Get ready for Eurosatory


Eurosatory, the largest landward defence and security exhibition on mainland Europe will be taking place from June 14 to 18 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre in France. The organisers say 1200 exhibitors from 52 countries will exhibit armament, vehicles, weapon systems and equipment at this year’s edition of the long-running exhibition.

The organisers say in accordance with its tradition, the show has again adapted “to the needs of armed and security forces in a world where threats and operational skills are changing.” The 2010 session will respond to these trends in several ways, they say. “For example, as a consequence of harsh ongoing conflicts, armed forces are particularly concerned to offer soldiers the best forward medical support, since the first few minutes are so critical for the survival of a wounded soldier in action.
“In 2010, Eurosatory will become more deeply involved in this domain through the development of a new ‘operational medicine’ cluster. This cluster will bring together companies in the domain presenting their innovative products, as well as the armed forces health services presenting their concepts, know-how and equipment. A two-day international conference will focus on forward medical support.”

Eurosatory will also again place emphasis on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), an area of key importance for modern armed forces. “Today, thousands of UAS are deployed in conflict zones. They are also widely employed for security and civil activities. In 2010, for the first time, the international “UAS Forum” will be embedded in Eurosatory and located for five days beside other technology clusters. It will include an arena for live demonstrations of UGV [unmanned ground vehicle] rides and light UAV flights. This fast-growing cluster will become a meeting point for companies in the sector presenting the latest innovations,” organisers say.

They add that the show will also reflect the convergence of defence and security to reflect the significant changes that are taking place in global perceptions of what constitute now national security. “Closer defence and security ties directly foster the general growing trend in dual capability illustrated by products, equipment and technologies displayed by exhibitors. More than 300 of them declare fully or partly dealing with security equipment.”

Because using high technology equipment doesn’t make sense without having considered tactical or strategic environment, the 2010 session will stage a large series of conferences and seminars throughout the week on targeted subjects in several areas. The first one will be an international Land Operations Forum, sponsored by GICAT (the French Defence Manufacturers Association) and the French Ministry of Defence. It will include workshops and panel discussions confronting doctrine, technology solutions and lessons learned from operations, where international experts will debate on dedicated military topics.

On the broader canvas, think tanks from many countries will gather in an “International Think Tank Village” holding conferences and workshops on Defence policies and strategy.

A two-day International Operational Medicine Conference, held by DCSSA, the French armed forces joint medical service, will stage a session on “Forward Combat Medical Support”, with a panel of German, French, UK and US medical experts and an other on “Forward Surgical Support” including presentation of equipment solutions adopted by French Army, US Army and US Marine Corps. Several other countries have announced their participation. The Training & Simulation cluster will present the latest challenges of the domain in a series of expert conferences and workshops.

The 2008 session counted 52 414 visitors from 131 countries. As such, “Eurosatory 2010 is a required visit for meeting and interacting with all defence and security players. It means that Eurosatory allows all defence and security professionals to obtain, in a single place within five days, all the information they need and to find solutions to all their equipment requirements, the organisers aver.

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