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These Companies Are Exhibiting At ADAS 2016

September 28, 2016

More than a hundred companies are exhibiting tomorrow for the Asian Defence, Security & Crisis Management Exhibition and Conference or ADAS for short. Two years after its local debut ADAS organizers Apac Expo Pte Ltd. have rolled out a proper sequel with all the trappings. It’s larger, brighter, and more crowded, with an orgy of back-to-back seminars, and a lot of big names.

ADAS 2016 is held at the World Trade Center in Manila. It’s a commodious venue best known for flashy car shows and other colorful occasions. From September 28 to 30, however, it will be hosting an exposition for defense contractors and arms dealers for untold thousands of visitors in government and the armed forces. But who exactly are the companies seeking to do business with the Philippines this time around?

21st Century Asian Arms Race is a media partner for ADAS 2016.


It’s Europe’s resident aerospace conglomerate with an incomparable portfolio of helicopters. Is the equipment-starved Armed forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the mood for multirole rotorcraft?

Airbus is just as attractive as a supplier of spare parts, upgrades, and avionics. A complete package!


With over 100 years experience in manufacturing ammunition and civilian firearms for the Philippines’ domestic market Armscor is that rare phenomenon: a local champion. Thanks to its long tradition of making handguns and bullets Armscor is a trusted partner of the government.


Believe the hype. BrahMos is the deadliest supersonic cruise missile in the world today. As a derivative of the lethal Russian P-800 anti-ship missile, BrahMos was retooled by its parent company of the same name and developed as a next-generation strike system for the Indian military. It can be deployed on vehicles, aircraft, ships, and submarines. If conventional warheads aren’t enough, BrahMos missiles are able to carry nukes.


It’s South America’s best known aerospace company and the single bright hope of Brazil in the global arms market thanks to its Super Tucano attack aircraft. With President Duterte keen on improving the armed forces’ capabilities versus local insurgencies maybe the Super Tucano, or perhaps Embraer’s C4I aircraft, arrives in the Philippines sooner rather than later.


With its long heritage of civil and military telecommunications Harris is one American firm that’s vital for the Philippine Army, whose Light Armored Division purchased a sizable batch of radios in 2015. With decades of experience supporting the AFP this IT and electronics company may still enjoy a lot of mileage in the region where its radios are essential for Filipino soldiers.


Israel used to build its own fighter jets 40 years ago. Then came a “special relationship” with the US and lots of F-16’s. Learn about the Kfir’s heyday here.

Israeli Aerospace Industries

While it’s been decades since IAI last built a complete aircraft it has managed to become a world leader in avionics and other bleeding edge capabilities–like drones. With solutions ranging from maintenance to outer space, IAI is today’s best choice for countries who want to hop aboard the UAV bandwagon. Or buy sexy missiles.

Korea Aerospace Industries

Given its critical role in reviving the Philippine Air Force (PAF) with the ongoing delivery of a dozen FA-50 light attack aircraft, KAI is poised to do further business in Southeast Asia. Undeterred by its stiff regional competition KAI has managed to become an agile and alluring aerospace firm in less than two decades with a product line well-suited for emerging markets.


The Philippine Army wouldn’t be able to get around without its vast fleet of Kia 1.5 ton trucks. Better known for its civilian product line South Korea’s premiere truck maker maintains an impressive selection of military vehicles that are doing the rounds in arms shows. This could make it a worthy competitor of China’s ubiquitous Dongfeng.


It’s tough being in aerospace. No wonder the Italian conglomerate that used to be Finmeccanica SpA reinvented itself after struggling for several years with bad press and questionable management. Drama aside, Leonardo remains a competitive player in the high stakes gambit to sell the world aircraft, UAVs, and technologies for modern armies, navies and air forces.


Steeped in history and experience, this Turkish munitions plant (government-owned, mind you) manufactures everything from hand grenades to howitzers. As the primary supplier for the Turkish military’s small arms and crew-served weapons MKEK is a superb bet for equipping somebody’s ground forces somewhere.


Israel is home to several world-beating defense contractors whose products are enjoying unprecedented demand in five continents. When it comes to missiles it’s Rafael who is hands down the leader thanks to its bestselling Spike ATGM family. And coastal defense? Rafael have missiles for that job too.


Few defense contractors are as agile and groundbreaking as Sweden’s wunderkind. Whether it’s disposable rocket launchers or affordable multirole fighter jets there isn’t an aspect of modern warfare that Saab hasn’t set a new benchmark in. But what exactly can it offer potential clients in Southeast Asia?

Textron Systems

Often overshadowed by the reigning giants in US aerospace and defense Textron boasts a unique product line that spans aircraft, robotics, vehicles, and naval assets. Let’s not forget it owns Bell Helicopter, whose rotorcraft are staples in armies worldwide. It’s an interesting mix of proven hardware and fresh concepts but with low intensity conflicts raging everywhere Textron’s specialties are blessed by strong demand.


Although its name conjures images of steam clogged factories churning out ordnance ThyssenKrupp are actually conjoined rivals whose histories date to the tumultuous 19th century. Now combined, their unequaled expertise in steel means they have fingers on industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, and good old fashioned smelting. Somewhere in the mix, of course, are tanks, artillery, and submarines.