Middle East Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference 2014
The 2014 Middle East Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference. (CREDIT: KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Middle East Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX) closed early last week due to flooding, but saw a big jump in its exhibitions.

A total of 360 exhibitors from 35 countries represented a 10-percent increase over 2012, according to DefenseNews.com.

With increased numbers came increased interest in new products.

Serbian defense contractor Yugoimport displayed its upgraded Nora 155mm self-propelled artillery system and the upgraded Nora-B52 K-1 truck-mounted 52-caliber SP artillery system, which, according to DefenseNews.com, “features a more accurate and rapid system.”

Nexter Systems of France also presented its wheeled armored fighting vehicles and the CAESAR 155mm/52-caliber self-propelled artillery system at the show.

But according to DefenseNews.com, Oshkosh Defense shined with its light-armored vehicles. The company introduced its “new mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV) variants during the exhibition.”

The M-ATV family of vehicles includes two multimission models — the M-ATV Standard and M-ATV Extended — each with multiple variants. The M-ATV Standard is designed to provide response and support capabilities for a range of offensive and defensive off-road missions. The M-ATV Extended delivers additional troops and equipment to support a wider assortment of missions, such as mounted infantry support, explosive ordnance support and command-and-control.

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