The defense, anti-terrorism and security exhibition Hemus 2012 will take place from 30 May to 2 June in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Several major defense companies like EADS and Lockheed Martin will exhibit their products and the Bulgarian Armed Forces will show a live firing exercise and a combat demonstration.
The participation of both, EADS and Lockheed Martin, in the Hemus 2012 is probably not a coincidence. Both companies still have hopes to strike a deal with the Bulgarian defense ministry for the long overdue replacement of 16 MiG-29 fighter jets.
Although Prime Minister Boyko Borisov declared late last year that the procurement is postponed indefinitely, EADS (with the Eurofighter Typhoon) as well as Lockheed Martin (with the F-16C/D) continue lobbying for their products.
Other exhibitors include Luerssen Atlas (naval), Diehl (aerospace) and Rheinmetall Air Defense. Official delegations are expected from 23 countries such as the U.S., China, Russia and Vietnam.
The Hemus 2012 opens its doors from Wednesday, 30 May, to Saturday, 2 June, at the International Fair – Plovdiv, about 150 km southeast of Sofia.
(Sources: Middle East & Balkans News own research, Hemus; 29 May 2012)