Defence and Security Events

Defence and Security Events

Discover the Military, Defence and Security Events calendar from around the world. See major upcoming events, exhibitions, trade shows, and webcasts.

Upcoming Military, Defence and Security Events 2020

DSA & NATSEC 2020The biggest and most efficiently organised Defence and Homeland Security show in Asia is back to mark its 17th edition. Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2020) held alongside NATSEC (National Security – covering Law Enforcement, Citizen Security, Border Security, Critical Infrastructure Security & Cyber Security) will take place from 20 – 23 April 2020 at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur. With more than 30 years experience in Defence and Homeland Security showcase, this event will bring some of the world’s most advanced technologies, systems, hardware and electronic warfare that the market has to offer.

Playing a key role as the Asia Pacific Defence and Security hub for the world defence and security industries for business sourcing activities, the two mega events also serve as a pivotal platform bringing together various major players in the defence and security industry and government agencies for strategic alliances, business collaborations and successful networking.

Over the years since it was established in 1988, the DSA series has evolved to become a crucial voice in addressing various security concerns including areas like counter-terrorism, cyber security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping operations as well as battlefield healthcare and critical assets protection, among others.

DSA 2020 and NATSEC Asia 2020 are fully supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence and the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs respectively. Both shows will build on the resounding success of DSA 2018 and NATSEC Asia 2018 which raised the bar in terms of exhibitors, International Pavilions, VIP delegations and visitors.

Over 1,500 companies from the global defence and security sector from more than 60 countries and regions are expected, as well as 33 International Pavilions, some 350 VIP delegations from over 45 countries and more than 50,000 visitors from 70 countries/regions.
DSA 2020 and NATSEC Asia 2020 are open to government Defence and Security personnel, Defence and Security industry professionals and executives as well as the military, police and enforcement agencies personnel only.

For more information on DSA 2020 and NATSEC Asia 2020, please visit respectively.
Kuala Lumpur

Air Mission PlanningSMi Group are delighted to announce the 11th Air Mission Planning and Support conference, which will return to London on the 21st– 22nd April 2020.
This year’s Air Mission Planning and Support conference is expected to be the biggest year yet. Following the success of the preceding year, the two-day agenda will have a particular focus on maximising air power and the technological innovations that will impact on current dynamic challenges.

What are the themes for this event?
The event will be exploring themes of technologies, integration and future platforms to take Air Mission Planning into the next generation, providing agile end to end mission support. Air Mission Planning will also include briefs concentrating on a number of topics, ranging from data management to 5th generation integration, from cyber security to multi-domain operations and more. The above topics and newly introduced components represent critical developments and military assets that will radically improve air capabilities in the present and future.

Key Reasons to Attend Air Mission Planning and Support 2020:
The only conference on air mission support and planning covering all areas such as fast-jet, heavy-lift, rotary perspectives and many more!
Highlighting the technological aspects integrated into next generation mission support – subsequently providing an in-depth insight on the innovative and cutting-edge solutions.

More international speakers than ever before, from leading air systems development and procurement

Early bird deadlines:
• Register by 13th December to save £400!
• Register by 31st January to save £200!
• Register by 28th February to save £100!
To register or for more information visit:
London, UK

Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology
Unmanned systems are becoming an increasingly essential part of the world’s fleets as modern navies seek new ways to complete dangerous tasks faster, easier, and with fewer sailors and marines in harm’s way. To enable this, leading navies have recently been increasing their investment in unmanned technology, so it has never been more crucial to explore the latest advances and opportunities and to align priorities between allied nations.

SMi Group are pleased to announce the return of Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology (UMST), taking place in London on the 13th and 14th May 2020, for its fourth successful year.
Highlights for 2020:
Only event with a holistic focus on unmanned naval systems across the air, surface and undersea domains
Strong support from the Royal Navy, including the ACNS Capability (Rear Admiral Andrew Burns RN OBE) and Director NavyX (Captain Chris Ling RN)
Comprehensive discussions on the UK’s UMS development pipeline
Updates from high-level planners from international navies, including the US, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, NATO and the Netherlands

Key topics to be discussed include: Autonomy for MCM and ASW operations, updates on key unmanned platform programmes, the future of unmanned capabilities in the Royal Navy (including a dedicated panel), preparing and supporting unmanned systems for operations, UMS interoperability initiatives, unmanned hydrography and oceanography, and many more.
As the world’s leading event, UMST 2020 will provide a crucial forum for the discussion of current and future projects and programmes delivering unmanned and autonomous technology for the naval unmanned systems community.

