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06 Sep 19. DSEI exhibition enters its 20th year on an upward trend. DSEI exhibition enters its 20th year on an upward trend, and with a focus on Emerging Technologies, Cross-Sector Exploitation and International Collaboration. The next edition of Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) will mark 20 years since the event was first established as ‘the British Army and Navy exhibition’. Returning to ExCeL London 10-13 September 2019, DSEI now encompasses the entire defence and security audience, including Air, Land, Naval, Security and Joint, and has grown – both in size and content – to reflect the complex nature of modern warfare and security operations.
Twenty years in defence is a long time – and the industry has evolved considerably – unrecognisably in many respects – since 1999. Priorities changed significantly, and rapidly, after 11 September 2001 – which many of us learned of while in the exhibition halls of DSEI.
The intensifying threat from the “digital battlefield”, wide-ranging cuts to defence spending and expansion of technological know-how during this time have shaped and reshaped the way industry does business.
DSEI 2019 will overarchingly focus on Emerging Technologies, Cross-Sector Exploitation and International Collaboration. Visitors can also expect significant focus on Artificial Intelligence; Autonomous Systems; Robotics; and Big Data, from the industry’s leading lights. These themes will run throughout the exhibition and conference programme.
Held biennially, DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the global defence and security supply chain on an unrivalled scale. The event is curated to consistently support both the prime contractors as well as small and medium-sized enterprises while, crucially, giving the UK exports a significant boost. On a rolling 10 year basis, the UK remains the second largest global defence exporter. In 2017, it won defence and security orders worth £9 billion and £4.8 billion respectively, up on the previous year (£5.9 billion and £4.3 billion).
DSEI will also promote the global supply chain via dedicated new feature areas on the exhibition floor. These specialised “hubs” will showcase cross-sector suppliers within the Manufacturing, Innovation, Communications, Cyber, Space and Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul & Upgrade domains.
Exhibiting companies featuring for the first time include the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier, GKN Aerospace, and Pela Systems which manufactures products including the PelaCopter – an unmanned system which can be flown into hazardous situations and provide real-time data to aid decision making in the field. The company also specialises in emergency communications, threat monitoring, and surveillance systems.
Many products, now globally renowned, were first introduced to the market at DSEI. Remember the LifeSaver water bottle which debuted its pioneering water-purifying drinking vessel to the world at DSEI in 2007? The product was named DSEI’s “Best Technological Development” and the entire stock sold out within four hours of the presentation. Having first caught the attention of the British Army, the Lifesaver water bottle is now used globally by militaries, humanitarian teams and outdoor enthusiasts.
DSEI 2019 will also see the debut of both Latvia and Lithuania, who will for the first-time host national pavilions providing a hub of their countries’ defence and security ingenuity. Among the 30 country pavilions confirmed to date, nations such as the Czech Republic, Holland, Denmark, Slovakia, and Australia have significantly larger areas, reflecting the rise in exportable expertise from these regions, and a desire to develop international partnerships.
Grant Burgham, DSEI Event Director said: “DSEI is a milestone in the defence calendar and this is reflected by the fact that, with a year to go, almost all the exhibition space has already been accounted for. While, in many ways, DSEI is unrecognisable from its beginnings in Chertsey, it has consistently delivered a platform for industry to engage with the defence and security community. What time has taught us is that this is founded on key partnerships and we value the partners that have been with us on this journey, while fostering new alliances and connections with other cross-sector organisations.”
28 Aug 19. A quiet DSEI? In the light of the ongoing turmoil in the House of Commons and the threat of a General Election, it looks like DSEI will be a quiet one, with Minister’s hobbled by purdah and military top brass reluctant to put their heads over the parapet at such time of change. Seasoned BATTLESPACE readers will note a complete absence of our bi-annual UK military vehicle contracts update to coincide with our DSEI issue. BATTLESPACE contacted RBSL, the BAE Systems, Rheinmetall JV about MIV Boxer and Challenger 2 LEP, GDELS about Ajax, Lockheed Martin (UK) about Warrior and Oshkosh about JLTV. They all remained tight lipped about progress towards contract negotiations I spite of the reports that Oshkosh had passed the MoD Investment Appraisal Board (IAB) recently. Sources suggest that new defence minister ben Wallace is conducting a review of all major projects at the same time as a Cabinet review of all major projects, with HS2 being the first casualty. The same sources suggest that no contracts will be agreed pre-Brexit. DSEI coincides with crucial dates for the UK, do we crash out without a deal and what will the government say about Brexit during DSEI? The Department for International Trade (DIT) has been remarkably quiet about future export strategy post-Brexit. The biggest threat to our exports comes from supplying equipment with EU content, which, the EU could object to and stop, offering an EU alternative product at a time when all governments are growing defence exports. It still strikes the Editor as so short sighted that UK has stopped having a UK Pavilion at AUSA National in October when it should be pushing hard into the world’s largest defence market.
05 Sep 19. DIT DSO Defence and Security Capability Showcase at DSEI 2019. A list of participating companies and their products is attached for your information.
Vitavox is showing Outacom – Vehicle Mounted Tactical Public Address System. Outacom is the only full Def Stan and MIL-SPEC qualified tactical vehicle public address system currently in production. This system is being installed on all the British Army AJAX armoured fighting vehicles currently in production. Outacom¨ enables direct audio communication at distance of up to 300m.
*Inform, direct, command and control the immediate locale from within the vehicle.
*Protection of vehicle personnel from the enemy – no requirement to expose head to communicate.
*Safer control of crowd dispersal and area clearance to reduced probability of unnecessary escalation of violence.
*Alternative method of communicating with dismounted troops close to vehicle.
Eeltex . The Eeltex Egret range comprises several standard modular elements Ð various lights, impulse detector, rollover sensor and water sensor, battery – to make up a complete vehicle egress lighting system EELS/VELS), configurable for almost any platform.
Eeltex is a small company of lighting specialists, designing and manufacturing quality lighting solutions. We have many years combined experience of designing lighting for a diverse range of tasks, from vehicle lighting to schemes for industrial and leisure facilities.”
NP Aerospace 4020 ELITE EOD Suit. High Performance Bomb Suit Designed for Optimum Protection and Mobility. NP Aerospace is a world leading armour technology manufacturer and vehicle integrator with a portfolio developed for the defence market using ultra-lightweight, high performance materials. The portfolio includes Ballistic Helmets and Shields, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Suits, Body Armour Plates and Composite Armour for vehicles, vessels or aircraft. The company has supplied MK6 EOD suits to the UK MOD since 2006, more than one million combat helmets to UK, Canada, Italy and NATO allies and 200,000 body armour plates to British and Canadian Armed Forces. NP Aerospace also has the critical role of delivering the UK MODÕs Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support programme (PMETS) for the British Army’s fleet of over 2,200 vehicles up to 2024 having won a £63m contract. NP Aero Space LASA AC915 Ballistic Helmet is an ultra-lightweight high cut tactical ballistic helmet. NP Aerospace is a world leading armour technology manufacturer and vehicle integrator with a portfolio developed for the defence market using ultra-lightweight, high performance materials. NP Aero Space LASA LWB Covert Plate is an ultra-discreet ballistic insert for covert missions.
LEGION POWER LTD LUX 10/10 – Lightweight Multi-fuel Generator. Legion Power, based in Birmingham, specialises in the design and manufacture of portable generator sets to be used in a multiple of field situations. Fitting into a backpack, its clean sine wave output (i) powers a range of tactical communications systems, (ii) recharges computers, smartphones and batteries, (iii) powers water contamination units, as well as medical and lighting equipment. It runs off the widest range of fuels, including jet fuels, F34, kerosene, gasoline, E85 in one engine, with NO starter fuels or changing of fuel tanks. Its proprietary rotary engine design minimises maintenance and significantly reduces running costs. The LUX 10/10 unit is the only lightweight portable genset in the world offering these game-changing capabilities to modern military and support forces.
Bodytrak is a precision physiological monitoring solution compromising of a non-invasive highly accurate ear-based sensor device which measures physiology, motion and ambient noise exposure whilst simultaneously enabling audio communications and passive ambient noise transparency to maintain audible situational awareness. Sitting behind Bodytrak is a platform-based analytics suite utilising machine learning that converts real-time data into key health markers, such as physiological strain index (PSI), heat stress, fatigue, noise exposure and fall detection as well as reporting abnormalities to individual’s vital signs based on pre-defined individual baseline readings.
