to go until the show

10-13 September 2019 | Excel, London

Why Exhibit?


Now entering its twentieth year, DSEI is respected and commended by the industry it serves. The event presents a pivotal point in the calendar to explore international business opportunities with an audience that is unrivalled, both in terms of the scale and seniority of those that attend.

Interested in exhibiting?



  • 92% of exhibitors reported DSEI as a success

  • 81% of visitors class DSEI as a must-attend industry event

  • Access an audience with combined defence budgets of over £1000bn

  • 2,760+ global VIPs from over 90 countries

  • 64% of DSEI 2017 visitors had purchasing authority




Bringing the entire defence manufacturing supply chain together presents an unmissable opportunity to develop your business on an international scale. 



DSEI hosts over 40 international pavilions, each providing a regional hub of defence and security ingenuity. The size and scale of these pavilions reflects the renewed importance of defence spending for countries round the world.



DSEI event delivers a range of engagement and networking opportunities to its international audience. DSEI 2017 saw the introduction of “Meet the Supply Chain”, an initiative to give SMEs a stronger voice on the exhibition floor.


DSEI’s hosted-buyer programme delivers international delegations, military buyers, key decision makers, and influencers to companies across the exhibition floor. 

A dedicated VIP engagement team works with distinguished partners to bring high-ranking officials from around the world, offering the most senior delegations a bespoke programming service. These visiting delegations specify their procurement requirements and are matched with the exhibitors that have relevant capabilities.

This ensures a coordinated, time-efficient, and relevant experience for our VIP visitors, and return on investment for our exhibiting companies.

2,760+ globval VIPs from 90 countries: 7% increase
21% increase in programmed delegations
44% increase in exhibitor meetings


To maximise our exhibitors’ investment and presence at DSEI, we provide a range of exclusive opportunities to raise your company’s profile with targeted social media support, sponsorship packages and access to the world’s defence press.

Keep the DSEI Press Office informed about what your company is planning to showcase and newsworthy items will be publicised in the run up to the event and as part of the onsite media visit programme.


250,000+ online reach
4,600+ media hits in 800 publications worldwide
40+ Nationalities represented


DSEI 2019 will have five key sector-focused Zones: Air, Land, Naval, Security & Joint, all showcasing the latest equipment and system

  1. air zone
    Air Zone
  2. land zone
    Land Zone
  3. naval zone
    Naval Zone
  4. security zone
    Security Zone
  5. joint zone
    Joint Zone



  • DSEI is a landmark event presenting to the world the excellence of the UK defence and security businesses. We expect to welcome high level international delegations to take part in meetings with our strategic partners. For us in government it is hugely important, an important showcase, a stage for diplomacy, a platform for the international engagement. We are really looking forward to DSEI in September 2017.
    Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
    UK MOD
  • I very much look forward to continuing my personal support to DSEI. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore the development of airpower capability, through engagement with the widest range of industry and international partners.
    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC MA RAF Chief of the Air Staff
    Royal Air Force
  • I much look forward to DSEI 17. We intend to build on the very positive experience of DSEI 15 as we construct the partnerships we need to deal with the complexity of the future operating environment
    General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen Chief of the General Staff
    British Army
  • DSEI 2015 was the ideal occasion for the Royal Navy to demonstrate its ambition to lead and win through technological innovation. The opportunity to meet with so many partners from academia, industry and overseas at DSEI is, as always, a really useful component of our engagement with the vital partners through whom we seek to deliver this innovation.
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
  • DSEI 17 will offer Joint Forces Command the opportunity to report on our plans for the future, in particular on operationalising our Warfare In The Information Age concept. I am looking forward to it.
    General Sir Chris Deverell Commander Joint Forces Command
  • DSEI is a highlight within the defence calendar, I use it to find out what the most recent developments are in every technological area affecting for defence. Without DSEI I fear this sort of interaction, information exchange and knowledge of developments across all domains would be lost. DSEI is an invaluable international biannual event .
    Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP, Chairman, House of Commons Defence Select Committee
    UK Parliament
  • DSEI is a fantastic showcase for defence companies where international buyers, sellers, developers, thinkers, educators and the trainers can all get together. The UK defence industry is looking to recruit more engineers, scientists and developers into 200,000 jobs and up to 10,000 apprentices within UK defence companies. DSEI is an excellent tool to highlight the challenges the industry face as well as showcase its capabilities domestically and overseas.
    James Gray MP, House of Commons Defence Committee
    UK Parliament

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