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02 Sep 21. Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) will for the first time host key industry and military speakers from the United States as well as government representatives. The biennial defence and security event will be held 14-17 September at ExCeL London with a new digital offering, DSEI Connect running alongside. American exhibitors will also be part of the largest international group this year, the USA Pavilion.
Emphasizing the importance of the United States in global defence and security, on Tuesday 14th September, US Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Erik C Peterson, will deliver DSEI’s first international keynote address. At 1530 on Wednesday 15th , DSEI will also welcome Juliane J. Gallina, Chief Information Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who brings experience from leadership positions in the public and private sectors. There will be space for a limited number of media to attend both of these sessions.
Through DSEI Connect, the new DSEI digital platform, visitors will also hear from the US Department of Defense, Acting Head of Acquisition, Gregory Kausner.
Top US officials will also participate in a range of DSEI seminars. On Wednesday 15th September, Billy Smith, US Government Chief Information Officer will feature at the Cyber Hunting at Scale – Zero Boundaries and Zero Trust seminar. US Army Special Operations Command, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Dave Whitmire, will also talk about Post of the Future: Training and Technology Requirement on Thursday 16 September at 1600hrs.
Organised by Kallman Worldwide, the U.S. Pavilion is DSEI’s largest international group at nearly 3,000m2. Under the agreement signed in February 2021, Kallman will give North America customers local support and an enhanced experience when exhibiting as part of the U.S. Pavilions.
Key exhibitors Leidos as well as Polaris Government & Defense, which will debut the highly anticipated MRZR Alpha light tactical vehicle. To promote US products and services overseas the US Department of Commerce will also be part of the US Pavilion alongside other government organisations such from several States, including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Washington Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness and the Arizona Commerce Authority.
DSEI is committed to upholding the highest health and security standards based on the latest government guidelines, and in close cooperation with the London ExCeL venue. With recent rules relaxation in effect, fully vaccinated visitors from the United States are able to visit the United Kingdom and join the show onsite without having to quarantine. However, all travellers entering the UK must present proof of vaccine or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival and have a Day 2 PCR Test booked.
For the latest guidance on COVID19 travel restrictions please visit: https://www.dsei.co.uk/covid-19-guidance
To register for a media pass to DSEI and DSEI Connect, please visit: https://www.dsei.co.uk/register. There will be no onsite registration at DSEI 2021.
02 Sep 21. Expodefensa 2021 – less than three months left before the event of reference for the entire Latin American continent. The 7th edition of Expodefensa is coming soon. It’s an unmissable event in the agenda of the international Security and Defense community, gathering exhibitors from five continents and high-level visitors. This year Expodefensa will take place in physical format from 29th of November to 1st of December 2021 in a perfectly bio-safe environment.
The threats facing the states of South America, beyond the defense issues themselves, namely drug trafficking, criminal organizations, migratory flows, cyber-attacks, natural and industrial disasters, the protection of centers exploitation of energy resources but also the new challenges raised by the Covid-19 pandemic, are present in development all over the world. In this way, the appropriate solutions of services and equipment offered at the event are of crucial interest both to the states of South America and to other countries in the world.
Expodefensa exhibition presents to professional visitors and Official delegations from all continents and particularly from Latin America and the Caribbean, new equipment and the latest technological innovations offered by international and Colombian companies to face all these issues.
Today, three months before the exhibition opening, organizers have already registered companies from 17 countries and 4 continents. Some of them like Brazil, France, Israel, Spain, Turkey, or the USA will present their offer in national pavilions.
Among first registered exhibitors Expodefensa is glad to welcome Airbus SAS – Aselsan – CIAC – Cotecmar – Damen Shipyards – Elbit Systems LTD – General Dynamics Land Systems – Hensoldt – Indumil – Lacroix – MBDA – Navantia – Otokar – Rafael Advanced Defense Systems LTD – SAAB – Sikorsky – Lockheed Martin – Theon Sensors.
The 7th edition of Expodefensa will take place in the maximum safety and strictly respecting Colombian government sanitary rules. CORFERIAS, the event’s venue is bio-safe. It’s certified by Bureau Veritas with the international SAFEGUARD label, and with the biosafety certification CHECK-IN certificate issued by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism of Colombia.
Online Press accreditation will be open soon at www.expodefensa.com.co. Come to Bogota from 29th of November to 1st of December 2021. Looking forward to seeing you there!
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).
