14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

Mats Helgesson


Mats Helgesson

Mats Helgesson

Commander, Swedish Air Force

Previous Assignments

2013-2015 Director of FMV Test and Evaluation

2012-2013 Head of Joint Operations Development Department, Armed Forces HQ

2009-2012 Wing Commander and Air Base Commander at F17 Wing

2010-2011 ISAF Joint Command, Kabul

2007-2009 Head of Air operations, Armed Forces HQ

2004-2007 Head of Flight Operations, Training & Procurement Department (Air Force), Armed Forces HQ

2002-2004 Instructor Air Combat Training School

1998-2002 Squadron Commander JAS 39 Gripen, F7 Wing

1987-1996 Fighter pilot at F15 Wing



2014-2015 Executive Master of Government Resource Management

2012 Civil/Military Senior Command Course, Solbacka

2009 Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency National and International Crisis Man-agement Course, Stockholm

2007 National Defence College Advanced Strat. Command Course, Stockholm

1996-1998 National Defence College Advanced Command Course, Stockholm

1994-1995 National Defence College Staff Course, Stockholm

1990+ -92 Air Force War Academy Basic + Advanced Course, Uppsala

1985-1987 Air Force Flying Training School, Basic Flying Training, Ljungbyhed

1983-1985 Artic Ranger Training and Reserve Officer Training, Arvidsjaur



Swedish Government - Zealous and devoted service

Swedish Armed Forces Armed Forces Conscript Medal

Swedish Armed Forces International Service Medal


Air Force Volunteer Medal of Merit

Brazilian Air Force, Ordem do merito Aeronautico and Santos-Dumont Medal of Merit


  • DSEI showcases the best of British defence technology and innovation on the world stage. The UK Government looks forward to engaging with strategic partners, international delegations and pioneering defence companies on the global defence and security agenda.
    Anne-Marie Trevelyan 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. We intend to build on the very positive experience 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 Defence Staff
    Ministry of Defence
  • Once again the Royal Navy is proud to be at the vanguard of DSEI 2019 and I look forward to what I know will be a hugely beneficial opportunity for us all to explore maritime warfare development with so many partners from industry and academia, and with our counterparts from overseas.
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
  • 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

Platinum Partners


  • General Dynamics

  • BAE Systems

International Partner


  • UAE Pavillion




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  • Ministry of Defence

  • Department for International Trade