29th International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO commences

Nearly 400 exhibitors from around the world will present themselves at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO), which begins on Tuesday in Kielce, southern Poland. President Andrzej Duda and the Defence Minister, Mariusz Błaszczak will attend the event on its first day.

Polish and global defence industry leaders' expo stands will showcase military equipment ranging from helicopters, armoured vehicles, air-defence systems and communication systems to food-stuffs and medical supplies.

Companies like Airbus, BAE Systems, Leonardo, Rafael, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Kongsberg from the US, Great Britain, Germany and more will present their products during the exhibition, with the domestic Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) presenting the most offers for the army and other uniformed services, including weapons, vehicles, individual soldier equipment, communication and command support systems.

The MSPO will be accompanied by conferences and seminars, including subjects like the consequences of the pandemic for the defence industry or the prospects of the agreement on extended military cooperation between Poland and the USA.

According to the President's Office, “a number of contracts” related to military equipment are to be signed. One of which is supposed to be an agreement on the future contract for the construction of the “Narew” short-range air defence system.

Narew is to be part of an integrated air defence system, being a tier between the mid-range Patriot sets and very short-range launchers such as Poprad launchers armed with Grom / Piorun (Thunder) missiles.

MSPO will close with the presentation of the Presidential Award, the Defender Awards and special distinctions of the Defense Minister, the Development and Technology Minister and others.