DE&S and British Army take difficult decision to cancel DVD2020

Published 25 August 2020.

Joint sponsors, DE&S and British Army announce cancellation of DVD2020 in light of ongoing global pandemic

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The organisers of DVD2020, which is jointly sponsored by Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) and the British Army, have today announced that they have taken the difficult decision to cancel DVD2020, in light of the ongoing pandemic.

Despite working hard to ensure that, wherever possible, the event could continue to run as planned, organisers have decided that the uncertainty as to what could actually be delivered and the continued risk of the spread of COVID-19 is too high to confidently hold a safe event.

Director General Land, Chris Bushell said: “It is with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel DVD2020 due to the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.  DVD is a great event which brings together industry, international allies and partners; DE&S and the British Army have been running for many years and therefore it is a shame that we have had to cancel this year’s event.  DVD’s unique approach to enable visitors to get a proper hands-on experience is not suitable at this time.

“Despite this cancellation I should like to reassure the Defence sector that the UK is still open for business and is seeking to develop and enhance the domestic market and export opportunities.  Innovation and digitalisation remain paramount in the development and delivery of world class capabilities across the spectrum of Land equipment, reflected in our current procurement and modernisation programmes and in our future capability requirements.

“Working with our allies and industry to mutually develop, deliver and support capabilities and export opportunities remains a fundamental component of maintaining confidence in the wider UK economy. We look forward to  other opportunities to develop an ever closer and more collaborative relationship, discuss the Land Industrial Strategy and enhance interaction with Defence industry.”

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