Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) is the largest integrated defence and security exhibition in the world, focusing on key sectors such as air, land, naval and security. Taking place at ExCeL London from 15-18 September, DSEI continues to be recognised 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 more than 32,000 visitors, including 150 programmed delegations from over 60 countries, and over 2,800 global VIPs. Breaking all previous records, the event is set to showcase more than 1,500 exhibitors from over 50 countries. It is the must-attend event of 2015 with more exhibitors, zones and demonstration content than ever before.

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All four UK 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.

In addition to the Service Chiefs and reflecting the increased level of content for 2015, 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 & Security sector’s ever-changing landscape providing the global platform of choice for key government figures and influential policy makers within the sector. The seven theatres are: Air, Naval, Land, Security and Special Forces, Medical Innovation, Unmanned and Global Partnerships.

International breadth

To date over 40 international pavilions have a presence at DSEI 2015, which will provide exclusive opportunities to build partnerships with international business suppliers and visitors.

New countries attending for the first time include Malaysia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Nations returning to this year’s edition include: Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Holland, India, Israel, Italy and Switzerland. A number of pavilions are expanding for 2015 such as the UK, US, Turkey, Japan and South Korea.

Senior military from around the world will be in attendance. DSEI will feature a strong international speaker line up including: Lt Gen Alexander Schnitger, Commander, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Rear Admiral Tony Dalton, Head Helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Guided Weapons Division (HUG-D), Australian Defence Organisation, Rear Admiral Kevin Donegan, Deputy CNO Ops, Professor Jim Bergeron, POLAD MARCOM, Associated Fellow RUSI and Admiral Carlos Ortega, Mexican Navy.

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 waterborne 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 co-operation and partnership between large security companies and defence primes.

Strategic Conferences

Reflecting the increased level of content for 2015, DSEI will stage four new high-level conferences focused on the future strategy of maritime defence, rotorcraft technology, front line medical services, and lessons learnt from the recent Ebola epidemic. The DSEI Strategic Conferences, which will take place at ExCeL on Monday 14 September and Tuesday 15 September, will provide opportunities for top industry professionals, academics and members of the military to discuss and debate these important topics. As is customary for Clarion Events, attendance will be complimentary for members of the military and accredited media.

Admiral Zambellas will be giving the keynote address at ‘The First Sea Lord/RUSI International Sea Power Conference’, which will provide an excellent conceptual component to the already strong maritime element of DSEI 2015. Recognising the unique opportunity for international engagement ahead of DSEI, the conference will provide a platform for exploring thinking from across the globe on the strategic responsibilities fulfilled by navies in the contemporary and future maritime environment.

Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE, Medical Director at Defence Medical Services (DMS) will be the keynote speaker of the ‘Trauma Innovation’ strategic conference. Trauma Innovation will showcase cutting edge trauma developments. Designed in partnership with DMS, the agenda has three themes: Legacy of Conflict; Future Conflict; and Conflict Research.

The ‘Future of Military Rotorcraft: 2030 and Beyond’ conference will examine the drive to develop military rotorcraft beyond their current traditionally limited operational capabilities. It will involve an in-depth discussion of the US’ Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Programme. The United States’ Department of Defence is developing their next generation of vertical lift utility and attack rotorcraft that will offer, at a minimum, significantly increased speed and range. Major General Richard Felton, Commander, Joint Helicopter Command, will provide the keynote speech here.

Air Marshal Paul Evans, Surgeon General of Defence Medical Services (DMS) will chair the ‘Ebola Learning Exploitation’ strategic conference which will be staged during the first day of DSEI, Tuesday 15 September. It will review the DSMS role in the UK response to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone. Dr Jennifer Cole, Senior Research Fellow, Resilience & Emergency Management, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) will give the keynote speech

Impressive air showcase

The air component at this year’s event will address the frontline operational requirements and support functions available to the aerospace sector. A range of static displays are expected to include a Sea King helicopter, Merlin, Wildcat, and Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft, among others.

The Air Zone has grown notably in the last few years and 2015 will showcase an impressive variety of exhibiting aerospace companies. Leading aerospace primes including Airbus Defence & Space, Bell Helicopters, Saab AB, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman will all be present, in addition to a host of global supply chain providers, such as: Aero Tec Laboratories, Copper and Optic Terminations, Helmet Integrated Systems, IA Technology, Linwave, Lyra, Metis Aerospace, Mototok International GmbH and PPG Aerospace.

Building on its participation at DSEI 2013, the Royal Air Force has demonstrated full support of this year’s event. Air Vice-Marshal Malcolm Brecht, Chief of Staff Air Capability, said: “DSEI 2015 enables us to highlight themes that will influence future UK air capability, and we will continue to pursue the excellent opportunity that DSEI 2015 provides to engage in high-level industry briefings and bilaterals”.

Largest land focus

DSEI 2015 will see the largest Land Zone to date which is evolving to provide even more suppliers, content and diversity. There will be more than 70 dedicated stands, and more exhibitors offering land capabilities outside the Zone. A sample of land providers include leading players in the global industry, ranging from prime contractors to niche specialist suppliers such as BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Jankel Armouring, JCB Government & Defence, Land Rover, Patria Oyj, Rheinmetall and Supacat.

The vehicle display area is being expanded this year following its success in 2013. Iveco are planning to bring three vehicles. Supacat are expanding their presence and are launching a new product range at the show. First time exhibitors, Isotrex Manufacturing FZE, and CS – Force Company are also launching new products.

