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DSEI 2023 in review: Ukraine, AI and the real world

20th September 2023 - 16:00 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


Leonardo is offering the AW149 to meet the UK's NMH requirement. (Photo: Norbert Neumann)

DSEI 2023 took place in the shadow of the largest European land war in more than seven decades and a growth in conversations about artificial intelligence (AI) with limited UK immediate defence programme opportunities; many of the new products and exhibitors' announcements reflected this.

There were rebooted and improved products from some manufacturers, new subsystems from others and positioning over upcoming UK MoD contracts such as the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) in the short term and Land Rover replacement in the longer term.

As is typical, the show was packed with uncrewed systems, small arms, naval comms and similar products but also C-UAS with the typical life-size Eurofighter Typhoon model parked out front and a brass band playing on site.

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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