Early bird discounts:
Book by 31st January to save £400
Book by 28th February to save £200
Book by 31st March to save £100
Register online at
London, UK

Past Military, Defence and Security Events 2020

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance TechnologyAs varied threats in the Mediterranean Sea continue to proliferate, the need to advance all-encompassing reconnaissance and surveillance platforms to cover larger areas of ocean is greater than ever.
With this in mind, SMi’s 5th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology will return to Rome on the 5th and 6th February 2020. As the only Maritime ISR meeting in Italy with a specific focus on Maritime Space Domain Awareness, the conference will bring together the widest range of expert nations ever to discuss key operational and technological challenges facing navies and other maritime organisations, as they resolve to monitor the sea and protect their borders.

Platforms and topics discussed include: Space based ISR, Airborne Platforms & Operations, C4ISTAR, Unmanned Maritime Systems, Hydrographic platforms and many more.

Conference highlights include:
Military briefings from Italy, the UK, Denmark, Sweden, NATO, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece
Pre-conference workshop with C-SIGMA on ‘S-AIS and C-SIGMA: Continuing to Evolve as the Cornerstones of Maritime Security’
Exhibition area with industry leaders showcasing their solutions
Rome, Italy
Border Security ConferenceJoin the conference in Rome on the 11th and 12th February, to explore the latest technological solutions and political strategies to secure land, air, and sea borders in response to growing global threats.
Now in its thirteenth year, the Border Security conference has established itself as a market leader in this sector and will bring together senior military staff, government figures and industry from around the world, all responsible in their own way for enhancing border security capabilities on a global scale.

Following last year’s sell-out event, the conference agenda has been curated to provide you with most timely updates and significant briefings. Unlike other events, we strive to deliver real insight and learning experiences through the expertly selected speakers who will only present on exclusive and current content.

Key Focuses Include:
Automated International Border Control Systems and Associated technologies (AI etc.)
Mitigating European Refugee and Migrant Crisis/Protection of EU External Borders
International Cooperation, Information sharing and Communication on countering cross border threats
Security Management Systems (SeMS) in Aviation Security
Biometrics/vs Biometric Free border controls
Preventing the use of fraudulent documentation
Rome, Italy

Singapore AirshowEvery two years, high-level government and military delegations, as well as senior corporate executives around the world attend the Singapore Airshow to forge partnerships and seal deals in this region. As Asia’s largest airshow, this is the place to be for leading aerospace companies and budding players eager to make their mark in the international aerospace and defence market!

The event offers a unique platform for industry thought leadership through its high-level conference such as the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit, forums and partners’ events. Leading industry players, government and military chiefs gather here bi-annually to contribute to dialogues, exchange ideas and seek solutions and strategies to advance the interests of the global aerospace and defence sector.

Register for your trade pass today at! Early bird rates end on 30 Nov 2019.
Changi Exhibition Centre

Defence Logistics Central and Eastern EuropeAs the need for armed forces to enhance and maximise their logistical capacity continues to grow, and with the current political climate in Europe, it is now more important than ever that senior military officials meet to discuss planning, joint operations and allied interoperability, as well as engaging more closely and efficiently with industry. Increasing reliability, reducing costs, and exploiting new developments and the growing links between militaries, remains at the forefront of defence logistics as a means of providing critical operational advantages, and increasing allied effectiveness across the region.

The 5th annual Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe 2020, for the first time commencing in Budapest, Hungary, will bring together the key military logisticians from across the Central and Eastern European region and beyond. The conference aims to discuss new trends, crucial developments, and the methods, strategies, and procedures armed forces are increasingly pursuing for optimal logistics efficiency.

Key fundamental topics include: Regional Updates, Heavy Lift (rail & air), Fuel Logistics, Supply Chain Management Solutions, International Operations and Solutions, 3rd party logistics, Future Trends and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul), to name but a few.

Early bird discounts:
Book by 29th November to save £400
Book by 13th December to save £200
Book by 31st January to save £100

Register online at
For more information please contact Natasha Boumediene at
Budapest, Hungary
Future Soldier Technology Conference and Exhibition 2020SMi Group are proud to announce the 6th annual Future Soldier Technology Conference and Exhibition will return to London on the 10th and 11th of March 2020, with a Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Focus Day on 9th March 2020.
In an era where technology is the key driver enhancing capabilities across the military, the soldier remains as crucial as ever for achieving mission success.

As the only conference exclusively focused on Future Soldier Programmes in Europe, Future Soldier Technology 2020 will gather more than 200 operational users, capability development directors, and industry professionals, from across the globe to share their current requirements and experiences in equipment modernisation and offer an attractive networking space to foster new working relationships.
Key Highlights Include:
• A unique opportunity to see how nations are leveraging emerging technologies to enhance dismounted capabilities.
• Focusing on Lethality, Survivability, Sustainability, C4i and Power.
• Industry hosted evening networking drinks receptions.
• Exhibition room for industry to showcase their soldier modernisation capabilities.
The pre-conference, Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Focus Day will explore how new technologies within mobile deployable communications, ISTAR, battlespace management, Command & Control networks and augmentative technologies are assisting the warfighter.