01 Sep 21. SMi’s 23rd Annual Global MilSatCom Conference and Exhibition.
Gold Sponsor: Airbus
There is only 9 weeks to go and your final early bird discount will expire this month. To secure your seats at the best rate, book by 30 September 2021 to save £100!
SENIOR KEY SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
- Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, Director Space, UK MoD
- Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, Commander, UK Space Command
- Major General David Miller, Director of Operations, Training, and Joint Force Development (J3/7), US Space Command
- Commander Jason Strutt, SO1 Space, UK Strategic Command
- Mr Barry Austin, Skynet 6 Project Manager and Deputy Head of Networks, Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
- Commander Marina Ballanger, SATCOM & PNT International Affairs, DGA
- Colonel Ryan Colburn, Chief, Spectrum Warfare Division, SSC, US Space Force
- Colonel Scott Brodeur, Director of the National Space Defense Center and Joint Task Force-Space Defense Director of Operations, US Space Force
- Colonel Shane Taylor, PM Tactical Network, PEO C3T, US Army
- Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, SSC, US Space
- Lieutenant Colonel Attila Horvath, Branch Head, Satelllite Operations Branch, Hungarian Defence Forces
- Mr Kirk Leech, SATCOM Service Area Owner, Capability Branch, New Zealand Defence Force
With the conference taking place in London this year, the 2021 conference and exhibition is anticipated to be very well attended, with many registrations already secured. If you’d like to join this year’s Global MilSatCom as a sponsor, speaker or exhibitor, please contact Alia Malick, Director of Space & Satellites, on +44 (0) 207 827 6168 or email .
Plus, back by popular demand, we will once again host a dedicated pre-conference Disruptive Technology Focus Day on the 1st November 2021. Key lines of effort, both inside and outside the UK, include the UK’s sovereign launch ambitions, sustainable use of space, and XGEO/Cislunar space. SMi’s Disruptive Technology Focus Day brings these threads together in a packed day of thought-leadership, discussion, and discovery in advance of the main Global MilSatCom conference.
FOCUS DAY SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
- Mr Ian Annett, Deputy CEO for Project Delivery, UK Space Agency
- Mr Doug Liddle, CEO, In-Space
- Mr Clinton Clark, Vice President of First Impressions, ExoAnalytic Solutions
- Dr George Pollock, Senior Policy Analyst, Aerospace Corporation
- Mr Simon Walker, UK Head of Business Development, D-Orbit UK
Register by the 30th September 2021 to SAVE £100!
For sponsorship & exhibition packages,
contact Alia Malick, Director of Space & Satellites on:
T: +44 (0)207 827 6168
For delegate enquiries, contact James Hitchen on:
T: +44 (0) 20 7827 6054
01 Sep 21. SMi’s 15th Annual Defence Exports Conference & Workshops.
Conference: 15 – 16 September 2021
Workshops: 14 September 2021
Sponsors & Exhibitors: Content Enablers, FTI Consulting, OCR Services Inc. and Pillsbury
Only 2 Weeks To Go – Register Online At:
Defence Exports will return for its fifteenth year on 15th and 16th September 2021. We’ve previously held this event in cities across Europe, including Amsterdam and Rome. This year, we’re excited to reveal that it will convene in London – a prime location for international defence trade and will feature high-level briefings from government and senior international trade compliance professionals from around the world.
To secure your place at the conference at the best possible rate, be sure to register online.
As one of the leading global defence exports conferences, this meeting will provide an unparalleled opportunity for industry professionals and government officials to meet and discuss global defence trade compliance in depth, including the EU exporting control policy: reflecting on regulations post-Brexit and how companies and governments returning after COVID-19 will adapt to and plan to rescue the industry.
Highlighting key topics such as ITAR, EAR, ECR, Dual-Use and the Wassenaar Arrangement, post-Brexit controls and CMMC Regulations Defence Exports 2021 will return as the one of the leading events for the defence exports community.
2021 Agenda Highlights
What to look forward to at this year’s conference
Defence Industry Export Controls after EU Transition
- Examination of the export control environment and changes required
- Legislation considerations
- Sanctions and licensing: how we proceed
- ITAR-UK exemption? US-UK Free trade agreement?
Dr Myron Chiu, Head of EU Transition and Sanctions Policy, ECJU, UK Department for International Trade
EU Export Control Policy: European Commission
- Reflecting on regulations post-Brexit
- Effectively monitoring implementation throughout the EU
- Considerations for 2021 and the future
Mr Stephane Chardon, Export Control Coordinator, European Commission
The Role of the Australia Group in the Export Control of Prohibited Items
- Background and history of the Australia Group
- Mission Statement: ensuring that exports do not contribute to the development of chemical or biological weapons
- How does the AG achieve this mission statement?
