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17 Jan 11. A world of new opportunities for defence and security suppliers. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) 2011, will demonstrate how the global defence and security industry is responding to the diverse portfolio of threats facing virtually all nations today, showcasing new and established products and technologies for land, sea and air applications. While maintaining its focus on platforms and equipment, DSEi will also provide a highly influential forum for advances in critical technology areas such as intelligence gathering and communications. The exhibition will be staged at ExCeL in London from 13 – 16 September 2011. The organiser, Clarion Events, is mounting a highly targeted campaign to attract budget holding delegations from both established and emerging defence and security spenders. This, together with features such as onsite facilities for government procurement agencies and new technology demonstration zones will make DSEi 2011 the most effective sales platform yet for suppliers around the world.
Defence and security delegations
The last DSEi, which was held in 2009, was visited by 70 official delegations from 49 countries, with the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions strongly represented as well as western nations. The official delegations programme is organised in conjunction with the British Government’s UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation. Clarion Events anticipates an even higher level of attendance in 2011. One reason for this confidence is that the visitor programme is being expanded to include gendarmerie, border patrol and military police forces, reflecting the increase in exhibitors displaying solutions to counter such threats as organised crime, piracy and terrorist activity. DSEi is a truly international event. To date 30 countries have reserved national pavilion space, including Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, UK and USA. Institutions such as the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA), and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will also be basing themselves at DSEi to engage with industry. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also have a prominent presence and exhibiting companies will be able to match their capabilities against the Department’s extensive requirements’ list of products and technologies.
New equipment demonstration areas
DSEi 2011 will provide an unprecedented level of opportunity for exhibitors to demonstrate their equipment. New features will include the largest indoor unmanned vehicle and robotics demonstration zone in Europe; land, sea and air static display areas; and a security demonstration area. The Innovation Showcase will again provide a popular forum for companies from multinationals to SMEs to present their latest ideas to influential audiences, while the British Army Export Support team will be demonstrating new capabilities in an innovative environment. Visitors seeking the latest electronics solutions will find many of these grouped in the International Electronics Pavilion.
Type 45 Destroyer and OPV to visit DSEiDSEi’s venue in London’s docklands attracts visiting warships from leading maritime nations. The UK MoD is planning to allocate a Type 45 ‘Daring Class’ destroyer to DSEi and a River Class offshore patrol vessel. Plans for 2011 also include demonstrations by high speed craft, unmanned underwater vehicles and underwater devices.Promoting international partnership
The organisers of DSEi recognise the desire of many countries to develop their own defence industries and create jobs through partnership with international companies. They are responding by offering the 2011 event as a forum for the exploration of potential projects, such as technology transfer opportunities. Private conference facilities will be made available within the exhibition venue for this purpose. Many companies, especially SMEs, exhibit at DSEi to access the supply chains of the in

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