2007 - Summary of Conference & Exhibition
Venue: Shangri La Hotel, Singapore
Asia 2007 International Conferences and Exhibition (DTA 2007),
the fifth in the series organized by Defence Technology Conferences,
was held on 21st - 22nd March 2007 at the Shangri-La Hotel,
Singapore. Defence Directory Conferences also organized Homeland
& Maritime Security Asia (HMSA) 2007 on 21st March 2007,
at the same venue.
These unique events
enabled key regional decision makers and experts from government,
military, defence industries and academia to be updated on the
latest technological developments and systems which are suitable
for a wide range of operations in the region.
for DTA 2007, Mr Richard Lim, Chief Executive, Defence
Science & Technology Agency (DSTA) Singapore, launched DTA
2007 with the opening keynote address.
In this address,
Mr Lim noted that in the current strategic situation of post
9/11, defence forces have to be capable to operate in a conventional
'total war' scenario, as well as in the wide spectrum of 'military
operations other than war' (MOOTW).
He emphasized that
the traditional defence force structures, operational art, training,
and defence technology have to be refined and developed to counter
the challenges of conventional and asymmetrical threats in the
full spectrum of operations likely to be encountered.
and military officials who delivered keynote speeches at DTA
VADM Dino Nascetti,
Director General, Italian Naval Armament Authority (NAVARM),
RADM Lars Salomonsson,
Director of Naval Systems, Swedish Defence Material Administration
Dr Francois Regis
Martin-Lauzer, Director, NATO Undersea Research Centre, NATO;
Dr Frank Herr, Head
Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department, Office of Naval Research,
The keynote speakers
mainly discussed the operational and technological developments
in their respective countries. Their speeches were based on
their strategic and operational situations and threats, with
a focus on countering asymmetrical threats in littoral waters.
This had relevance for regional forces, which are also concerned
with asymmetrical threats in the littoral waters of South China
Sea, and the Malacca and Singapore Straits.
The operational and
technological aspects were presented in greater detail at the
three conferences which were held concurrently during DTA 2007.
The three conferences were: Submarine & ASW Asia 2007; Naval
Surface Ships Asia 2007; and Unmanned Vehicles & Systems
were complemented by an exhibition, which enabled the participating
defence companies to showcase their latest technological developments.
The Guest-of-Honour, Mr Richard Lim and other VIPs, visited
all the booths at the exhibition after the opening ceremony.
There was a steady
stream of visitors to the exhibition, which was open throughout
DTA 2007. Visitors also included participants from HMSA2007.
The exhibition provided exhibitors and visitors the opportunity
to discuss the latest technology and facilitated networking.
between defence companies and potential customers on the developments
in technology and its ability to meet end-user requirements
were also arranged on the sidelines of DTA 2007.
A very successful
reception, for guests and participants from DTA 2007 and HMSA
2007, was organized on the evening of 21st March 2007. This
social event, held in the lush tropical setting of the Waterfall
Terrace at the Shangri-La Hotel, facilitated interaction and
networking between guests and participants.
Feedback from participants
at DTA 2007 indicated that this event has impressed them with
its ability to build on its tradition of providing an excellent
forum for the presentation and discussion of the latest defence
technology which is relevant to the Asian region. DTA 2007 has
also impressed suppliers and end-users with its numerous networking
Given the success
of DTA 2007, Defence Technology Conferences is confident of
continuing its tradition of providing another excellent and
unique forum of conferences and exhibition in Defence Technology
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