- Recent developments and news
Ms Vanessa Wood, Chair of the Australia Group, and Assistant Secretary, Arms Control & Counter Proliferation Branch, International Security Division, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
DDTC – 2021 Update
- Update on DDTC staffing
- Upcoming ITAR changes and interpretive guidance in development
- Status of USML reviews
- DDTC Response to Covid-19
Senior Official, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, U.S. State Department
U.S. Export Control Perspectives from the Department of Commerce
- Continuing to streamline the system
- BIS activities
- Promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership
- The role of BIS in dealing with emerging and foundational technology
Senior Official, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of
An In-Depth Exploration of Japan’s Trade Controls
- Legal framework and objectives of Japan’s trade controls
- What documentation do non-Japanese companies need to provide to support export approvals?
- Recent developments and actions and the implications for global supply chains
Mr Arifumi Kumano, Director for International Affairs, Security Export Control
Policy Division, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Registration and Sponsorship Information
Only two weeks to go – secure your place online today and register here now
Special rates are available for acting military and government personnel.
To sponsor and/or exhibit at this event, contact Sadia Malick on: +44 (0) 20 7827 6748 or
31 Aug 21. TEAM DEFENCE INFORMATION BULLETIN.
News digest and look ahead to TD-Info Events
Please note all links provided are to our website at www.teamdefence.info and many are accessible to registered members only. To register please go to the top right-hand side of the home page, click on Register, complete the form and you will receive a Sign-In code in a welcome email, along with guidance on using the website. You may have to wait briefly for TD-Info staff to manually verify your application is bona fide. We avoid images in this bulletin as many defence-related organisations apply email filters that reject emails containing them.
August has been a busy month for TD-Info, despite the school holidays, and September promises to be the same.
Several members of the TD-Info Task Force will be attending this year’s DSEI 2021 Exhibition at the Excel Conference Centre, London from 14-17 September. Please come and meet us at the TD-Info Stand (collocated with the ADS Stand) or email to pre-arrange a meeting with either Phil Williams, Steve Green, or Andy Whatman.
Thank you to everyone who joined the recent inaugural MDI Working Group (MDI WG) meeting. We are delighted to announce that Steph McMenamin (BAE Systems) and Paul Eastwood (Costain) have both been appointed as joint Industry Co-Chairs to the MDI WG and will join Steve Hyde (MOD Co-Chair) in leading this rapidly evolving subject across the UK Defence Community. Further information on how to join the MDI WG is available here or by contacting Steve Worsnip (TD-Info Lead).
We are pleased to announce that Rebellion Defence is now a Member of TD-Info; they are a British–American software company that builds artificial intelligence (AI) products solely for defence and national security.
Member Company Profiles
Further details of all the TD-Info Members are available on our website here. Simply click on a company logo to find out more information about the services and capabilities they provide.
Several notable events are coming up in the next few months:
Launch of “Ask Me Anything” Webinars – Commencing 30 September
MOD Defence Digital and TD-Info are pleased to launch a programme of Ask Me Anything (AMA) webinars. Over the next twelve-months, senior representatives from across Defence Digital, Front Line Commands, and Defence Industry will discuss the opportunities offered by effective exploitation of the key themes highlighted in the strategy, how it supports the strategic outcomes and answer your questions regarding the adoption of digital in defence.
The first of these AMA Webinars will be held on Thursday, 30 September; the topic will be “Digital Strategy and the Digital Backbone” led by Maj Gen Tom Copinger-Symes, Director Strategy and Military Digitisation, MOD Defence Digital and Caroline Bellamy, Chief Data Officer, MOD. Please register for the webinar here; for further information contact Luca Leone. Further AMA Webinars are planned as follows:
- 12 October – Enabling Multi Domain Integration (MDI)
- 4 November – Agile Ways of Working
- 7 December – Data: Autonomous Systems
MDI WG Interactive Session – 8 September (09:30 to 12:30)
The MDI WG will be hosting a 3-hour interactive session to discuss the important topic of ‘What constitutes a High Level Framework, Design and Architecture for MDI’. The aim is to involve a smaller focus group (circa ~ 20 people) who have already joined the MDI WG together with some supporting MOD invitees. If you wish to participate, please ensure you register your interest here; this will automatically register you as a Member of the MDI WG. Alternatively, please contact Steve Worsnip for more information.
