ABOVE: CAA Tactical is a manufacturer of accessories and platforms for modern rifles, and featured the RONI Pistol-Carbine conversion unit shown in the photo with the Bul Carmel pistol converted to the PDW configuration. Their booth was constantly mobbed by IDF and Police personnel that were very pleased with the products. www.caatactical.com
This was the fifth year in a row that the ISDEF show was put on in Tel Aviv. It shows strong growth and the show has expanded from last year. What started out as a show sponsored by large contractor TAR Ideal Concepts, Ltd. to gather their associates and customers together, has turned into a small but increasingly world class event. We booked SADJ in for 2013’s show, of course. The promoters have decided to switch to an every two year format, like many other military shows. This gives the attendees time to work on their contacts and prepare for the next show. Show date has also been switched to June 2013.
Tel Aviv is an excellent location for this show as there is plenty of infrastructure to handle the convention traffic. The weather is excellent, and the hotels are used to international travelers.
Coming to ISDEF allows both the attendee and the exhibitor an opportunity to interface with regional suppliers of defense and LE material, as well as see the latest in hi-tech rescue equipment. The Israeli military and police are under constant stress due to the regional conflicts they’ve been involved in since the start of their country, and the training expertise is on display at ISDEF along with the hardware. While some of the larger international contract groups were present, the home-grown Israeli variety was predominant. The electronics arena was a place where there are almost daily leaps of technological and doctrinal advance, and soldier communications was a major feature at the show.
An interesting anecdote regarding a Chinese made demilled 81mm Mortar that was used as a show-stopper in a booth: A PLA Major General and his staff were looking at the 81mm. The General asked “Where did you get this?” someone responded; “Captured from Fateh.” To which the general sagely nodded his head and replied; “Ah, they must have stolen this from us.” Everyone had a good, but slightly uncomfortable laugh.
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Barnes Bullets, well known for their high-quality, extremely accurate hunting ammunition, moved into accurate military/LE ammunition a few years ago. Thad Stevens, Lab Manager at Barnes, had a booth set up at ISDEF, and experienced first-hand the quality customers at the show in his discussions with knowledgeable snipers and other end users. Barnes’ products are up-and-coming on the world scene for military snipers. www.barnesbullets.com
Eltics, Ltd. is an Israeli company that has developed a stealth technology that works towards defeating thermal imaging, night vision, and heat-seeking missiles. An active thermal signature is generated so that an armored vehicle is invisible to thermals, or appears to be something else. www.eltics.com
WMD Tech is a U.S. based company that presents training for bomb technicians, among other skill sets. They offer most of the tools of the trade, with a very inclusive catalog of electronic and mechanical devices. At ISDEF, WMD Tech also represented Snake River Machining’s combat shotguns which have a very intriguing 8, 12, or 16 round feeding capacity, and HTG’s full line of firearms suppressors that are user maintainable for disassembly. www.wmdtech.com