event drew 34,038 visitors, 1,683 exhibiting companies representing 108 countries and 42 international pavilions. There were 2,874 VIP attendees representing 84 countries and 255 programmed delegations. DSEI 2017 will enable visitors to access the entire land systems supply chain. Land domain exhibitors include such leading players as BAE Systems, Babcock, FN Herstal, General Dynamics, Kongsberg, L3, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Nammo, Patria, Qinetiq, Qioptiq, Rheinmetall, RUAG, Saab and Thales. In reflection of the unrivalled opportunities DSEI presents to exhibitors, Balz Villiger, Senior Manager Marketing & Communication, RUAG Defence, said: “DSEI 2015 was an outstanding opportunity for RUAG to showcase its extensive expertise in the areas of tactical communications and artillery solutions to an extensive and expert audience. Furthermore, the event is an excellent platform to maintain existing contacts and make new ones. RUAG will therefore be exhibiting once again in London in 2017”. Furthermore, reflecting DSEI’s status as a premier forum for international co-operation and thought leadership, senior military commanders will be sharing their views on how doctrine and capabilities must be shaped to meet the demands of an uncertain future across a series of seminars, key speeches and presentations. DSEI Event Director, Duncan Reid, said: “DSEI 2017 will attract more than 30,000 quality visitors to ExCeL London and there is no doubt that the Land component will be a significant focal point for the many delegations and military personnel from around the world. The range of new technologies and innovations that will be on display clearly emphasise that DSEI is the global hub of defence and land-based expertise for all Armed Forces’ requirements.” General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen Chief of the General Staff British Army said, “I much look forward to DSEI 2017. We intend to build on the very positive experience of DSEI 2015 as we construct the partnerships we need to deal with the complexity of the future operating environment”. Acquisitions elsewhere also reflect the growing requirement for mobility. The Czech Republic is looking for a supplier of open combat vehicles with a 4x4 configuration, whilst Slovenia is procuring special armoured off-road vehicles. Lithuania is acquiring 88 Boxer infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and Australia is looking to acquire 222 combat reconnaissance vehicles. For dismounted soldier systems, Norway is upgrading its equipment and acquiring new footwear and all-weather clothing for the army, navy and air-force. Reflecting evolving tactical requirements, New Zealand is also looking to replace its current Body Armour System. DSEI attracts an unrivalled number of international land force delegations, government officials, OEMs, system integrators and SMEs. In 2015, the 21 FOCUS ON LAND For more information, visit www.dsei.co.uk/naval.
Inside DSEI Issue 12 February 2017
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