SteelRock Technologies Night Fighter Counter-UAV Effector System. The NightFighter family of C-UAV effector systems offers a highly effective tactical first response solution against all modes of hostile UAV intrusion. Leading-edge directional radio frequency communications inhibition technology is combined with advanced proprietary software, allowing security operators to mitigate drone threats safely and rapidly. NightFighter is offered in a choice of configurations to suit a broad range of military, civil protection and law enforcement applications.”
Stream Defence Ltd M12DCe tactical coolbox. Stream Defence is an innovative defence UK SME with over 30 years’ experience in applied cooling technology. The M12DCe tactical CoolBox is a rugged blood carriage system in service with UK MOD. It weighs 18 kg for one man carry and can be used in vehicles and aircraft. It carries up to 7 litres of blood or drugs and has datalogging and reporting software.
Stream Defence Ltd ManPAC 1EOD cooling system. Stream Defence is an innovative defence UK SME with over 30 years’ experience in applied cooling technology. The ManPAC 1EOD is believed to be the world’s lightest and most effective cooling system for use in bomb disposal/counter IED. It is accurately controlled to provide optimum temperature/humidity levels to the soldier’s torso and head, maximising cognitive function and saving life.”
Armtrac Ltd presents the Armtrac 20T Mk2 C-IED Demining Robot. Armtrac manufactures small & large mechanical equipment to counter the threat from Landmines and IEDs.
* All products use remote control and on some of the larger machines, an operator’s cabin is provided as well.
* USP Ð Multi-role platforms for C-IED, demining and high risk engineering tasks which provide value for money.
* This C-IED Robot is operating in Syria, Iraq, Libya, & Colombia and will soon be in service with Egyptian MOD.
* It can operate a tiller or flail to neutralise UXO up to 3Kg NEQ or a Mine Comb to extract UXO to the surface.
* The Robotic arm can be fitted with a manipulator, a strimmer/saw, a detector (GPR or metal) or disruptor.
Claresys High definition Internal Pan Tilt Zoom (HIPATZ). Observation without Limits (O.W.L) bearer system. HIPATZ is a modular, user configurable Pan Tilt Zoom lens. The unique internal optical Pan & Tilt technology allows the unit to remain stationary whilst the scene is scanned. This permits very covert deployment methods, such as being buried in the ground. Ultra-low light and Short-wave Infra-red (SWIR) camera options are also available. The O.W.L bearer module provides transmission and control of the HIPATZ via 4G or RF. Trigger sensors, anti-tamper detection and on-board solid state recording are also included. H264 video compression.”
Karrimor SF Modi 15 is a 15 Litre Assault Pack designed for short term operations. Lightweight fabrics utilizing laser cut MOLLE for additional storage. Compatible with radio and hydration systems. Quick access 2-way zip opening. Karrimor SF is a UK company with a long and successful history of designing and manufacturing load carriage systems for military end users and demanding environments. Karrimor SFMagni 25 25 Litre intermediate patrol pack designed for short operations. Lightweight fabrics utilizing laser cut MOLLE for additional storage. Compatible with radio and hydration systems. Quick access 2-way zip opening.
Karrimor SF is a UK company with a long and successful history of designing and manufacturing load carriage systems for military end users and demanding environments. Karrimor SF Thor 40 is a 40 Litre patrol pack designed for more prolonged operations up to 3 days. Lightweight fabrics utilizing laser cut MOLLE for additional storage. Compatible with radio and hydration systems. Quick access 2-way zip opening. Karrimor SF is a UK company with a long and successful history of designing and manufacturing load carriage systems for military end users and demanding environments. Karrimor SFOdin 75 is a 75 Litre mission pack designed for longer term operations. Additional expansion capacity up to 100 litres. Size adjustable back system. Lightweight fabrics utilizing MOLLE for additional storage. Compatible with radio and hydration systems. Quick access 2-way zip opening. Karrimor SF is a UK company with a long and successful history of designing and manufacturing load carriage systems for military end users and demanding environments. Karrimor SF Loki HLC Heavy Load Carrier designed to carry heavy weight or bulky items such as flight cases, support weapons and drones that will typically not fit into other packs. Size adjustable back system. Lightweight fabrics utilizing MOLLE for additional storage. Karrimor SF is a UK company with a long and successful history of designing and manufacturing load carriage systems for military end users and demanding environments.
Avon Protection General Service Respirator (GSR). Over our 130 year history of innovation, design and engineering, Avon Protection have exclusively focused on the military, law enforcement, firefighting and industrial markets. Understanding the unique requirements of these specialist, high threat, user groups has enabled Avon Protection to become the recognised global market leader for respiratory products in this field. Our capabilities include the design, development, test and manufacture of respirators, filters, escape hoods, powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs), self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), hybrid systems, thermal imaging cameras, dive computers and closed circuit rebreathers. This depth of specialisation and understanding has ensured that Avon Protection’s customers place their trust in our products to shield them from every possible threat, in the most demanding of environments.
Leonardo presents its helicopter range. Leonardo AW101. The versatility of the AW101 is unique, the extensive open cabin with large side cabin door and rear ramp enable a range of configurations allowing AW101 to re-role airborne. Exceptional performance and self-protection measures, enables the AW101 to deploy worldwide from Land or Sea in all environments. Agile, Adaptable and Capable Multi-Mission Utility Helicopter. Leonardo AW159 Naval Force Multiplier “Designed from concept to operate safely from the smallest decks in the harshest maritime environments, the AW159 extends the operational reach of maritime commanders. Able to maintain high readiness for long periods it provides agility for immediate mission prosecution at excellent rates of availability.
RWS Ltd BBX . RWS Ltd have more 30 years’ experience within the construction and security industry, harnessing a team of experts offering a full range of security products and services worldwide.
BBX is a highly adaptable construction system which provides dual protection against blast and ballistic threat, uniquely achieving C15 blast and BR7 ballistic resistance. The technology behind BBX makes it extremely robust. It can withstand 7.62 51mm NATO Calibre rounds, and 100Kg of TNT from a 15-meter standoff distance, all while maintain its structural integrity. Protecting people and critical assets.
Bowler Manufacturing. Bowler Cross Sector Platform(CSP). The Bowler CSP vehicle family can be used for Strike, Recce, Screening, Long Range Patrol, Border Patrol, Counter Smuggling, Anti-Poaching, ISTAR (Drone launch) and C-UAV operations, Mechanised Troop Carriage(8 dismounts + 2 crew), C2/C4I roles, Logistic Support, Light Artillery Mobility, and high mobility Ambulance and Fire Fighting capability for forward deployed airstrips and Forward Operating Bases. CSP offers a nearly Meccanno style assembly method, incorporating the strength and lightness of monocoque construction, the simplicity of ladder frame construction, with the versatility of space frame construction. Its improved operator ergonomics, speed and agility over terrain, weighing less than 2 tonnes with a 2 tonne payload, reliability, ease of service and repair, aviation and air transportability, make this vehicle an ideal platform for military or utility use. Engineered to accept a wide variety of powertrains, the CSP offers a variety of wheelbases, tracks and drive configurations. All CSP variants have a common electrical architecture and driveline, plus consistent spares support and servicing knowledge.
Geometric Manufacturing SKY NET RECURVE MAX. Geometric Manufacturing Ltd is an ISO9001 approved CNC machining company specialising in producing enclosures and components used in defence electronics systems, with a particular focus on ECM and RF applications. Geometric collaborate closely with Kirintec through the development and production of their mechanical parts requirements, and offer these services across the sector.
SKY NET RECURVE MAX
*Fully programmable 20 MHz to 6 GHz
*90W Power output
*Defeating UAS threats at 6:1 ratio
Roland Plastics Ltd (RPL) Durapath. RPL manufactures a wide range of plastic injected mouldings, both bespoke on behalf of clients’ own designs as well as a range of flooring solutions. Durapath is a durable, permanent ground solution tile suitable for any application where speed, cost, versatile applications and environmentally friendly solutions matter. It is ideal for defence applications such as training camps, logistic bases and helicopter landing sites. The 50 x 50 cm tile is easily installed by clipping tiles together and can be filled with all manner of materials such as pea shingle, turf, sand or earth.
Teledyne Reynolds FIRING MODULE FM150-2.
* The FM150-2 remote arming Firing Module is essential for the safety, arming and electronic triggering of EBW trials and Land equipment systems.
* CE marked following the provisions of the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC and EMC Directive 2004/108/EC.
* Safety: automatic safety circuit event of loss of power or return to safe mode. Safing time, 2 seconds.
* This module generates up to 4kVdc.
* Deployment: Used in conjunction with either the FE106* or FD201-2 programmable Control Modules, the system is capable of precisely firing detonators up to 1000m away.
