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MSPO Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Library image from MSPO 2021 [© Targi Kielce]

The record that genuinely befits the jubilee ~ MSPO, the Polish International Defence Industry Exhibition, celebrates its 30th anniversary.


Press Release, Kielce, 22 August 2022: The International Defence Industry Exhibition (Międzynarodowy Salon Przemysłu Obronnego) celebrates its 30th anniversary. For decades, the event has strengthened its position. Now it is ranked third among all defence industry exhibitions in Europe, ranked after Paris and London. MSPO 2022 promises to be a record-breaking event. The showcase is held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September. An Open Day follows the expo on 10 September.

Library image from MSPO 2021 [© Targi Kielce]

Intense preparations for the event are underway. Today’s reports show that over 600 exhibitors from nearly 30 countries join the expo to present their products and services. This year’s show breaks all-time records; this also means that 50% more companies come to Targi Kielce compared to last year’s results. Defence industry representatives from the United States, Germany, Israel, Sweden, Great Britain, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, Korea, Estonia, Italy and Turkey join the Kielce show. The latter plays a unique role at this year’s MSPO; Turkey is this year’s MSPO lead nation. 27 Turkish defence companies join the trade fair.

Library image of scale model of Hanwha K9 Thunder SPH [© Bob Morrison]

There are also three Korean companies, which are to provide Poland with as many as 1,000 K2 tanks, 672 K9A1 self-propelled howitzers and 48 FA-50 combat aircraft. No equipment will be available at Korean stands, but the expo visitors will be able to see 1:7 scale models. The presence of the US defence industry is also strong; MSPO is the showcase for Abrams tanks, M142 HIMARS missile launchers, to name just a few. The latter proved excellent during the war in Ukraine. On 5 April 2022, the Ministry of National Defence signed a contract for 250 Abrams M1A2 SEPv3, the latest generation tanks. The Polish purchase plans also include almost half a thousand of HIMARS launchers.

One of seven exhibition halls at Targi Kielce during MSPO 2021 [© Bob Morrison]

There will also be a plethora of helicopters on display, including the US CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters, the multipurpose Black Hawk and the AH-4 Apache assault helicopters. The Bell AH-1Z VIPER, is to be presented at Targi Kielce for the first time. The Italians will present their AW109 Trekker light helicopter and the medium AW139M.

Line-up of Polish military vehicles on outside display at MSPO 2020 [© Bob Morrison]

The International Defence Industry Exhibition is held in Kielce from 6 to 9 September. An Open Day follows the expo on 10 September.


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