DEFEA 2021 was carried out in total success


Earning the international praise from high-level visitors and exhibitors alike, the first edition of the prestigious defence exhibition DEFEA was completed in total success, presenting 315 leading exhibiting defence industries from 22 countries and visited by 45 official national delegations, represented at political and military level, from 36 countries.

From 13th to 15th of July, 2021, Metropolitan Expo, the largest and most advanced exhibition centre in Southeast Europe, hosted highly specialised visitors from 53 countries representing the most important private and state-owned companies in the world, offering top-tier services and facilitations.

DEFEA 2021 was globally the first covid-free defence exhibition that took place in total compliance with all safety measures and health protocols, creating efficiently through excellent organisation and planning a safe environment for networking and cooperation.

Inaugurating DEFEA 2021, the Greek Minister of National Defence, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos underlined that the exhibition "is a platform for international contacts, industrial cooperation and exchange of information on modern technological developments". He also added: "There is no doubt that the exhibition will present the most advanced systems that global defence market can provide, proving once again that the evolution of defence systems is a 'driving force' for technology."

The largest and most prominent defence industries around the world participated as exhibitors showcasing their latest technologies and the defence systems that will prevail in the future. Impressive national pavilions with state of the art products and equipment and private companies with the most advanced solutions in every category of the defence and security sector covered the halls of the exhibition centre offering to visitors and officials an integrated view of the capabilities of modern military technology.

The official delegations that visited DEFEA were comprised of political and military leaders of the highest level, invited by the Hellenic Ministry of National Defence. The countries that were represented through official presence were: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Bahrain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Jordan, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.

During the exhibition, leaders of the delegations had important meetings with the Greek hosting Minister of National Defence, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, and the Hellenic military leadership led by the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros.

A roundtable discussion about the European Defence was carried out, in which the Ministers of Defence of Slovenia, Mr. Matej Tonin, of Portugal, Mr. Joao Gomes Cravinho, and of Cyprus, Mr. Charambos Petrides commented. The discussion was coordinated by the Executive Director of European Defence Agency (EDA), Mr. Jiri Sedivy, while the Commissioner of Internal Market, Mr. Thierry Breton greeted through video message. The event was streamed live through the official channel of Hellenic Ministry of Defence and the social media with the presence of the Greek Deputy Minister of National Defence, the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff and the Chiefs of the three branches of the Hellenic Armed Forces.

The procurement programme of the Hellenic Navy of 4 new frigates, as well as the parallel  solution and the upgrade of in-service frigates was again at the centre of general interest. Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, referred to the programme, emphasising: "We are going to purchase four frigates that we believe it is necessary some of these ships to be built in Greek shipyards and we must work for that. Not only to have them built in our shipyards, but to have more defence industries that will take part in their construction. One of our two shipyards, the "Hellenic Shipyards" of Skaramagas, was acquired by a group of businessmen, led by a Greek shipowner. I think this will give a boost to the domestic shipbuilding industry, beyond the problems of the past". Regarding the development of Greek shipbuilding industry, the Greek Minister of Development and Investments spoke in a related conference in front of an international specialised audience.

In parallel with the exhibition, an impressive static display was organised at the nearby international airport of Athens, in a specially designed area. The airport static dispay was comprised of multi-role aircrafts and helicopters, with highlights an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, a S70 Aegean Hawk naval multi-mission helicopter, a tactical transport NH90 helicopter and an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter for armed reconnaissance.

All participants expressed their satisfaction with every detail of the exhibition and they emphasised their return in two years time. The next edition of DEFEA – Defence Exhibition Athens will take place on 9th-11th of May, 2023, at Metropolitan Expo, in Athens, Greece.

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The USA Pavilion at Defea 2021


The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (AmChamGR) is proudly organizing with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America, the USA Pavilion at Defea 2021 (www.usadefea.gr) to be held July 13-15, 2021 at the Metropolitan Expo Center in Athens, Greece.


The American Pavilion, which will occupy more t han 1,000m2, will be attended by 30 leading American defense industry companies, which will present state-of-the-art equipment, services and heavy vehicles and US military helicopters. Among other exhibits: 1 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, 1 AH-64E Apache helicopter and 3 vehicles, 1 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), 1 M11117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV) and 1 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) cargo truck (M1078). Furthermore, 1 Beechcraft King Air 350ER (with full Airborne Surveillance capabilities) and 1 Cessna Citation Latitude (# 1 Best Selling Mid-Size Jet) will be exhibited at the Airport.

The US companies participating in DEFEA, are:  



The French participation in DEFEA 2021


Twenty French companies are present in DEFEA 2021, underscoring the close relations between France and Greece also in the field of the defence industry. The two countries maintain a long lasting strategic co-operation within EU and NATO as well as with the countries of Eastern Mediterranean namely Cyprus, Egypt and thw UAE. Additionally the first out of 18 Rafale fighter aircraft is expected soon while the French proposal for the Greek frigate programme is evaluated by the Hellenic Government.