* Operating temperature range -10¡C to +70¡C
* System currently in use within UK MOD test sites, universities, aircraft blade-off test sites, UK and overseas.
* Sold separately Teledyne Reynolds FD201-2 Control Module is perfectly suited to the safety, arming and electronic triggering of EBW Detonators. Suitable for both Laboratory and field deployment.
* CE marked following the provisions of the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC and EMC Directive 2004/108/EC.
* System currently in use within UK MOD test sites, universities, aircraft blade-off test sites, UK and overseas.
* The FD201-2 contains the COTS power source, HV monitoring, Safety and Arming hardware of the firing chain.
* Safety: interlocks to prevent accidental re-arming.
* Trigger input accepts positive, negative pulse, contact short and manual initiation via front panel push-button.
* Programmable delay up to 1 second.
Teledyne Reynolds FS34-M. The Multi-Channel Fireset, FS34 has been specifically designed to fire up to 34 RP80 EBW detonators from a push button input, all channels then fire simultaneously.
* CE Compliant
* EMC DEFSTAN 59-411
* System currently in use within UK MOD.
* Operating temperature range -40¡C to +50¡C
* Safety: interlocks to prevent accidental re-arming.
* Firing Voltage 4.25kV
* Firing Energy 36 Joules
* Deployment 20-100*m
HESCO TERRABLOCK XS. Hesco are the original developers of the HESCO MIL Defensive Barrier. We engineer products that inspire confidence in military, security and environmental applications.
TERRABLOCK XS is our latest in barrier innovation, combining our trusted surface mounted MIL with welded mesh fencing to create high-security perimeter protection for military, oil and gas, energy and critical infrastructure.
Disarmco Dragon Lance. Dragon MK8 is a thermite lance specifically designed to destroy thin skinned steel (up to 13mm) and plastic cased ordnance. This stand-off solution offers an effective method of destroying ordnance and specifically those that are classed as no touch items. The Dragon thermite lance is a pre-loaded turn key solution’ and can be imported into regions where access to explosives and accessories are prohibited.
Crib Gogh Ltd Vertical Assault Platforms and JPC. Crib Gogh is unique capability company that specialises in SF operational solutions that bring unique step changes to the end user community. We have a number of unique soldier platforms that offer operational step changes and are wholly unique in the defence industry and we are the class leader for new and innovative designs.
PulmoVista. The PulmoVista 500 makes ventilation visible. Put the power of Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) to work for you and your patients. With the PulmoVista 500, you can visualise regional air distribution within the lungs non-invasive, in real time and directly at bedside. X-PID 9500 – The selective PID gas measurement device is ideal for users who frequently test for hazardous toxic substances. It utilises two modes of analysis; Seeker mode is a broadband measurement for pre-testing and localising measurement points. It allows continuous, direct-reading measurement of the total concentration of all VOCs present. Analysis mode allows selective measurement for monitoring specific toxic compounds. Pre-defined target compounds can be precisely measured in seconds.
Barnard Micro Systems Panchito UAV. Barnard Microsystems Limited design, manufacture and operate the Panchito unmanned aircraft system for use in civilian, security and military applications.
Characteristics of the BML Panchito UAV are:
* Vertical Take Off and Landing capability: can automatically transition between hover and forward flight, and vice versa
* Maximum payload + fuel weight = 35kg
* Cruise speed = 104kph; Maximum speed = 192kph
* Range = 250km with a 31.25kg payload at cruse speed
* Range = 1,300 km with a 16.25kg payload at cruise speed
* Maximum hover time = 8 minutes
3D X-Ray Ltd ThreatScan LSC. ThreatScan LSC is a Combination of ThreatScan LS1 (Large Panel) & ThreatScan LS3 (Small Panel). 3DX-Ray Ltd. Is a British manufacturer of Portable X-Ray Systems for rapid deployment and static security solutions for the security market.
3DX-Ray Ltd. Established a Route-to-Market throughout a network of Partners & Distributors covering the globe to over 70 countries worldwide, under our brand-name ThreatScan.
ThreatScan Includes our latest software named ThreatSpect – User Friendly, Superb Image Quality and Imaging processing to investigate what matters.
BAE Systems M777 155mm Lightweight Howitzer M777: The ultimate in Lightweight 155mm Firepower.
* Designed and built by BAE Systems, Weapon Systems UK, in Barrow-in-Furness
* Over 1000 guns in service with the US Army, USMC, Australian, Canadian and Indian armies
* In production with 145 gun systems for India
* Weighing less than 4,400kg, made from titanium and aluminium, M777 is easily transportable by helicopter or C130 aircraft
* Can achieve ranges of 70km when up-gunned to 52/55 calibre version
04 Sep 19. What to expect from the UK MoD. With the UK government having already been through three defence secretaries over the course of 2019, this year’s DSEI brings much speculation about what the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will bring to the table in terms of announcements and messaging.
With the MoD keeping its cards close to its chest in advance of DSEI, Shephard spoke to RAdm Simon Williams, chairman of Clarion Defence and Security, the events company that puts together the biennial event, about what he believes MoD will bring to the table this year.
‘I think you’ll see three things. I think the first is most importantly commitment. And the UK military is absolutely committed to remaining on the forefront of defence, technological edge and understanding what the world is going to look like in a decade’s time and being prepared for it,’ Williams said.
He added that through this commitment he envisages that the government will be ‘embracing’ industry more.
Secondly, he argued that as part of an emphasis on embracing ‘all aspects of defence and security’, this messaging will be reinforced by the likes of the Joint Forces Command (JFC) evolving into the Strategic Command.
The-then Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced that JFC would be known as Strategic Command during a speech on 18 July. Speaking on the current threats that the UK is facing – such as that from non-state actors – and the need for the JFC to take on greater responsibility, she said: ‘If we’re to respond, we must have strategic integration across the five warfighting domains – land, air, sea, space and cyber’.
Turning to his third point and taking a more focused look at the land, air and sea domains, Williams confirmed that he expects more to be revealed regarding the Royal Navy’s Type 31e programme. Slated to be awarded to Babcock with its Arrowhead 140 design, the programme looks to supply the service with five new frigates at an average cost of £250m per ship.
On the aviation front, Williams commented: ‘The air force with its Tempest project is looking forward to both the future of manned and unmanned flight and integrating those and what the new ages of technology will bring.’
The proposed Tempest stealth 6th generation fighter aircraft has also seen international interest with Sweden joining the UK-led effort in June 2019.
‘And in the land environment it’s about how you better equip the individual soldier and then how you operate, how you operate those individuals collectively with the new technologies that are on offer. And you will see those elements at play as well.’
Williams did not comment on any of the ongoing British Army Efforts such as the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) or the Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme (LEP).
However, it is known that Lockheed Martin UK, the prime contractor for WCSP, will showcase one of the demonstration vehicles during DSEI. Rheinmetall, one of the bidders alongside BAE Systems for the Challenger 2 LEP, is going to further highlight its offer for the tank upgrade project. (Source: Shephard)
05 Sep 19. The Israeli Pavilion Will Showcase a Record Number of Product Launches and Announcements of New Technologies. Fifteen companies will exhibit at the Pavilion – with solutions focusing on tactical force protection, counter-drone systems, persistent surveillance, communications, firearm applications, motion systems for air, sea and land applications, and more
The International Defense Cooperation Directorate within Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and organizer of Israel’s National Pavilion – continues to strengthen cooperation between Israel’s defense industry and European countries. This aim is accomplished through collaboration and projects carried out via a number of communication channels, and include government contracts (G2G).
According to SIBAT’s Director, Brigadier General (Ret.) Yair Kulas, “The security challenges facing the European continent are growing, and so is the demand for technologically advanced defense systems. This year, the threat posed by drones to cities, airports and strategic facilities occupies a central place and is at the forefront of the global security conversation. Israeli counter-drone defense systems, most of which have already gained operational experience in Israel and around the world, are generating interest in many countries. In addition, Israeli industries will present a very wide range of defense systems at the cutting edge of technology: unmanned land and maritime systems, border and facility protection, intelligence and surveillance systems, air defense, special forces solutions, and more.
“SIBAT works with our overseas partners facing global challenges, to adapt technological solutions from among the wide variety being offered by the Israeli defense industry, as needed. Israel is ready, and encourages cooperation, including technology transfer and local production.”
SIBAT, the International Defense Cooperation Directorate at Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) is uniquely positioned within the ministry, while also having a close, ongoing relationship with the defense industry. This ensures SIBAT’s ability to maintain in-depth, up-to-date knowledge of relevant concepts, as well as a clear understanding of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) operational needs.
