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24 Aug 21. DSEI announces keynote speaker schedule of top officials. The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 programme of keynote speakers, including dates and times, has been made available online. The programme, running 14-17 September at ExCeL London, features a range of defence leaders from the UK Government and HM Armed Forces, as well as international partners who will be announced in due course. Speeches will be delivered live in an on-site keynote studio to a small audience. All speeches will be broadcast across the venue for attending visitors, as well as on the event’s digital platform “DSEI Connect” for those who are unable to visit in person. To reflect the central role of UK Strategic Command at DSEI 2021, the show’s first speech will be delivered by General Sir Patrick Sanders, Commander of Strategic Command. Gen Sanders will give insight into the implementation of Multi-Domain Integration across Defence, and highlight the role that industry has to play within that. His speech will be followed by an address from the Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin MP, at 1215.
Day one of DSEI will also welcome the first International Keynote speech of the show at 1530, delivered by Lieutenant General Erik C Peterson, United States Army Deputy Chief of Staff.
Figureheads of the British Armed Forces are set to speak consecutively on Wednesday 15 September, with Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Nick Hine opening DSEI Day 2. He will cover the Royal Navy’s key theme for DSEI as well as how they aim to harness innovation, technology and data solutions to provide a truly integrated Royal Navy.
The next speech will be delivered by General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, who will explore the theme of the British Army at DSEI, “Future Soldier: An Integrated Army”, and the new land operating concept.
Later that day, Air Chief Sir Mike Wigston will explore the opportunities 6th Generation Fighters represent for the defence industrial base and the Royal Air Force theme for DSEI: “The Next Generation Air Force – integrated for advantage, by design, across all domains.” The RAF’s plans to enhance pan-national industrial collaboration will be an essential topic for the Air Domain, as the FCAS (Future Combat Arial Systems) and TEMPEST return to the show floor.
To complete this line-up Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of DE&S, will be opening the show’s third day on Thursday 16 September with his keynote address on “An agile and responsive workforce for the future”. Day 3 will also welcome UK Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, who will deliver his speech at 1400, emphasising his commitment to international defence cooperation and collaboration, through industry.
A range of keynotes will also stream online exclusively via DSEI Connect, including a speech delivered by UK MoD Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Dame Angela McLean, who has been heavily involved in the Covid response.
To view the full schedule of keynotes and seminars at DSEI visit: https://www.dsei.co.uk/keynote-speakers
31 Aug 21. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) will host five Royal Navy and international visiting ships when it takes place 14-17 September at London ExCeL. The vessels will provide an exclusive showcase of maritime technology and capability for visitors to explore.
The visiting ships are:
- HMS ARGYLL
- HMS BITER
- HMS RANGER
- HMS MAGPIE
- BNS Pollux
HMS ARGYLL will be returning to DSEI after two years of new operations. ARGYLL was deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 2020 and recently conducted duties as the UK’s Fleet Ready Escort where she remained at very high readiness. Trialling several the Royal Navy’s newest capabilities, ARGYLL is the oldest ship of her Type-23 Frigate class but also one of the most advanced.
HMS ARGYLL Commander, Charlie Wheen said: “I am delighted that HMS ARGYLL can once again support DSEI. We are the oldest serving Frigate in the Royal Navy, and yet through constant capability upgrades we remain one of the most technologically advanced Ships in the Fleet. Our last visit to DSEI in 2019 showcased the Sea Ceptor Missile System following an Indo Pacific deployment; the first such deployment on operations with the new system. Since then the Ship has deployed to the Middle East, operated at reach through the Pandemic in 2020, and more recently trialled Sea Ceptor and the Artisan Radar 997 to develop new capabilities against complex threats during Ex FORMIDABLE SHIELD. There is much to talk about and we are very much looking forward to showing off the Ship and the team”.
HMS BITER and RANGER, both new to DSEI, are inshore patrol vessels and part of the Coastal Forces Squadron which operates across the UK and as far as the Baltic Sea and Gibraltar. As P2000 Archer Class patrol crafts, they are unique in their ability to operate in ports and confined waters that are not accessible to warships and can be used to support roles from safeguarding Britain’s nuclear fleet and maritime security to participating in NATO overseas operations and training the next generation of naval officers. HMS BITER recently conducted training with the London Marine Policing Unit and participated in Exercise Strike Warrior 21 to simulate fast inshore attack boats and test the responses of all Task Group platforms including aircraft, ships and submarines. HMS RANGER recently supported security operations for the G7 Summit and officer training in Portsmouth.
