Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) is the world's largest fully integrated defence and security equipment event featuring the entire spectrum of military capabilities covering land, aerospace, maritime and security based products and technologies. Based in ExCeL, London and organized by Clarion Events and supported by UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organization (UKTI DSO) and UK MoD, DSEI 2015 was conducted from 15 to 18 September 2015 offering the opportunity to representatives from international armed forces to meet with industry to discuss their equipment needs. This time around 1,683 global defence & security suppliers of all sizes from 54 countries exhibited their weapons/technologies ranging from rifles to tanks to fighter jets to warships. The exhibitor array included prime global defence companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, BAE Systems etc. besides various MSMEs and SMSEs.
The Indian Pavilion at the exhibition was modelled on 'Make in India' theme to provide a platform and an opportunity to global entities in Defence sector seeking to invest in India. Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Rao Inderjit Singh represented the Indian side at DSEI 2015. The Minister in his speech emphasized that 'Make in India' is not just a slogan but a political imperative and we need to create design, development and production capabilities in India. It is an initiative designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation and enhance skill development in Defence sector.
The Indian Defence Industrial Base (DIB) was represented by various public and private companies which included Ordnance Factory Board, Bharat Dynamics (BDL), Bharat Electronics (BEL), Brahmos Aerospace, Mishra Dhatu Nigam (MIDHANI), Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), Mishra Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), MKU Private Ltd., Offset India Solutions (OIS-AT) and Zen Technologies. Physically highlighting the Indian presence at this year's DSEI was Indian Navy's most advanced stealth frigate INS Trikand. This was the first time an Indian Navy ship had participated in the event.
New Products Exihibited
General Dynamics unveil turreted AJAX prototype platform
General Dynamics UK launched its turreted AJAX prototype platform at DSEI 2015.The platform, flagship variant of the AJAX programme, is the second prototype unveiled by General Dynamics UK, and the first to feature the Lockheed Martin UK-developed turret. The AJAX platform is one of six variants to be delivered to the British Army by General Dynamics UK from 2017 to 2024.
Thales's launches new modular Watchkeeper X system
Thales's launched its new modular Watchkeeper X system that reflects a growing need for high-end military-standard Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability to wider markets. This modular Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) offers a range of options that can be adapted to specific operational requirements.
BAE Systems BEOWULF Fighting Dragons
BAE Systems revealed its new BvS10 BEOWULF fighting, troop-carrying and logistics vehicle, based on the company's VIKING BvS10 that was initially designed in Sweden for the UK Royal Marines. BEOWULF has a payload capacity of 8t and built-in flexibility with special role cabins in the rear car to carry a combination of personnel and cargo. The vehicle can traverse through water, swamps, snow and soft sand; and climb 45° slopes. It features increased crew comfort and visibility, and is easy to maintain and support, resulting in reduced operational costs.
Cobham Announces Customisable Dual-Polar C-Band Antenna Range
Cobham Antenna Systems has developed a range of dual-polar C-Band antennas covering the 4.40-5.00GHz frequency band. All antennas in the range incorporate interleaved elements, which provide dual vertical & horizontal (V&H) polarisation, within a single compact, rugged and stable radome. The antennas can also be configured to operate in dual circular or dual slant ±45° polarisation, if required.
Nexter unveiled new Caesar 8×8 self-propelled artillery system
Nexterdisplayed its new Caesar 8×8 self-propelled (SP) artillery system at DSEI-2015. The new Caesar 8×8 is based on the Tatra T815 (8×8) cross-country chassis with the power-operated 155mm/52 calibre ordnance mounted at the rear of the chassis. The Tatra is just one of the 8×8 chassis available; the others being from Renault Trucks Defense, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and Sisu. The 8×8 Caesar shown is fitted with a standard unarmouredforward control four-person cab with the gross vehicle weight depending on the level of armour protection but is about 30 tonnes. Caesar is equipped with an onboard computerised fire control system and a global positioning system/inertial navigation system. Developed by Nexter as a private venture but as of now, it has already been adopted by the French Army, which has taken delivery of five pre-production vehicles plus 72 production systems; these have seen combat use in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia (not confirmed though) and more recently Mali.