SIBAT’s extensive global presence – backed by knowledgeable, well-trained representatives – enables effective cooperation and coordination between Israeli and foreign companies, and between Israel and governments around the world.
Among its most valued services is the initiation of collaborative ventures and long-term partnerships, the matching of needs with technologies, and the creation and support of Government-to-Government agreements. The Directorate identifies, initiates, develops, and supports business opportunities for Israel’s hundreds of defense sector companies. SIBAT’s capabilities and experience ensure the effective implementation of Government-to-Government, Business-to-Government and Business-to-Business models.
SIBAT, a key intermediary between Israel’s defense establishment and foreign security agencies, military forces, and global industries, is central to developing and maintaining these relationships.
DSEI, September 10-13, London, Israel Pavilion, South Hall, S5-220
05 Sep 19. French industry at DSEI 2019. 32 companies French companies are represented. P&C International is in charge to recruit and coordinate French Companies at DSEI. All the exhibitors are gathered around the French Pavilion reception desk stand N7-420
NEW IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES
05 Sep 19. UK most attractive European nation for aerospace manufacturing. A new report assessing the attractiveness of aerospace manufacturing investments by nations has ranked the UK, with revenues of US$46bn, within the global top four. While the country scores highly on labour skill and infrastructure, however, Britain’s economy and perceived geo-political risk could hamper investment in the sector in coming years.
The aviation and aerospace industry has put a period of severe turbulence behind it in recent years, following a sustained trend of high-fuel costs while growing competition forced firms to cut margins. The falling price of oil, growing demand from emerging markets, and considerably lower commodity prices have allowed the industry a period of breathing space – while consumers are subsequently benefiting from lower cost travel.
In the UK, the Government has sought to seize on this moment with a range of policies designed to encourage investment in the British aerospace sector. For example, in 2018, the new Future Flight Challenge initiative saw the Government commit up to £125m to develop new technologies such as drones and urban air vehicles, something which has seen its position as a leading aerospace manufacturing nation stablise in 2019, in spite of the sustained economic and political turmoil Britain is currently enduring.
According to a new analysis by PwC, the UK has a strong aerospace and defence (A&D) industry, with revenues of $46bn. This is likely to be buoyed by the UK Defence Minister’s announcement in July that the Government is investing £2bn through to 2025 in a next generation fighter jet, the “Tempest.” Britain is seeking international partners to provide additional funding for the project, which will likely further improve its A&D status.
The report from PwC subsequently found that the UK’s aerospace attractiveness ranks the fourth highest in the world – and the highest of any European state. Driven by the ability to access skilled labour, well-maintained infrastructure, and a developed and mature overall A&D industry, the UK is only bested by the low-tax Singapore, the geo-politically stable Canada and low-cost US.
While the reasons for the UK lagging behind these nations clearly varies, one common factor does bear closer scrutiny. All three of those countries ranked higher in terms of geo-political stability than the UK, and with the country’s aerospace production chiefly being an export industry, it may well be adversely affected by Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Chemicals, automotive and A&D are the UK sectors most dependent on the unfettered access the UK currently enjoys in the single market. To that end, consultants have previously warned that as single market access will end with a probable No Deal scenario, the UK is unlikely to find itself in a strong bargaining position, given that 45% of UK exports are to the EU and less than 10% of EU exports are to the UK. At the same time, Canada took eight years to reach a free trade agreement with the EU, suggesting any negative impacts of crashing out of the EU could be long-term ones.
Commenting on the findings, Roland Sonnenberg, Head of UK Aerospace and Defence at PwC, said, “We’ve seen a lot of speculation that uncertainty over Brexit terms and the potential disruption to global supply chains may impact the ability to attract global investment and meet production timetables. But this analysis shows that the UK continues to be a strong competitor when it comes to investment and expansion opportunities… The UK has a real depth of talent and capability in the sector, which remains well-positioned to support the economy as we continue to make a strong and vital contribution across global markets.” (Source: Google/https://www.consultancy.uk)
03 Sep 19. An unpredictable autumn: Changes across Europe could spell delays for industry deals. Just as Europe begins serious discussions about joint defense programs, Italy is scrambling to forge a new government, putting decision-making in Rome on hold amid Britain’s exit from the European Union and a change of guard at the organization.
Following the collapse of the Italian government last month, Rome is expected to have a new coalition majority in place this week, but the hiccup may further delay decisions about Italy’s role in Britain’s Tempest fighter program, European partnerships and purchasing of F-35 aircraft.
The uncertainty in southern Italy matches the threat of chaos further north if British Prime Minister Boris Johnson carries out threats to leave the EU on Oct. 31 without a trade deal, just as the European Commission awaits a new crop of leaders following the EU election in May.
“Defense programs are always prone to delays and cost overruns, but when they are joint programs, that risk increases — and now is a case in point,” said Aude Fleurant, the director of arms and military expenditure at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a Swedish think tank.
Origins and options
Italy’s government upheaval began in early August when one of the members of Italy’s populist coalition government, the League party, walked away from the administration after too many policy rows with its partner, the Five Star party — ending the government’s parliamentary majority.
League party leader Matteo Salvini, whose anti-migrant policies have spurred his popularity after 14 months of government, hoped he could take sole command of the government through new elections.
But his plan suffered a setback when Five Star entered talks with its sworn rival, the center-left Democratic Party, to build a new majority and carry on governing without the League.
As a sign of open hostilities between the former coalition partners, Italian Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta — who is backed by Five Star — sent Navy ships to escort vessels carrying rescued migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, much to the anger of League leader Salvini.
With the likelihood that ministers for the new Five Star-Democratic Party coalition will be sworn in this week, it’s unclear if Trenta will keep her post. Nevertheless, a new government will likely add further delay to Italy’s decision on whether to join the U.K. Tempest program.
That potential time frame adds to the months during which Trenta failed to decide on the program following its launch by the U.K. in 2018, despite pressure from Italian defense company Leonardo and behind-the-scenes talks between Italian and British military officials.
In the meantime, Sweden has signed up, raising fears Italy will miss out on technological work.
Trenta’s hesitancy may have stemmed from the fact that the party that put her in office, Five Star, has mixed feelings about Italy’s ongoing purchase of F-35 jets. During her time in office, the government prevaricated over fulfilling its planned order of 90 aircraft.
Someone in Rome is needed to arbitrate in the row between the Navy and Air Force over who should manage the basing of the F-35B, which both forces are ordering. Analysts warned that Italy could miss its chance to snatch F-35 contracts that Turkey is losing as it’s forced out of the program.
One analyst said tension could escalate over the F-35 if and when a Five Star-Democratic Party coalition emerges. “Let’s see who the minister is — that will make a difference,” said Alessandro Marrone, a senior fellow at the IAI think tank in Rome.
A second analyst said that by divorcing from the right-wing League and teaming with the center-left Democrats, Five Star’s skepticism toward the F-35 could become more pronounced. “I could imagine Five Star agreeing to pro-EU policies favored by the Democrats in return for blocking the F-35 program, or even agreeing to enter the Tempest program in return for blocking the F-35,” said the analyst, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
A source with knowledge of the inner workings of the Italian government said the Democrats might also sacrifice the F-35 to win an agreement to build a rail line in northern Italy that Five Star opposed.
Gabriele Iacovino, an analyst at the International Study Center in Rome, said: “Defense is always the last issue to be considered when a new government is formed, and the defense minister is always the last to be appointed.”
Five Star did make one reference to defense in an Aug. 30 list of 20 policies it wants to pursue in a new coalition with the Democrats. “Put an end to the sale of armaments to war-waging countries, and incentive the process of converting industry,” the Five Star party stated, suggesting that parts of the Italian defense industry would be turned over to the production of civilian technology.
But in a successive draft list of policies issued Sept. 3, the policy was missing, apparently dropped.
At the other end of Europe, Brexit is creating uncertainty of a different kind for the continent, said Douglas Barrie, a senior fellow for military aerospace at the IISS think thank in London.
“There are two kinds of challenge for the British defense community when it comes to Brexit: one is relationship management, the other about bureaucratic,” he said.
“Relationship management is in part how ugly the U.K.’s departure is, and for how long the atmosphere is soured between London and its erstwhile partners in Brussels,” he added. “The bureaucratic issues include problems regarding the movement of goods and personnel within defense companies operating in or across Europe, and the ability to access, or not, European research and development funding.”
That spells trouble for U.K. firms, but also for Italy’s Leonardo, which has 7,000 staff in the U.K. after buying up large parts of the defense electronics industry there.
If anything, Leonardo’s challenge is twofold: It must keep channels open between its U.K. facilities and European markets, but also with its sister operations in Italy.
