DSEI 2015 – Con­tin­ued Fo­cus on Air, Land, Naval and Se­cu­rity

DSEI is ac­knowl­edged in­ter­na­tion­ally as the mar­ket lead­ing ex­hi­bi­tion for land, sea and air ap­pli­ca­tions of de­fence and se­cu­rity prod­ucts, tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices

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DSEI is ac­knowl­edged in­ter­na­tion­ally as the mar­ket lead­ing ex­hi­bi­tion for land, sea and air ap­pli­ca­tions of de­fence and se­cu­rity prod­ucts, tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices.

THE WORLD’S LEAD­ING DE­FENCE and se­cu­rity ex­hi­bi­tion – DSEI (De­fence and Se­cu­rity Equip­ment In­ter­na­tional) 2015 gets un­der­way from Septem­ber 15 to 18 at Ex­Cel, Lon­don. It is the largest in­te­grated de­fence and se­cu­rity ex­hi­bi­tion, fo­cus­ing on key sec­tors such as air, land, naval and se­cu­rity. It is ac­knowl­edged in­ter­na­tion­ally as the mar­ket lead­ing ex­hi­bi­tion for land, sea and air ap­pli­ca­tions of de­fence and se­cu­rity prod­ucts, tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices.

Or­gan­ised by Clar­ion Events, DSEI 2015 is ex­pected to at­tract over 32,000 visi­tors, in­clud­ing 150 pro­grammed del­e­ga­tions from over 60 coun­tries, and over 2,800 global VIPs. Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers, DSEI is set to break records in the num­ber of ex­hibitors go­ing to over 1,500 from a lit­tle over 50 coun­tries. The United King­dom armed forces is back­ing the show and all the four Min­istry of De­fence (MOD) Ser­vice Chiefs of Staff are at­tend­ing and will give key­note speeches in the ex­hi­bi­tion floor the­atres: Ad­mi­ral Sir Ge­orge Zam­bel­las, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy; Gen­eral Sir Ni­cholas Carter, Chief of the Gen­eral Staff, Bri­tish Army; Air Chief Mar­shal Sir An­drew Pul­ford, Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force and Gen­eral Sir Richard Bar­rons, Com­man­der Joint Forces Com­mand, will speak on days that are themed for their in­di­vid­ual Ser­vices.

DSEI will host around 300 seminar ses­sions and key­notes across seven the­atres and four strate­gic con­fer­ences fa­cil­i­tat­ing knowl­edge shar­ing and net­work­ing around key top­ics and tech­ni­cal ar­eas. DSEI’s sem­i­nars will ad­dress the chal­lenges, de­vel­op­ments and fu­ture of the de­fence and se­cu­rity sec­tors’ ever-chang­ing land­scape pro­vid­ing the global plat­form of choice for key gov­ern­ment fig­ures and in­flu­en­tial pol­i­cy­mak­ers within the sec­tor. The seven the­atres are: Air, Naval, Land, Se­cu­rity and Spe­cial Forces, Med­i­cal In­no­va­tion, Un­manned and Global Part­ner­ships.

Six Themed Zones

At DSEI 2015, six themed zones will make it eas­ier for visi­tors to meet ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies and view their as­so­ci­ated prod­ucts, ei­ther on their stand, in a static dis­play or in a re­al­is­tic demon­stra­tion sce­nario. Fo­cus ar­eas in­clude, but are not lim­ited to: Air Zone; Land Zone; Med­i­cal In­no­va­tion Zone; Naval Zone, to in­clude wa­ter-borne demon­stra­tions; Se­cu­rity & Spe­cial Forces Zone; and the Un­manned Zone.

Each zone will have a ded­i­cated theatre area where visi­tors can at­tend free ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions that are de­signed to show­case the latest tech­nolo­gies. Visi­tors to the ex­hi­bi­tion can lis­ten to panel and in­di­vid­ual dis­cus­sions on a wide range of sub­jects in­clud­ing: best prac­tices and in­no­va­tions within the med­i­cal field; fu­ture mar­itime mine war­fare and anti-piracy; syn­er­gies and lessons learned be­tween de­fence and the civil­ian arena re­flect­ing the in­creased co­op­er­a­tion and part­ner­ship be­tween large se­cu­rity com­pa­nies and de­fence primes.

Land Zone

In the land zone there will be demon­stra- tions from ma­jor ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers. An ex­cit­ing new fea­ture for 2015 is the Fu­ture Soldier Show­case, where ex­hibitors will present state-of-the-art cur­rent and fu­ture ca­pa­bil­i­ties and so­lu­tions. It will be an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss new tech­nolo­gies, trends in com­bat cloth­ing, tac­ti­cal re­quire­ments for na­tional soldier sys­tems and other key is­sues. About 700 con­firmed ex­hibitors will show­case Land ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics; Rhein­metall; Selex; Iveco; Nex­ter; Patria and a host of oth­ers. In the land seminar pro­gramme, there is a key­note ad­dress by Gen­eral Sir Ni­cholas Carter.

Air Zone

DSEI 2015’s en­larged air zone will bring to­gether VIP del­e­ga­tions, pro­cure­ment teams, and the RAF with the world’s lead­ing de­fence aerospace man­u­fac­tur­ers. An out­door dis­play area will pro­vide the aerospace and ro­tor­craft in­dus­try with an ideal fo­rum in which to show­case their latest in­no­va­tions to cur­rent and prospec­tive cus­tomers, with the va­ri­ety of air­craft on dis­play likely to sur­pass the 2013 edi­tion. Con­firmed ex­hibitors show­cas­ing aerospace ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clude Air­bus De­fence and Space; Boe­ing; Northrop Grum­man; Lock­heed Martin; Fin­mec­ca­nica; Rolls Royce; TAI; Denel.

