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28 Feb 23. Japan and NATO deepen cooperation. DSEI Japan will play a key role in supporting a deeper cooperation and dialogue between Japan and NATO in order to respond to the changing strategic environment and support Japan’s vision for a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’.
Following the publication of Japan’s National Security Strategy in December 2022, H.E. Mr Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General and H.E. Mr Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan met in Tokyo last month as part of efforts to enhance Japan-NATO cooperation and tackle security challenges facing the Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific. This is in addition to Japan signing security agreements of one type or another with Australia, UK, USA in recent months.
The cooperation will include the strengthening of capabilities in areas including maritime security, cyber, space, disinformation and strategic communications, and support for increasing resilience and emerging critical technologies.
DSEI Japan will bring the world’s defence community together in Makuhari Messe in March to pair these requirements with cutting edge capabilities, and support stronger cooperation between Japan and the international defence industry.
“In the context of a record-breaking increase in Japan’s defence budget, Japan’s engagement with external partners is set to increase dramatically,” James Samuel, Director, DSEI Japan, said. “The revitalisation of the Japan Self Defence Force and the role Japan plays at the forefront regional capabilities, necessitates greater communication with its international trading partners. It also poses significant challenges around achieving operational capability in key areas, and ensuring interoperability with existing platforms and allies.
“DSEI Japan will play a critical role in connecting Japan with the technologies – existing and emerging – that will help it meet the challenges it faces regionally, and stand alongside NATO as a key player in global security.”
DSEI Japan is set to host a Global Combat Air Program (GCAP) feature stand. GCAP is an ambitious endeavour between the UK, Japan and Italy to deliver the next generation of combat air fighter jets. It is a great example of global collaboration with clear benefits to the Japanese supply chain. In Japan, the F-X fighter aircraft programme is being led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) as the single prime contractor, together with seven subcontractors, namely IHI, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Subaru & Toshiba.
28 Feb 23. The Defence Support organisation, within the UK Ministry of Defence, are hosting their annual SupportNet conference in May. Please find details on the event, including how to register, below.
Delivering greater resilience
SupportNET23 is an opportunity for Defence leaders, industry, academia, and international partners to discuss and reflect on how we can deliver greater resilience for UK Defence Support. Consecutive global disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ever Given blocking of the Suez Canal, the war in Ukraine and the environmental threats borne from climate change, have highlighted the fragile nature of the Support network in Defence and industry. These disruptions alongside ongoing workforce and financial pressures are combining to create a more challenging environment.
SupportNet’s aim is to critically evaluate and challenge our understanding of resilience and the Defence Support Network (DSN) to help improve our planning and response. Over the course of the conference a range of Support experts will share their insights around how we can become more resilient as well as the work that is already underway.
- Opportunity to conduct business with Defence partners.
- Understand the direction of travel in Defence Support.
- Receive thoughts and observations from International and Partner Nations.
- Understand industrial key performance initiatives and new strategies.
- Opportunity for attendees to interact with speakers.
Team Defence Information are supporting the conference hosts, the Defence Support organisation. It is an in-person event for circa 500 delegates. Details as follows:
- At: Radisson RED hotel London Heathrow
- On: 18 – 19 May 2023 (ending lunch time on the 19 May 2023).
- Cost: Registration and attendance is free. Trade stand and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Lunch and refreshments are included.
See the website for further information and registration SupportNET 2023 (orcula.com)
21 Feb 23. World Defense Show, founded by the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), has today officially launched WDS 2024. Taking place 4-8 February at the custom-built venue in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the event will showcase the future of defence technologies across air, land, sea, space and security, under the banner Equipped for Tomorrow.
Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, World Defense Show is dedicated to creating the ultimate business to business event for the defence industry that supports it’s relevant ministries and authorities whilst reinforcing the national commitment to the growth and success of the show.
Attendees will experience a wealth of unique networking opportunities, world-class show features and dynamic live demonstrations in an expanded venue for 2024. Hosting exhibitors from 45 countries, WDS 2024 is an emerging platform for the global defence industry, showcasing the future of defence and contributing to a more inclusive, open, and collaborative defence sector. It also offers a pathway for government entities and the private sector to work together towards the localisation of 50 percent of domestic defence equipment and services expenditure in the Kingdom, in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
Andrew Pearcey, CEO, said: “We are delighted to announce that WDS 2024 is bigger in size, longer in duration and wider in scope in terms of international participation, exhibition floorspace and technological content. We have introduced a range of important new features, including a space arena, in recognition of the increasingly essential role the domain is playing in future global defence strategies.”
DSEI 2023 – 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.