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IMDEX Asia plays key role amid increasing focus on naval and maritime security in the Asia Pacific

LIMA 2017 Online Show Daily - IMDEX Asia press release
IMDEX Asia plays key role amid increasing focus on naval and maritime security in the Asia Pacific
By Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director, Experia Events
Global maritime forces are turning to technology and modernisation to address the growing number of increasingly complex demands to conduct surveillance, and maintain security and stability. Big Data Analytics, Cyber and Electronic Warfare, and Autonomous Systems including unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) are among the key innovations transforming naval operations.
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Asia Pacific is expected to drive global demand for innovative maritime and naval technologies and products amid a global spike in defence spending. By the year 2020, nineteen Asia Pacific countries will account for nearly one-third of global defence budgets and more than one-third of all active-duty military personnel. Asia Pacific economies are also projected to drive 60 percent of the global increase in defence acquisition, R&D, and 30 percent of the total global defence acquisition budget by that year.

Across the region, countries from Australia to India, South Korea to Vietnam and Indonesia are building up their navies. This is partly due to the continued growth in the region’s maritime commerce, already worth US$5 trillion annually3, and partly in response to China’s fast expanding naval presence. It should come as no surprise then that Asia Pacific is expected to replace Europe as the second biggest submarine market over the next ten years. The regional market will grow from US$7.3 billion in 2015 to US$11 billion in 2025, closing on the heels of the US.

Against this dramatic and dynamic backdrop, the 11th edition of IMDEX Asia, Asia Pacific’s premier international maritime defence show, will be held from 16 to 18 May 2017 in Singapore at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

IMDEX Asia provides a global platform for navies, maritime agencies and industry players to come together and address challenges, and will be held in conjunction this year with the Republic of Singapore Navy’s 50th Anniversary (RSN50) celebrations. Considering the transnational nature of maritime challenges, the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) needs to continue to work in close partnership with other agencies both at the national and international levels. The RSN50 events and IMDEX Asia 2017 will bring international government officials, and military and industry representatives together in Singapore to interact and exchange ideas on how nations can co-operate to ensure safe and secure seas for all.
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Biggest Ever IMDEX Asia
IMDEX Asia 2017 looks set to be the biggest ever and the stellar line-up of events and activities, has already generated phenomenal participation and support for this year’s show.

Leading up to IMDEX Asia, expect to see the largest gathering of naval and coast guard ships from around the globe that Singapore has ever hosted. The ships will be representing their home navies in Singapore’s first-ever International Maritime Review (IMR). The newly-commissioned Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) RSS Independence will make its debut during the IMR as the inspecting ship for the reviewing officer, Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam, and high-ranking officers of the navies participating in the IMR.

The ever popular Warships Display will see more participating warships that will offer visitors the rare opportunity to get first-hand experience of the on-board operations and rub shoulders with senior naval officers from various countries. Visitors will also be able to view the impressive array of amphibious crafts, unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters.

Another key attraction of the show is the technology seminars and demonstrations where attendees will get in-depth understanding of the design and technological considerations behind the products and solutions on showcase and be able to exchange ideas with presenters face-to-face.

Strategic High-Level Conferences to Drive Thought Leadership
IMDEX Asia 2017 will host two strategic high-level conferences, namely the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC 2017) and International Naval Engineering Conference @ IMDEX Asia (INEC@IMDEX Asia 2017), where leading experts and academia from around the world will discuss issues related to maritime security and present the latest technologies on naval platform design and developments.

International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC 2017)
The IMSC is a platform for Chiefs of Navy and Directors-General of Coast Guards around the world to discuss threats to maritime security and safety, as well as develop frameworks and solutions to deal with the security challenges that threaten and disrupt sea lines of communication. The fifth edition of the conference is themed “Safe and Secure Seas: A Vision for a Maritime Region”, focussing on a cooperative security approach to create critical capabilities that will enhance the safety of our complex maritime landscape. The conference will feature two interesting panels viz. Pursuing Common Maritime Objectives and Responding to Maritime Terrorism.

International Naval Engineering Conference @ IMDEX Asia 2017 (INEC@IMDEX Asia 2017)
IMDEX Asia will once again play host to the Asian edition of the prestigious International Naval Engineering Conference. With its attendant naval delegations, industry participation and trade visitors, INEC@IMDEX Asia 2017 will generate high level exchanges and discussions on a wide range of naval technical topics relevant to the Asia Pacific region. The theme at this third edition is “Robust Designs, Flexible Capabilities”, and the conference will address the multiplying effect, flexible platforms, underwater technology and effective support solutions. Besides keynote addresses, plenary and concurrent discussions, there will also be an exclusive tour to the LMV for the conference delegates this year.

The importance of IMDEX Asia is underlined by the continued support from key industry players and increased participation from France, Germany and Italy. Returning exhibitors include DCNS, Damen, Lockheed Martin, Israel Aerospace Industries, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Rheinmetall, Austal, Saab, L3 Technologies, Wartsila, ST Engineering, Leonardo and Privinvest Shipbuilding Group.

You can also look forward to meeting new exhibitors like Baglietto Navy, Controp, Ferretti Security & Defence Intermarine, IMI Systems, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Nova Systems, Orbit Communication Systems and Tractors Singapore Limited among others.

As the Asia Pacific region continues to be the growth engine of the world economy with maritime commerce remaining a key driver, IMDEX Asia is increasingly serving the maritime defence community by providing the ultimate avenue for high-profile stakeholders, key industry players and naval engineering professionals to network, exchange ideas, forge partnerships and do business. Organised by Experia Events, IMDEX Asia is supported by the Republic of Singapore Navy, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).