“In the case of a no-deal [Brexit], how will Leonardo transfer parts and staff from its U.K. to its Italian operators?” said the source knowledgeable of the Italian government’s inner workings.
Speaking to Defense News in March, Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo said it would be crucial to know where the intellectual property for a product must be registered so it can secure development funding from the EU.
“There is also an upside since having a base in the U.K. could help Leonardo when it comes to deals with the U.S. and help counterbalance the hegemony of France and Germany in Europe,” said Iacovino, the analyst in Rome.
Furthermore, if political crises and Brexit are bumps in the road for Italy and the U.K., defense cooperation between France and Germany is certainly not going smoothly, said Aude Fleurant at SIPRI.
“The French-German plans for a sixth-generation fighter, FCAS, are being held up by significant differences over exports to the Middle East,” she said. “France is very unhappy over Germany’s opposition, and Germany is refusing to budge.” (Source: Defense News)
03 Sep 19. Future Conventional Arms Control in Europe: A Sub-Regional Regime in the Baltics. A new report by the European Leadership Network proposes a conventional arms control regime in the Baltic region to prevent military tensions along the Russia and NATO contact line.
In a new ELN policy brief for London based think-tank, the European Leadership Network (ELN), ELN network member Dr. Evgeny Buzhinskiy and Younger Generation Leaders Network (YGLN) member Oleg Shakirov, examine ways to reduce the risk of military confrontation between Russia and NATO in the Baltic region.
The authors contend that, when coupled with a lack of regulation of the maritime domain, an increased number of forces along the contact line between Russia and NATO in the Baltics poses a serious threat to European security. To prevent a destabilising build-up of forces and enhance maritime security the report argues that:
- Both sides commit to lowering the intensity of military activity in the region, with strict limits on the movements of forces and assets towards the ‘line of contact’ between Russia and NATO.
- Such movements could only take place in two cases: for defensive military exercises and the implementation of planned rotations of forces and assets.
- The proposed approach would require acceptance that asymmetries might remain, but that existing postures do not pose a major threat.
- A framework of confidence and security-building measures (CSBMs) to manage naval activity in the Baltic Sea, going beyond incident prevention, could be developed. These would include prior notification of certain naval activities.
- The proposed arrangement could draw upon the experience and achievements of the Black Sea CSBMs and negotiations could be held under the auspices of the OSCE.
The authors argue that steps to ensure military stability in the region are not only possible, but are mutually beneficial to Russia and NATO. Baltic States are able to address their security concerns through naval confidence and security-building measures, creating a regional security environment based on cooperation and confidence. Given the obvious threats to European security, Russia and NATO countries should be interested in agreeing constraints on the movement of forces in the Baltic region: This charts the steps to do so.
03 Sep 19. UK set to increase defence spending. UK Chancellor Sajid Javid is set to announce an increase in UK defence spending to above its commitment of half a per cent more than the inflation rate in this week’s spending round. Javid will use Wednesday’s (4 August) spending round to highlight the importance of the UK’s military alliances and underline the commitment to keep defence spending above 2.1% of the UK’s GDP as recommended by NATO. Ahead of the spending round, Javid said: “As we leave the EU, we are deeply committed to playing a leading role on the global stage. That means bolstering alliances, celebrating our culture, building new trading relationships and making sure we can act when needed to keep our people safe.
“We shouldn’t be ashamed of being proud of our place in the world – we are and will remain a great nation with fantastic assets.”
The Treasury said it was committed to ensuring that the UK Armed Forces were ‘world-class’ and the ‘best-funded in Europe’.
The spending review will outline the budget of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the period of 2020-2021. Currently, the MOD budget is £38.8bn, with the increase in funding set to raise the budget nearly £40bn.
The UK is also set to increase spending on diplomatic efforts giving more money to embassies and consulates across the world.
Forces Network also reported that the treasury would set aside £5m for the newly created Office for Veterans’ Affairs which it will spend on helping former military personnel with homelessness, medical treatment and job training.
During his campaign for leader of the Conservatives and Prime Minister, allies of Boris Johnson said he was committed to raising the defence budget, but fell short of saying by how much spending would increase.
At the recent G7 summit in Biarritz, Johnson reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to ongoing defence agreements, saying: “We will remain at the heart of the alliances that span the world. And we will continue to use the breadth of our expertise in diplomacy, defence and development to uphold and safeguard the global order on which peace and prosperity depends.”
NATO mandates that member states spend at least 2% of their GDP on defence, however, only the US, UK, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Greece and Estonia currently meet this commitment.
The UK has the highest defence budget in Europe and is the sixth-largest defence spender globally according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Around 70% of all NATO spending is by the US, which is the world’s highest defence spender. This year’s spending round will be delivered in parliament on Wednesday with a multi-year spending review set for 2020. (Source: army-technology.com)
02 Sep 19. A European Aircraft Carrier: A Powerful Idea That Can’t Be Sunk? A German politician has floated the idea of a European aircraft carrier. Could it happen? Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who in 2018 succeeded German chancellor Angela Merkel as the head of Merkel’s governing Christian Democratic Union party, proposed the Euro-carrier in the summer of 2019. Kramp-Karrenbauer’s proposal came in response to French president Emmanuel Macron’s call for greater European integration.
Merkel herself in early 2019 endorsed the idea. “It’s right and good that we have such equipment on the European side, and I’m happy to work on it.”
It’s unclear whether Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to share a single flattop across several European navies, perhaps under the European Union’s umbrella. Alternatively, European defense firms jointly could produce a single carrier-class for different E.U. navies. European governments and industry already collaborate on major warplane designs.
At present, just two E.U. states possess aircraft carriers. France operates one carrier, Charles De Gaulle. The United Kingdom is working up a new class of two new carriers of the Queen Elizabeth class. The government in London could leave the European Union as early as October, leaving Charles De Gaulle as the sole E.U. flattop. It’s unclear whether and how Kramp-Karrenbauer’s proposal would affect France’s plans for a carrier to succeed Charles De Gaulle.
The current French carrier launched in 1994 and could require replacement as early as the 2040s. At the 2018 Euronaval conference, French defense minister Florence Parly said the Marine Nationale would define the new vessel’s requirements in 2020. The new flattop could serve into the 2080s.
R4″Key issues to be decided during the study period include whether or not the new carrier will be nuclear-powered like the Charles De Gaulle, and how to accommodate new combat aircraft being jointly developed with Germany,” Agence France-Presse reported.
The French flattop recently returned to action following an 18-month, $1.5bn overhaul. The Marine Nationale accepted the 42,000-ton-displacement, nuclear-powered Charles De Gaulle from the Direction Générale de l’Armement — the French procurement agency — in early November 2018.
“The 18-month overhaul and modernisation of the carrier in the southern French port of Toulon covered the combat system, aircraft maintenance facilities and the platform,” Jane’s reported.
“A new longer-range 3D air surveillance radar and more accurate navigation radars were installed, the networks were digitised, the control room was completely replaced and the telecommunication systems were modernised,” Jane’s continued.
The maintenance hangars, aircraft spaces and deck-landing systems were converted to an “all-Rafale” configuration optimised for the naval version of the Rafale combat aircraft following the retirement from service of the Super-Etendard Modernisé. The carrier’s automation systems and automatic stabilisation and steering control system were modernised, two units of the cooling system were replaced, the control simulator was refitted and one of the two galleys was refurbished. The French defense ministry announced that the newly modernized Charles De Gaulle and her battle group — three destroyers, a submarine and a supply ship — would deploy to the Indo-Pacific region for five months starting in March 2019.
During the deployment, Charles De Gaulle and her escorts will exercise with the Japanese navy and the militaries of Egypt and India, NHK World Japan reported. The 860-feet-long flattop normally embarks an air wing of around 40 aircraft, including Rafale M fighters, E‑2C Hawkeye radar early-warning planes and EC725 Caracal and AS532 Cougar helicopters.
It’s a problem having just one carrier. During refits, Charles De Gaulle’s air crews must find ways of maintaining their skills. It’s for that reason that most navies that possess carriers aim to acquire at least two of the vessels. France and Russia are alone among major carrier powers in operating just a single flattop. With their only carrier laid up for repairs starting in 2017, French aviators for the first time integrated with a U.S. Navy carrier air wing.
Twenty-seven French aviators and 350 sailors in April 2018 traveled to Virginia with 12 Rafales and one Hawkeye. After training on land, the French embarked on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush for at-sea training. David Axe serves as Defense Editor of the National Interest. He is the author of the graphic novels War Fix, War Is Boring and Machete Squad. (Source: News Now/https://nationalinterest.org)
02 Sep 19. Defence companies call for investment boost to head off no deal damage. The UK defence industry on Monday called on the government to invest in the £78bn sector ahead of a crunch spending review, helping small suppliers who would be hit by no-deal Brexit.
