Publication date: September 18, 2023

Our lawyers were present at the major defence industry event – DSEI 2023 (Defence and Security Equipment International) taking place between 12-15 September 2023 in London.

Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) is a biennial defence and security trade exhibition which serves as a forum between governments, national armed forces, industry, and academics, held at ExCeL London.

DESI zones were Aerospace, Land, Naval, Joint, Security, and International Pavilions.

The Aerospace Zone offered a portal into the latest advancements and strategic opportunities in the defence and security sector. With the active participation of the Royal Air Force and leading manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, the Aerospace Zone was a nexus of pioneering innovation and opportunity. The Aerospace Zone was the platform where manned, unmanned and space capabilities converged.

The Land Zone at DSEI 2023 was a crucial cornerstone of the event that spotlighted the latest advancements in land defence. This dedicated area, supported by the British Army, showcased cutting-edge vehicles, weapons, ammunition, and equipment from global innovators and offered an opportunity to engage directly with the British Army, industry-leading exhibitors like Ford, Mercedes, Supacat, Jankel, and ST Engineering.

The Naval Zone at DSEI 2023 was the event that spotlighted the latest advancements in maritime defence. This dedicated area was supported by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE, and the Royal Navy, showcasing cutting-edge vehicles, weapons, sensors and equipment from global innovators. The Naval Zone provided an opportunity to engage directly with the Royal Navy, meet industry-leading exhibitors including Thales, JFD, MSI and Atlas Elektronik, and connect with a vast network of suppliers and partners.

The Security Zone of DSEI 2023 was a dedicated showcase designed to counter priority threats, including cyber-attacks, surveillance, hybrid warfare, and terrorism. It presentd a unique opportunity for security professionals from industry, government, policing/military, and the private sector to explore the latest capabilities and advancements in the field.

KIELTYKA GLADKOWSKI participated also in the Future Tech Hub, a platform showcasing the latest innovations in defence technology which allowed the visitors to engage with industry leaders, explore cutting-edge solutions in AI, Cyber Security, and Digitalisation, and participate in insightful discussions.

One of the forums was devoted to Agile Acquisition and Rapid Delivery, Rapid integration of technology and modularity, Agility in the supply chain including additive manufacturing in operational theatres, Through-life support for evolving capability requirements.

A very interesting forum where our lawyers participated was Developing the Cyber and Electromagnetic domain. As military digitalisation continues at pace and reliance on these capabilities grows, cyber threats are increasingly complex, destructive, and coercive. Armed Forces therefore must be prepared to defend their networks and operations against the growing sophistication of cyber threats. Simultaneously, they must also develop offensive cyber capabilities of their own to provide a robust deterrence and response to would-be attackers.

Yet another panel was devoted to Situating Technology Innovation in Defence to Improve Integrated Capabilities. The topics and case studies discussed were Space based ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and Space Domain Awareness capabilities; Robotics, automation, AI (Artificial Intelligence), machine learning, digital backbone, and quantum computing as well as All-electric, hybrid and sustainable power.

KIELTYKA GLADKOWSKI actively advises Clients operating in defence sector on complex legal issues related to contracts, public procurement, IP, technology, liability, cybersecurity, data processing and data transfers, and rights and obligations of the parties.