DSEI’17 special coverage, including News and assessments about the event was published in the 46th issue of MSI TDR. “Turkish Defence and Aerospace Industry Carries Momentum Gained at IDEF into DSEI” titled intro of this special coverage is here:
DSEI, one of Europe’s prominent defence and aerospace exhibitions, was held this year in London between September 12 and 15. As was the case in the previous exhibition organised in 2015, Turkey participated in the event at a national level, under the cooperation of the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and the Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI), and with a total of 28 institutions and organisations.
The exhibition was visited by 35,008 visitors from 110 countries, and saw 1,600 companies open their stands. The number of visitors showed a three percent increase compared to 2015. The visitors of the exhibition were met by a large variety of land, naval and air platforms. Interested in the United Kingdom’s tender for a wheeled armoured vehicle, Rheinmetall showcased its Boxer 8×8 vehicle painted in the colours of the British flag, and with the slogan “British by Birth”, to remind that the United Kingdom was involved in the vehicle’s initial design works. On the naval side, seven vessels from different countries opened their doors to visitors. Furthermore, small surface vessels also performed various demonstrations during the exhibition to display their abilities. On the air vehicles front, Saab drew attention with the launch of its Gripen platform that will assume the role of aggressor in air defence training. Another notable feature of the exhibition was its emphasis on developments in the field of medical aid. Solutions in this area were presented and showcased in a different section of the event.
At the exhibition, Turkey was represented by a delegation headed by Şuay Alpay, Deputy Minister of National Defence. The delegation consisted of many high-ranking officials, such as Ali Fidan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defence. Companies and organisations participating from Turkey were listed as follows: 3EEOS, Altınay, ARES Shipyard, ASELSAN, AVS, BMC, FİGES, Garanti Apparel, Grup İmpeks, HAVELSAN, Katmerciler, MAKEL, Medyacity, MKEK, Nero Industries, Nurol Makina, Nurol Technologies, OSSA, Otokar, Öztek, REPKON, ROKETSAN, Sarsılmaz, TAIS, T-Kalıp, TRANSVARO, Unifo and Yakupoğlu.
In the following pages, we have compiled for our readers the outstanding news from DSEI concerning Turkish companies, and foreign companies that have close relations with Turkey.