Early bird discount:
Register by 29th November to save £400!
Register by 13th December to save £200!
Register by 31st January to save £100!

Register online at:
London, United Kingdom
Chatham House Security and Defence 2020When Chatham House was founded in 1920, following the horrors of the First World War, it was with a vision “to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world”. Now, as the institute enters its centenary year, the annual Security and Defence conference will reflect on the last 100 years, and ongoing geopolitical developments, to better understand how to sustainably and justly secure the next century.

Read the agenda, see speakers and book your place on the event website:
Chatham House, London, United Kingdom

Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX)The Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) is a leading biennial event held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and proudly hosted and organised by the Qatar Armed Forces. Its seventh edition will take place from 16 – 18 March 2020 and will provide a platform for countless opportunities for exhibitors and visitors.

First held in 2008, DIMDEX has successfully become one of the world’s leading event in the global defence industry. Attended by key decision makers, government officials and industry experts, the elite event plays a pivotal role in connecting the world’s maritime defence and security community.

The exhibition will offer a wide range of cutting-edge defence products and technologies. Moreover, DIMDEX will host the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) and will feature visiting warships from international navies at Hamad Port, Qatar’s state-of-the-art port.

For more information, please visit or follow DIMDEX on its social media channels – TwitterFacebook, and Youtube – on @DIMDEXQatar.

For media communication:
Portland PR Communication
+974 7444 6788

To connect with the DIMDEX team:
Ghinwa Monzer – PR & Marketing Manager
+974 4472 8813
Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), Doha, Qatar
SECON 2020SECON 2020 is the biggest professional B2B security event as well as a comprehensive security platform, which helps you to grow your business through extensive network and robust meetings with distributors, SIs, installers, retailers and influencers playing at distribution and procurement market in Asia.
For the past 19 years, SECON has grown to become the leading tradeshow for international companies to introduce their products to the Asian and Korean markets. With support from influential Korean security groups of the SECON organising committee, SECON is a renowned must-attend exhibition for the whole security, fire and safety sector ranging from manufacturers to end-users.

The most influential Asian security exhibition dedicated to all sectors of the security industry under one roof
With 46,000+ industry professional and over 500+ exhibitors, SECON is the largest integrated security exhibition in Korea
Network with 25,000+Physical, IoT and IT Security Professionals

Experience international security trend with advanced security products and brands from global leading security enterprises

The perfect place for international companies to test-market their products in the Asian security market
Generate business leads from powerful buyers
Meet face to face with new potential customers/partners and existing partners
Powerful networking with IFSEC Global Events and other IT/Physical Security Events organised by UBM BN

Address: 8/F, Woodo Bldg., 214, Mangu-ro, Jungnang-gu, Seoul 02121, R.O.Korea
Tel: +82-2-6715-5400
Fax: +82-2-432-5885
Hall 1-3, KINTEX, Korea

April 2020
Future Armoured Vehicles Situational AwarenessIn an increasingly complex and congested digital battlespace, the need to provide near real-time information on the whereabouts of an adversary’s location and intent, using enhanced situational awareness capabilities, is vital in aiding armoured units to respond quickly to incoming threats. It is therefore imperative for our defence forces to have a greater understanding of the capabilities available, to enhance both combat effectiveness and the survivability of the vehicle.

SMi Group proudly presents the fifth annual conference in the sell-out portfolio of Armoured Vehicle events: Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness 2020, the leading conference for armoured vehicle experts focused on C2, C4i, sensors, optronics and vehicle architecture.
The 2020 event invites not only military programme managers, operational commanders and leading engineers, but will also provide the perfect platform for both operational users and industry to share their insights on the latest systems and sub-systems, providing greater awareness of existing capabilities and future requirements.

Highlights for 2020
Hear the latest host nation capability updates from the British Armour Centre, Joint Forces Command, DSTL and DE&S

Network with key OEMs and System Integrators such as General Dynamics European Land Systems, Patria Land, Thales, Diehl Defence, SAAB Barracuda, BAE and General Dynamics UK

New focuses: sensor networks, signature management and integration of unmanned assets
Explore land force interoperability and training requirements for enhanced joint fires during coalition operations

Key topics will include: vetronic architectures, communications, CIS capabilities, battle management systems, acoustic sensors, optronics, crew displays, active protection, defensive aid suites and mobile camouflage systems

Early bird discounts:
Book by 13th December to save £400
Book by 31st January to save £200
Book by 28th February to save £100

Register online at
London, UK

Defense and Security events have the potential to initiate global debates on a broad spectrum of security policy issues. An increasingly multipolar world is characterized by the upsurge of state actors like China and Russi as well as by the alarming number of non-state armed groups and weak states around the globe. These geopolitical developments have given rise to intense debates on the present and future global security and defence architecture.

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