HOMSEC 2015, the 5th International Exhibition of National Security Technologies, which was held in Madrid between 10 and 12 March, closed doors with great success both in participation of exhibitors and number of visitors, national authorities and international presence of official delegations.
"We closed HOMSEC 2015 surpassing all expectations we had, as we recorded the attendance of more than 13,000 professional visitors, the participationof major Spanish authorities of the sector, and a total of 25 very high level international official delegations", says Ignacio Dancausa, Director of HOMSEC. "The increases we have achieved this year in all facets of the Hall, encourage us to make the next edition of HOMSEC even more productive for exhibitors, visitors and governments. From this moment we are working on preparing HOMSEC 2017, with an interesting rate of rebooking of national and international companies".
More than 13,000 visitors to HOMSEC 2015 represent an increase over 50% compared to the previous edition of the Salon held two years ago, and the 165 exhibitors this year represent a 30% increase over 2013. In HOMSEC were held 21 debates, conferences and business presentations on the hottest topics of the security and defense sector, which was attended by key industry players, highlighting the 3rd International Congress focused on international cooperation against organized crime, and two intense Cybersecurity days.
HOMSEC 2015 has particularly enjoyed a great support from national institutions, with the presence of Home Affairs Minister Mr. Jorge Fernandez Diaz at the opening of the Hall, and attended by senior officials involved in the sector among which the Secretary of State for Defense, Secretary of State-Director of the National Center of Intelligence, Secretary of State for International Cooperation, the Director General of National Police, Chief of Staff of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Navy,the Director General of Civil Protection, Undersecretary of Defense, Undersecretary of Home Affairs, among others, including a large representation of senior officers and specialists of the three armies.
Among the 25 international official delegations attendees to HOMSEC 2105,highlights the presence of senior representatives of all relevant nations of Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East. HOMSEC has already been established as an ideal business platform in security and defense of the Spanish and European industry into these three regions of the globe. Representatives have also been very high standard and are include the Minister of Defence of Indonesia, three deputy ministers of Defense, one Secretary of State, three undersecretaries and numerous high command Army and security forces in their countries.
8×8 armored vehicles and drones for Spanish forces
A part of the show has been focused on two major priorities of the Spanish forces: the 8×8 wheeled armored vehicles, and the unmanned aircraft.
About 8×8 vehicles, General Manfredo Monforte, Chief of Engineeringfor Logistics Support Command of the Army, said that the new vehicle should be ready by 2018, which would imply that the Government is going to take decisions this year. In this sense there are two companies that have submitted their proposals: General Dynamics-Santa Barbara, and the consortium OtoMelara-IVECO. It is planned to purchase 300 units that will serve for over 30 years.
With regard to the drones, the goal is to provide a long rangedrone to the Spanish Air Force. Although officially there is nothing known, it seems that the better-off are the American Predator B and the Israeli Heron TP. In HOMSEC 2015 we saw RPAS presented by ten companies, from micro to long range drones.