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HEMUS 2022 Again Achieves Consistent Growth

Turkish and Finnish 8x8 armoured personnel carriers displayed at HEMUS 2022 [© Bob Morrison]

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


News Release, Plovdiv, 20 June 2022: The fifteenth edition of the International Defence Products and Services Exhibition HEMUS 2022 took place from 1 to 4 June 2022 at the International Fair Plovdiv. The event was held in complex geopolitical and economic conditions. Significant efforts have been made by the organizers to provide not only attractive but also safe place and conditions for exhibitors and visitors.

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

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

The number of visitors exceeded 3,000 and showed increased national and international interest in the exhibition. We are extremely pleased to note that the number of new visitors from new countries is also growing. In a national context, the exhibition was attended by leaders and high-ranking representatives of Bulgarian national institutions, including the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, ministers, the Chief of Defence, Commanders of the Armed Forces, generals, admirals, service persons and citizens.

HEMUS 2022 has also aroused extremely high international interest. The number of official delegations invited by the Minister of Defence of Bulgaria increased again, and their composition included ministers, deputy ministers, national directors of armaments, high-ranking military officials. In addition, the exhibition was attended by many ambassadors, defence attachés and trade 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 offered a number of accompanying events, such as the International Scientific Conference, the Industrial Forum, the Dynamic and Static Display of Arms and Equipment, Live Firings and business meetings.

An exhibitor at HEMUS 2022 demonstrates 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 Defence Research and Innovation Symposium (RISE-SD) and the first International competition DefInSpace (DIS) Bulgaria-2022 Hackathon for innovations focused on the application of space technology in the field of defence and security.

The results of the independent sociological survey conducted during HEMUS 2022 confirmed the high appreciation and satisfaction of exhibitors and visitors with the high standards achieved and the growing trust in the Exhibition, as well as the rational benefits of it. Thus, HEMUS 2022 reaffirmed the trend of not only growing success over the years, but also established itself as one of the most reliable partners of national and international institutions, the armed forces, the defence industry and academia.

Therefore, we again and proudly reaffirm the essential characteristics of ‘HEMUS’, namely: ‘TRADITIONS, OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE, GROWING SUCCESS, SUSTAINABILITY’.

Forward-based US Army Strykers from 2-2CAV in the static display at HEMUS 2022 [© Bob Morrison]


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