DSEI 2015 – Pro­mot­ing De­fence and Se­cu­rity Tech­nolo­gies

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THE DE­FENCE AND SE­CU­RITY Equip­ment In­ter­na­tional (DSEI) 2015, held from Septem­ber 15 to 18 in Lon­don, a bi­en­nial event, has be­come a must visit for de­fence per­son­nel keen on know­ing what are the lat­est weapons and equip­ment that are en­ter­ing the mar­ket.

It has been aptly summed up by the UK De­fence Min­is­ter Philip Dunne, who de­scribed how lead­ing de­fence and se­cu­rity com­pa­nies from around the world in­creas­ingly point to De­fence and Se­cu­rity Equip­ment In­ter­na­tional as the best plat­form to pro­mote their lat­est tech­nol­ogy and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Event or­gan­is­ers, Clar­ion Events, ac­com­mo­dated 1,500 ex­hibitors rep­re­sent­ing over 50 coun­tries, 32,000 visi­tors, 300 pro­grammed del­e­ga­tions and over 2,800 VIPs within the halls of Ex­CeL Lon­don.

Dunne, who is the Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for De­fence Equip­ment, Sup­port and Tech­nol­ogy, ex­plained that DSEI is unique in that it doesn’t just ad­dress the needs of the do­mes­tic au­di­ence. “Del­e­gates come to this coun­try, to DSEI, pri­mar­ily to meet global in­dus­try,” he said: “It is the most global of all the de­fence shows”.

Speak­ing at a DSEI re­cep­tion for par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, the mil­i­tary and wider in­dus­try, Dunne high­lighted the im­por­tant role that the bi­en­nial ex­hi­bi­tion plays in show­cas­ing Bri­tish man­u­fac­ture and Bri­tish sup­ply chains. In­deed, there are more SMEs op­er­at­ing in the UK’s de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor than in France, Italy, Ger­many and Spain com­bined.

The min­is­ters at­tend­ing the mar­ket lead­ing event for land, sea and air ap­pli­ca­tions of de­fence and se­cu­rity prod­ucts, tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices in­clude the Rt Hon Michael Fal­lon, Sec­re­tary of State for De­fence; Penny Mor­daunt; Min­is­ter of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Lan­caster, Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Per­son­nel, Wel­fare & Veter­ans; Ju­lian Bra­zier, Par­lia­men­tary Un­der Sec­re­tary of State at the Min­istry of De­fence; Rt Hon Anna Soubry, Min­is­ter of State for Small Busi­ness, In­dus­try & En­ter­prise; and John Hayes, Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter at the Home Of­fice.

UK Gov­ern­ment Sup­port

Rear Ad­mi­ral Si­mon Wil­liams, Chair­man of DSEI or­gan­is­ers Clar­ion De­fence & Se­cu­rity, said, “The sup­port we are re­ceiv­ing from the UK Gov­ern­ment is solid ev­i­dence of their com­mit­ment to the na­tion’s de­fence and se­cu­rity sec­tors. It is very pleas­ing that our in­dus­try’s per­for­mance and po­ten­tial in key ar­eas such as in­no­va­tion, tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment and ex­ports are be­ing recog­nised in this way. Min­is­ters and in­dus­try have both demon­strated their whole­hearted sup­port for the de­fence growth part­ner­ship, and DSEI is an ideal plat­form to see this part­ner­ship in ac­tion.”

The three new strate­gic con­fer­ences high­lighted the in­creased level of con­tent of this year’s event, and cou­pled with over 300 sem­i­nar ses­sions and key­notes which took place over four days, DSEI firmly stamps its mark as one of the in­dus­try’s most in­flu­en­tial plat­forms for the dis­cus­sion of agenda-top­ping is­sues. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from think tanks, mil­i­tary, gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try will pro­vide a full spec­trum of fas­ci­nat­ing per­spec­tives across the di­verse range of is­sues cur­rently fac­ing the sec­tor from fu­ture mar­itime strat­egy and UAV tech­nol­ogy to counter terror ini­tia­tives, and med­i­cal in­no­va­tion.

