Vietnamese Delegation Attends Malaysia’s 18th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference

The Defence Service Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA) is Asia's largest and most efficiently organized defense and homeland security exhibition, showcasing the most advanced technologies, systems, hardware, and electronic warfare that the market has to offer.

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A Vietnamese delegation led by Senior Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and head of the organizing committee of the Vietnam International Defence Expo 2024, is attending the 2024 Defence Service Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA) and the National Security Asia 2024 (NATSEC) exhibition in Malaysia, according to VNA.

On the sidelines of the events, running from May 6-9, the delegation has engaged in meetings with several partners to discuss mutual concerns and cooperation.

Senior Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan and delegates visit the exhibition booth of the Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel). Photo: MOD

At a meeting with the head of the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA), the two sides expressed satisfaction with the development of the nations’ comprehensive strategic partnership. Especially, bilateral cooperation in the defence industry and military trade sectors has been focused, reaping tangible results.

Talking to VNA correspondents on the sidelines, Tan affirmed Vietnam’s high regard for defence cooperation with Malaysia, based on the foundation of diplomatic relations between the two countries for over five decades, since 1973.

He noted that through this working visit, the Vietnamese delegation aims to meet with partners and professional defence industry companies to prepare for the second Vietnam International Defence Expo in December.

Defence Service Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA) is the biggest and most efficiently organized Defence and Homeland Security show in Asia showcasing world’s most advance technologies, systems, hardware and electronic warfare that the market has to offer.

In its 18-year history, the event is considered to have the largest scale, with the participation of over 1,200 enterprises from 60 countries and territories. Nearly 400 delegations from 45 countries, and 50,000 visitors are also expected to attend.

Attending this year’s opening ceremony were the Prime Minister of Malaysia as a special guest of honor, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia and representatives of defense ministry delegations from other countries.

The Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel) is showcasing its high-tech defence industry products at the 2024 DSA and the NATSEC 2024 exhibition, VNS reported.

Viettel High Tech, a subsidiary of the Viettel Group, represents Viettel at one of the world’s top five defence and security exhibitions.

The Fair takes place from 6–9 May 2024 at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur.

A representative from Viettel High Tech said Viettel joins the DSA as the national booth of Việt Nam, alongside 33 other national booths from around the world across a vast 45,000sq.m exhibition space.

Under the theme ‘Building a Secure Future for Developing Nations’, Viettel will present a diverse range of military products and high-quality resources, providing comprehensive research and development solutions to international customers.

After the success of deploying 5G services in India, including contracts signed at the International Defence Exhibition in Vietnam 2022, Viettel High Tech has gained new cooperation opportunities in the military and dual-use product sectors.

Upon announcing its participation in DSA & NATSEC, Viettel High Tech received cooperation proposals from major partners in the Middle East and Asia, opening up new business opportunities, especially in the realm of 5G technology.

Hannah Nguyen