Farnborough International takes place every two years, alternating with the DSEi arms fair in London. It is best known for its airshow but its main purpose is the combined arms fair and civil aerospace exhibition. The family-friendly airshow and 'Futures Day' event allow weapons manufacturers a unique PR opportunity.
Read more about Farnborough here.
Most of the world's major arms companies have a presence at Farnborough, exhibiting a range of weaponry that includes missile systems, armoured vehicles and drones.
Find out more about the arms companies that exhibited at Farnborough 2012 here.
UKTI DSO, the government's arms sales unit, plays a major role in organising Farnborough International: it invites military delegations from a range of countries that in 2012 included Algeria, Bahrain, India, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. As well as arranging private meetings with these delegations, UKTI DSO helps to organise conferences and exclusive hospitality events.
Read more about UK government support and military delegations in 2012 here.