ABOVE: IVECO Defence vehicles display stand.
The Defence Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2013 exhibition was held in the London Docklands ExCeL Exhibition Centre on September 10-13, 2013. It is a bi-annual event, held in the autumn to avoid conflict with the other major international defence exhibitions such as IDEX in Abu Dhabi held earlier in the year and Eurosatory in Paris traditionally held the following year.
Post exhibition statistics showed that 32,169 visitors attended DSEI 2013, a rise of 13% over the same event in 2011. The exhibition featured 1,489 exhibitors, representing 54 countries, and included 40 international pavilions. Ninety-seven official delegations from 56 countries attended.
For those unfamiliar with the venue, the ExCeL centre is comprised of two very large display halls (North & South) on either side of a wide centre-isle. Externally, a large maritime anchorage adjoins the Centre, together with ground displays of aircraft. The display halls/areas are ‘themed’ to concentrate particular types of activity and equipment to enable the visitor to focus on their particular area of interest. Themed areas this year included the:
- Land Zone: Over 80 exhibitors were present in the land systems sector with an additional 25 military vehicle OEM’s exhibiting a diverse range of capabilities around the halls. The line-up of major exhibitors included, BAE Systems, General Dynamics Iveco, JCB, Land Rover, Lockheed Martin, Nexter, Oshkosh, Rheinmetall, Renault and Supacat.
- Naval Zone: This zone included regular exhibitors such as Cammel Laird, Lurssen, ThyssenKrupp, Damen, Daewoo and Hyundai Heavy Industries. First time exhibitors included Asmer, Mazagon Dock, Babcok and BAE.
- Visiting Warships: Reportedly, a record number of ships docked alongside ExCeL. They included, for example, the Dutch Holland Class corvette HNLMS Groningen, the German Braunschweig Class corvette FGS Madgeburg, the Swedish Mine Counter Measure vessels HSwMS Vinga …read more