A biennial international maritime defense exhibition was held for four days in Busan, Korea.
The exhibition, co-hosted by Busan City, the Republic of Korea Navy, and the Korea International Trade Association, boasted the developments of state-of-the-art equipment and new technologies of the maritime defense industry.
The opening ceremony was held on the first floor of BEXCO Convention Hall on the first day of the exhibition, the 9th of June. The distinguished people attended the ceremony, including Busan Mayor Park Hyung-joon and celebrities from all walks of life. Various events such as military band performances, air shows, and naval ship & weapon seminars were held during the exhibition.
Although many events around the world have been canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, the 450-booth exhibition featured a large number of naval commanders, representatives, South Korean military officials, and defense experts from up to 80 countries.
The two major Korean shipbuilders have shown off their conceptual designs for the Navy’s future light aircraft carrier, known as CVX. Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) unveiled a 1-to-400 scale model of its proposed aircraft carrier design. Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering displayed a 1-to-125 scale model of its CVX design.
Hanwha Systems and LIG Nex1, Korea’s top weapon makers, also displayed their new types of close-in weapon systems. Hanwha revealed its Korean Vertical Launcher System (KVLS) for warships. KVLS can launch multiple guided missiles (anti-submarine, anti-air, and anti-surface) vertically from a naval ship. LIG Next 1 showcased a model of its second-generation Close-In Weapon System (CIW–II), which is a crucial point-defense weapon system for detecting and destroying short-range incoming missiles and enemy aircraft.