02 Jun 08. This year’s Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID)UK will take place between 2 and 20 June at the Defence Science and
Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Portsdown West, Fareham. It will be the
14th consecutive year of participation for the UK in CWID, and the
seventh year that it has been hosted by Dstl. CWID is a partnership between industry and the MOD. Run as part of a wider US-led coalition, CWID allows new technology solutions to be trialled in a realistic, real-time environment with existing systems, giving MOD a unique opportunity to work closely with representatives from industry. For military command and control, access to the right information at the right time is vital for operational success. This year’s event aims to build on the success of previous years in meeting a strategic requirement for Network Enabled Capability (NEC). The NEC vision requires timely and relevant information to be available across the spectrum of command and operations. CWID aims to achieve this by identifying technological solutions to support current operational requirements. The organisers have selected 35 trials for demonstration at the 2008 event. The range of demonstrations is focused on Command and Control, Situational Awareness, ISTAR, Resilient Information Infrastructure and Information Assurance. CWID is a programme that impacts directly on MOD equipment programme and works in support of current and future operations. Information is vital to operational success and CWID aims to deliver this through coherent and resilient network-based solutions.
29 May 08. Clarion Events Limited announced the acquisition of three major events in the defence and security sector. DSEi (Defence Systems and Equipment International), ITEC and LAAD (Latin American Aerospace and Defence) have been bought by Clarion Events from Reed Exhibitions, a division of Reed Elsevier. The shows have been purchased for an undisclosed amount. Clarion Events is the largest independent event organiser in the UK and a highly successful, professional and award winning company. Clarion Events has been creating leading brands and world-class business and networking environments globally in a variety of sectors for more than 30 years.
DSEi, the world’s largest fully integrated defence exhibition, is staged every two years at London’s ExCeL centre. The last DSEi, held in September 2007 achieved record levels of exhibitors and visitors. The organisers report that stand sales for the event to be held 8–11 September, 2009 are significantly ahead compared with the same stage in the last show cycle.
ITEC is Europe’s only conference and exhibition dedicated to defence training, simulation and education. It is an annual event and next takes place in Stockholm from 10-12 June, 2008. LAAD has been running every two years for the past 12 years. The most important trade show for the industry in Latin America, it brings together government agencies, the military and trade. The next event will be held in Rio de Janeiro from 14-17 April, 2009. The three shows being purchased by Clarion Events have all been sold as going concerns and the sale will involve the transfer of staff under TUPE arrangements.
May 08. NATO holds a conference to address its helicopter needs. The NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) will hold a Transport Helicopter Conference on 1-2 July 2008 in Brussels. The conference focuses on improving the sustainment of transport helicopters – as part of the Alliance’s efforts to remedy specific capability shortfalls in this area. At the April Summit in Bucharest, NATO Heads of State and Government announced they would further develop the capabilities required to conduct the full range of missions. NATO research shows that a number of Allies have helicopters that cannot be deployed to austere environments because they lack the necessary systems and support. By sharing ideas with countries and operators whose helicopters are m