Latin America is buying!

The demand for tri-service defense and security needs in Latin America and the Caribbean region are growing and so is Expodefensa! The show will attract high-ranking commercial, military and government delegations - the USA Partnership Pavilion will be a focal point for anyone looking for U.S. innovation, quality and commitment.

Peter Kelley Project Manager
Peter Kelley
Project Manager
Show Focus

Expodefensa 2021 is an international exhibition specialized in technological development and innovation for Defense and Security Forces. It is organized around four core market sectors:


  • The Colombian army is looking into upgrading all its security protection systems (convoy security, security walls and fences, and video surveillance systems). The National Police is going to expand its activity on civilian and urban surveillance, adapting its force and upgrading its equipment to this environment. The Colombian government will intensify military actions and spending to fight narco terrorism, and insure security gains through its police force, especially to develop security surveillance and enforcement in remote and isolated regions of the country.

Civil Aviation

  • The aviation industry in Colombia is growing at a rate greater than 10% per year. In 2009, the country was handling 15.6 million passengers, while in 2013 it reached 28 million. The projections are that Colombia will grow to around 35 million passengers within the next few years. The Colombian government has increased investment in aeronautical infrastructure due to the increasing demand on airport traffic.

Military Aviation

  • In 1990, the U.S. Office of Aviation and Narcotics Affairs provided 18 UH- 1N helicopters, buying 36 more over the years. In 2010, the Colombian military had 280 helicopters and 200 fixed-wing aircraft with no major new purchases projected until 2015 with the exception of some possible interest to purchase helicopters with higher capacity to transport troops and equipment. Due to recent aircraft acquisition, there are significant opportunities for training, parts and maintenance for these aircraft, especially for Blackhawk rotor blades repair services and erosion-resistant coating systems.

Defense Systems

  • On average, the total military spending is 3.5 percent of Colombia’s total GDP. Under Plan Colombia, significant U.S. funding, technical assistance, and equipment support has been provided to Colombian-led counter narcotic programs for drug eradication and interdiction, and expansion of the capacity of Colombian military and police.
Show Data

The 2019 edition of Expodefensa reported strong attendance and industry participation:

  • 269 exhibitors from 32 countries
  • 72% international exhibitors
  • 3,952 professional visitors
  • 76 official delegations from 30 countries
USA Partnership Pavilion

The USA Partnership Pavilion is your export advantage at Expodefensa. Because it presents the highest concentration of U.S. equipment and services at the show, it's a magnet for buyers looking for American quality, innovation and partnership.

In addition to our complete suite of pre-show, on-site and post-show services, capitalize on the extra attention, activities and access we're planning to generate for American suppliers:

  • Launch your products and raise your recognition in the Defense and Security scene worldwide.
  • Discover the new technologies and future Defense and Security orientations.
  • Direct relationship between national and international exhibitors and decision-makers of the Armed Forces and private national and international companies.
  • Perfect setting to inform visitors of innovations in the Aviation Industry. Strengthening you sales network and existing relationships with current clients.
  • Space to build relationships between exhibitors and visitors to share your portfolio of products and services and to conduct business meetings.
  • Anticipated industry briefings with representatives of local/regional utilities.
  • Participation of U.S. Commercial Service representatives from countries in and around the region.
  • DSCA (DoD) works closely with the USA Partnership Pavilion to ensure maximum exposure to buyers at the show.
  • The USA Partnership Pavilion location is the ideal spot for any company looking to network with local giants.