September 10 to 13, the defence community will gather once again along the Royal Docks, at the ExCel Exhibition Centre, for attending Defence & Security Equipment International, DSEI in short. Twenty years after its creation, the first DSEI took place at Chertsey, Surrey, in 1999 and two years later it moved to its current location at London’s Dockyards, the exhibition has become a focal point that brings to London every two years exhibitors and visitors dealing with all aspects of defence and security issues: the 2017 edition hosted over 1,600 exhibitors and 36,000 visitors from more than 50 countries.
This year edition comes amid British political issues; which will be the final issue for the Brexit is not yet clear, something that might influence future industrial and defence issues. However according to rumours a major announcement should be made during the exhibition, which might show that in fact the UK will remain anyway linked to the Old Continent, despite its close links with the USA. Considering the agreements signed in the past in terms of defence cooperation and the mixing of European and British shareholders in many major defence companies, it is difficult to imagine Great Britain severing its ties with Europe in the defence and security field. Not to speak about cooperation between intelligence agencies on issues that are critical for everyone, terrorism being just one of them.
DSEI will remain a privileged showcase, something marked by the number of companies attending and by that of press releases received ahead of the exhibition; we tried to put together all those we got, except those clearly embargoed until the opening of the show, and present them to our reader. To open the Press Releases section please click on the DSEI icon here. When the show will start we will concentrate on providing you edited stories as usual, therefore we will probably not be able to keep up publishing all PRs, but we will do our best.
On Day Zero the exhibition will be preceded by the Strategic Conferences, split into three sessions, Aerospace Capability, Land Capability and Maritime Capability conferences, which will see military and industrial speakers address issues in the three domains. This will be followed by the daily seminar programme during exhibition days, split into five theatres, Aerospace, Land, Naval, Joint and Security. A view on major issues while in the aisles of the show exhibitors will show their latest products. Let’s the show begin.