Defence & Security Equipment International

Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEi),  Europe’s premier exhibition for air, land and sea applications of defence and security products and technologies, takes place at ExCeL London from 12th - 15th September 2017. This milestone event will demonstrate how the global defence and security industry is responding to the diverse portfolio of threats facing the majority of nations today.  In addition to the latest ideas from 1,300 exhibiting companies from around the world, this year’s DSEi sees the launch of individual focus areas dedicated to unmanned systems and security, as well as a military vehicle park.

Increased focus on aerospace

The aerospace sector has always been well represented at DSEi and this year will be no exception with such leading names in the platform and systems manufacturing and integration sectors as BAE Systems, Britten-Norman, EADS, Finmeccanica, Iveco, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Thales all exhibiting. The commitment of the OEMs is highlighted by the presence at the event of a Wildcat helicopter and a full-scale mock-up of the Joint Strike Fighter.
Unmanned systems showcase makes its debut

Aerial capability is, of course, increasingly about unmanned aerial vehicles and these, together with unmanned ground vehicles, will be the focus of the Robotics and Unmanned Systems Showcase, which makes its DSEi debut. This will host a twice-daily scenario based demonstration with an asymmetric warfare theme. Developed with the support of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the demonstrations will feature both UAVs and UGCs and involve a number of different suppliers working together.

The unmanned systems on show in the Showcase will include the Boeing ScanEagle, which can stay on station for more than 24 hours and the Diamond Airborne Sensing Dominator, which is based on the fully certified Diamond DA42 commercial aircraft. Then there’s Sky-Watch’s Huginn X1 which can be used for visual reconnaissance in disaster areas. Magna Parva will be showing a number of unmanned systems innovations including CEUS, its Centre of Excellence for Unmanned Air, Land, Marine and Space Systems which delivers holistic cost-effective solutions to complex systems engineering, operational and support problems and includes a Schiebel Camcopter UAV.

Land systems leaders there in force

DSEi has always been a priority venue for the land systems sector. Leading names such as BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Iveco, Navistar, Nexter, Force Protection and Oshkosh will all be there, together with a diversity of suppliers of everything from portable roadway systems to ammunition packaging systems.

Highlights will include the General Dynamics Scout SV early build vehicle, Force Protection’s Foxhound light protected patrol vehicle, which will enter service with the British Army in 2012 and Lockheed Martin demonstrating the way ahead for the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle by displaying its proposal for the UK’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).

A new feature for 2017 – the Vehicle Display Area – adds depth to an already strong land systems showing. In the display area will be a Husky protected logistics vehicle fitted with Chemring’s ground penetrating radar (GPR) and its Resolve communications EW system, both of which play a significant role in countering the threat of IEDs. Pearson Engineering mine clearance ploughs will also be featured.

Medical equipment is becoming increasingly prominent and this year sees Lübeck featuring its Dräger Oxylog intensive care quality ventilator which can be applied to patients in a variety of situations such as intra hospital transport, in emergency scenarios and during air rescue operations.

Major warships and anti-piracy

DSEi always attracts significant warships from the leading maritime nations. This year the British Royal Navy is allocating one the world’s most advanced destroyers the Type 45 together with a River Class Offshore patrol vessel. Also moored in the dock will be a brand new K130 Class corvette from the Federal German Navy, FGS BRAUNSCHWEIG, which will only just have completed her sea trials, and the Dutch survey ship, HMNS SNELLIUS.

Throughout the event there will be a programme of waterborne demonstrations which spectators can watch from a specially built grandstand in front of the jetty. An exciting, all-action demonstration called Operation Vision will feature boats – including Special Forces craft – and equipment used in maritime boarding and surveillance operations.

The exercise will also involve small unmanned surveillance helicopters with video links to a large screen. Other equipment on display will include command and control systems for seaborne operations and maritime rescue. Northrop Grumman, Marlborough Communications, Advanced UAV Technology, SAAB, Ultra and BCB are all taking part.

Increasing significance of security

The spread of terrorism has brought national security to the top of the agenda for governments around the world and for many nations defence and security issues are becoming increasingly integrated.

New to DSEi show floor this year are three theatres.  Theatre two at DSEi will host the security showcase where international agencies, government organisations, industry and academia will come together for a programme of presentations, panel debates and product reviews. The participants include BAE Systems, Finmeccanica, Thales, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Qinetiq. Many of the small and medium sized enterprises that play a distinctive role in innovation in the security domain will also be taking part.

The US Department of Homeland Security will also be present and give a briefing on its latest national security requirements and technologies.

Other new features for DSEi 2017 include a seminar programme where visitors can find out about the latest technologies in the industry; panel debates and keynote sessions where top level MOD and key industry figures will share their thoughts on current challenges and future opportunities for the defence industry.  For more information please visit

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