15 Jul 15. UK Secretary of State for Defence to speak at DSEI 2015. The Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt. Hon Michael Fallon MP, has confirmed that he will be attending Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) and delivering a keynote speech during the exhibition, which takes place from 15 – 18 September at ExCeL, London. At a time of heightened security risk, with terrorism posed in an increasing number of forms, an unstable geopolitical environment and budgetary restraints, DSEI will provide a central platform for senior international military and political representatives to discuss current threats and get an exclusive view of the defence and security sectors’ latest equipment and services. The exhibition provides opportunities to address these issues and meet with international partners to continue growing already strong relationships. The Secretary of State for Defence will be supported by other ministers from the Ministry of Defence including Philip Dunne MP, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, who is also lined up to attend and deliver a keynote address. Mr Dunne, who is responsible for defence procurement and support of equipment, science and technology within the Ministry of Defence (MOD), has identified strongly with DSEI since he first assumed his role in 2012:
“The last DSEI in 2013 provided an impressive global platform for a huge range of British defence and security firms to showcase and promote their products, technologies and services. DSEI 2015 will provide a similar substantial forum, it is against a darker landscape that leaders of defence will once again come together. Different threats have emerged, with our collective security now facing new challenges. We find ourselves in a defining year for UK defence, with our five year Strategic Defence and Security Review in mid-stream. Times like these highlight the importance of partnerships with our allies, so DSEI provides a good opportunity for us to showcase our latest equipment, meet international partners and enhance our already strong relationships”.
DSEI 2015 will also have unprecedented support from both the UK and international military, with senior personnel, including the four UK MOD service chiefs, confirmed to speak throughout the four days of the show. A biennial highlight for the global defence and security industry, DSEI 2015 will host more than 1500 exhibitors and is expected to welcome over 32,000 visitors from around 120 countries, including 100 international delegations.
13 Jul 15. The future of rotorcraft, and especially the requirement for faster, versatile platforms is a pressing issue for militaries around the world, many of which will be at Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) in September. This will be discussed in one of DSEI 2015’s four Strategic Conferences, The Future of Military Rotorcraft: 2030 and Beyond, taking place the day before the main exhibition opens its doors at ExCeL London. The Strategic Conferences provide an extra element to DSEI 2015, allowing high level industry representatives to engage with senior military personnel to discuss the critical issues in the defence & security sphere, ahead of the main exhibition.
Supported by UK Joint Helicopter Command, Major General Richard Felton, Commander of UK Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) will open the strategic conference on the future of military rotorcraft, which takes place on Monday 14 September, while other key senior military figures, including Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, and Air Marshal Paul Evans, Surgeon General, Defence Medical Services of the Ministry of Defence, host the other conferences taking place on 14 and 15 September. The DSEI 2015 exhibition will run from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 September.
As Commander of JHC, Major General Felton is in charge of over 300 aircraft across all of the UK Armed Forces Services. Accordingly he will lead discussions on the future of mili