ADS Group, the UK trade body representing aerospace, defence, security and space firms, has written to Chancellor Sajid Javid asking him to “prioritise” funding which can be put to good use. The UK is the second-largest defence exporter in the world and 374,000 jobs depend on its prosperity.
“Budgets across defence remain challenging and it is imperative that the [Ministry of Defence] and industry work together to make best use of every pound that is spent,” said ADS chief executive Paul Everitt.
“There is a prime opportunity to develop a cross-government defence industrial strategy that looks to make the most of investment in UK defence and sustains military capabilities.”
Reports last week suggested defence is one area Javid could look to get tough on in his spending round, due to be unveiled on Wednesday.
In particular, ADS, which has 1000 members, said SMEs should be given VAT and corporate tax holidays, business rates relief and a boost to investment allowances to ease cashflows in a no-deal scenario.
ADS also said “urgent planning” was needed with banks to make sure small firms have enough cash and are not penalised for going into their overdrafts if there is no-deal chaos.
A recent ADS poll showed plans by members to increase spending were falling. Only 50% plan to increase investment over the next 12 months, down from 60%. UK aerospace companies have also spent £600m to prepare for no deal, stockpiling and legal fees. Other measures proposed by ADS include renewing £11m of spending on the Home Office’s Joint Security and Resilience Centre and extending funding for the Aerospace Technology Institute beyond 2030. It also said increasing budgets on the £10 m SC21 Competitiveness and Growth programme, which aims to boost competitiveness, to £24m would aid an additional 130 firms. (Source: Google/Evening Standard)
03 Sep 19. Sweden At DSEi 2019, Stand N2-320.
BAE Systems Bofors is a part of the Weapon Systems business unit within the international defense group BAE Systems. The main products of BAE Systems Bofors are the Bofors multi-target Naval Gun Systems of Bofors 40mm and 57mm caliber with their programmable 3P Ammunition, the 155mm Wheeled Howitzer Archer, Bofors LEMUR family of Remote Weapon Systems, and intelligent artillery ammunition.
BAE Systems Hägglunds focuses on the design, manufacturing, integration and support of a wide range of military vehicles to customers worldwide. Our primary products are medium weight combat vehicle family, armoured all-terrain vehicle family, logistical support and services and hybrid electric drive systems for the civilian market. Our core values are Trusted, Innovative and Bold. For further information, please visit www.baesystems.com
Combitech has essentially grown up with Sweden’s defence and the defence industry with 1,900 employees in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Our origins extend right back to 1940s. In other words, we have built up unique experience, knowledge and primarily an understanding of the exacting requirements imposed in terms of technical performance and security. Today we offer an exclusive combination of skill and breadth of knowledge within all segments – Command and Control, Air, Sea and Land.
Combitech influences the properties of a system throughout all the phases of its lifecycle. We participate in feasibility studies and requirement identification. Systems specification and systems development. Manufacturing. Testing and evaluation. Long-term maintenance. Providing expert knowledge at every stage and a thorough understanding of the overall picture, we contribute to optimal solutions for both your business and your projects.
Habia Cable develops, manufactures and markets standard and custom designed cables and harnesses for demanding applications. Our customers are found in the Telecommunications, Nuclear Power Generations, Defense, Offshore and Industrial sectors. In its segment, Habia Cable is today one of Europe´s leading wire and cable manufacturers. The company has a global presence and sales in more than 50 countries worldwide. Habia Cable’s most important competitive advantages are a high level of service, high technical competence and a global organization.
Knowit AB (publ) is a consultancy firm which, within the ever swifter digitalization, creates unique client value by offering interdisciplinary deliveries from three business fields: Solutions, Experience and Insight. It is the capacity to combine competencies within IT, design and communication and management consultancy that sets us apart from other consultancy firms.
Knowit Dataunit AB, a subsidiary to Knowit AB, is specialized in the defence and security area and has been delivering communication systems to the Swedish Armed Forces since the beginning of 1990’s. Knowit Dataunit has a deep knowledge of interoperability, international C2 and C4I-systems and we delivers cost-efficient and flexible solutions tailorized for the customer.
For more than 25 years NATEK has been leading the way, providing innovative and versatile power supply solutions to defence forces throughout Scandinavia. Deploying these chargers in the Arctic regions, they have been designed and built to withstand the most extreme weather conditions on Earth.
And as technology quickly advances towards a dependency on digital devices, NATEK is perfectly positioned to step in and produce the adaptable power conversion demanded. Militaries will be battlefield-ready utilizing charging units that are compact, rugged and powerful enough to deploy in any scenario. Harvesting the energy wherever it can be retrieved, converting it reliable and intelligently into stored energy.
No more dependencies based on chemistries, size or manufacturer. Adapted to conform to your needs not the other way around. This is what NATEK stands for.
Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions, including trucks and buses for heavy transport applications combined with an extensive product-related service offering. Scania is also a leading provider of industrial and marine engines.Employing 49,300 people, the company operates in about 100 countries.
Scania have over 100 years’ experience of delivering reliable solutions for peacekeeping and defence work on land and sea.
Scania’s modular system, with a selection of standardised components, enables Scania to deliver tailor-made defence vehicles as well as larger volumes of standardised vehicles.
Scania´s ILS solutions offer global service networks, spare parts commonality and long-term supply in order to secure vehicle availability.
Spuhr i Dalby AB is a Swedish design and manufacturing company. The company revolutionized the scope mount with the Ideal Scope Mount System in 2009. Spuhr has continued to make their name as a trusted partner for law enforcement and military customers, delivering advanced field-ready products, such as scope mount systems, grenade launcher sight mounts, NVG carry systems, and weapon upgrade kits.
Spuhr design solutions are renowned for being highly innovative, light-weight, and soldier proof – epitomizing the KISS principle. Visit www.spuhr.biz to learn more.
Swebor can supply all armour steel grades needed to protect those who protect others. Swedish quality since more than 30 years at a competitive price. Fast and reliable deliveries from production or stock – always ballistically tested. Swebor Armor- Safety from the Arctic.
For more information please visit our stand at the Swedish Pavilion N2-320 or contact us at
30 Aug 19. Brexit, the US/UK Trade Deal and UK Defence Exports. Given the experience BATTLESPACE has had with UKTI and now DIT and the associated ADS Trade Association, it will require a change of attitude on top of any new trade deal to increase defence exports to the USA, the world’s largest market. I have been attending the annual Association of United States Army (AUSA) Trade Show in Washington DC since the 1980s as an Exhibitor and Press. Over the past ten years I have been urging UKTI/DIT and ADS to support visiting UK companies with advice and contacts prior to and during the event, with associated press coverage, to no avail. BATTLESPACE offered an advertising deal for £50 per company covering advertising and PR prior to and during the show, it was turned down, believed to be because ADS promise PR to members as part of their subscription! In earlier years, at the end of the event, the Hall was open to vising high-ranking US military and their wives, to tour the exhibits and discuss cooperation and products in a relaxed format. The US firms served Tequila, the Swedes, vodka, the Germans, Jägermeister and the Australians, beer. What did the UKTI/ADS Pavilion serve – nothing, they closed it before the event.
In the 90s BATTLESPACE held two events at the Army & Navy Club as no other Reception was available due to cuts. Eventually industry clubbed together to hold one in a pub in Downtown DC at which mainly UK companies attended with very few US contacts from the Embassy, DoD and Pentagon.
Thus, UK attendance has been dwindling to the effect that there is now no UK Pavilion at AUSA, in 2018 the Pavilion was cancelled at the last minute with one company left with no booth, the excuse being that AUSA ‘didn’t give the UK what it wanted.’ I am sure the real reason was that SMEs not wanting to spend upwards of £15000 to attend a show without any support. No one from DIT visited the event at the height of the Brexit negotiations in 2017, preferring to attend the Dubai Airshow, maybe more airmiles for Liam?! The Embassy Reception at which press are routinely not invited, (I am indebted to the DA for my invite last year), was smaller in 2018 because ‘someone got drunk the year before!’ The US Trade Associations take a totally different view to overseas trade shows. They have a ‘big brother,’ be it a representative for one of the Pries to help SMEs gain the best advantage and contacts from the trade booth.
