IDEF 2021

APRIL (dates TBC)


Under the management and responsibility of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, the 15th edition of IDEF will be held in April 2021 (dates TBC) at the Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center in Büyükçekmece, Istanbul.

Across an exhibition surface of 120,000 square meters, IDEF trade show enables a wide range of exhibition possibilities, through a large scope of fields: naval, land, security, aviation & aerospace, transportation and logistic support activities.

P&C International is officially endorsed by the show organizer to recruit and coordinate US companies at IDEF 2021.



Exhibitors from 50 countries
Visitors from 116 countries
Official Delegations
VIPs from 67 countries
Press Members from 24 countries
Sqm of Exhibition Space
of exhibitors plan to visit next year
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of exhibitors recommend the fair


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  • Turkey has spent billions of dollars to build and expand its army by importing arms, predominantly from the US and Germany, for many years. Turkey is the world’s 6th largest defense importer after India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, China and Algeria. Turkey’s defense industry has changed significantly in less than a decade as Turkey has become more involved in co-production, co-development projects, which have also brought along export opportunities.

  • Although the focus is on meeting national requirements through domestic solutions, the size and sophistication of upcoming projects provide opportunities for U.S. companies. In fact, he U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has identified Turkey as a top destination for U.S. defense exports.

  • TuAF requirements are met through direct purchases from domestic and foreign markets or by participation in joint production programs. These joint production programs constitute potential export opportunities, as the tendency is to give more emphasis to joint production and joint activities through R&D. Turkey has started taking steps to develop indigenous systems to meet TuAF’s needs.

  • The modernization of TuAF will also bring export opportunities to U.S. companies. In the next decade, combat weapons and equipment currently in TuAF’s inventory will need to be modernized or replaced with systems incorporating new technologies.

  • The 2018 Ministry of Defense (MOD) budget is around $10.8 billion ($/TL at 4.4). Half of this budget is allocated to spending on procurement of goods and services, including modernization programs. This does not include spending by the Ministry of Interior’s Gendarmerie, the Coast Guard, defense procurements funded by the Turkish Treasury and the Undersecretariat for Defense Industry Support Fund. Along with MOD spending, the proposed 2018 budget for the Gendarmerie is $3 billion, for the Coast Guard $155 million, and for the National Police $6.3 billion.

  • IDEF 2017 US exhibitors: Crystal Group, Dillon Aero, Flir Systems, Lockheed Martin, MicroTech Corp, Moog, NexGen Digital, Nova Power Solutions, Pratt and Whitney, Redcom Lab, Team Wendy, Vericor Power Systems, Viasat, 3D-Plus, 3M Science, Airborn Electronics, Allison Transmission, Aloys International, Alta Industries, Ametek, Amphenol, Ansys, Black Diamond, Bluefin Robotics, Brunton Group, Cole Instrument Corporation, Control Products, Coorstek, Cristek Interconnects, Curtiss Wright Controls Embedded, Elite Survival Systems, Endevco-Meggitt, Energy One Electronics, FilConn, Flexfire Leds, General Dynamics, General Lasertronics Corporation, GWACS Defense, Hemisphere, Honeywell, Inventory Locator Service, Isovac, Kaydon Bearings, Kestrel Meters, Klein Marine Systems, Knight Armament, Leupold, Life Support International, LRAD Corporation, MarsLabs, Mathworks, Mbientlab, McMillan, Mega Endustries, Milkor-USA, Microsemi, MTS Systems, New England Keyboard, Ohio Ordnance Work, Omax Corporation, Outdoor Research, Parker Distributor, P3M, PeakBeam, Polycase Amunition, Profense, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Resonon, Robertson Fuel Systems, Samtec, Secure Communication Systems, Sekai Electronics, Spyderco, Stidd, TDI-Nova Electric, Tetracore, Velodyne Lidar, Viking Technology, Warn Industries, Will-Burt Company, Wind River.

  • Others requirements include: main battle tanks, wheeled armored vehicles, tank transport and rescue vehicles, artillery upgrades, the pedestal mounted Stinger program, army tactical missile system (ATACMS), combat aircraft, airborne early warning aircraft (AEW), search and rescue helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), submarines, destroyer class ships, fast patrol boats, mine hunter vessels and maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft.