DSEI 2017

“The most com­pre­hen­sive dis­play of mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy”

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Look­ing back at the De­fence and Se­cu­rity Equip­ment In­ter­na­tional (DSEI) in 2017, this most com­pre­hen­sive dis­play of mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy is re­garded as per­haps the best or­gan­ised such event glob­ally, Vayu edi­tors were at the Ex­CeL site in the Lon­don Dock­yards area with fo­cus on some ma­jor prod­ucts and pro­grammes pre­sented there.

De­fence and Se­cu­rity Equip­ment In­ter­na­tional (DSEI), re­garded as the most com­pre­hen­sive dis­play of mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy, has been termed by UK’s Sec­re­tary of State for De­fence, Rt Hon Sir Michael Fal­lon as “a re­mark­ably sta­ble land­mark in an oth­er­wise tur­bu­lent world”. The most re­cent edi­tion, held 12-15 Septem­ber 2017 at Ex­CeL Lon­don, did not dis­ap­point.

Vayu’s ed­i­to­rial team were at the buzzing ex­hi­bi­tion halls which wel­comed 35,008 visi­tors, a 3% rise since 2015, with 1,600 com­pa­nies, while the dock­side venue hosted a spec­tac­u­lar line up of seven vis­it­ing in­ter­na­tional war­ships. Not to be out­done by the naval sec­tor, an im­pres­sive ar­ray of air­craft sta­tioned at Ex­CeL’s East Ter­race in­cluded a Chi­nook and a Black Hawk. The land di­men­sion was in full force, with ar­moured ve­hi­cles such as Rhein­metall’s ‘Bri­tish by Birth’ 8x8 multi-role Boxer and its Leop­ard main bat­tle tank among those draw­ing much at­ten­tion.

DSEI also at­tracted an ex­cep­tional level of UK Gov­ern­ment sup­port, in­volv­ing the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade; Cab­i­net Of­fice; Home Of­fice; and the Min­istry of De­fence. The line-up of min­is­te­rial guests in­cluded the Rt Hon Sir Michael Fal­lon, Sec­re­tary of State for De­fence, who at­tended for three days in a row, giv­ing two key­note speeches; Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Sec­re­tary of State for In­ter­na­tional Trade; Har­ri­ett Bald­win, Min­is­ter for De­fence Pro­cure­ment; and Rt Hon Ben Wal­lace MP, Min­is­ter of State for Se­cu­rity. Rt Hon To­bias Ell­wood MP, Min­is­ter for De­fence Peo­ple and Vet­er­ans, at­tended the in­au­gu­ral Peo­ple and Skills Day at DSEI to high­light how the UK MOD was tack­ling the chal­lenge of re­cruit­ing and re­tain­ing per­son­nel from “welders to cy­ber war­riors”, while “ad­just­ing to so­ci­ety’s chang­ing ex­pec­ta­tions and the ex­po­nen­tial ad­vance of tech­nol­ogy”.

This was achieved by a three-pronged strat­egy in­clud­ing the cre­ation of “new qual­i­fi­ca­tions in ex­port and In­ter­na­tional trade, a com­mon in­dus­try

and gov­ern­ment ca­reer path­way and sec­ond­ments to al­low in­di­vid­u­als to de­velop their skills and gain key ex­pe­ri­ence across both in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment”.

A key en­abler for strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion across the in­ter­na­tional de­fence and se­cu­rity sec­tor, DSEI wel­comed visi­tors from 110 coun­tries. In ad­di­tion, mil­i­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across Europe, Aus­tralia and Canada joined all four UK Ser­vice Chiefs to ad­dress the DSEI sem­i­nar au­di­ence.

Among the wide range of prod­uct launches on the ex­hi­bi­tion floor, Saab used DSEI to un­veil its Gripen Ag­gres­sor fighter which would act as an op­pos­ing force in ad­vanced mil­i­tary com­bat train­ing.

Swarm Sys­tems’ stand fea­tured its Owl 4 ‘ Nano UAV’ which can be car­ried in sol­diers’ pock­ets and de­ployed to help them see around cor­ners or over hills with­out ex­pos­ing them­selves to gun­fire.

Dutch firm Delft Dy­nam­ics show­cased its ‘DroneCatcher’ counter UAS sys­tem for the first time, one of the only tech­nolo­gies of its type which can ac­tu­ally elim­i­nate rogue drones by catch­ing the threat in mid-air.

The grow­ing ex­per­tise in mil­i­tary health­care was also in ev­i­dence at this edi­tion of DSEI, pri­mar­ily in the Med­i­cal Demon­stra­tion Area or­gan­ised by the MOD’s De­fence Med­i­cal Ser­vices (DMS). This trend was also re­flected else­where on the ex­hi­bi­tion floor by com­pa­nies such as B3 Black­box Bio­met­rics; Body­trak; and Equiv­i­tal which man­u­fac­ture rev­o­lu­tion­ary sen­sors for mon­i­tor­ing sol­diers’ car­dio­vas­cu­lar and ther­moreg­u­la­tory re­sponses dur­ing in­tense ac­tiv­ity or train­ing, and even brain ac­tiv­ity fol­low­ing blast ex­po­sure.

Rear Ad­mi­ral Si­mon Wil­liams, Chair­man of DSEI or­gan­is­ers Clar­ion De­fence & Se­cu­rity, stated, “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. DSEI will con­tinue to de­liver the ideal plat­form to see this part­ner­ship in ac­tion.”

The new Gripen Ag­gres­sor

NAMMO was a key spon­sor of the event

In­dia was well rep­re­sented with pri­vate com­pa­nies like Zen Tech­nolo­gies and MKU, apart from a num­ber In­dian Gov­ern­ment PSUs

De­fence com­pa­nies from Pak­istan were present in full strength

Rafael from Is­rael had a wide port­fo­lio of sys­tems on dis­play, in­clud­ing its Spike LR2

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