Seven prominent companies have made a resounding commitment to participate in the highly acclaimed Defence Services Asia (DSA) and National Security Asia (NATSEC Asia) 2024 exhibition, signifying an exceptional show of support. This commitment was formalized during the contract handover ceremony at the ongoing Defense & Security (D&S) 2023 event in Bangkok, Thailand. This strong industry backing underscores the pivotal role of DSA & NATSEC Asia as a premier platform for the global defence sector.
Witnessed by Secretary General Malaysian Ministry of Defence, Datuk Seri Isham Bin Ishak, and General Tan Sri Datuk Seri Mohammad bin Ab Rahman, Chief of Defence Force Malaysia, the ceremony included the participation of Ikramatic Systems Sdn Bhd, Mildef International Technologies, OpenApps Sdn Bhd, System Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd, Kemalak Group, Ketech Asia, dan Beijing Bunch Exhibition Services representing China Pavilion.
Where Global Defence Innovation Meets Unprecedented International Support
Over the years, DSA’s exhibition floor has consistently drawn the attention of international exhibitors. In the 2022 edition, the event welcomed a total of 380 VIP delegations from 34 nations, attesting to its standing as the largest and most efficient homeland defence and security show in Asia. Distinguished guests had the opportunity to witness the presentation of the world’s most advanced technology, cutting-edge systems, hardware, and electronic warfare offerings.
Following the successful conclusion of the 2022 edition, a resounding 90.4% of the participants expressed their unwavering commitment to returning to DSA and NATSEC Asia in 2024. This high rate of return underscores the show’s reputation as a vital gathering for industry leaders, government representatives, and defence and homeland security agencies from across the region. The primary objective remains to foster mutual trust and promote stakeholder collaboration.
Preparations for DSA and NATSEC Asia 2024, scheduled for 6-9 May 2024 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), are already well underway. Buoyed by the success of DSA and NATSEC Asia 2022, the organizers are determined to deliver excellence once again to ensure the success of DSA and NATSEC Asia 2024.
Building Resilient Nations for the Next Generation
Continuous sustainable growth requires stability vis a vis peace, safety, security, and harmony. Consequently, it is vital for nations to build resilience, not only for their immediate survivability but also for the prosperity of future generations. The theme of ‘Building Resilient Nations for The Next Generation’ has been chosen for the upcoming edition of DSA & NATSEC Asia. This strategic platform serves as an arena for decision-makers to engage in critical discussions and formulate the best strategies to ensure the stability and security of future generations.
“All Nations aspire to progress and develop. Defence and security must be seen as an investment. Only nations that invest strategically in their defence and homeland security will cultivate credible forces capable of continuously safeguarding their sovereignty, maintaining law and order, and ensuring that their people can lead peaceful lives and enjoy economic prosperity,” commented DSA Executive Director, Mr. Nadzeem Abdul Rahman. These insights were shared during the foreword objective of the next edition’s theme selection at the launch of the Malaysian Pavilion held at D&S.
Platform to Forge Resilience
In the recent 2024 budget announcement, the Malaysian government has demonstrated its commitment to bolstering defence readiness and national security by allocating increased resources to the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Ministry of Defence has been allocated RM19.7 billion (US$4.37 billion), an increase of RM2 billion compared to 2023, aimed at facilitating the acquisition of essential new assets for the armed forces. Simultaneously, the Ministry of Home Affairs, has been allocated RM19 billion, an increase of RM500 million, reinforcing the nation’s overall security framework.
The government’s comprehensive procurement plan encompasses a range of essential assets. Notable allocations include the acquisition of 12 new helicopters for the Royal Malaysian Air Force, substantial additions to the Malaysian Army’s arsenal, featuring 60 infantry fighting vehicles, 50 High Mobility Light Tactical Vehicles (HMLTV), six Hovercraft Integrated Fast Interceptors, and 733 support vehicles. Additionally, the plan involves crucial maintenance of two submarines, the continuation of acquiring three Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy, and the replacement of outdated assets with seven twin-engine aircraft and five light helicopters for the Royal Malaysian Police.
In parallel, the government is fortifying maritime security with the acquisition of 45 diverse types of boats for the Malaysian Army and nine cutting-edge patrol vessels. This initiative extends to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM), enhancing border and maritime security through the procurement of nine new patrol boats, further reinforcing efficiency and control at international entry points.
Gathering of Global Defence and Security Industry
Since the conclusion of the 2022 edition, the organisers have received participation and early commitments, underlining the industry’s strong support for DSA & NATSEC Asia. Notable exhibitors, such as Roketsan Missiles Inc, CANiK (Samsun Yurt Savunma A.S), FNSS, Aselsan, East Gear International, SWAT Footwear (M) Sdn Bhd, International Securities Sdn Bhd (ISC), among many others, have already signed the participation contracts, demonstrating early commitment to this significant event.
In a testament to the platform’s effectiveness for the global defense industry, a growing number of Malaysian companies have expanded their exhibition space for the upcoming edition, reflecting their confidence in the event’s value. Furthermore, more companies are expected to finalize their participation by the end of this year.
The list of national pavilions that have already confirmed their participation includes Austria, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkiye, the United Kingdom, and the USA.