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The field of unmanned aerial vehicles is rapidly growing world-wide and has intensified the interest and importance of the diversity of systems that are available.

SMi’s two-day event on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles promises to focus on new developments in these systems and analyse their progress and capabilities.

Our in-depth programme will consider the current and future UAV strategies that are available, provide first hand case studies on important issues such as their use in recent military operations, as well as highlighting how these systems can be used as part of an effective military air fleet.

Benefits of attending:
· LEARN from an international speaker panel with the latest insights on UAV programmes and deployment
· UNDERSTAND the latest strategies underpinning UAV use and their ever-changing role
· DISCOVER the latest developments in UAV technology and what’s just over the horizon
· BENEFIT from case studies from leading military speakers
· MAXIMISE networking opportunities in a globally attended forum and raise the profile of your organisation and its activities

Major contributions from senior representatives:
· Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Stoleson, Deputy TRADOC Systems Manager for UAVs, US Army
· Lieutenant Colonel Don Bruce, Program Manager, Infantry Weapons (UAV), Marines Corps Systems Command
· Michael Madden, Product Manager, Robotic and Unmanned Sensors, Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors, US Army
· Captain Björn Carlsson, Quality System Manager UAV Systems and UAV Mission Commander, Life Regiment Hussars, Swedish Army
· Dewar Donnithorne-Tait, Executive Vice-President, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
· Ron Kline, Hunter UAV Program Manager, TRW
· John Wardell, Senior Business Analyst, Rolls-Royce
· Franz Bucher, Projects & Marketing Manager, EADS-Dornier

‘Speaker quality was a strong point’
SMi delegate, UAVs 2002: Ronald Crumbacher, UAV Focal Point, US Air Force

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Ian Poll OBE

Professor Ian Poll OBE, Director of the Cranfield College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS: CURRENT USE OF UAVS

Dewar Donnithorne-Tait

Dewar Donnithorne-Tait, Executive Vice-President, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

  • Emerging requirements for UAVs in the military arena
  • Innovations and initiatives in development
  • What capabilities are available “off the shelf” now?
  • The potential of UAVs in combat and surveillance operations
  • 9:40 TACTICAL UAV APPLICATION AND INTEGRATION

    Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Stoleson

    Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Stoleson, Deputy TRADOC Systems Manager for UAVs, US Army

  • Brigade Commander’s TUAV
  • CONOPS for TUAV support to the manoeuvre commander
  • TUAV requirements – above and below Brigade
  • Micro UAVs and extended range/multipurpose UAVs
  • 10:20 PROGRAM UPDATE

    Michael Madden

    Michael Madden, Product Manager, Robotic and Unmanned Sensors, Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors, US Army

  • TUAV payload needs
  • On-going developments to meet the needs
  • Roadmap for payload developments
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SUCCESSFUL UAV OPERATIONS

    James Christner

    James Christner, Director of International Operations, AAI Corporation Defense Systems

  • What activities and actions ensure successful UAV operations?
  • Which factors can lead to failure in operations?
  • What can potential users do to guarantee success when deploying UAVs in a theater of operations?
  • 12:00 UAV UTILISATION IN SWEDEN

    Captain Björn Carlsson

    Captain Björn Carlsson, Quality System Manager UAV Systems and UAV Mission Commander, Life Regiment Hussars, Swedish Army

  • What is the current status of UAV use in Sweden?
  • Demonstration of a live exercise within the RMA concept
  • A possible approach to adaptation of the UAV concept to current air regulations
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PROGRAM UPDATE: THE HUNTER UAV

    Ron Kline

    Ron Kline, Hunter UAV Program Manager, TRW

  • Moving to auto take-off and landing
  • Transitioning from UCARS to TALS
  • Advances toward heavy fuel engines
  • Preparation and progress in munitions dropping
  • Significant payload results
  • 14:40 PROGRAM UPDATE: PREDATOR and PREDATOR B

    Jim Taylor

    Jim Taylor, Program Manager, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

  • Critical technology areas
  • Command, control and communications
  • Air vehicle designs
  • Payload integration
  • Aircraft capabilities
  • 15:20 THE GERMAN PERSPECTIVE

    Manfred Lehnigk

    Manfred Lehnigk, Manager, Sales Airborne Systems, STN ATLAS Elektronik

  • Reconnaissance system KZO
  • Electronic warfare system: MUCKE and FLEDERMAUS
  • German army combat UAV TAIFUN
  • Solving future tactical and operational problems using UAV systems
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea
    Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Peter Trim

    Dr Peter Trim, Lecturer in Management, Department of Management, Birkbeck College, University of London

    9:10 UAVS AND SURVEILLANCE IN THE US MARINE CORPS

    Lieutenant Colonel Don Bruce * (Subject to clearance)

    Lieutenant Colonel Don Bruce * (Subject to clearance), Program Manager, Infantry Weapons(UAV), Marines Corps Systems Command

  • The need for a bespoke UAV for surveillance for the Marines
  • Particular requirements for the system in light of probable operational environments
  • Collaboration with other UAV programs in the US forces
  • Payload sensors
  • Autopilot
  • Systems software

    Enhancing interoperability of surveillance UAVs

  • 9:40 UAVS: KEY FACTORS IN FUTURE ISR TASKS

    Franz Bucher

    Franz Bucher, Projects & Marketing Manager, EADS-Dornier

  • Segments and systems of the ISR architecture
  • UAV segment in change of common acceptability
  • Operational requirements for strategic, theater and tactical ISR systems
  • Suitability of UAVs for ISR tasks?
  • CONOPS parameter for UAV engagement
  • 10:20 UAV CONTROLS AND NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

    James Dotan

    James Dotan, Vice President, Business Development, Athena Technologies

  • Key technology innovations
  • Options for smaller flight control units - the GuideStar flight control unit
  • Provision of dynamic state information
  • Solid-state sensors in a small integrated package
  • Key technical challenges with this class of sensor
  • Vehicle flight control system capability

    Flight testing the system

  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UAV/UCAV: MARKET POTENTIAL AND PROPULSION REQUIREMENTS

    John Wardell

    John Wardell, Senior Business Analyst, Rolls-Royce

  • Current trends in the market for UAVs and UCAVs
  • Segmentation of the market
  • An overview of the propulsion technology challenges
  • Potential solutions
  • 12:00 HELIKITE UAVS

    Sandy Allsopp

    Sandy Allsopp, Managing Director, Allsopp Helikites

  • Introduction to Helikites
  • Helikites as an aid to UAV development and operation
  • Permanent occupation of the sky
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 UNMANNING EXISTING COMBAT AIRCRAFT

    Thomas Turner

    Thomas Turner, Member, Board of Directors, Mission Technologies

  • Existing ground-to-air fighters
  • Modification of existing fighters to an unmanned role
  • Airspace issues
  • Endurance and warload
  • Retention of cockpit for development and operations
  • 14:40 NOVEL APPLICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY

    John Wood

    John Wood, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo-American Business Consultancy

  • Novel applications for UAVs
  • “Uncovering the past”: a case study
  • Horizontally opposed diesel powerplants for UAVs
  • 15:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea
    Close of Conference

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