DSEI Message: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of DSEI

10 Eylül 2019
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You can read the message published in the DSEI’19 Special Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review here:


Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) is a defence and security exhibition which integrates the aerospace, land, naval, security and joint domains, bringing together senior international trade and military experts from across the entire supply chain in an optimal business environment. DSEI is a biennial event held in London and will take place in the ExCeL centre from 09-13 September 2019. It is fully supported by the UK Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces, and Department for International Trade, and has platinum partners in General Dynamics and BAE Systems.

DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the global defence and security supply chain on an unrivalled scale. The event is curated to consistently support both the prime contractors as well as small and medium-sized enterprises while, crucially, giving UK exports a significant boost. On a rolling 10 year basis, the UK remains the second largest global defence exporter. In 2017, it won defence and security orders worth £9 billion and £4.8 billion respectively, up on the previous year (£5.9 billion and £4.3 billion).

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2019 marks the 20th year of DSEI, providing an ideal opportunity for reflection on two decades of development in the defence and security sectors. This year’s DSEI welcomes specialist Space and Manufacturing Hubs, providing dedicated platforms for state-of-the-art technologies and capabilities from emerging areas within the industry.

The debut of the Space Hub at DSEI 2019 will represent a unique opportunity for industry specialists, delegates and the MoD to look to the future and discuss the capabilities and challenges offered through the rapidly-growing space sector. The sector’s UK income currently stands at £14.8billion, and it looks set to increase its presence in the defence industry as next-generation technology and threats continue to emerge. The topic of space will also be explored as part of DSEI’s Aerospace Capability Conference supported by the Ministry of Defence.

Colin Paynter, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space UK, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to DSEI for the first time since 2015. The Space Hub will be the perfect showcase for our Skynet military satellite communications and Earth observation capabilities. We’re looking forward to demonstrating some of the sovereign technologies that sit at the heart of the UK’s world-leading space sector.”

Meanwhile, the Manufacturing Hub offers a dedicated platform for start-ups and SMEs to demonstrate emerging, forward-facing technologies and products to global militaries and industry. First-time exhibitors from outside of the traditional defence portfolio will use this platforms to forge new connections within defence and security, demonstrating how their innovative and unique technologies can benefit 21st century military and security operations. The Innovation Theatre within the Hub will allow for practical demonstrations of the latest developments on offer.

2019 will also launch the DSEI Supply Chain Network Programme, a buyer-led diary online appointment and concierge service allowing procurement attendees to meet with companies of key potential interest to them.

To mark its twentieth anniversary, the organisers of DSEI have also launched a podcast series titled “Defence and Security Debates”. The series includes four round table panel discussions with leading voices from the UK defence and security community, including: senior military, government officials, Defence Ministers, Members of Parliament and industry figureheads from DSEI’s core exhibitor base.

The debates focus on four core themes: Defence Procurement, Cross Sector Exploitation, People and Skills, and Future Defence Capability. Led by DSEI Chairman, Rear Adm. Simon Williams, each episode the panel examines how these areas have developed in the two decades since DSEI was established, and current challenges and opportunities. The podcasts are available to download on the DSEI website.

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International Pavilions

DSEI welcomes exhibitors and attendees from around the globe. Many of these international participants feature among the event’s international pavilions, which this time represent regional expertise from some 46 countries. This will include a debut presence from Lithuania, Ukraine and Latvia.

The Turkish Pavilion has seen a significant increase in recent years and at DSEI 2019 will be measurably bigger, including 30 companies with a wide range of expertise. Turkey’s Artron, for example, specialises in building electronic safety and arming mechanisms, launcher electronic units and mission computers. The company is also engaged in the development of inertial measurement units, data link terminals, and image compression and processing systems.

Repkon, a Turkish provider of turn-key production plants for the metal forming sector, produce flowformed short-, medium- and long-range rocket bodies, in particular those with a diameter of 610mm, which it will be demonstrating at DSEI 2019.  Repkon will also demonstrate its aerospace industry products, such as turbine and motor hollow shafts for drive and transmission tubes, as well as control rods using its cold swaging technology.

Other companies featuring in the Turkish pavilion include ASFAT, FNSS, SAHA Istanbul, TUBİTAK BİLGEM and Uyar Holding.

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