Russia tensions cast shadow on European defense expo | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack

This week, France kicked off the Eurosatory 2022 international defense and security exhibition after a four-year hiatus. The international landmark event for the defense industry features 63 exhibiting countries, 98,721 attendees from 153 countries, and 500 new defense products.  Eurosatory is sponsored by the French Ministry of Defense and COGES, a French company dedicated to promoting the French defense industry internationally.

This year’s Eurosatory exhibition is held against a backdrop of deteriorating relations between most European states and Russia, which explains the increase in European arms imports. This makes the region a new hotspot for arms sales, following a trend previously showed by the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Despite global arms purchases declining by 4.6% in 2017-2021 compared with the previous five years, arms sales in Europe increased by 19%, according to a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The largest European arms importers were the UK, Norway, and the Netherlands, with other European states expected to increase their arms purchases over the coming decade. They’ve placed orders for major arms, specifically combat aircraft from the US.

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