DSEI 2023: achieving an integrated force

DSEI will allow visitors to view the latest capabilities across its many Zones and Hubs
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DSEI will allow visitors to view the latest capabilities across its many Zones and Hubs

All set to welcome more than 1,000 exhibitors, and with companies coming from around the world, Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) returns to ExCeL in London this year from 12-15 September.

The overarching theme for DSEI 2023 is ‘Achieving an Integrated Force’. The UK Ministry of Defence and the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and UK Strategic Command are working to integrate at all levels and across five operational domains of Air, Cyber and electromagnetic activities (CEMA), Land, Sea and Space. DSEI is the premier event of its kind and is crucial in bringing together government, the armed forces and industry.

DSEI will present a great platform for discussions about the Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP), which is a truly international endeavour that will see the UK, Italy and Japan work together with a shared ambition to develop a next generation fighter aircraft. We will be hosting the three programme directors from each country who will be speaking together publicly for the first time at the show.

DSEI welcomes first-time exhibitors with open arms and there is significant buy-in from traditional and non-traditional defence companies for 2023, with the ‘Future tech’ hub being the fasting growing area of the event. The energy with which first time exhibitors are engaging with DSEI is testament to its global reputation. Furthermore, the International business forum will provide a significant opportunity for high-level business conversations to take place.

There is no other platform where the whole defence ecosystem is present where senior representatives from government and the defence industry can meet to discuss their priorities. DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the entire defence and security supply chain on a global scale.

DSEI’s ‘Future tech’ hub is the fasting growing area of the event
DSEI’s ‘Future tech’ hub is the fasting growing area of the event

There is a range of valuable opportunities for networking, platforms for business and extensive access to relevant content and live-action demonstrations. The DSEI community can strengthen relationships, share knowledge and allows visitors to view the latest capabilities across the exhibition’s Aerospace, Land, Naval, Security and Joint Zones.

Digitally connected

DSEI Connect will act as the event’s digital database which will provide access to all live streamed keynotes, product demonstrations, thought leadership presentations, and analysis at DSEI 2023. DSEI Connect is available for free to all attendees either in person or online across all four days of the event. As part of DSEI Connect people can access ‘MeetMe’ which is the networking app which connects buyers and suppliers. It helps relevant buyers who are defence industry professionals, with decision-making or purchasing power, find and meet with suppliers who can meet their business needs or challenges.

The DSEI content programme is second to none with senior figures from government, industry and the armed forces speaking on relevant themes that directly relate to their own strategic objectives. Speakers from the MOD, the Army, the RAF, the RN, UK Strategic Command and UK Space Command will provide unmissable content for our visitors.

There are many stakeholders and strategic partners that are closely involved in making a show of this size a success. The DSEI team works together with representatives from across the UK Ministry of Defence and Department for Business and Trade, as well as with the vital trade associations ADS, Make UK Defence, Service Charities, pavilion organisers, visiting navies, and of course the UK Armed Forces.




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