Abu Dhabi, Feb 7: Indian naval ships will participate in the 7th International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX 2005, beginning here next week.
Over 900 companies, from nearly 50 countries are expected to take part in the exhibition to be held from February 12 to 17. National pavilions from over 31 countries are likely to be set up and around 30,000 visitors expected.
The previous edition of IDEX which was held in Abu Dhabi in 2003, had 701 exhibitors from 43 countries from around the world.
The artificial channel adjacent to the exhibition site will be the venue for the demonstration of small amphibious naval craft, as part of the marine demonstrations programme.
Different types of helicopters from the Indian, British, Russian and German naval ships berthed at Port Zayed, will also take part in the demonstration.
Indian vessels Brahmaputra (Brahmaputra Class Fridate) and Vinash (Missile Corvette) will be the ships taking part at the Naval Exhibition at IDEX.
IDEX 2005 will also have the naval berthing at Mina Zayed Port, where an array of naval vessels of various types will be displayed. They will welcome visitors aboard.
14 ships from India, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Turkey, UAE, the UK and the US are set to participate. The major Indian participants include BrahMos, BEML, Ashok Leyland and MS Kumar Udyog.
"IDEX has grown from strength to strength since its inception and is clearly one of the most eagerly awaited events in the global defence calendar," a spokesperson for GEC (General Exhibitions Corporation), the organisers, said.