MDI WG “Spotlight Sessions” – 27 September (13:30 to 16:30)
The MDI WG will also be running a series of “Spotlight Sessions” on topics of interest to the wider community. The first of these will be “Understanding the strategic intent of IR, DCP and DSIS” which will be hosted, virtually on 27 September 2021. Further details and how to register are available here. Alternatively, please contact Steve Worsnip for more information.
Defence Digital Synthetic Environment and Def Sp Digital Twin Opportunities – 9 September
TD-Info will be hosting an on-line presentation on the synergies and interactions between the work being conducted by MOD Defence Digital and the Defence Support Digital Twin Community of Practice (COP). The session will provide a mechanism for wider stakeholder engagement that will shape and inform the Digital Twin COP work streams.
Defence Digital have been developing a concept for a Defence synthetic environment platform and supporting Defence synthetic ecosystem; the Defence Support Digital Twin COP are developing visions, vignettes and use cases for Digital Twin application across several two-star focus areas.
TD-Info Member, Improbable, will provide a presentation on their work with MOD Defence Digital which will be followed by Steve Penver providing a view of the touch points and opportunities with the Def Sp Digital Twin COP implementation activities. Register for the event here or contact Steve Green for more information.
Data Driven Organisations – Task Launch Event – 10 September
MOD Defence Support has sponsored a 12-week project to investigate the drivers for – and benefits of – organisations being ‘data-driven’. Whilst the technical attributes that underpin collaboration, decision-support and data-management/analysis will be considered, this investigation will focus on the cultural and behavioural aspects that have delivered successful outcomes for those businesses that might describe themselves as – or on a journey towards – being ‘data-driven’. The output will help to inform MOD Business Modernisation for Support (BMfS) Programme.
A launch event will be held on 10 September to outline the purpose, scope, and method for the project. To participate in the project please register here; if you would like more information please contact Tony Butler.
Trading Forum Meeting – 21 September
The aim of the Trading Forum is to provide a forum for TD-Info Members and MOD to support and drive the design, implementation and exploitation of the MOD Contracts, Purchasing & Finance (CP&F) system and business change needs across the MOD’s Trading Partners. The next on-line meeting of the Trading Forum will be held at 11am on Tuesday, 21 September. Details of the next meeting is available to TD-Info Members here. If you would like more information, please contact Andy Whatman.
Defence Infrastructure Sustainability Industry Conference – 28 October 2021
Please put a place in your diary for the forthcoming Defence Infrastructure Sustainability Industry Conference to be held on 28 October from 09:00 to 17:00. This will be a hybrid event held at the Tidworth Barracks and online using MS Teams. Major General Bobby Walton-Knight, DIO Director of Strategy and Plans, will be the keynote speaker for the event supported by Ministers and senior representatives from the MOD, industry, and academia. Click here to register and contact Luca Leone for information on Event Sponsorship.
Support Chain Seminar 2021 – 12-13 January 2022
Please note the new date for the Support Chain Seminar, a joint event hosted by TD-Info and DE&S. SCS is a hybrid event being held (in person) at Aerospace Bristol (online via the Kahootz platform). Adrian Baguley, DE&S Director General Strategic Enablers and Deputy CEO, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Further details will be issued in due course. If you would like more information contact Leyton Lark; to sponsor or exhibit contact Sue Russell. Online booking will be open shortly.
Recent Publications of Interest
Fuel Transformation Programme – Request For Information (RFI)
Following the recent Logistic Transformation Team Industry day that took place on 28 July, the Fuels Transformation Programme (FTP) have formerly released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking feedback from industry on the opportunities and means of implementing the transformation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the Defence Fuels Enterprise (DFE).
The RFI is issued as part of a market engagement phase and is NOT part of a formal procurement process. If you interested in participating, please respond to the RFI using the address and copy to . Note that emails sent to any other MOD address may not be received or replied to. The closing date is Tuesday 14 September 2021.
UKRI and KTN Study of Robotic Test Facilities
KTN is currently conducting a scoping study of robotics testing facilities across the UK on behalf of UKRI. This study will seek to establish what facilities already exist as well as establishing the needs of robotics developers and end users to identify gaps in the market. KTN are looking to speak to test facilities, robotics developers and end-users of robotics during September and October. If you would like to take part in this study, please email Mel Cassley.
