World Defense Show 2024

SHOW BUSINESS journalists and photographers had an insightful time at the World Defense Show 2024. Read each day's news in English or Arabic.

The announcements, deals and product highlights flowed, featuring companies like Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Thales, AutoFlight, Aselsan, Otokar, and Fincantieri and Barzan.

Story highlights include the RSAF to upgrade its Super Mushshak trainer, Airbus outlining its ambitions in the Kingdom, Lockheed Martin awarding THAAD contracts, and MEMR anticipating an imminent order for its new long-range interceptor ship.

The show saw a wide variety of military vehicles and drones being put through their paces in the land demonstration area.

The importance of military co-operation and partnerships was stressed by senior US officials, while the emergence of Saudi Arabian firms ready to design, develop and partner on defence products and systems were featured.

With a 25% increase in space and some 773 exhibitors, the event can act as a catalyst for greater collaboration on defence projects according to the head of the kingdom’s General Authority of Military Industries (GAMI) who told SHOW BUSINESS just why this show is so important to Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Read Day 1 news in English here and in Arabic here

Read Day 2 news in English here and in Arabic here

Read Day 3 news in English here and in Arabic here

Read Day 4 news in English here and in Arabic here