DSA 2020 Postponed to 2022

A mock-up of the VL MICA .

SHAH ALAM: DSA 2020 postponed to 2022. Due to current unprecedented global health concerns disrupting transnational travel, the organisers of DSA 2020 and NATSEC 2020 has announced the deferment of the exhibition to 28 – 31 March 2022.The announcement was made by DSA Exhibition AndConference Sdn. Bhd., the organiser of both events, which have been touted as the largest defence and security exhibitions in Asia

DSA 2020 press release

Nexter Caesar 155mm SPH displayed at DSA 2016.

The Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2020 and NATSEC Asia 2020 exhibitions have been deferred by almost two years to 28 -31 March 2022. The decision was made following exhaustive consideration with various stakeholders including the Malaysian Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs and Malaysian Armed Forces, who are the co-organisers.

Initially slated for April 2020 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), the mega events were postponed to August following the Covid-19 outbreak. As the crisis escalated, it was deemed in the best interest of all parties involved to defer the event to early 2022.

Said Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, Chairman of DSA Exhibition & Conference, “Truly, this was a heavy decision to make. However the health and well being of everyone concerned remains our utmost and uncompromised priority. As such, the current situation of the pandemic no longer makes it conducive to hold these events in 2020. While many alternative dates were studied, we realized it is in the best interest of all parties involved that the event be deferred to early 2022.”

“With more than 1,500 participating companies from over 60 countries, some 350 VIP delegations from 30 countries and the expected 50,000 visitors from all corners of the world, it was only prudent to look at a revised date. We wanted to ensure a conducive and productive business environment for our stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors when the events gets underway.

“We extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathies to all those who have been affected and hope that the rescheduled dates will ensure DSA 2022 and NATSEC Asia 2022 continue to serve as an integral platform to encourage foreign technology exchange and partnerships, as well as enhance cooperation to strengthen national defence and security,” added Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin.

The two mega events will feature focused segments involving not just a conventional defence platform but also Cyber Defence, Unmanned Systems and Battlefield Healthcare. Invaluable opportunities abound for strategic alliances, business collaboration and successful networking between major players in the defence and securities and government agencies at DSA 2022 and NATSEC Asia 2022.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. Why does this being called as a deferment? basically 2020 edition is cancelled and the next one would be in 2022.

    Face saving measure

  2. What most of interest for now is that what is the impact of the current economic downturn due to COVID19 to ATM current and future project? Is the LCS, Nuri Replacement and LCA are all to be delayed further due to no funding?

  3. @ Hazwan 88

    I am hoping that the covid19 would not affect the country too much, unlike in the 80s or 90s recession. So far the situation is much better than in the 80s or 90s.

    Even that, our existing defence budget is already very small to begin with, and things like the Nuri replacement should need to look at used helicopters, so that it would not affect other projects. Right now australia is looking for buyers for its S-70A9 Blackhawks.


    My suggestion is to give the MD530G little birds to the aussie army as a part exchange with their S-70A-9 blackhawks. IMO we need a nuri replacement much more than we need the little birds.

    They get their SOF helicopters for their Land 2097 Phase 4 requirements, we get our nuri replacement for PUTD. Win win for both parties.



    Unique among land blackhawks is the aussie ones using seahawk rotor transmission with rotor brake for use on board ships.

  4. @…
    COVID19 doesn’t affect us too badly at the short term as we have far more reserves compared to 80s and 90s. But this time the world is facing recession, not just us, so we’re looking at longer term challenging effects to our economy, society and country as whole. Now isn’t the right time to buy anything “new” (brand new or 2nd hand) until our economy gets a better footing. We should consolidate to complete the purchases & projects undergoing and sufficiently maintain what we still have atm. Those which we can save money by outsourcing to civilian providers (ie heli transport, shore to shore logistics, overland logistics, construction, etc) we should consider it.

  5. off topic

    There is a little bird who whispered to my ear and tells me that the Starburst missile components thales taken back from Malaysia in part exchange for the Starstreak is being reused to build the Thales LMM (martlet) missile.

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