Bahrain. 28 October 2019. BAE Systems is showcasing many of its capabilities and innovations at next week’s BIDEC (the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference). Held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and fully supported by the Bahrain Defence Force, BIDEC will be held in Manama from 28 to 30 October 2019.

“We’re pleased to participate in the second edition of BIDEC,” commented Mark Simpkins, Regional Vice President – Middle East, BAE Systems. “BAE Systems is proud to be a committed partner and support the security, sovereignty and national defence capabilities of the Kingdom of Bahrain. We look forward to showcasing our latest innovations and capabilities to our partners during this strategic gathering.”


BAE Systems will be showcasing several products and services during the show, including:

Commander SL Radar: A state-of-the-art radar systems combining mobility and flexibility and designed to enhance airspace surveillance and policing

The APKWS Laser-Guided Rocket: A system that redefines precision by hitting the target with pinpoint accuracy and minimal collateral damage – critical for air-to-ground missions when you only have one shot

Offshore Patrol Vessel capabilities: BAE Systems designs and manufactures naval ships as well as state-of-the-art combat systems and equipment. During BIDEC BAE Systems will present an update on its latest naval innovations including the River-class patrol vessel

HAWK Advanced Jet Trainer, Aircrew/Fast Jet Pilot Training Services: With an unrivalled pedigree of delivering the pilots of the future for air forces across the globe, Hawk is the world’s most successful and proven military aircraft trainer – with operational capability. BAE Systems also offers a wealth of fast jet pilot training services

National Cyber Defence Capabilities: BAE Systems is a leading supplier of cyber, intelligence, and security capabilities to government agencies, and a growing supplier of cyber and network security capabilities to commercial customers

“Our commitment to the Kingdom of Bahrain extends beyond trade shows. We have several key partnerships here to support Bahrain’s national defence capabilities. We work with the Bahrain Defence Force, the Royal Bahraini Army and the Royal Bahrain Air Force,” added Mr Simpkins.

Additionally, since 2015, BAE Systems has partnered with the Ministry of Education to run numerous STEM workshops which have engaged with more than 5,000 Bahraini students.