DSEI 2015DSEI is the world leading platform for innovative launches across the whole of the defence and security sector. At DSEI 2017 we expect to welcome over 34,000 attendees.

This audience will include over 300 high level speakers from Ministers, Senior Defence Staff and leading industry figures, and approximately 300 Programmed Delegations. DSEI has a proven track record of bringing the entire supply chain together on an unrivalled scale.

Why Exhibit?

If your business depends on any of the following DSEI can deliver an audience to match your needs:  

  • Create relationships in the supply chain - DSEI is the place to meet over 1,600 suppliers from global companies
  • Win international business
  • Raise the profile of your company
  • Align your brand with current military requirements
  • 76% of our visitors are involved in the purchasing process

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"For us, DSEI is our number one global exhibition. As well as being the premier UK defence event, DSEI also attracts an impressive array of visitors and delegations from across the globe making it a high value, focused marketing opportunity"


"Its an extremely important show for us as a company, we see over the week of the show more customers than you could see traveling around the world in one month, so it really is an important show for us and we will definitely be back."


"After a very successful DSEI 2015, SubSea Craft's first, early booking for DSEI 2017 has meant that we have been able to increase our stand size over that of 2015. SubSea Craft sees the increase in stand size as vital to being better able to showcase the capabilities of its Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) and be able to cater for, and enhance the experience of, the anticipated large number of delegations and visitors to its stand"



International Delegations

DSEI InternationalThe number, quality and diversity of the delegations visiting DSEI has long been a distinguishing feature of the event. The delegations include representatives of national governments, ministries concerned with defence and security, central defence staff, armed services and security agencies.  They include top decision makers and influencers who are engaged in procurement decisions, identify future requirements or gaps in capability, shape future policy and develop operational strategies.

DSEI 2015 welcomed delegates from 121 countries, and had a record number of international delegations,  Senior official visitors to DSEI represent the highest level within national governments, central defence staff, national armament directorates and armed services from land, sea, air and security.

At DSEI 2017 we expect to welcome:

  • Over 255 Programmed Delegations
  • In excess of 2,874 additional domestic and international delegations
  • VIPs, including members of Official Overseas Defence Delegations and DSEI Defence Ministers & Service Chiefs of Staff and guests of the organiser
  • 300 high level speakers from Ministers, Senior Defence Staff and leading industry figures
  • Civil Service & Government
  • Exhibitor Guests from Industry, Military and Government
  • Industry Visitors
  • Exhibitor Personnel

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UK Delegations

For our DSEI 2017 preparations, we have been working closely with Service Chiefs of Staff, Central Government and MOD project officers to develop ideas for DSEI 2017, and to discuss commitment and presence.  We have full collaboration and support from the UK Secretary of State for Defence and his Ministerial Team, and, once again, expect unprecedented levels of attendance from UK Government Defence and Home Office Ministers, Service Chiefs of Staff and Senior MOD officials at DSEI 2017.  DSEI 2017 is set to see the strongest levels of support from the UK Armed Forces. 

  UK Delegates

The event hosted the strongest ever attendance from UK ministers and the UK MOD including:

  • Secretary of State for Defence
  • Minister for Defence Procurement
  • Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Minister for Security
  • Minister of State for Defence for Veterans
  • Minister of State for the Armed Forces
  • Minister of State for Trade and Investment
  • Lords’ Spokesperson for Defence


The MOD also fielded a strong team, epitomised by the attendance of:

  • Chief of the Defence Staff
  • Chief of Materiel
  • First Sea Lord
  • Chief of the Air Staff
  • Chief of the General Staff
  • Chief of Materiel (Fleet)

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Results From 2015

  • 2,874 VIPs from 84 countries
  • Visitors attended from 108 countries
  • MOD attendance grew by 62%
  • 1,683 global defence & security suppliers of all sizes exhibited from 54 countries
  • 42 International Pavilions

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  • “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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