Lt Rebecca Higgins, HMS BITER Commanding Officer said: “In order to train the best we need to be the best. HMS BITER, built in 1985, a P2000, one of the smallest vessels in the Royal Navy’s arsenal, would not be able to support the Maritime Security Operations, FOST serials and multi-national exercises, amongst other tasking we routinely do, were it not for the modern and creative thought of technological companies. After a year of tasking hampered by COVID-19 I am thankful that DSEI is able to go ahead and for the opportunity to be a part of it assisting with waterborne capability demonstrations or through enabling people the best view from the water”.
Also new to DSEI, HMS MAGPIE is the Royal Navy’s only commissioned Inshore Survey Vessel. With a complement of nine, her primary role is to conduct detailed surveys of UK strategic ports and approaches. To enable this she is exceptionally manoeuvrable, equipped with modern survey systems, and able to deploy and recover uncrewed underwater vehicles.
Visiting a foreign port for the first time in more than 18 months, BNS Pollux will attend DSEI for a second time. BNS Pollux and her sister ship BNS Castor are part of the Belgian Navy contribution to the Belgian Coastguard structure. Both Coastal Patrol Vessels (CPV) are active in support of Coastal Security in the Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and territorial waters (TTW), often in close cooperation with other authorities. BNS Pollux takes on roles in fisheries and customs inspections, MARPOL inspections, escort of non-NATO units, search and rescue operations at sea, COLREG patrols, protection of critical infrastructure, anti-pollution operations, sparring partner for both national and NATO vessels training at MOST (Mine countermeasures vessels Operational Sea Training).
DSEI will also host a range of daily waterborne demonstrations at the Royal Dock alongside ExCeL. These will take place from Tuesday to Thursday, AM 10:30 – 11:15 and PM 14:30 – 15:15, and Friday from AM 10:00 – 10:45 and PM 13:30 – 14:15.
Allsalt Maritime in partnership with Simrad and Ambex, will demonstrate the Very Slender Vessel (VSV) 50, a 16m carbon fibre interceptor, fitted out with shock mitigation seating from Allsalt and a full suite of Simrad navigation and comms equipment, ideal for high speed chases or a test platform.
Atlas Elektronik will showcase its Officer Training Boats, designed to provide self-contained training facilities and accommodation for up to nine Officer Cadets and four instructors. As a SEA Class boat, the OTB is also designed to be Modular and offer a re-role capability to meet new user and operational requirements. The first of the Officer Training Boats (OTBs) was delivered to British Royal Navy Collage (BRNC)last year, with a total of eight now formally handed over to the MoD.
Berthon Boat Company will demonstrate the British built Gemini Waverider, an 8.80m RIB powered by the Cox Powertrain 300hp diesel engine.
Visitors can also see SAAB’s new multi-mission combat boat, the Docksta CB 90HSM. A smart and flexible craft that can be used for intelligence gathering and ops coordination. The platform is based on evolutionary design from CB90 with over 250 units in operation world-wide.
Survitec will demonstrate the GPM 530 inflatable boat which can be deployed from air, land, sea and subsurface. In service within NATO, Americas and APAC region the GPM 530 is designed around operators and their operational experiences. The boat can be configured to support multiple mission profiles including covert insertion/extraction, rapid response, surveillance, search and rescue and law enforcement.
Volve Penta will showcase the Marell M15 Patrol vessel, designed for anti-piracy operations, border control, intelligence gathering, maritime security, boarding and patrol/police mission. The helmsman’s central position, inherited from racing and piloting operations, gives full and optimal control during boarding and advanced manoeuvres.
To find out more about the Naval Zone visit: https://www.dsei.co.uk/zones/naval-zone
Don’t forget to register at: https://www.dsei.co.uk/register. There will be no onsite registration at DSEI this year.
01 Sep 21. SMi Group is delighted to invite you to the 23rd annual Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition.
Conference: 2 – 4 November 2021
Focus Day: 1 November 2021
London, UK (Virtual Attendance Option Available)
Register today and SAVE £100 – www.globalmilsatcom.com
SMi Group are proud to invite you to the 23rd Annual Global MilSatCom Conference and Exhibition, returning to London on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th November 2021 alongside a Disruptive Technology Focus Day on 1st November 2021.
As Europe’s leading military communications event for satellite professionals, Global MilSatCom remains the premier forum for the MilSatCom community. With mission-critical discussions on a wide range of topics, updates from industry-leading programmes, strong support from industry thought-leaders, Global MilSatCom remains the year’s must attend event.
