security Australia

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Location: Sydney, Australia
Date: 24/07/2019 to 26/07/2019
Security China
Location: Beijing, China
Date: 01/10/2020
Security Israel
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: TBC
Secutech
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Date: TBC
Segurex
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Date: TBC
Seguritec
Location: Lima, Peru
Date: 27/05/2020 to 29/05/2020
Shield Africa
Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Date: TBC
Shot Show
Location: Las Vegas, United States
Date: 21/01/2020 to 24/01/2020
Singapore Airshow

This fair is held biennially.

Location: Changi, Singapore
Date: 11/02/2020 to 16/02/2020
SITDEF
Location: Lima, Peru
Date: TBC
SMES - Security Middle East Show
Location: Biel, Lebanon
Date: TBC
SNSR Expo
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date: 29/10/2019 to 31/10/2019
SOBRA - International Fair of Defence, Security, Protection and Rescue
Location: Gornja Radgona, Slovenia
Date: 24/09/2020 to 26/09/2020
SOFEX
Location: Amman, Jordan
Date: 30/03/2020 to 02/04/2020
SOFIC - Special Operations Forces Industry Conference
Location: Tampa, United Kingdom
Date: 11/05/2020 to 14/05/2020
SST - Security and Safety Technologies
Location: Moscow, Russia
Date: 11/02/2020 to 13/02/2020
TADTE - Taipei Aerospace and Defence Exhibition
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Date: 15/08/2019 to 17/08/2019
UMEX - The Umanned Systems Exhibition and Conference
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date: 23/02/2020 to 25/02/2020
Undersea Defence Technology
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: TBC
Urban Shield
Location: California, United States
Date: TBC
VIDSE - Vietnam International Defense & Security Exhibition
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Date: 17/03/2020 to 19/03/2020