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WELCOMING ADDRESS by Chairman of the Belarusia State Military Industrial Committee Sergei Gurulev to the participants and guests of the eighth international arms exhibition MILEX 2017

WELCOMING ADDRESS  by Chairman of the Belarusia State Military Industrial Committee Sergei Gurulev to the participants and guests of the eighth international arms exhibition MILEX 2017 7 April 2017

WELCOMING ADDRESS by Chairman of the Belarusia State Military Industrial Committee Sergei Gurulev to the participants and guests of the eighth international arms exhibition MILEX 2017

Distinguished participants and guests!

I am glad to welcome you on behalf of the MILEX-2017 eighth international arms exhibition’s organising committee and the Belarusian State Military Industrial Committee. In May 2017, Minsk for the eighth time will host one of the largest exhibitions in the East European region that reflects the main trends and prospects for the world arms market and is a clear demonstration of the intellectual power and huge potential of the Belarusian defence sector. The constantly expanding geographical spread of participants indicates the relevance and effectiveness of the exhibition, as well as a growing interest in the event. This year the event will be visited by dozens of official delegations both from our traditional partner countries and from potential customer countries.
Today, the MILEX exhibition can rightly be considered a hallmark of the Belarusian defence sector. It serves to play a significant role in informing the international community about new achievements of Belarusian defence companies and those in the exhibiting countries.
In 2017, the MILEX exhibition is held in a new format under the motto “Traditions. Innovations. Quality”. We believe that the motto successfully reflects both the need to showcase the results of the previous years’ work and a way to show the desire to move forward and have a view to the future. One of the highlights of the exhibition will be a demonstration of a number of the newest Belarusian military systems, which will be tested in dynamics at a special site built for the exhibition. This will allow experts not only to get acquainted theoretically with the tactical and technical characteristics of the equipment, but also to practically explore the systems.
In modern conditions, ensuring security and defence capability is impossible without increasing innovation activity and introducing advanced technologies. This year the organisers have paid priority attention to this direction: more than 30% of the equipment exhibited by Belarus are innovative and high-tech military products.
With the help of demonstration samples, models and technologies, we will try to showcase five new concepts of warfare. They are combat geoinformation systems; unmanned aircraft systems and robotics; fire weapons systems; vehicles for carrying weapons systems; systems for countering precision weapons, including electronic intelligence and electronic warfare systems.
Hosting such a large-scale specialised project in Belarus is caused by the desire to present to potential partners a wide range of defence products, which, due to high quality, reliability and technical characteristics, effectively compete with foreign counterparts in a number of areas.
I expect that the exhibition programme will be useful and informative for you, and numerous business meetings and speeches during the international scientific conference, as well as roundtable discussions and breakout sessions on a very wide
range of military-technical issues will allow participants and guests to discuss the directions of research and development for the creation and use of new and advanced technologies and materials, equipment and systems in the field of defence and security, dual-use technologies.
Using the show-floor of the MILEX 2017 international arms exhibition, we intend to come up with an initiative to establish an international consortium for the safety and rescue of people in emergency situations (using unmanned and robotic systems). A unique exhibition platform for dialogue will help us to get to know each other better and develop a sense of trust in our partner, will serve to further develop and strengthen military-technical and scientific cooperation based on close international industrial integration and cooperation with foreign countries, as well as will allow us to identify ways of developing and strengthening knowledge-intensive industries and increasing the Belarusian scientific and technological potential.
I hope that the MILEX 2017 exhibition will serve as an effective platform for expert communication, for the development of production cooperation and for the search for new partners, create favourable prerequisites for concluding mutually beneficial contracts, give new impetus to the further promotion of military and dual-use products to foreign markets, as well as contribute to enhancing the international reputation of the Republic of Belarus.
I wish you productive work, fruitful business contacts and mutually beneficial military-technical cooperation!

Chairman of the Belarusian State Military Industrial Committee
(chairman of the exhibition’s organising committee) S. Gurulev


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