More Than 20,000 People Attended SITDEF 2011
By Dialogo May 17, 2011
Luis Giampietri, vice president of the Republic of Peru, presided over the closing ceremony of the Third International Technology Salon for Defense and the Prevention of Natural Disasters (SITDEF), an event that drew more than twenty thousand attendees, who toured its installations from 11 to 15 May.
For the first time, a Peruvian Air Force Sukhoi plane was put on detailed exhibit. Likewise, attendees were able to experience, using simulators, what it is like to steer submarines or practice shooting, etc., as part of the celebrations for the centennial of the Peruvian Navy’s Submarine Force. In addition, there were demonstrations of parachute jumps, the deployment of special commandos, and firefighters, among other attractions applauded by the numerous audience in attendance.
The third edition of SITDEF was held at Army headquarters from 11 to 15 May. The first two days of the salon were destined exclusively for all Armed Forces and police personnel and their family members. On Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th, the doors of the headquarters were opened to the general public, for the third time, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event was held in a space measuring 15,000 square meters, a much larger area than in 2009 (9,400 square meters), enabling a better display of the most advanced defense, security, and natural-disaster-prevention equipment by the more than five hundred domestic and foreign exhibitors participating.
The International Technology Salon for Defense and the Prevention of Natural Disasters (SITDEF) is a business and cultural event held in Peru every two years since 2007, jointly promoted and organized by the Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces at the Army’s headquarters installations.
The event seeks to bring together domestic and foreign firms dedicated to exhibiting cutting-edge technology in the areas of natural-disaster prevention and national defense.