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Lockheed Martin has signed up as a Gold Sponsor for the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) 2019, which will take place in Bahrain 28-30 October, organisers Clarion Events announced on 14 April.

Held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, one of the driving forces behind the event has been HH Brigadier Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Commander of the Bahrain Royal Guard and Chairman of BIDEC 2019. Fully supported by the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), BIDEC 2019 will enjoy continued government from specially selected committees within the BDF, Naval Force, Air Force, Royal Guard, National Guard and other government agencies.

"We are proud to host one of the most comprehensive defence exhibitions in the region. We are especially proud that Lockheed Martin continues to demonstrate its support to the Kingdom of Bahrain by becoming a main sponsor of the event. A global event of this stature is not easy to pull together but we look forward to not just replicating the success of 2017 but taking it several steps further to make it an unmissable event. We also look forward to initiating important partnerships and the transfer of ideas, technology and developments in this vital area at BIDEC 2019," commented His Highness Shaikh Nasser.

BIDEC provides the perfect platform for us to engage with both our Bahraini and regional partners to discuss ways we can strengthen regional security and build a stronger relationship for decades to come,” explained Lockheed Martin’s Chief Executive in the Middle East, Robert S Harward.

BIDEC 2019 will once again be organised by Clarion Events and Faalyat, a Bahrain-based events agency. BIDEC 2019 offers exhibiting companies the opportunity to demonstrate hardware and equipment, and to be seen on a high-profile international stage. The high-level conference at BIDEC has proven to be a powerful platform to hear key decision-makers from the government, military and defence sectors, offering delegates the opportunity to discuss innovations, solutions and areas of collaboration. Over 200 companies are expected to exhibit at the 2019 show and over 10,000 guests are expected over the course of the three-day event. Off-site activities are planned across Bahrain, including shooting displays, vehicle and warship displays and parachute demonstrations.

We are extremely happy to be organising this important exhibition in the Kingdom of Bahrain once again. The last experience we had with BIDEC 2017 was a fabulous one, and we are confident that we will be building on that experience to bring an even better show this time. We have in place some great partners who have displayed understanding of what is required. Visitors can look forward to many new exhibiting companies and watch some spectacular displays in the off-site activities throughout Bahrain,” observed Clarion Defence & Security’s Thomas Gaunt.

BIDEC 2019 can be expected to feature a wide range of Bahraini defence, security and government forces. (Photo: BIDEC 2019)

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