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UK sends strong Royal Navy and industry team to DIMDEX 2018

'Collaboration in future technologies' is the main message from the UK as they send a strong delegation to DIMDEX 2018 in Qatar.

Picture of RFA Cardigan Bay
RFA Cardigan Bay

Fleur Thomas, Regional Director in the Department of International Trade’s Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO), is leading the UK delegation. In addition, RFA Cardigan Bay is attending from the Royal Navy. This strong UK presence reiterates the importance of the strategic defence and security relationship between the UK and Qatar.

The UK government delegation will be supporting UK companies displaying and demonstrating a range of world-leading defence and security technologies. The UK’s capability themes include:

  • maritime security
  • technological support to operations
  • disaster relief
  • cyber

The United Kingdom has supported the DIMDEX exhibition since its inception and has a proven track record in delivering capabilities and solutions, with significant transfer of technology, to allies across the world. The UK team will also be building on their international reputation for establishing successful partnerships and international collaborative arrangements and seeking to develop closer links with governments and industrial partners across the region.

Fleur Thomas said:

I am delighted to have the opportunity to visit DIMDEX 2018 to highlight the UK’s important defence and security relationship with Qatar.

DIMDEX 2018 is an important regional maritime forum and provides real opportunities for the international naval maritime community to work together and learn from each other.

I am at DIMDEX 2018 to encourage ever greater industrial cooperation and to press forward in identifying new areas for cooperation.

The UK has a significant range of world-class technologies across the air, land, maritime, security and cyber sectors and DIMDEX 2018 presents an excellent opportunity for us to show the best that Britain has to offer and find common ground on which partnerships can be built.

Background

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. We are a specialised government department with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.

  1. media are invited to meet DIT DSO on stand
  2. defence exports in 2016 were worth £5.9 billon
  3. UK security exports in 2016 were worth £4.3 billion
  4. the UK is the top destination in Europe for inward investment and second globally only to the US

Contact Adam Thomas, Senior Press Officer, DIT DSO on the UK stand for more information. Call mobile +44 7775 817 835.

Published 9 March 2018
Last updated 9 March 2018 + show all updates
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