Co-coordinator of the French participation in DEFEA is GICAN, the French Marine Industry Group. The Group brings together shipyards, system and equipment manufacturers, subcontractors, engineering and architect businesses that are involved in the design, construction, maintenance and implementation of military and civilian vessels, and those who work in the domain of maritime security and Marine Renewable Energies. The GICAN’s ambition is to promote the development of the French maritime industry to allow it to play a key role in promoting, securing and protecting maritime, air-sea, subsurface and coastal areas.

The French companies participating in DEFEA, are:  

The Hellenic Armed Forces and Security Services’ impressive participation in DEFEA 2021 underscore the importance of this first international exhibition.


The Ministry of National Defence, under the auspices of which DEFEA takes place, with its active co-operation in the organization of the event, utilizes the benefits coming out of the Exhibition, hosting his counterparts, as well as Chiefs of General Staffs from allied and friendly countries. Organizing a ministerial round table, as well as other conferences highlights the geopolitical aspects of DEFEA.


Concurrently the General Directorate of Defence Investments and Armaments, participating in the Exhibition, opens prospects for industrial co-operation with the companies present in DEFEA. Additionally, the Ministry of Merchant Marine placed DEFEA under its auspices and will be present in the Exhibition.


The General Staffs of the Hellenic Armed Forces will present in DEFEA the training capabilities of the Hellenic Services and especially the international joint exercises with friendly and allied countries. These exercises are focused on the high standards of the Hellenic Armed Forces’ as well as the opportunities provided by the terrain of Greece.


The Hellenic Police as well as the Hellenic Coast Guard will present in DEFEA, both their important work on the security of the citizens and their contribution in the complex task of the border protection in land and sea.

DEFEA will be focused in the Hellenic Defence Industry which will make a dynamic presence with 97 state owned and private industries among the total of the 312 exhibitors of DEFEA. Some of these factories have been founded more than a century ago and they have an invaluable contribution to the national defence of Greece


The Greek companies participating in DEFEA, are:  


Impressive Israeli participation in DEFEA


With 13 participating companies and organizations, Israel will make an impressive presence in DEFEA Exhibition in Athens. It should be noted the close strategic relationship developed between Greece and Israel, which now expands in the field of defence industry.

SIBAT, the International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Israel MOD, will co-ordinate the country’s participation in a National Pavilion. SIBAT is positioned within the IMOD, while having a close, ongoing relationship with Israel's defense industry. This ensures that SIBAT maintains in-depth and updated knowledge of the defense world’s concepts, as well as a clear understanding of the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) operational needs. SIBAT's facilitates international cooperation through various services:

Generating Government–to-Government agreements

Initiating visits of official foreign delegations

Identifying cooperation opportunities and joint ventures with Israel defense industries

Locating technological solutions for specific requirements

Marketing and sales of IDF inventory

Organizing the Israel national pavilions at international exhibitions

Israeli companies participating in DEFEA are:










Aeronautics Group, a world leading developer and manufacturer of defense solutions based on unmanned-aerial systems and advanced ISTAR systems. The group provides integrated turnkey solutions based on unmanned solutions payloads and communications for defense, HLS and civil applications. Aeronautics broad product portfolio offers combat proven solutions for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, with demonstrated excellent performance an operability. Sustained by continuous research and development, these systems are on the outcome of three decades of technological and operational experience aeronautics group offers a one-stop shop, cost-effective solutions, for defense, HLS and civil missions.



As a pioneer in the field of computing technologies, Aitech provides reliable, rugged COTS boards and embedded systems on industry-standard, open architectures VMEbus, VPX, CompactPCI and high-speed serial fabric-based computers and subsystems for use in defense, aerospace and space flight applications.

Our products address the design challenges system engineers face by balancing the need for more computing performance and tighter system integration with the appropriate risk mitigation and reliable system operation requirements. We offer cost-effective COTS boards and systems that meet the industry’s ever-evolving requirements by offering design flexibility, optimal cost-to-performance ratios and continued technological advancements.




Astronautics C.A. Ltd. Israel, established in 1971, is a Hi-Tech defense systems company, working directly with End customers, Integrators and OEMs. Our solutions for aviation include integrated Avionics systems, Civil-Certified Glass cockpit Avionics, Multi-Function Cockpit Displays, Avionics & mission computers, Engine data systems, Air data systems, Navigation solutions for GPS Denied environment, and embedded-cyber protected systems. Our systems are used onboard the most advanced fighters, transports, and helicopters. Our solutions for Land systems include Automated Tactical Artillery Fire Control Systems for various artillery platforms, Artillery Battle Management Systems, Combat vehicle Computers, Displays, & Controllers. Our solutions for Naval platforms provide highly accurate onboard navigation systems with advanced real-time data distribution solutions, including predictive algorithms that improve overall system accuracy, prevent Jamming and Spoofing, and provide cyber-attacks protection. In addition, we supply Operator control stations with WECDIS / ECDIS applications. Our systems are used onboard the most advanced surface vessels and submarines.



Bet Shemesh Engines Ltd (BSEL) has been Israel’s leading jet engines house since 1968, manufacturing & casting jet engine parts, providing MRO services, as well as delivering small jet engines self - developed for UAV’S. The maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) division of BSEL, being OEM, FAA & EASA certified, provides overhaul, repair & engineering services to complete P & W F100 and PT6A engines, and Rolls Royce (Allison) M250 engines; as well as to modules, components and accessories.




