About arms fairs
Arms fairs are major events that are crucial to the smooth-running of the arms trade. They promote weapons sales by giving arms dealers the chance to meet and greet military delegations, government officials, other arms companies and a host of individual visitors.
Chillingly, they look a lot like many other trade conferences – except here, much of the equipment on display is designed to kill, injure and enforce injustice.
Unsurprisingly, the guest lists for arms fairs frequently include regimes who abuse human rights, and countries actively involved in armed conflicts.
CAAT is campaigning to end arms fairs and end the government support that make them possible.
Government support is essential to the success of arms fairs. The UK government has a department dedicated to promoting weapons sales: UK Defence & Security Exports. It invites military delegations from around the world to attend and provides guides and military escorts for them at the events. Government ministers also attend, and the armed forces demonstrate equipment to help company sell weapons.