Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will formally open Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) which takes place next week.

The team will take to the skies in their signature nine aircraft flypast, subject to weather conditions.
The biennial global defence and security event is held in partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence and Department of International Trade at ExCeL London from September 14-17. This year, more than 1,000 companies at the live event and through its complementary digital platform, DSEI Connect.

Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew, Deputy Commander Operations, Royal Air Force said: “It is with great pleasure that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will mark the official opening of DSEI 2021. The exhibition is an important showcase for world-leading innovation and technology from British industry, that provides the RAF and UK Defence the continued ability to remain ahead of our competitors”.

Top US officials to participate in seminar programme

American exhibitors will be part of the largest international group this year, the USA Pavilion and top US officials will also participate in a range of DSEI keynotes and seminars. The US Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Erik C Peterson, will deliver DSEI’s first international keynote address and CIA Chief Information Officer Juliane J Gallina will also speak at the event. Visitors will also hear from the US Department of Defense, Acting Head of Acquisition, Gregory Kausner through DSEI’s digital platform DSEI Connect.

Event Director, Grant Burgham, said: “the industry is getting ready to come back together at DSEI and we look forward to welcoming our exhibitors, speakers, visitors, delegations, Government stakeholders, and the Armed Forces for a week of exclusive demonstrations and presentations. What better way to kick-off one of the UK’s first major international events in recent years than with a greeting from the Red Arrows”.

There will be no onsite registration at DSEI 2021 and the event will be run with strict Covid protocols in place. For more details visit


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