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Seoul ADEX 2021 kicks off Tuesday Updated: 2021-10-19 11:38:14 KST

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South Korea's Air Force Black Eagles blast through the skies of Seongnam above Seoul Air Base where this year's Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition is being held this week.
On the ground, mock-ups of fighter jets are on display.
Also, spectators can get a rare up-close look at some 68 different kinds of military aircraft and equipment currently used by the South Korean military.

Due to the pandemic, the general public can only visit this year's exhibition on Saturday, and only a limited number of tickets are available online."

Despite these limitations, the pandemic didn't hamper efforts to hold this year's event.
In fact, it's set to be the biggest so far with some 440 entities from 28 countries participating in the biennial defense exhibition.
Experts and senior level military officials from over 45 countries are also taking part in the five-day event, with various business meetings and seminars slated to be held on the sidelines.

Among the items on display include the 75-ton liquid engine rocket by Hanwha Aerospace that's installed in South Korea's first fully homegrown rocket Nuri, which is slated for launch this Thursday.
Also, Korea Aerospace Industries, another company involved in the development of Nuri shows off a special feature exhibition regarding advanced space capability.

"To prepare for the privately-led space development in Korea, the so-called "New Space" era KAI is working towards creating a value chain for the ultra small satellite sector, which is displayed at this year's exhibition via holograms."

The exhibition was first launched in 1996 with an aim to promote the country's defense firms, as well as to enhance exchanges of global technologies.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News, Seongnam.
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