Elbit Systems Ltd is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land, and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems and munitions. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.



Abut us: EMTAN, is an Israeli Manufacturer of small arms, guns and weapons with over 40 years of experience and knowledge.

EMTAN employs over 120 skilled personals in a sophisticated computerize facilities that insures optimized manufacturing and quality assurance all this in order to deliver the end-user a reliable robust weapon within budget. Our Products:

EMTAN manufacture the MZ Rifle range:

MZ-4 Fully Automatic rifle in caliber 5.56 NATO

MZ-4 P Piston operated Fully Automatic rifle in caliber 5.56 NATO

MZ-47 Fully Automatic rifle in caliber 7.62X39 to suite AK47 magazine and accessories

MZ-10/25 S Semi-Automatic rifle in caliber 7.62 NATO for snipers

MZ-300 Fully Automatic rifle in caliber 300 Blackout for operations with silencers

MZ-9 Fully Automatic sub machine gun in Caliber 9mm NATO

MZ-15 Sami Automatic DMR rifle in caliber 5.56 NATO

RAMON Pistol 9mm



Nir-Or Israel Ltd. designs develops, manufactures, and integrates innovative electronic systems and products for a vast range of military applications at land, air, and sea. Developing ideas into prototypes, and prototypes into fielded, operational products, the company's wide-ranging capabilities cover all aspects of electronic-based military and para-military solutions. Nir-Or line of solutions includes Multi-dimensional Situational Awareness, AI-powered, Video System (Video Servers, Ruggedized Displays and Camera Clusters) for APC and designated military platforms. Nir-Or is also an important defense solutions provider of the IDF, providing its video systems to the new Namer APC



In a fast-evolving world, where adversaries constantly challenge national defense, you need experienced and skillful allies to rely on. A trusted partner, courageous and innovative to deliver the capabilities you need and afford. That's IAI – Where Courage Meets Technology. A leader in defense, aerospace, and commercial markets, IAI leverages state-of-the-art technology and

decades of combat-proven experience delivering solutions to your national defense and security challenges. Delivering large turnkey projects, IAI acts as a prime contractor, subcontractor, and team members in dozens of large programs for the aerospace, land, sea, and cyber domains and multi-domain applications.

We offer a vast portfolio producing air and missile defense, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), ground robotics, precision-guided weapons, and loitering munitions. We deliver special-mission aircraft, modernize military aircraft and helicopters, and convert passenger jets into cargo aircraft. Our technology expertise features systems and solutions from reconnaissance satellites and radars to all aspects of command, control, and communications, computing and cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems.



IWI has been a world leader in the production, marketing, design and development of unrivalled weapons for over 85 years. Our weapon systems include the new CARMEL & ARAD AR, X95 (AR & SMG), TAVOR & GALIL ACE AR, NEGEV LMG, GALIL SNIPER, DAN Bolt Action Sniper Rifle, UZI PRO SMG and the JERICHO & MASADA pistols. IWI also provides Riot-Control solutions including offensive and defensive products, top-level methodology, tailored training and integration of cutting-edge technologies. IWI customers are: Governmental, Military and Police Entities, as well as Law Enforcement Agencies around the world, along with commercial markets.



Founded in 1985, Plasan is a global leader in offering safer vehicle environments and survivability solutions for defense and security forces. Our solutions offer high-end protection and mission readiness for defense and security vehicles while reducing operational costs. With extensive battlefield experience and expertise in automotive systems, and materials, we deliver solutions to support even the most complex vehicle and team missions. Plasan offers a variety of vehicle protection solutions, including advanced kitted armor hulls, the Guarder and SandCat armored tactical vehicles, and a wide range of survivability and personal protection solutions.

Plasan, a recognized innovator and international provider of state-of-the-art lightweight ballistic protection and survivability solutions for the war fighter, the peacekeeper and law enforcement personnel alike, provides customized survivability suites offering a unique optimization between protection, mission adaptability, payload and cost. With its many design wins, Plasan has emerged as a world leader – providing the right solution at the right price.

With three decades of experience and over 32,000 vehicles across the globe fitted with our protection solutions, Plasan has a unique understanding of the challenges found on the modern battlefield. We translate operational needs into high-end protection solutions.

With a comprehensive and creative approach to vehicle protection and armored vehicles, and the ability to provide customized solutions for a wide variety of missions, Plasan’s expertise in engineering, manufacturing, and system integration has been a major differentiator for our customers and partners. The company offers comprehensive solutions for the optimal balance of performance, survivability and safety

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RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is synonymous with Dynamic Defense, Daring Innovation, and Technological Ingenuity. For over 70 years, the Company has pioneered advances in defense, cyber and security solutions for air, land, sea, and space. Our innovations are based on extensive operational experience and understanding of evolving combat requirements. They enable the rapid development of effective solutions for complex battlespace challenges. Always ahead ‒ we ensure an ongoing advantage for our worldwide client base. We are dedicated to continuously enhancing our customer service, as well as expanding our global industrial cooperation program.



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