PHOTONIS demonstrates new 4G Night Vision
France based company PHOTONIS unveiled its new 4G Night Vision 16 mm INTENS Image Intensifier. The 4G Night Vision represents the highest performance for complex missions from lowest light levels up to very demanding aerial applications. At the same time PHOTONIS displayed its latest addition digital sensors NOCTURN - LYNX (monochrome) and KAMELEON (colour) camera cores. These new sensors enable low light digital imaging for weapon sight, helmet mounted and precision targeting applications.
Argon Electronics launches its products at DSEI
Chemical Detector Simulators:
LCD3.2E-SIM: The simulator version of the compact and lightweight Smiths Detection Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA) and Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC) detector can be hand-held or mounted on a fixed platform. The device can simulate wind direction and temperature changes, as well as levels of contamination, decontamination and persistency of toxic substances. In monitor mode, the LCD3.2E-SIM can teach detection of traces of nerve, blister, choking or blood agents, and in survey mode, it can be used to train how to check cargo, equipment and facilities.
LCD3.3-SIM: Argon has simulated the Smiths Detection CWA and TIC detector. The Advanced Warning Device can be hand-held or clipped to a belt or harness. The simulator has both monitor and survey modes and comes with an external survey nozzle for detection, identification and measuring chemical agents and warning the wearer. The device also replicates the detector menu system including foreign language support.
AP4C-SIM: Simulating the French Proengin handheld chemical detector, the AP4C-SIM replicates the detection of vapour, aerosols, dust and liquid chemical agents. It can test for contamination, decontamination and persistency of substances such as phosphorus, sulphur and ammonia. The simulator can mimic the detector's real-life ability to help differentiate false positives when used with different detector technologies. The device comes with a remote control for the instructor, who then has the ability to control levels of contamination during an exercise or simulate wind, temperature or the battery depletion of the detector. The remote control also allows the instructor to simulate depletion of consumables.
RAID-M100-SIM: Argon has also developed a simulator of the Bruker RAID-M100 chemical agent detector, which can identify CWA and TIC at even the lowest levels. Compatible with all other Argon simulators, the system provides a powerful training capability providing feedback of correct use of the simulator.
ADM300-AV1B-SIM: Replicating the Canberra radiation detector, the ADM300-AV1B-SIM simulates detection of beta and gamma radiation. The device shows the dose rates of simulated radioactive material and has a variety of alarm settings and analogue and digital displays. It has been designed to train personnel in critical search and rescue, reconnaissance and surveying, as well as mapping, shielding and safe demarcation in challenging environments.
RDS100/AN/PDR-SIM: This simulated version of the Canberra radiation detector family has been designed to simulate alpha, beta and gamma radiation. The device can be used for training in survey, reconnaissance, surveillance and mapping, and assessing levels of contamination or decontamination. Comprising three external simulation probes for detection of Alpha, Beta and Beta/Gamma radiation. This simulator is also compatible with the Canberra AN/PDR-77 system survey meter, which also detects x-ray radiation and is widely used throughout the world.
EPD-MK2-SIM: Thermo Scientifics' EPD Mk2 Electronic Personal Dosimeter (EPD) for measuring an individual's exposure to radiation is simulated in this small, wearable device. It was designed to simulate monitoring of levels of beta, gamma, neutron and x-ray radiation and simulates various levels of dosage, with audible and visual alarms. This particular simulator is especially good for individual or group training, with a body-mounted Local Player Unit. The simulator is also compatible with the Thermo management system for data logging.
PlumeSIM Table Top and Wide-Area Field Trainer:
Next Generation PlumeSIM, is the latest iteration of Argon's globally used training system for CBRN response. This portable system enables remote instructor management of a variety of different CBRN detector/meter simulators and multiple personnel under a fully-configurable "virtual plume" in real time and over user-selected mapping. PlumeSIM can be deployed both in the classroom, where hand-held gaming controllers are used, and out on field exercise, with body-worn player units which track location, monitor activity and maintain communication with the exercise's controller.
PlumeSIM allows an instructor to define a plume or hotspot based on a variety of specific substances or chemical agents including radiological releases / "Dirty Bombs" and implement different release characteristics, such as persistence or duration, as well as being able to determine precise environmental conditions and other external factors.