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Defence Equipment Fair to Open in Bratislava on Wednesday

More than 220 exhibitors from 13 countries will present their products at the first International Defence Equipment and IDEB Technology Fair, due to open in Bratislava on May 3.

In contrast to similar events, where heavy military equipment and arms are on display, this fair will focus on electronics and sophisticated defence equipment, the TASR news wire wrote.

"The fair offers computers and software systems which represent a new trend in military equipment. Modern armies are not like marching fortresses but rather like marching computer fortresses," Ľudovít Černák [an entrepreneur who served as economy minister until he was sacked in 2001 by Premier Mikuláš Dzurinda and now serves as president of the Slovak FC - ed. note.], president of the Slovak Defence Industry Association, told SLOVAKIA.

The exhibition, which will cover an area of 25,000 square metres, will be open to the public from May 4-5 at the Incheba exhibition centre. The fair will feature products from the Czech Republic, USA, Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Romania and the Ukraine.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the NATO advisory group for industry and international conferences focusing on new information technology and communication systems will also begin at the Incheba centre on Wednesday.

The fair and accompanying events have been organised by the Slovak Defence Industry Association and the Slovak Trade and Industry Chamber in co-operation with the defence, economy and foreign affairs ministries.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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