Adam Thomas OBE and his team work tirelessly to man and run stands across the world, but cuts made by the Government mean that there has to be a profit element in these events, thus support for SMEs is cut and their costs go up. There seem to be little support from on high. In the 80s and 90s DESO was a global powerhouse supporting companies across the world to sell goods, the drop in defence exports, although bulked up by security exports, mirrors this declining influence, started by the Brown administration which was known to be anti-defence. If the UK wants a good and improved trade deal with the US it is time that DIT got its act together in the defence segment before other countries win important deals on key new programmes.
21 Aug 19. kc4business Ltd is participating in this year’s DSEi held at Excel, London, UK from September 10 – 13. kc4business Ltd is a business development, sales support consultancy offering an extension of businesses without the cost and need to commit to a full time member of staff. Kc4business offers a diverse range of outsourcing services, being adaptable to a client’s needs in terms of focus and time commitment offering benefits, including attendance at defence and rail “meet the buyer” events, often on a cost share basis. Client tasks include: relationship building within the supply chain and DVD partnership stand management, within the aerospace, defence and rail industries in particular.
By way of examples, a client may wish to outsource the development of new or existing customers; the client may need help in relationship building within a supply chain; they may require support at trade shows – administering, staffing the stand installation, or finding and developing new contacts and following up potential new customers.
Supporting companies include:
*Hub Electronics, 40 years as a worldwide distributor and in depth stockist of electro-mechanical products, connectors, cables, backshells, project management services. Products are available in all standard materials and plating, finishes and are RoHS, REACH and VG approved.
*Parmley Technologies, over 20 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing electronic control panels, printed circuit boards and joy stick consoles for military vehicles.
*NewMet – a wide range of polymeric solid and foam based products for use in vehicle interior applications including thermal insulation, seals, gaskets, sound barriers, shielding products, seat cushions and adhesive and masking solutions.
* SAE – From the first spark plug in 1917, SAE has played a critical role in the progress of the global aerospace industry. Known for publishing an extensive range of mobility engineering standards for the Aerospace and Automotive Sectors.
See us at DSEi on Parmley Technologies S3-119 and sponsoring the refreshments on the NDI Pavilion S10-100.
Please come and chat, or pick the phone up after the show.
Mobile: +44 (0) 7484 124614
19 Aug 19. 15 Israeli companies will exhibit at the Israel Pavilion, organized by Israel MOD-SIBAT, showcasing their latest technologies in the Defense & HLS at the upcoming DSEI
I would like to present you with the highlight of each exhibiting company, and invite you to schedule one-on-one meetings with those of your interest:
- Controp will LAUNCH 2 (two) solutions – a Unique Video Motion Detection Payload and ‘Server in the Sky’ for Persistent Surveillance, and a Weapon Director Payloads for Remote Weapon Stations (RWSs) and Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).
The company will also present for the first time a complete solution for Coastal and Maritime Surveillance.
- ECI will highlight its next generation immune and secured Integrated Defense Networks.
- Elmo Motion will LAUNCH 2 (two) motion controllers – an extreme current miniature servo drive for high-precision and high-reliability applications that can operate in the harshest environments as well as the most advanced and ruggedized multi-axis network motion controller.
- General Robotics will showcase the next generation lightweight, fast Pitbull-3 anti-drone remote weapon station and the DOGO Mark II anti-terror robot with its latest capabilities – faster Point & Shoot™ and new less-lethal capabilities.
- IMC will LAUNCH its Flight Termination System (FTS) for mounting on land, air and naval platforms.
- MAGAM will showcase its next-generation of Self-Sealing Flexible Fuel Tank that Prevents Leakage from Up to 30mm Bullets shots.
- Physical Logic will UNRODUCE its next generation, ultra-light high precision closed loop MEMS accelerometers with exceptional short-term and long-term performance, comparable to Navigation Grade electromechanical quartz accelerometers.
- RADA will REVEAL 2 (two) new air defense radar systems for on-the-move force protection and can be mounted on vehicles.
- REDLER will INTRODUCE its breakthrough smart power circuit breakers, enabling energy management for better efficiency and reducing the platform’s weight.
- RP Optical Lab will LAUNCH its lightweight, high-resolution cooled thermal camera for defense & HLS applications
- RT LTA will ANNOUNCE improved capabilities for the popular SkyStarTM aerostat family.
- SCD will showcase its new generation Sparrow a Miniature High Definition (HD) MWIR Video Core – the smallest HD IR Detector in its category – perfectly suited to a variety of air and land surveillance applications.
- SAN will present its unique electro hydraulic Tactical Breaching Kit.
- Seraphim will Highlight its family of unique unified multi-sensor and multi-tasking surveillance systems for perimeter security, sefense and HLS applications.
Outside the Pavilion –
- Steadicopter will Unveil the Final Configuration of its Black Eagle 50 Compact RUAV.
UVision Air will showcase its game-changing Hero-30 – man portable, deployable within minutes suitable for Special Forces missions – installed on EINSA’s tactical vehicle – the NETON. Also at the company will display the Hero-120, Hero 400-EC and the Hero Simulator.
05 Sep 19. Tellumat Defence & Security will participate on the South African Pavilion at this year’s Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) conference and exhibition.
DSEI, which is supported by The UK Ministry of Defence and the UK Department of International Trade, connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought-leaders and the global defence & security supply chain on an unrivalled scale.
The South African Pavilion is coordinated by the South African Department of Trade and Industry and the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD).
This year’s edition of DSEI will be held from 10 to 13 September at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London.
Tellumat’s ASTUS UAS
Among the products Tellumat will promote is the ASTUS Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Launched at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition in September 2018, ASTUS is a medium-size, medium-range tactical surveillance UAS, suitable for lengthy day / night missions requiring real-time surveillance data collection and delivery, such as border and coastal security, environmental protection and peacekeeping missions. It can also be used in the cost-effective training of UAS crews for beyond-line-of-sight operations of larger UASs.
The aircraft has a wingspan of 5.2 metres and a maximum take-off weight of 92 kg. It is powered by a 210-cc fuel-injected 2-stroke motor providing 8 hours of optimal flight time at 5,000 feet above sea level, although noting this cruising altitude can be significantly varied if required.
Low latency payload control and monitoring is available via the ground control station (GCS). The modular and portable GCS can be networked to allow control of ASTUS by more than one pilot and more than one payload operator geographically who could be separated across very large mission areas.
Quick to deploy and easy to operate in a wide range of missions, the system has a minimum crew requirement of just four, comprising a pilot, payload operator, safety pilot and aircraft technician.
The ASTUS UAS is provided with all the necessary support equipment, operational spares and base spares to allow for extended operations without external support.
ASTUS addresses the market need for high-end UAS performance in a compact, cost-effective package, accommodating various types of payloads.
Data Links and IFF
Tellumat will also be promoting its family of ground-to-air and air-to-ground command and control video / data links, as well as its identification friend or foe (IFF) interrogators and transponders, together with unique-per-country national secure mode solutions.
Tellumat’s diverse offering and broad skill set provide a solid platform for partnerships that promote mutual self-reliance and strengthen government ties between countries, says Brian Ferguson, Key Accounts Manager for Tellumat’s Defence & Security division.
Tellumat has a full range of engagement options, from simple agreements of sale through to training on installation and maintenance, integrated logistic support, manufacturing and development collaboration. Its long-standing track record of working in global markets makes it the ideal partner to any end-user or systems integrator attending DSEI to seek innovative technology partnerships, he adds.
“DSEI sees a coming together of industry players from all regions of the world. We look forward to not only meeting new people, but to networking and seeking out opportunities for South African based value-added partnerships with foreign multinationals.”
Tellumat has supplied systems and solutions to system integrators and end-users in the international aerospace and defence markets since 1963 as Plessey South Africa which then became Tellumat in 1998.
Visit Tellumat on the South African Pavilion at DSEI 2019, Stands N3-100 and N3-140.
05 Sep 19. The future is now for the Royal Navy at DSEI. DSEI holds an unrivalled naval heritage, ranging from warship displays to showcasing the most cutting-edge maritime electronic technology. In addition to these impressive displays, the Royal Navy will use DSEI 2019 to host its Maritime Capability Conference, focusing on the opportunities and capabilities for modernisation and transformation in a fast-changing and increasingly digital world. The conference will examine the Royal Navy’s dedication to innovation and adaptation in training a cutting-edge Navy of the future. Bringing together the brightest minds in the maritime sector, including the heads of navies from around the world, its aim is to explore the opportunities and potential challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence and advances in autonomy.
The Royal Navy has emphasised its commitment to modernisation. This includes harnessing the opportunities presented by technological advances in autonomy, computing and AI, to enable ongoing operational advantage.
