IDEB 2023, the International Defence (and Security) Exhibition in Bratislava, is now well underway in the sunny capital of the Slovak Republic, reports Bob Morrison.
Prior commitments prevented either Carl or myself from attending the opening day of IDEB 2023, but bright and early this morning I crossed the Nový Most bridge from the historic old city to the national expo centre (Incheba) almost on the south (right) bank of the River Danube to catch up on the latest defence industry developments in this part of Europe.
Although not one of the larger European defence expos, IDEB has of course found itself unexpectedly in a militarily significant part of the continent and this is reflected in some of the exhibits on display this week. For 2023 the exhibition has been expanded to cover the topic of Internal Security, so there has definitely been plenty to see already. Tomorrow is promising to be just as busy as today turned out to be.
Background research is our primary reason for attending expos like this, but I have already picked up a couple of ideas for future features and there will probably even be an unexpected Land Rover Defender story in due course… so watch this space!