The Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Industry Exhibition (ADEX) 2023 ended on the 22nd with the conclusion of its six-day schedule. A total of 200,000 people visited ADEX this time, including 125,000 people for two days on the 21st and 22nd, when general viewing took place, and until the professional viewing day.


The Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) is a major international aerospace and defense trade show held in South Korea. It is organized by the South Korean Ministry of National Defense, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), and the Korea Aerospace Industries Association (KAIA). The event aims to promote the aerospace and defense industries in South Korea and to foster international cooperation in these sectors.


At Seoul Airport in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, the air show of the Air Force's special flight team Black Eagles and the flight of the U.S. strategic bomber B-52 were held.

After the flight at Seoul Airport, the B-52 landed at a local air base. It is unusual for nuclear-armed B-52s and B-2s to land at overseas bases or disclose their landings.

Earlier, B-1B, called the "swan of death" among B-52, B-1B and B-2, which are considered three types of U.S. strategic bombers, landed at the Osan Air Base of the U.S. Forces Korea in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province in 2016.


During the exhibition, the U.S. military displayed strategic assets such as the world's strongest stealth fighter F-22 Raptor and even showed actual operation in the air, showing the solidity of the Korea-U.S. alliance. B-52 strategic bombers capable of nuclear armament passed through the exhibition hall to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Korea-U.S. alliance. Seoul ADEX, which began in 1996 as the Seoul Air Show, is held every other year.


550 companies from 35 countries, the largest ever, will participate in ADEX 2023 in Seoul. In addition, more than 100 types of equipment, including aviation equipment, ground equipment, and space equipment, were displayed.


ADEX features a wide range of aerospace and defense-related exhibitions, including aircraft, helicopters, drones, missiles, defense systems, and various technologies and equipment used in these industries. It attracts both domestic and international defense companies, making it a significant platform for showcasing the latest products and technologies.


One of the highlights of ADEX is the airshow, featuring both military and civilian aircraft. The airshow includes aerobatic displays, flight demonstrations, and performances by various aircraft, from fighter jets to commercial planes. This aspect of ADEX is open to the public and is a major draw for aviation enthusiasts.


Conferences and Seminars

ADEX often hosts conferences and seminars where experts and leaders in the aerospace and defense sectors discuss and share insights on various topics related to industry trends, technology, and security.

International Participants

ADEX attracts a global audience, including representatives from foreign governments, military organizations, defense contractors, and aviation enthusiasts. This international presence provides opportunities for networking, trade discussions, and international cooperation in defense and aerospace.


Military Procurement and Defense Industry Development

ADEX serves as a platform for South Korea to showcase its military capabilities and its domestic defense industry's development. It is also an opportunity for South Korean defense companies to engage with potential clients and partners from around the world.

Bilateral Agreements

The event often sees the signing of bilateral agreements and deals between South Korean defense companies and their international counterparts, contributing to international cooperation and trade in the defense industry.


ADEX is typically held every two years, and each edition may feature different themes, exhibits, and demonstrations. It plays a significant role in promoting South Korea's defense industry and fostering international collaboration in the aerospace and defense sectors. Please note that the specific details and features of ADEX may vary from year to year, so it's advisable to check the latest information on the official website or through reliable news sources if you are looking for information on a specific year's event.


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