Malaysian Defence Industry Gets Ready for DSA 2018
30 Years of Defence Services Asia (DSA) Tradeshows
Defence Services Asia (DSA) will mark thirty years in the defence tradeshow business when doors open in Kuala Lumpur on 16 April 2018 with ‘DSA 2018’.
A display of the world’s sophisticated hardware & electronic warfare in land, air & sea defence, battlefield healthcare products/technology, training & simulation systems and police and security peripherals.
– DSA 2018
Billing itself as one of the top 5 defence tradeshows in the world, DSA 2018 will see 1,500 companies from 60 countries showcase the best in military technology over 43,000 sqm at MITEC. With exhibitors paying US$680 per sqm for space only, the pressure will be on to make DSA 2018 count. For DSA 2016, press and media were represented by 617 individuals, ensuring worldwide coverage, and similar numbers are expected for DSA 2018.
Key Event for the Malaysian Ministry of Defence
The event is organised by DSA Exhibition And Conference Sdn Bhd (DSA Sdn Bhd), a Malaysian-owned company established with the single objective of organising the Defence Services Asia series of exhibitions and conferences hand-in-hand with the Malaysian Government and especially with the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).
National Security Asia 2018 (NATSEC Asia 2018)
DSA 2018 will also introduce a new segment, National Security Asia 2018 (NATSEC Asia 2018), at a time when the Asia-Pacific security market is set to almost double in size.
ASEAN Bloc Projecting Power
According to Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, “DSA 2018 will position Malaysia on the global defence map and provide a platform for the ASEAN bloc to be heard as a unified voice” — with Malaysia as the mouthpiece for that voice. Since its formation on August 8, 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has grwon to include Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, making it the sixth largest economy in the world.
Malaysia Willing to Spend More on Defence
In October 2017, the Malaysian government announced a 5.3% increase in the 2018 defence budget from MYR15.1bn to 15.9bn (US$3.6bn).
Ahead of DSA 2018, Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), General Buang, confirmed that his service has the budget for increasing Malaysia’s air power capabilities. Subjects mentioned by the General include multi-rol combat aircraft, long-range maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
DSA 2018 Will Draw 350 VIPs
DSA 2018 is billed to host 350 VIPs from 45 countries, including the UK’s Harriet Baldwin Minister for Defence Procurement, Australia’s Minister for the Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, and New Zealand’s Land Component Commander, Brigadier John Boswell. For the USA, Brigadier-General Wallace N. Turner will be representing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staf, General Joe Dunford.
The UK national pavilion will bring together 16 exhibitors across the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. Since 2010, the UK defence industry has grown by 10%, with annual exports to the value of 5.9bn.
DSA 2018 has all the leading global players exhibiting, such as Aimpoint, Airbus, Avibras, BAE Systems, Brahmos, Denel, Finmeccanica, General Dynamics, Glock, Kongsberg, MBDA, Raytheon, Ruag, SAAB, Thales and Victorinox. Malaysia will also be presenting its best with Boustead, DEFTECH, Sapura, SME Ordnance, Weststar and others.
Ship Building to Weapons Sights
Highlighted exhibitors range from ship builders to weapons sights manufacturers. German shipyard Lürssen will be competing with Abu Dhabi Ship Buidling (ADSB) for the naval vessel market. Aimpoint AB will be presenting their latest red dot weapons sight, the Aimpoint CompM5, while Canada’s General Starlight Company Inc (GSCI) will exhibit their new multi-sensor weapon sight, the Quadro-S featuring thermal imaging and an innovative day-night ‘Fusion Mode’.
DSA 2018 Programme Highlights
Programme highlights for DSA 2018 include the Chief of Army Round Table Talk (ChART) on ‘The Role of the Army in Sustaining Security Against the Threat of Radicalism and Terrorism’. If the intense focus on defence business becomes too much, VIPs will also be able to take part in the DSA 2018 and NATSEC Asia 2018 VIP Golf Tournament.
DSA 2018 will launch with a reception at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, hosted by Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence in the evening of 15 April. MITEC exhibition halls open their doors at 10 am on 16 April.
Image: An Alvis Stormer APC of Malaysian Army’s 10 Paratrooper Brigade, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Warfare.Today edited image based on Rizuan, 2013, CC3).