The expanding capabilities of autonomy are being embraced, alongside a continued commitment to manning and training the future Navy. Every year since 2016, Exercise Information Warrior has seen the Royal Navy collaborate with industry partners to develop its Information Warfare programme, reinforcing high-tech Information Warfare as a key naval focus.
While deterrence and the ability to engage with adversaries remain at the heart of the Royal Navy, it is also developing in terms of mass, reach and effectiveness through advances in autonomy. Agility and flexibility have also been enhanced with the power of Carrier Strike, ensuring the Royal Navy remains dominant in maritime environments.
“To remain credible and maintain our competitive edge we must continue to embrace new technology, both in the future platforms we are building and by future-proofing the platforms we already have in service” said Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.
“The Royal Navy has a strong pedigree in this regard; Admiral Jackie Fisher’s reforms at the start of the 20th century transitioned the Royal Navy from sail to steam, started building ships with iron and steel instead of wood and became the first to do away with cannon lining the sides of our ships, instead introducing rifled guns in turrets, made accurate by the invention of the first fire control computers. We became pioneers in the worlds of submarine warfare and maritime aviation. And now, as we approach the era of machine speed warfare, we’re leading the way again, accelerating the introduction of novel and disruptive technologies such as open architecture command systems and Artificial Intelligence as we work our way towards a fully digitized Royal Navy. We aim to have an unmanned MCM capability in UK waters by 2020, with a view to taking the man out of the minefield all together, these technological advances offer a glimpse of the exciting future that awaits us. But the important thing is how we empower our people to come up with new ideas and to take risks, potentially failing during development, so we never fail on ops. I see DSEI as a hugely beneficial opportunity for us all to meet with partners from industry, academia, and with our counterparts from overseas and to share and learn from each other in this endeavour.”
The conference will explore topical themes including:
* “How to digitise the Royal Navy and ensure Information advantage is at the heart of the future naval approach”
* “Autonomy – Exploring the opportunities to increase mass, reach and lethality of the Royal Navy”
* “Machine Speed Warfare – Harnessing new, disruptive technologies to gain war-winning advantage”
* “Manning and training the future increasingly ‘autonomous navy’”.
The conference will be complimented by a naval seminar programme within the exhibition, where military and industry subject matter experts will deliver presentations on topics including undersea defence technology, electronic warfare transformation, maritime security and training. There will be industry leading experts from Chess Dynamics, Leidos, Seatronics and TP Group discussing these topics, alongside former and serving personnel from the Royal Navy.
The Maritime Capability Conference is sponsored by Thales, which recently opened a new centre of excellence in maritime autonomy in Plymouth allowing highly trained personnel to test and deliver autonomous trials with rapid sea access.
UK Thales CEO Victor Chavez said: ‘With a digital revolution underway in all the markets that Thales serves, Thales is investing heavily in the underlying technologies of connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cyber security to help our customers protect their citizens and make the world safer. With this in mind, we are delighted to sponsor the Maritime Capability Conference at DSEI in partnership with the Royal Navy. The Maritime Capability Conference is a platform for those across industry to debate, discuss and collaborate on harnessing the power and opportunities of a digital future, in order to enable our Armed Forces and stay one step ahead in a rapidly changing world.’
The DSEI Maritime Capability Conference takes place alongside conferences led by the British Army and Royal Air Force on Monday 09 September at ExCeL London. A drinks reception, offering an excellent networking opportunity for delegates and speakers, will take place after all three conferences.
05 Sep 19. Transforming Land Power to Deliver Competitive Advantage. The conference will discuss the trends in threats at a strategic level, before exploring what capabilities are required for the British Army to best operate with its partners, allies, and industry. It will conclude by setting out a vision for bi-lateral engagement with industry over the coming decade, with the British Army and industry working in coalition during the acquisition process, through to the lifetime of programmes and beyond.
Speakers will focus on identifying and accelerating the development of new capabilities, with topics including “The Future of NATO Armaments and Capabilities” and “Unlocking the Army’s Ambition with Industry”. There will also be a focus on the “grey zone” of neither war nor peace, considering how land forces demonstrate greater utility in non-war fighting activity while simultaneously maintaining their edge in war fighting at scale. Delegates will hear discussion around the potential of artificial intelligence, data analytics and machine learning and the use of autonomous robotic systems. Speakers will also examine how these contemporary technologies can be incorporated into the British Army’s approach without losing sight of their key role as practitioners of dismounted close combat.
Confirmed speakers include:
* Lt Gen Eric Wesley (Deputy Commanding General, Futures Command, U.S. Army),
* Col Joachim Isacsson (Assistant Head of Futures, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, UK MOD),
* Andrew Cowdery (Industry Co-Chair, Defence Growth Partnership).
General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff said, “The British Army exists to protect the people of Britain, prevent conflict, and to be ready to fight Britain’s enemies. We must therefore be both prepared for the present and fit for the future in a world where change is the status quo. The broadening spectrum and complexity of tasks that confront today’s armies demand clear-sighted strategies in response. Armies must plot a course that enables them to be comfortable operating both above and below the threshold of peer conflict, leveraging all possible sources of strength in pursuit of advantage, while continuously adapting. Our Army must be able to provide the tools to help our nation contest effectively in the ‘constant competition’ of international strategy.
In response to this challenge, the British Army has recognised the need for a close collaboration with Industry that fosters an exchange of ideas and innovation… DSEI provides us with the opportunity to share ideas, stimulate innovation and develop the relationships which are so important to our success.”
The conference is sponsored by Thales. Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales in the UK said, “‘With a digital revolution underway in all the markets that Thales serves, Thales is investing heavily in the underlying technologies of connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence, cyber security, intelligent sensors, effectors and open system architectures to help our customers protect their citizens and make the world safer. Incorporating these technologies will allow our land forces to develop their concepts of operations and meet the challenges of emerging threats. With this in mind, we are delighted to sponsor the Land Capability Conference at DSEI in partnership with the British Army. The Land Capability Conference is a platform for those across industry to debate, discuss and collaborate on harnessing the power and opportunities of a digital future, in order to enable our Armed Forces and stay one step ahead in a rapidly changing world.”
The DSEI Land Capability Conference will begin at 09:50 and close at 17:00 on Monday 9th September 2019, and will be followed by a networking drinks reception also open to delegates of the Aerospace Capability Conference and Maritime Capability Conference.
05 Sep 19. DSEI launches the Manufacturing Hub. With an area dedicated to manufacturing excellence, DSEI 2019 will provide an opportunity for suppliers to penetrate the defence sector and strengthen their relationships within industry, including with the prime contractors that rely on their skills and technology to deliver complex equipment programmes. The Hub will be sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre, a UK organisation established to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK
With an area dedicated to manufacturing excellence, DSEI 2019 will provide an opportunity for suppliers to penetrate the defence sector and strengthen their relationships within industry, including with the prime contractors that rely on their skills and technology to deliver complex equipment programmes. The Hub will be sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre, a UK organisation established to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.
Andy Barnes, Associate Director for Defence and Security at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Manufacturing Hub at DSEI 2019 and look forward to showcasing how we can help the defence sector and its supply chain modernise processes, generate efficiencies and improve productivity through new technology.”
The manufacturing industry is a key part of the UK and world economy. UK manufacturing currently employs 2.6 million people, accounts for 44% of total exports and represents 70% of business research and development. Some of the most innovative technologies can be found within this space, and the hub will include manufacturing leaders in areas including:
- CAD/CAM Software
- Electronic Components
- Additive Manufacturing
- Milling and Machining
- Connectors and Cables
- High Precision Press
The Manufacturing Hub will provide a dedicated space for UK manufacturers to exhibit and showcase their capabilities and meet with potential new clients and market players from among the more than 35,000 visitors and 4,000+ system engineers/designers expected to take part in the event. Exhibitors will also be able to benefit from focussed networking events with subcontractors, buyers, system integrators, and designers from tier 1, tier 2, and OEMs.
Among the exhibitors already confirmed to feature in the Hub is UK precision components manufacturer, Xwame Group. Damon Moran, European Relations Manager, said: “The Xwame Group Ltd. Is looking forward to introducing its leading services to the defence and security industry at DSEI. The Manufacturing Hub provides us with a great opportunity to showcase our extensive CNC-fabrication capabilities.”
Grant Burgham, DSEI Event Director, said: “We are really proud to be launching the Manufacturing Hub for DSEI 2019. We strongly believe the Manufacturing Hub will be the perfect platform to create opportunities and connections between different sectors of the manufacturing world and the defence industry. As we celebrate DSEI’s 20th Anniversary, this new feature is testimony that the event is dedicated to the whole of the defence industry and to creating new opportunities for all tiers of the supply chain.”
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