The air seminar pro­gramme will in­clude a key­note ad­dress by Air Chief Mar­shal Sir An­drew Pul­ford.

Naval Zone

DSEI’s mar­itime el­e­ment will in­clude a record num­ber of vis­it­ing ships show­cas­ing a greater range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties than ever be­fore. There will be spe­cially con­ducted tours al­low­ing key in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives to view the latest de­vel­op­ments and equip­ment in its nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. The wa­ter-borne demon­stra­tion pro­gramme will in­clude high-speed craft for tack­ling piracy and ter­ror­ist threats, un­manned un­der­wa­ter ve­hi­cles, and more. The Naval Theatre re­mains the main meet­ing point for knowl­edge-shar­ing and net­work­ing di­rectly on the ex­hi­bi­tion floor. Con­firmed mar­itime ex­hibitors in­clude BAE Sys­tems; Thales; DSME; Bab­cock; ThyssenKrupp; Kongs­berg and more. The naval seminar pro­gramme will have a key­note ad­dress by Ad­mi­ral Sir Ge­orge Zam­bel­las, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Royal Navy.

Se­cu­rity and Spe­cial Forces Zone

Amid global un­cer­tainty, the se­cu­rity and spe­cial forces zone has more than dou­bled in size com­pared to 2013, un­der­lin­ing its in­creased im­por­tance for DSEI. A record num­ber of first time ex­hibitors are in­cluded among an im­pres­sive list of com­pa­nies show­cas­ing their latest equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy along­side a range of prime con­trac­tors. A par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant topic will be Cy­ber Se­cu­rity, re­flected in the Se­cu­rity & Spe­cial Forces Theatre and Cy­ber Zone. This will in­clude the latest on cy­ber de­fence strate­gies, the most re­cent types of at­tack and fu­ture threats, and re­cov­er­ing from cy­ber at­tacks. The zone it­self will con­tain an ar­ray of in­no­va­tive and ground-break­ing com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Raytheon; Palo Alto Net­works; Smiths De­tec­tion; CEIA; In­ter­na­tional Ar­mored Group; Ber­gans; H Hen­rik­sen Rebs and oth­ers. The Spe­cial Forces Seminar pro­gramme will have key­note ad­dress by Gen­eral Sir Richard Bar­rons, Com­man­der, Joint Forces Com­mand.

Med­i­cal In­no­va­tion Zone

DSEI’s med­i­cal com­po­nent will pro­vide pre­sen­ta­tions, ca­pa­bil­ity demon­stra­tions and de­bates that fo­cus on the ad­vances in clin­i­cal care from the point of in­jury or ill­ness through the en­tire treat­ment to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. There will be a fo­rum for net­work­ing and de­bat­ing with in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal lead­ers and in­dus­try ex­perts who have de­vel­oped ad­vances in the field. The De­fence Med­i­cal Ser­vices (DMS) will host a twice-daily demon­stra­tion pro­gramme on pa­tient care from the point of in­jury or ill­ness through the en­tire treat­ment path­way to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Un­manned Zone

The un­manned zone has taken on greater im­por­tance as un­manned sys­tems play an ever-in­creas­ing role in con­tem­po­rary mil­i­tary strat­egy. Pre­sen­ta­tions will ex­plore the latest ca­pa­bil­i­ties, tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tions, and there will be demon­stra­tions of ground-break­ing un­manned sys­tems tak­ing place out­side across the week. Ex­hibitors con­firmed in the un­manned zone in­clude In­situ; El­bit Sys­tems’; Rafael; Uvi­sion; Sagem; Prox Dy­nam­ics; DOK-ING and many oth­ers.

Rid­ing on 2013 Suc­cess

The 2013 event was a highly suc­cess­ful event in the back­drop of the global eco­nomic gloom and re­ces­sion. From its pre­vi­ous edi­tion it posted growth rang­ing from 13 to 30 per cent on var­i­ous counts. Ac­cord­ing to the Show or­gan­is­ers, over 30,000 peo­ple from 120 coun­tries vis­ited the show. This in­cluded 97 del­e­ga­tions. The num­ber of ex­hibitors stood at 1,500 from 55 coun­tries. In­ter­est­ingly, this edi­tion also saw par­tic­i­pa­tion of DSEI vir­gins like the Re­pub­lic of South Korea, which not only had a stand but had brought along two war­ships for static dis­play on the dockyard. In­dia, which is a ma­jor arms im­porter had its pres­ence, led by the De­fence and Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO), which had a huge stand. Shar­ing the space were public sec­tor un­der­tak­ings (PSUs) like the Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Ltd, Mazagon Dock Ltd (MDL), Bharat Dy­nam­ics, Gar­den Reach Ship­builders and Engi­neers Lim­ited and Mishra Dhatu Nigam and oth­ers. This year too, In­dian pres­ence is strong and keen on look­ing at part­ner­ships or joint ven­tures to pro­pel the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive.

(Top) Rhein­metall’s Gla­dius Soldier Sys­tem; (Above) Q-War­rior see-through dis­play from BAE Sys­tems

PHO­TO­GRAPHS: RHEIN­METALL, BAE SYS­TEMS

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