The 2016 edition of the Euronaval naval technology show opened its doors on 17th October. For the rest of this week, the key players in the international naval sector will be displaying their products and innovations over 15,000m2 of exhibition space at Paris Le Bourget. The official inauguration, by French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, is scheduled for 18th October.
The show organizers, the French GICAN naval industry group, expect to welcome 25,000 professional visitors at this year's event, which will feature 390 exhibitors — 10% more than the previous edition — from 34 countries. 56% of exhibitors come from outside France. Two new countries are participating for the first time: Denmark and Japan.
The international naval sector currently boasts a $150bn order book, according to GICAN. Among the major announcements expected at the show, the launch of the FTI intermediate-sized frigate programme for the French Navy.
This year's event includes an opening colloquium "Together for Safe and Secure Oceans" and a series of workshops on Protection and security of port and maritime facilities; Underwater systems; Naval special ops; Naval defence; and The naval sector in the digital age.