A ‘Future Soldier Systems Showcase’ in the static display area is being launched for the 2015 edition of DSEI. Another important development, the showcase will provide an additional platform for exhibitors to display land focused capabilities, discuss new technologies, trends in combat clothing, tactical requirements for national soldier systems and other key issues.

The British Army is again planning to deliver a strong presence at DSEI 2015. Lt Gen Mark Poffley, Commander Force Development and Capability said, “Recent events have highlighted the need for an integrated and persistent security response across a wide spectrum of operations. The British Army is reconfiguring to meet the challenges of the contemporary security environment. An important part of this adjustment is establishing a close relationship with its industrial partners, seeking out innovative and relevant solutions as part of the DGP and exploiting mutually beneficial agendas to defeat those who threaten our security.”

Expanded maritime displays and demos

A popular highlight of DSEI is its line-up of international warships and the event’s organisers are working closely with various nations to provide more variety and higher numbers of visiting vessels this September. To date DSEI has secured eight ships which will include (subject to operational requirements): a Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate, Royal Navy River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, Royal Navy Hunt Class MCMV, German Navy K 130 corvette FGD Ludwigshafen, Belgian Navy – 52 metre Coastal Patrol Vessel BNS Castor and two Indian Navy Frigates and MV. Partisan – Training vessel.

This year’s event will also stage its most extensive waterborne demonstration programme and in depth scenarios, encompassing current and future threats to maritime security and naval warfare. There will around a dozen vessels undertaking demonstrations, with two performances per day.


Security is another growth area: this year the Security Zone will be bigger than in 2013 and will include a cyber security zone. A record number of first time exhibitors will be showcasing their capabilities covering a broad spectrum of security and counter terrorism disciplines. A vital area given the domestic dangers the UK police now have to deal with daily; DSEI 2015 will provide a window towards mitigating the most prevalent security threats faced by services across the UK and around the world.

The Zone will operate in conjunction with the Cyber Security Pavilion to host a series of eminent speakers from leading security organisations, alongside a broad mix of exhibitors which already include; 3D Laser Mapping, Abloy UK, Analysed Images Ltd, Beijing V-great International Trade Co., Ltd, Covert Hides, Defence Vision Systems, Digital RF, Extradordinary Editions Ltd, International Armored Group, Lyon Equipment Ltd, PROCentrum Equipment BV and Respirex International.

Unmanned Systems

Following the award winning success of the inaugural Unmanned Zone, a series of stakeholders, including the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), have continued their support for 2015.

The 2015 Unmanned Zone will host the complete spectrum of unmanned system designers and manufacturers for all applications and developments across all of the military and security sectors.

Examples of current exhibitors participating in the Unmanned Zone include AIE, CES, DOK-ING, ELI Military Simulation, Galleon EC, IAT 21, Linwave, Milrem, Northwest UAV, Panvion Technology, Planet Ocean, Reamda, Rotron Power, Spectracom, Velodyne and Wolfstone. In addition to the zone, companies presenting unmanned technologies in the wider exhibition include primes such as Selex, Northrop Grumman, QinetiQ, BAE Systems and Thales.

At DSEI 2015, DOK-ING will promote its latest MV-4 enhancements, which was originally designed as a mine clearing system but now further developed as a combat engineering system with a number of possible applications.

The DOK-ING MV-4 is a tracked remote-controlled system (to a maximum distance of 2,000m) designed to clear all types of anti-personnel (AP) mines. The MV-4 is effective in clearing booby traps and dispersed munitions, area proofing, checking soil for explosives and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and clearing hazardous roadblocks.


The introduction of highly focussed combat training courses, combined with an increase in medical combat innovation over recent years has led to a significant decrease in the number of preventable deaths occurring in modern conflict. These important developments, which continue to take place in military healthcare, will be highlighted within an expanded Medical Innovation Zone at DSEI 2015, reflecting the rising requirements of medical personnel within the armed forces.

The Medical Innovation Zone will feature products and technologies with applications in humanitarian as well as military domains. The latest equipment from a diverse range of new exhibitors such as Exmed, Cellox, Laerdal, Military Medical Personnel, Philips Healthcare, Prometheus Medical and Ryozo will be on show. The zone will host more demonstrations and seminars than previous years and has full support from the Defence Medical Services (DMS) and Joint Forces Command (JFC).

A highly topical medical issue, exploiting the learnings from the Ebola outbreak, will be the subject of a high level Strategic Conference to be held in ExCeL London on Day 1 of DSEI – Tuesday 15 September. A Trauma Innovation conference will be held in partnership with DMS the day before.

“With increased content, more keynotes, new strategic conferences and enhanced waterborne and medical demonstrations, DSEI is the must-attend event in 2015. Offering the opportunity to meet, network and engage with more exhibitors from primes to SMEs, VIP delegations, colleagues and visitors than ever before, it will be a unique meeting point for the defence, aerospace, maritime, security, unmanned and medical industries. DSEI will once again be a platform to research, procure, understand new products and services, plus meet and do business with the whole supply chain.” said DSEI Event Director, Duncan Reid.

For more information, please visit www.DSEI.co.uk

The 2015 edition will feature an improved and streamlined registration and entrance process, with a 10% discount for uniformed military in the North Hall catering areas, and improved access from the East.

DSEI will be held at ExCeL London from 15-18 September 2015. www.DSEI.co.uk
Registration is now open on www.DSEI.co.uk/signup. Industry and Academia can book at a discounted rate until 30 June 2015. Military and Public Sector personnel can attend for free.

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