What is DSEI?

DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International), is one of the world's largest arms fairs. It exists so that arms buyers and sellers can come together, network and make deals, and it takes place every two years in London's Docklands.

DSEI 2013 took place from 9-13 September: Read how it was challenged.

  • Welcome to DSEI 2013
    Welcome to DSEI
  • Lockheed Martin at DSEI 2009
    Lockheed Martin missiles
  • M299 Missile Launcher
    M299 Missile Launcher by Lockheed Martin
  • Armoured vehicles
    One of many armoured vehicles
  • Gold-plated MP5K
    Gold-plated MP5K manufactured by Heckler & Koch at DSEI 2009
  • Raptor Infantry Rifle
    NATO's Raptor Infantry Rifle [flickr IanHaskins]
  • Lockheed Martin stand
    Lockheed Martin stand
  • ETI Group stand
    ETI Group stand
  • 7.62 MG2 Machine Gun
    7.62 MG2 Machine Gun [flickr IanHaskins]
  • Apache helicopter with ammunition
    AgustaWestland Apache helicopter
  • Imperial Armour
    Imperial Armour [flickr IanHaskins]
  • Outside the ExCeL
    Outside the ExCeL Centre

DSEI is organised by Clarion Events and the Government department UK Trade & Investment's Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO). UKTI DSO's support is crucial to the success of DSEI and its continued existence.

Stop The Arms Fair DSEI 2013 featured 1,500 exhibitors from around the world, displaying arms ranging from rifles to tanks to fighter jets to battleships. They were joined by "trade visitors" and military delegations, including countries involved in conflict and from human rights abusing regimes, as well as those with desperately underfunded development needs.

It all took place in secret, behind heavily protected security fences and police lines - designed to allow arms dealers to trade their wares unhindered by transparency or public protest - and subsidised by the UK taxpayer.

See how CAAT and Stop The Arms Fair took action against DSEI.

Where is the love?

Students from the Royal Docks Community School made a film about the arms fair that takes place on their doorstep.

Page updated 13 September 2013
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