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maritime domain. Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, First Sea
Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, delivered two keynote addresses
at DSEI 2017. The first on Day Zero, Monday 11 September at the
Maritime Capability Conference, and the second as the opening
keynote in the Naval Zone on Tuesday 12 September on the
exhibition floor.
The Land Zone for DSEI 2017 grew by 52% and surpassed the
achievements of the 2015 event by introducing new features
such as a dedicated showcase which opened up opportunities for
even more suppliers to attend. This was complemented by the
announcement of General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen,
Chief of the General Staff as keynote speaker. DSEI’s offering to
the land sector was further strengthened by the Land Capability
Conference which took place on Monday 11 September as part
of the DSEI Strategic Conference programme.
Led by the British Army, the conference focused on ‘The Future
of Robotics & Autonomous Systems in the Land Environment’.


The emphasis on land systems innovation continued into the DSEI
exhibition from Tuesday 12 September to Friday 15 September,
with the event’s extensive offering from specialist exhibitors
in the Land Zone. In addition, the Land Seminar Programme
followed four central themes: Develop, Deliver, Generate
and Operate, and People & Skills, focusing on transforming
productivity, Army adaptation and intelligent procurement.
Delegates saw speakers including Major General Chris
Tickell, Director Capability, and Lieutenant General Paul Jaques,
Chief of Materiel (Land) from the British Army.
The dedicated Security Zone showcased security equipment
and systems to counter priority threats, such as Cyber Attacks
and terrorism, as well as an enlarged Special Forces and tactical
equipment area. DSEI 2017 centralised the security sector’s
expertise with a bespoke community in order to
increase networking opportunities for both exhibitors
and visitors.