The project “International Maritime Defence Show” (IMDS) initially originated and was successfully implemented for the first time in St. Petersburg in the days of 2003 when the 300 anniversary of the city was celebrating.
In the following IMDS was successfully held seven times which includes IMDS-2015 with 423 participants from 28 countries, among them 40 foreign companies. IMDS-2015 was visited by 46 official delegations from 39 countries, among them almost all the countries involved in production and operation of marine equipment. Two Deputy Ministers of Defence, nine Commanders of Naval Forces and other high-ranked officials visited the Show as official delegations.
IMDS-2015 wide format allowed presenting in a single exhibition space an exposition based on 17,000 square metres, 39 ships, boats and vessels at the berths. At the artillery range of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation firing demonstrations from 10 naval artillery systems were held for mass-media representatives and foreign official delegations. There were four research and training conferences, 20 congress and business protocol events within IMDS–2015 (round tables, seminars, presentations, press-conferences etc).
In its 14 years in existence the project IMDS received a steady dynamics of development, reaffirming its relevance, acquired wide popularity and took its place in the top world famous exhibitions of naval arms and equipment.
The 8th International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS-2017) will be held under the Russian Federation Government's order №1140-p from 19 June 2015 in St. Petersburg from 28th of June till the 2nd of July, 2017.
The organizer of IMDS-2017 is the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The Exhibition is held with participation of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, the Government of St. Petersburg and Rosoboronexport JSC. The Exhibition Operator is Morskoy Salon Co. Ltd.