The DSEI exhibition floor plays host to more than 40 international pavilions, each of which will provide a regional hub of defence and security ingenuity.
Several pavilions are featured for the first time, including: Bulgaria, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia. The UAE also returns to DSEI in force. Many other countries have increased their pavilions to accommodate more local industry and expertise. Poland has more than quadrupled its presence, with Austria and Italy nearly doubling in size, while the Czech Republic has grown by more than 50 per cent since DSEI 2015.
The Turkish pavilion at DSEI has seen significant growth this year and is the largest Turkish pavilion to date. This growth is in line with the continued development of the Turkish defence industry, whose annual turnover topped $6 billion in 2016 with total annual exports of over $1.68 billion. The Turkish Under-secretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) reports that in 2016 over 500 companies added nearly 3,000 military products to the Turkish defence industry portfolio.
The Finnish government has announced that it will boost its military strength by 20 per cent through increased troop numbers against a background of increasing regional tensions.
Finland will also increase its annual military spending by €55 million (£47 million) over the next three years and by €150 million from 2021 onwards. The Finnish presence continues to increase at DSEI with a dedicated pavilion and 10 exhibiting companies, including Bittium Wireless, a secure communications provider, which signed a €30 million ($35.1million) Framework Agreement with the Finnish Defence Forces earlier this month.
The German pavilion will host more than 30 companies − an indication of the renewed importance of defence spending and exports within the country.
In concert with other NATO partners who are increasing their defence budgets, the German defence budget will rise by eight per cent this year, to €37 billion. The German defence industry will be promoting opportunities for increased collaboration. This follows on the heels of last month’s announcement that they will be committing to joint manned and unmanned air platforms with France.
France continues to have a strong presence at DSEI with over 24 companies in its national pavilion, and 10 individual companies have taken stands at this flagship event.
The UK pavilion, hosted by ADS, is the largest pavilion at the event. In addition, the Department for International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO) Showcase will present current expeditionary and security capabilities with participation from 36 companies (daily demonstration at 11.30). It is divided into the following themed areas:
• Infantry Zone − Soldier equipment, weapons and fighting vehicles;
• n Artillery Zone − Find, Fix, Strike assets;
• Communications & ISTAR Zone − Comms platforms, ECM systems and software;
• Engineering and Security Zone − C-IED, EOD, CBRN and security/force protection.
The US Pavilion at DSEI 2017 is now the largest non-UK Pavilion at the entire event. The nation has increased by over 12 per cent compared with DSEI 2015. DSEI is certified by the Department of Commerce and has Department of Defense approval. Some 130 standholders are occupying over 2,200m2 of space, including 48 first-time exhibitors. On the evening of Wednesday 13 September the Navy League of the United States hosts the US Industry Reception. Tickets to this are limited. For more information, please visit the US Lounge in hall N5