HEMUS 2022 achieves steady growth again

IDEE HEMUS 2022, held at the Plovdiv International Fair in Bulgaria, once again achieves constant growth in complicated and difficult conditions.

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Press release, Plovdiv, June 20, 2022: The fifteenth edition of the International Exhibition of Defense Products and Services HEMUS 2022 was held from June 1st to 4th, 2022 at the Plovdiv International Fair. The event took place under complex geopolitical and economic conditions. The organizers have made significant efforts to offer exhibitors and visitors not only attractive, but also safe places and conditions.

Despite the uncertain geopolitical and economic situation worldwide, HEMUS 2022 has achieved significant growth in all trading parameters compared to the previous edition of the fair in 2020. In particular, HEMUS 2022 has expanded the covered and above all open exhibition space to accommodate an increased number of exhibitors. A significant number of new exhibitors from new countries for HEMUS successfully participated in this edition. Among our esteemed exhibitors, whom we hosted, was again a US Army contingent, which took part in the Static Display together with Bulgarian military units. This contingent was part of the NATO Multinational Battalion Battle Group formed on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Army Honor Guard before the opening ceremony at HEMUS 2022 [© Bob Morrison]

The number of visitors exceeded 3,000 and showed an increased national and international interest in the exhibition. We are very pleased that the number of new visitors from new countries is also growing. In the national context, the exhibition was visited by leaders and high-ranking representatives of the Bulgarian national institutions, including the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, ministers, the Chief of Defense, commanders of the armed forces, generals, admirals, soldiers and citizens.

HEMUS 2022 has also aroused a great deal of international interest. The number of official delegations invited by the Bulgarian Minister of Defense increased again, and their composition included ministers, deputy ministers, national armaments directors and senior military officials. In addition, the exhibition was visited by many ambassadors, defense attachés and commercial attachés from diplomatic missions accredited in Sofia and other foreign visitors from about 50 countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. As usual, HEMUS 2022 also featured a series of accompanying events, such as the International Scientific Conference, the Industry Forum, the dynamic and static exhibition of weapons and equipment, live shooting and business meetings.

An exhibitor at HEMUS 2022 demonstrates the operation of a small robotic vehicle to Bulgarian military personnel [© Bob Morrison]

For the first time, this year’s edition offered two more accompanying events – the first European Security and Defense Research and Innovation Symposium (RISE-SD) and the first international competition DefInSpace (DIS) Bulgaria-2022 Hackathon for innovations related to the application of space concentrated technology in the field of defense and security.

The results of the independent sociological survey conducted during HEMUS 2022 confirmed the high appreciation and satisfaction of the exhibitors and visitors with the high standards achieved and the growing confidence in the fair, as well as its rational use. HEMUS 2022 not only confirms the success trend that has been growing for years, but also establishes itself as one of the most reliable partners of national and international institutions, the armed forces, the defense industry and science.

Therefore, we proudly reaffirm the essential characteristics of “HEMUS”, namely: “TRADITIONS, EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE, GROWING SUCCESS, SUSTAINABILITY”.

US Army 2-2CAV forward-launched Strykers in static display at HEMUS 2022 [© Bob Morrison]

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