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History: from a Colombian exhibition to a regional hub of Latin America

Expodefensa held its first edition in 2009 at CORFERIAS exhibition center (Bogota).

Expodefensa is the only Science and Technology event held in Colombia. It is supported by the Ministry of National Defense (GSED – Grupo Social y Empresarial de la Defensa) with the participation of armed and security forces.

Expodefensa is an event that seeks to present to the national and international community the technology, industrial and business developments of companies affiliated with the Armed Forces and other companies involved in the Defense and Security sectors. Expodefensa gathers manufacturers providing equipment to the three military services (Ground forces, Naval and Air) and Police and Security forces. Thus, will be presented all types of armament, armor, ships and boats, aircraft, military vehicles, short and long range ammunition, navigation systems, communications, integrated command and control, NBC protection and land, naval and air engines…

The show also welcomes developers and suppliers of systems, parts and maintenance, logistics systems, simulators, information technology, aerospace, land and naval vehicles, as well as experts in maintenance, design, training and simulation.

At Expodefensa, in addition to the trade show and academic conferences, visitors will discover  the most high-tech security equipment offering used for national protection, as well as a trade agenda.

Except 2010 edition (which was held in the Exhibition center “Valle del Pacífico” (Cali)), all editions took place in Bogotá.

Since 2015 Expodefensa seeks to have an international influence and to be the Defense and Security hub for all Latin America and Caribbean countries. Expodefensa 2019 will be the 7th edition. It will be supported by MINDEFENSA and organized by CODALTEC, CORFERIAS and EUROSATORY.


The Ministry of National Defense of Colombia

It is the country’s highest authority on Defense and Security matters. The Ministry’s main objectives are the formulation and adoption of policies, general plans, programmes and projects for the National Defense. Its missions are to defend sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, as well as to maintain constitutional order and to guarantee democratic co-existence.
Moreover, it contributes to democratic governance, collective prosperity and the eradication of violence through the use of security and defense resources, the appropriate and targeted use of force and the development of minimum deterrence capabilities.


CODALTEC, the High Technology Corporation

The Colombian Ministry of Defense commissioned CODALTEC for the organization of the Expodefensa exhibition, with Corferias and COGES-Eurosatory.

CODALTEC main objective is the development, promotion and implementation of activities in science, technology and innovation, in order to strengthen technological scientific capabilities of the country’s Defense sector. It supports industrial developments at national level for both Defense Sector and domestic industry as a result of the dual use of applicable technological scientific capabilities.

Oficina Bogotá – Carrera 11 No. 94 A – 25 Of. 703
Sede Villavicencio Carrera 44 No. 15-99


The International Business and Exhibition Center of Bogota has more than 50 years of experience leading the fair activities in the region. The modern facilities in 151,460 m² (27 pavilions, 10 outdoor areas) offer complementary services such as a modern and systemized log of buyers and sellers, a food court, a parking lot with capacity for 2,700 vehicles, a large convention center with an auditorium and meeting halls, in addition to a modern multi-event hall, which is the only one of its kind in Colombia and Latin America.

Carrera 37 No 24 – 67 Bogotá – Colombia
Tel.: (571) 381 00 00 / 30

COGES – Eurosatory

COGES company, a GICAT’s subsidiary, was created in 1993 to organize Eurosatory, the premier Defense and Security exhibition worldwide. It federates the French industry in national pavilions in various Defense & Security exhibitions within the worldwide. It organizes the ShieldAfrica exhibition in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and Eurosatory exhibition in Paris (France). Eurosatory joined Expodefensa organization in 2015.

65, rue de Courcelles – 75008 Paris – France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 14 58 10