HEMUS 2022 is now taking place in Plovdiv

HEMUS 2022, the XV Bulgarian International Defense Equipment and Services Exhibition, is now being held at the Plovdiv International Fair, reports Bob Morrison.

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With over a hundred companies from more than twenty countries attending HEMUS 2022, the XV. Plovdiv is a really interesting place to take part in the International Exhibition of Defense Equipment and Services, which will be held from June 1st to 4th. The Bulgarian Armed Forces are undergoing serious modernization and re-equipment, so there is plenty to see at this mostly regional defense fair.

The Bulgarian Defense Minister officially opened the 15th edition of HEMUS expo [© Bob Morrison]

The Bulgarian Ministry of Defense is re-launching its wheeled infantry armored vehicle program and several of the potential 8×8 competitors are on display, including some local candidates challenging the better-known international big-name manufacturers. With Eurosatory 2022 in Paris just over ten days away, the logistics of moving civilian-registered armored vehicles in this category from country to country means that not all potential bidders will see full-size vehicles in Plovdiv this week. However, there’s more than enough here to keep me snapping until I have to leave for my next assignment… but that’s another story for another day.

Things are getting a little hectic for both me and Carl this side of the summer solstice, but rest assured we already have plenty of pics and research to keep this site busy throughout the summer. I won’t be at OTS 2022 next week, by the way, but Mike is already brushing the turf off his boots in preparation for hitting the carpets in Liverpool.

The US Ambassador to Bulgaria, Hero Mustafa, is briefed on the Stryker by a contingent of the US 2nd Cavalry exhibiting at HEMUS [© Bob Morrison]

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