Future Capability Group Open Innovation Laboratory (OIL) Industry Engagement Strategy
TD-Info and KTN are supporting the DE&S Future Capability Group (FCG) with industry engagements. FCG OIL provides a mechanism for early market engagements in novel technologies and solutions ahead of commercial competition across a range of future capability programmes. The strategy is now published and can be download here. For additional information follow the FCG; alternatively please contact Steve Green or Darin Tudor.
TD-Info Calendar of Events for 2021
We have a packed and varied calendar of events planned for the forthcoming months. Please check the TD-Info website Calendar here to confirm details and how to join as these are subject to change.
Non-Team Defence Information Events
Defence Transformation Week – Defence iQ Event – 27-30 September
TD-Info is pleased to be Media Partners for this 4-day on-line event being organised by Defence iQ Event. Registration is free for Military personnel; to register click here. TD-Info Members are offered a discount price of £799 (+VAT) using the discount code available here. The fee for non-Military personnel would normally be £1,599 (+VAT).
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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.
29 Aug 21. Sadiq Khan tells organisers of London arms fair to cancel event and not come back. Exclusive: Mayor says London is home to people who have fled weapons like those on sale at DSEI has told the organisers of an arms fair due to take place in London next month to “reconsider” their event and not come back to the city.
In letters seen by The Independent, the mayor said the fair’s presence in London was insulting to people who had escaped violence and made London their home, and that it threatened investment in the city’s Docklands, as well as costing too much to police.
He argued that the capital was “home to many people who have fled conflict and suffered as a consequence” of weapons “like those exhibited at DSEI”.
“For it to be used as a marketplace for those who wish to trade in weapons to some countries that contribute to human rights abuses goes completely against our values.”
DSEI, which stands for Defence and Security Equipment International, sees 1,600 exhibitors, selling weapons from sniper rifles and tanks to combat aircraft and warships, presenting to more than 30,000 attendees.
The arms fair extends invitations to governments and militaries around the world, including many that are involved in conflict or that openly abuse human rights.
Around two-thirds of countries classified as “not free” because of their human rights records received weapons licensed by the UK government over the past decade, according to research by Campaign Against Arms Trade – with DSEI representing a major marketing opportunity.
In his letters to the organisers the mayor cited the cost of policing the event, which in 2019 – in light of “significant opposition” to its presence – cost over £2.5m and involved 5,609 police officers.
“I strongly urge you to reconsider this year’s event and any plans you have to host future events in the city,” he said in a letter to Grant Burgham, the event’s director.
Mr Khan announced last year that he was relocating City Hall to the part of Docklands where, coincidentally, the event takes place, in order to save cash.
But in his letter he said that he was “becoming increasingly concerned” about the impact the arms fair might have on securing investment and change in the area.
In a letter responding to Mr Khan, Mr Burgham said: “The event serves only the interests of the legitimate defence and security industry, which is the most highly and tightly regulated in the world.
“Teams from HMRC, BEIS [the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy], DIT-ECJU [the part of the Department for International Trade that deals with export control] and the other government agencies responsible for enforcing the law at DSEI are on site during setup and throughout the exhibition.
“We will be welcoming ministers from the UK government, as well as MPs from across parliament, who will meet British companies and underscore the important role that the defence and security sector plays. International official defence delegations are also invited to attend by the Department for International Trade, providing delegates with the opportunity to see equipment, much of it British-made, up close.”
He said the organisers “respect the right to lawful protest”.
Kirsten Bayes, a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade, which campaigns against DSEI, said: “The mayor is absolutely right that this arms fair should not be taking place in September. He is also right to point out that so many people fleeing conflicts globally have made their home in east London, where the fair is due to take place: it will have a huge impact practically and emotionally on local people.
“Our view is that holding arms fairs anywhere is wrong: the industry makes its profits through creating death and disaster around the world. Local communities have stood up against these fairs wherever they have been held across the country, whether that is Liverpool or Glasgow, Bristol or Birmingham. Our country needs to say no to the trade in dreadful weapons, stand up for peace and human rights, and put an end to these arms fairs.”
