Eurosatory 2010 Paris Land, Airland, Homeland Defence and Security Week

A New Theme At Eurosatory This Year : Operational Medecine (Credit photo: 1er Régiment, Thomas Samson, French Ministry of Defense, ECPAD, Moselle, November 1997)

Retaining the same successful mixture of outdoor and indoor stands as in previous sessions, Eurosatory 2010 will include a full program of conferences, workshops and special features, strongly opening this year to security. As a matter of facts, Eurosatory will gather once again all international experts and main actors from defence and security sectors and will offer the opportunity to meet them all in Paris from 14 to 18 June 2010.

In accordance with its decade traditions, Eurosatory adapts to the needs of armed and security forces in a world where threats and operational skills are changing. The 2010 Exhibition will respond to these trends in several ways.

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 an “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 equipment and know-how.

As in 2008 Eurosatory will feature a technology cluster on the theme of UVS, 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 “UVS Forum” will be embedded in the exhibition and located for five days beside technology clusters. It will include an arena for live demonstrations of UGV rides and light UAV flights. This fast-growing cluster will become a meeting point for companies in the sector presenting the latest innovations.

Last but not least example of a response to changing threats, Eurosatory opens widely to Homeland Defence. More than 300 exhibitors declare fully or partly dealing with security equipment. A dedicated cluster will be devoted to HLD-HLS and the Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris, a military firemen corps, will demonstrate its skills as well as the French Gendarmerie Nationale, which will stage high-tech exhibit. An extended special area is also devoted to the European Defence and Security Meetings® (EDSM), especially dealing with Homeland Defence and Security concerns.

In line with such features is the general growing trend in dual capability illustrated by products, equipment and technologies displayed by exhibitors.

While maintaining the first place in classical land and airland warfare armament, vehicles, weapon systems and equipment, Eurosatory will reflect the significant changes that are taking place in global perceptions of what constitute national security, a statement more and more asserting a growing convergence which is now called the “Defence and Security continuum”.

Eurosatory is also the business week for gaining access to world markets especially for SMEs through the Eurosatory One-to-one Business Meetings® (4900 meetings in 2008) and the business strategy consulting. 79% of exhibitors are internationally ranked SMEs and micro enterprises from 52 countries. The exceptional exhibitor (70%) and visitor (50%) loyalty rates confirm Eurosatory as the world reference in its domain and an efficient business accelerator. A fact which is not extraneous to a significant presence of high qualified first time exhibitors.

As a consequence, the exhibition is a guarantee of high level meetings between all industry exhibitors and visitors: primes, suppliers, subcontractors, research and development, laboratories, institutes and service companies as well as meetings with all customers of defence and security equipment and services. Due to this opportunity, Eurosatory holds a strong appeal for decision-makers and buyers, official delegations (520 VIPs in 2008 in 117 delegations from 73 countries), experts and influencers (Eurosatory Guests) from 30 countries, professional users (4500 representatives from the armed and security forces of 86 countries and international bodies (UN, NATO, EU).

Because Eurosatory is also a showcase for innovations and future technologies, it is the prime place for attending world technology launches. Stressed by international media and visitors, the exhibition can such a way distinguishes itself with the number of physically present equipment and weapon systems (more than 1500 displayed on 138 600 m2), live indoor and outdoor demonstrations and a large number of improved technology clusters: individual soldier equipment, embedded electronics, CBRN detection and protection assets, day and night vision, operational medicine, unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, training and simulation.

Finally, Eurosatory is imposing itself as the forum to prepare tomorrow’s defence and security. Because using high technology equipment doesn’t make sense without having considered tactical or strategic environment, the 2010 exhibition 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 comprise 6 conferences 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 in use 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 two conferences and a series of expert workshops.

As previously mentioned, Eurosatory will be the venue for the UVS Forum Annual Conference held by UVS International. Of course, all technology clusters will hold a strong series of conferences and workshops where exhibitors will present their latest products and skills in advanced technology.

All these international events will bring in one place defence experts and actors from around the world offering industry, politicians, the armed forces, researchers and the media an opportunity to reflect on tomorrow’s defence.

All exhibition events and products launches will be relayed by media. The press centre will meet over 660 journalists from all five continents representing almost 330 media organisations with a strong international impact.

Visitors will take advantage of the completely renewed Eurosatory website (www.eurosatory.com) to register in advance and to find out detailed information. Different tools will be available in the weeks before the event, enabling visitors to prepare for their visit through the comprehensive in-line exhibitor catalogue and to arrange pre-scheduled appointments.

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

Accordingly, it is also a MUST for all armed and security forces members, military and civil service, to update professional knowledge, to evaluate and compare, to see and test in live, to recognize trends, to meet counterparts and to debate doctrine and concepts.

Moreover, Eurosatory can be named the Presidents’ exhibition as more than 50% of exhibitors companies are headed by their Chaiman or CEO.

For all these reasons, Eurosatory is definitely the place to be in June 2010.

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***Posted on May 21st, 2010

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