The Speaker Line-Up Includes:
Host Nation Keynote Speakers:
- Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, Commander, UK Space Command
- Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, Director Space, UK Ministry of Defence
- Commander Jason Strutt, SO1 Space, Capability C4ISR, UK Strategic Command
- Ms Becky Swanborough, C1 Space International Partnering, Capability C4ISR, UK Strategic Command
- Mr Peter Lymn, Satellite Communications International Collaboration Lead, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
- Mr Barry Austin, Skynet 6 Program Manager and Deputy Head of Networks, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
- Chair: Dr Joanna Hart, Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, UKRI STFC
International Military and Government Speakers:
- Colonel Ryan Colburn, Chief, Spectrum Warfare Division, SMC, US Space Force
- Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, SMC, US Space Force
- Mr Cameron Stoltz, Director Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces
- Mr Kirk Leech, SATCOM Service Area Owner, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force
- Commander Marina Ballanger, SATCOM & PNT International Affairs, DGA
- Mr Mike Dean, DOD SATCOM Chief, US DOD CIO
- Mr Giovanni Durando, SATCOM Service Area Owner, NATO Communications and Information Agency
- Colonel Matthew Holston, Commander, Space Delta 8, US Space Force
- Ms Clare Grason, Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, US Space Force
- Colonel Shane Taylor, PM Tactical Network, PEO C3T, US Army
- Mr Geoffroy Beaudot, Head of Space and Cyber Department, Luxembourg DoD
- Lieutenant Colonel Attila Horvath, Force Planning, Hungarian Defence Force
- Colonel Mihai Burlacu, Deputy J6, Romanian Armed Forces
- Mr Holger Lueschow, Programme Manager Satellite Communications & Project Officer Radio Spectrum, European Defence Agency
- Squadron Leader Tom Gallagher, SATCOM Programme Manager, NATO ACT
To view the full line-up of speakers please visit www.globalmilsatcom.com
Key themes/sessions of this year’s Global MilSatCom conference will be:
- Day One: Morning dedicated to the UK MoD’s SATCOM and space development plans, including an opening keynote address from Commander UK Space Command and Director Space and an update on SKYNET from UK Strategic Command
- US focus with updates and presentations from SMC, Space Delta 8, COMSATCOM Office, US DOD CIO, US Army PM Tactical Network, USCENTCOM and more
- International updates from France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hungary, Romania, Luxembourg and Belgium
- Session dedicated to SATCOM in Coalition with a Panel Debate on International Architectural Convergence
- Disruptive Technology Focus Day with a ground-breaking UK Space Launch panel discussion with Spaceport Cornwall, Shetland Space Centre, Sutherland Space Hub, Prestwick Spaceport and Spaceport 1
The 2021 Global MilSatCom brochure has now been released – download your copy here to see the full agenda.
Join us this November to meet and network with 600+ attendees from across the world. Our truly global audience comprises military personnel, international procurement agencies, leading defence companies, cutting-edge research establishments, and more!
For sponsorship and exhibition enquiries, contact Alia Malick, Director Space & Satellites on +44 (0) 207 827 6168 or
Register today and SAVE £100, (expires 30th September 2021).
13 Aug 21. New report: becoming ‘The Hardest Target’ for adversaries. The nations able to perfect a holistic approach to technological deterrents will make themselves the hardest targets for enemies to strike, according to a new report released by QinetiQ today. Superior technologies, deployable with powerful and immediate effect, and exploiting them to their fullest potential is critical for gaining future competitive advantage. Owning the most advanced technology is not enough to secure a competitive advantage in today’s geopolitical environment. To seize the technological advantage, the way in which the technology is used is just as important as what it does. Effective exploitation of technology is a powerful deterrent in its own right. QinetiQ’s new report, released at DSEI 2021, provides recommendations on how nations can exploit technology more effectively to make themselves the hardest target for adversaries to strike; being superior to the adversary in understanding the threat environment, being more innovative in the application of technology and acting and reacting faster. The report will address the challenges and look at technologies and other factors that will transform defence over the next decade and beyond to 2040. Download a copy at www.qinetiq.com/insights from 14 September 2021.
DSEI 2021 – POWERING PROGRESS, DEFINING YOUR FUTURE
DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the entire defence & security supply chain on a global scale. With a range of valuable opportunities for networking, a platform for business, access to relevant content & live-action demonstrations, the DSEI community can strengthen relationships, share knowledge and engage in the latest capabilities across the exhibition’s Aerospace, Land, Naval, Security & Joint Zones.