Who’s Who Prime De­fence Con­trac­tors

The ex­hibitor line-up was a Who’s Who of the prime con­trac­tor sec­tor, fea­tur­ing such in­dus­try gi­ants as Air­bus De­fence & Space, BAE Sys­tems, Bell He­li­copters, Boe­ing, CAE, Fin­mec­ca­nica, Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics, L3, Lock­heed Martin, MBDA, Northrop Grum­man, Rafael, Rolls-Royce, Saab and Thales.


Cob­ham show­cased many of its so­lu­tions to the in­dus­try. Cob­ham Tac­ti­cal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Sur­veil­lance, the RF spe­cial­ist com­pany, has an­nounced the de­vel­op­ment of a pow­er­ful, flex­i­ble, new soft­ware-de­fined ra­dio plat­form (des­ig­nated SOLO8SDR) as the cor­ner­stone of its next-gen­er­a­tion of wire­less sur­veil­lance prod­ucts. This means that a de­vice run­ning on the plat­form can run mul­ti­ple apps, much like a smart­phone and, in ef­fect, run what­ever trans­mis­sion ap­pli­ca­tions the user re­quires at the time.


Thales launched an up­grade to its unique vari­able depth mine­hunt­ing sonar with wide­band tech­nol­ogy to im­prove op­er­a­tional per­for­mance, op­er­abil­ity and sup­port. Sonar 2093 is a multi-fre­quency vari­able depth sonar sys­tem de­signed to counter the threat of mod­ern mines in both deep and shal­low wa­ter, and is used by navies world­wide in de­mand­ing op­er­a­tional con­di­tions.

The up­grade will be fit­ted to all Royal Navy (RN) Sandown class mine­hunters, in a 60-month pro­gramme, to en­hance sys­tem per­for­mance against low tar­get strength mines. Thales will have the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and fit­ting of the equip­ment mod­i­fi­ca­tion to in­tro­duce wide­band tech­nol­ogy into Sonar 2093.

Small­est He­li­copter – Black Hor­net

The Black Hor­net (also called PD-100) is the small­est he­li­copter drone in the world, it was used in Afghanistan by the Bri­tish armed forces. The PD-100 is the first air­borne and com­mer­cially avail­able Per­sonal Re­con­nais­sance Sys­tem. It pro­vides en­dusers with a highly mo­bile sen­sor sys­tem pro­vid­ing an im­me­di­ate in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance ca­pa­bil­ity.

The Black Hor­net 2 nano sen­sors are in­her­ently safe and pose vir­tu­ally no risk to other air ve­hi­cles or per­son­nel, al­low­ing the sys­tem to be op­er­ated al­most any­where at any time with­out prior airspace co­or­di­na­tion. The Black Hor­net’s small size and elec­tric mo­tors makes it vir­tu­ally in­audi­ble and invisible be­yond short dis­tances.

Marine Power

Moored in the dock adjacent to the halls were eight out­stand­ing ex­am­ples of mar­itime ca­pa­bil­ity. The UK Royal Navy was rep­re­sented by the Type 23 fri­gate HMS Iron Duke, Hunt class MCMV HMS Hur­worth and River class OPV HMS Tyne. The other ves­sels were the Royal Cana­dian Navy Hal­i­fax class fri­gate HMCS Win­nipeg; Bel­gian Navy coastal pa­trol ves­sel BNS Cas­tor; Ger­man Navy K130 class corvette FGS Lud­wigshafen; In­dian Navy Tal­war class fri­gate INS Trikand and from France the Sea Owl Naval Train­ing Ship VN Par­ti­san. DSEI 2015 saw the largest land zone to date. Land do­main ex­hibitors in­cluded such lead­ing play­ers as BAE Sys­tems, Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics, Ester­line, Jankel Ar­mour­ing, JCB Gov­ern­ment & De­fence, Land Rover, Pa­tria Oyj, Rhein­metall, Streit and Su­pacat. A pow­er­ful new fea­ture was the Fu­ture Sol­dier Show­case high­light­ing in­no­va­tion in this im­por­tant area.

Se­cu­rity was an­other growth area with the Se­cu­rity Zone in­cor­po­rat­ing the high­est ever num­ber of first time ex­hibitors and pro­vid­ing a broad spec­trum of se­cu­rity and counter ter­ror­ism prod­ucts, equip­ment and tech­nolo­gies for po­lice and para­mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Black Hor­net nano he­li­copter un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle

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