In accordance with decades of tradition, 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.
As a consequence of harsh ongoing conflicts, armed forces are particularly concerned about giving soldiers the best forward medical support, because 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 will bring together companies in the medical domain presenting innovative products and the armed forces health services presenting their equipment and know-how.
Eurosatory will feature a technology cluster on the theme of unmanned vehicle systems (UVSs), an area of key importance for modern armed forces. Today, thousands of UVSs 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 Eurosatory exhibition and located beside the technology clusters for five days. It will include an arena for live demonstrations of unmanned ground systems 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, as an example of a response to changing threats, Eurosatory will address the issue of homeland defence. 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 a high-tech exhibit. An extended special area is devoted to European defence and security meetings, 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 first place in classical land and air warfare armament, vehicles, weapon systems and equipment, Eurosatory will reflect the significant changes that are taking place in global perceptions of what constitutes national security, a statement increasingly asserting a growing convergence known as the defence and security continuum.
Eurosatory offers opportunities for SMEs through one-to-one business meetings (there were 4,900 meetings in 2008) and business strategy consulting. 79% of exhibitors are internationally ranked SMEs and from 52 countries. The exceptional exhibitor (70%) and visitor (50%) loyalty rates confirm Eurosatory as a world reference in its domain and an efficient business accelerator.
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, buyers, and official delegations (there were 520 VIPs in 2008 in 117 delegations from 73 countries), experts and influencers (Eurosatory guests) from 30 countries, professional users (in 2008 there were 4,500 representatives from the armed and security forces of 86 countries and international bodies, including UN, Nato, EU).
Because Eurosatory is a showcase for innovations and future technologies, it is the prime place for attending world technology launches. Patronised by international media and visitors, the exhibition distinguishes itself with the number of physically present equipment and weapon systems (more than 1,500 displayed over 138,600m²), 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 simulations.
Finally, Eurosatory is the forum to prepare tomorrow’s defence and security needs. Because using high-technology equipment doesn’t make sense without considering tactical and strategic environments, the 2010 exhibition will stage a series of conferences and seminars throughout the week on targeted subjects in several areas.
The first one will be the International Land Operations Forum, sponsored by GICAT (the French Defence Manufacturers Association) and the French Ministry of Defence.
It will comprise six conferences on doctrine, technology solutions and lessons learned from operations, where international experts will debate on dedicated military topics.
Looking at broader issues, 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 another on forward surgical support including the presentation of equipment in use by the French Army, US Army and US Marine Corps. Several other countries have announced their participation. The training and 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, held by UVS International. All technology clusters will hold a strong series of conferences and workshops where exhibitors will present their latest products and skills in advanced technology.
These international events will bring together defence experts and users from around the world offering industry, politicians, the armed forces, researchers and the media an opportunity to reflect on tomorrow's defence needs.
All exhibition events and product launches will be relayed by the media. The press centre will house over 660 journalists representing almost 330 media organisations with a strong international impact. Visitors can take advantage of the new Eurosatory website to register in advance and discover 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 the solutions to all their equipment requirements.
Accordingly, it is also a must for all armed and security forces members, from military and civil service, to update their professional knowledge, evaluate and compare, see and test live, recognise trends, meet counterparts and debate doctrine and concepts. For all these reasons, Eurosatory is definitely the place to be in June 2010.
This article was first published in our sister publication Defence & Security Systems International.