The mayor’s written intervention goes beyond his previous criticism, in which he made his opposition in principle clear. As mayor he has little power to prevent the event from taking place. (Source: glstrade.com/The Independent)
30 Aug 21. AUSA Update. Mark your calendars for 11-13 October 2021 as the AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition returns in person at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s event is America’s Army and its People, Transforming for the Future and will include three full days of programming, networking opportunities, exhibits, and Contemporary Military Forums (CFMs), including:
- Project Convergence: A Campaign of Linked Experimentation and Learning
- People First: Now and into the Future
- Transforming Land Power to Meet Global Challenges
- Sustainment Transformation in Support of the MDO Force
- Enhancing National Resilience
- Revisiting the Readiness Balance
- Character: The Building Block for Cohesive Teams
- Lessons Learned from Army’s Pandemic Response: Accelerating All-of-Nation Response
- Climate Change and Impacts on the Army Mission
- Full Life-Cycle Acquisition, Sustainable Army Modernization to Win Great Power Competition
Invited speakers include:
Honorable Lloyd James Austin III, Secretary of Defense
Honorable Christine Wormuth, Secretary of the Army
General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
Sergeant Major of the Army, Michael A. Grinston
REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Registration for the 2021 AUSA Annual Meeting is open. There is no cost to attend the Annual Meeting but all attendees must register and have a badge to enter.
Be sure to save time and money by booking through AUSA’s official Housing Bureau – Convention Management Resources – who is available to assist with your housing needs. Attendees have exclusive access to the lowest renegotiated 2021 hotel rates including per diem rooms for qualified attendees. Rooms are limited and requests taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
31 Aug 21. Kromek to exhibit for the first time at the Emergency Services Show, NEC Birmingham, September 7-9 2021. Kromek, the County Durham-based radiation detection specialists, will be exhibiting for the first time at the Emergency Services Show, run in conjunction with The Security Event, at the NEC in Birmingham from September 7-9 2021. (Stand T20) The show brings together under one roof the different branches of the emergency services and the wide range of companies which support them.
Kromek, known for its suite of portable radiation detection devices, will demonstrate a range of its trusted and established detectors including the D3 PRD, D3S, and D3M, all of which are already in use across the emergency services and with other workers in a radiation environment: https://youtu.be/ST1zafL0SJ4
In addition, Kromek will be showing the D5 RIID, a radioisotope detector considered to be a leader in its field as the smallest, lightest and most sensitive RIID available. It also has the longest battery life and greatest connectivity of currently available handheld RIIDs.
“Radiological hazards have the potential to pose a significant challenge to the emergency services,’ said Eve Paylor, Kromek’s Product Manager. “We are excited to be showcasing our range of detectors at the Emergency Services Show this year. We have designed them with guidance from serving and former members of the emergency services to make sure they are all as user-friendly and intuitive as possible.”
31 Aug 21. China’s biggest air show to highlight homegrown technology.
- Pandemic forced show to be postponed nearly a year
- To run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 in southern city of Zhuhai
- Military, civil products will be on display
- C919 narrowbody not among listed aerial exhibitions
China’s biggest air show will put its homegrown civil and military aviation technology on display next month, the mayor of host city Zhuhai said on Tuesday, though the closely watched C919 narrowbody jet is not among the listed aerial exhibitions.
The biennial China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 had been scheduled to take place in the southern city of Zhuhai was postponed from its original date of last November because of the pandemic.
With few foreign attendees expected in person due to strict quarantine rules, the show will include a virtual component and local military and aerospace firms have ramped up their presence significantly, Zhuhai Mayor Huang Zhihao told reporters.
On the military side, China’s air force will put on flying displays and the locally made Wing Loong II drone will make its show debut.
On the civil side, foreign companies including Boeing Co (BA.N), Airbus SE (AIR.PA), Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC (RR.L), CFM International, Honeywell International Inc (HON.O) and Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA) will attend via their domestic subsidiaries.
Boeing, which has been trying to get Chinese approval to return its 737 MAX to the skies after a two-year grounding will have a booth 65% larger than last time, Huang said. read more
China has been working to produce more competitive aerospace products at a time of growing trade tensions with the West. The United States and Europe in June called a truce in a 17-year aircraft trade war so they can focus on challenging Chinese subsidies. read more
Commercial Aircraft Corp of China’s (COMAC) C919 is designed to compete against the 737 MAX and A320 families, with COMAC aiming for Chinese certification by the end of the year.
The C919, which was absent at the 2018 air show, is using LEAP-1C engines supplied by CFM, a joint venture between General Electric Co (GE.N) and France’s Safran SA (SAF.PA). But COMAC hopes to eventually use an indigenous engine, the CJ1000 being developed by Aero Engine Corp of China (AECC).
A full-size CJ1000 model including nacelles will be displayed on the ground at the Zhuhai show, AECC Vice General Manager Chen Shaoyang said. (Source: Reuters)
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.