By Paolo Valpolini
Following a year deprived of meeting opportunities, in 2021 defence exhibition are trying to restart albeit uncertainties remain due to COVID variants that are putting at risk the ease of containment measures in many countries. One of the first opportunities for meeting again in presence was provided by SOFINS, the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar, organised by the Cèrcle de l’Arbalète at Camp de Souges, north of Bordeaux, which took place from June 29th to July 1st. Numerous delegations attended the events, which on the last day saw the demonstration by French SF units belonging to the COS, the Commandement des Opérations Spéciales, the joint SF HQ.
Exhibitors ranged from major defence companies to newly-born start-ups, as well as research institutes. Command and control systems, communications, intelligence systems, sensors, effectors, manned and unmanned mobility vehicles, where exhibited in the stands, some of them being also demonstrated on test grounds.
EDR On-Line picked up some of the novelties shown at SOFINS, trying to provide some added value to its readers.