Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) will mark its tenth edition when it takes place this September at ExCeL London. Ten weeks until the event’s opening, we have listed the Top Ten features which combine to make DSEI ‘the event for the entire defence and security industry to conduct business’.

1. Exclusive programme of international VIP speakers, which includes:


  • Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade
  • Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security
  • Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
  • Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
  • General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC, Chief of the Air Staff
  • General Sir Chris Deverell KCB MBE ADC Gen, Commander, Joint Forces Command
  • Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
  • Dan Bailey, Program Director, Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift, AMRDEC, U.S. Army
  • Michael Vaccaro, Director, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Lieutenant General Carlo Magrassi, Secretary General of Defence & National Armaments Director, Ministry of Defence Italy
  • Lt Gen Frank Leidenberger, Commander DEU Elements Multinational Corps / Basic Army Organisation, German Army
  • Maj Gen Kathryn Toohey, Head Land Capability, Australian Army
  • Major General J.P.A. Pelletier, RCAF Fighter Program Lead, Royal Canadian Air Force


2. Unrivalled exhibitor base: DSEI will host a record 1,600 exhibiting companies. Some of those that have been with DSEI the longest include: Armscor; BAE Systems; Land Rover; Lockheed Martin; Raytheon; Rheinmetall; Rolls Royce; SAAB; Singapore Technologies; and Thales.


3. Air static displays: A striking display of over ten impressive aircraft including two fighter jets, SAAB Gripen and Tornado GR4, an array of military helicopters including*: Chinook, Apache, Wildcat, Merlin, and two additional rotorcraft from Leonardo, and several UCAVs will also be showcased throughout the event.


4. Visiting warships: DSEI’s water-side location is a unique and highly popular draw. This year the event expects to welcome a significant number of international naval vessels*, including:

  • L.É. Samuel Beckett from the Irish Naval Service
  • A Coastal Patrol Vessel from the Belgian Navy
  • Royal Naval ships including a Type 23 Frigate, Minehunter, Offshore Patrol Vessel and 2 Inshore Patrol Vessels

Ship visits for media can be arranged at the Media Centre reception


5. Waterborne demos: The daily ‘waterborne’ display programme of the latest maritime kit is another of DSEI’s top appeals. Visitors can expect to see exclusive demonstrations of Survitec Group 7.8m rigid hull inflatable boat, Copenhagen Group 13m Nunya High Speed Patrol Interceptor, JFD Seal Delivery Unit, BAE Systems Pacific 24 rigid inflatable, and the Royal Marines Offshore Raiding Crafts


6. Inaugural Joint Zone: To help navigate the event, DSEI is divided into dedicated capability zones: Air, Land, Sea and Security. New to this edition will be the Joint Zone, which will debut with the full support of Joint Forces Command. It has been developed to host a broad range of global businesses that provide capabilities across the Single Services, Special Forces and humanitarian organisations, such as C4ISTAR, Logistics, Medical, Robotics and Satcoms.


Companies confirmed to feature in the Zone include: Danish firm Weibel which manufactures Doppler radars, Oshkosh Defense, Teledyne, Gamma Healthcare, Theon Sensors, Gamma Healthcare, Milforce Equipment, and 4C Strategies.


The Joint Zone will also include an Innovation Hub, encouraging imagination, ingenuity and entrepreneurship and host companies that are either new to defence or seeking broader exposure in the sector. The Innovation Hub will be supported by techUK.


7. Military medical demonstrations: The display of medical innovation has grown to become a significant DSEI highlight, showcasing the very latest in medical innovation and operational practise, straight from professionals on the front line. This will include the novel CitizenAid app, developed by UK MOD’s award-winning Defence Medical Services. Visitors will exclusively be given live demonstrations of how the app could be used by any member of the public to provide basic but vital medical procedures on injured people in the wake of a terrorist attack.


8. National pavilions: Providing a point of access to lucrative defence markets, DSEI will host the following countries in dedicated pavilions: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA.


9. International VIP delegations: The organisers expect 3,000 VIPs (1 star and above) and are currently preparing programmes for some 250 international delegations from traditional and emerging defence and security markets.


10 . People and skills: While capability and procurement is traditionally at the core of DSEI, on Friday 15th September the event will focus on advancement of the industry’s personnel, skills and STEM development. This will include a dedicated seminar programme addressing opportunities, development, investment and integration in the sector. Speakers include:

  • Lt General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief of Defence People
  • VAdm Duncan Potts, Director General, Joint Force Development & Defence Academy
  • RAdm Nils Christian Wang, Commandant Royal Danish Defence College
  • Brig Paul Buttery, Head Training, Education, Skills, Recruiting and Resettlement (TESRR)

DSEI takes places 12 – 15 September at ExCeL London. To download the full DSEI Seminar programme please visit: www.DSEI.co.uk/seminars  

For media registrations please visit: www.dsei.co.uk/register17

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