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‘Submarine and ASW elements have long been the key to a balanced naval force. They are critical tools at a nations disposal to protect domestic interests, friends and allies. They contribute significantly to a nation's ability to preserve political commitments, ensuring regional stability and reducing conflict’ Naval Research Paper

Examine the changing systems and operational requirements in underwater battlespace…

SMi’s fourth annual Submarines & Anti-Submarine Warfare conference will once again bring together the international specialists within the underwater warfare community to tackle the issues that matter to you. The event will enable you to gain the latest up-to-date information on:

  • The application of emerging technologies
  • The littoral environment
  • The battlespace
  • UUV development programmes & missions
  • Next generation attack submarines
  • Sub-sea weapons programmes
  • Delivery of C4iSR solutions
  • Flexible launch platforms
  • Surveillance & torpedo defence

With meetings taking up valuable time and energy, this conference will enable you to fulfil all your networking requirements, for this market, under one roof. And with our lunches promoting open discussion, this will give you the vital time to discuss market developments and potential while exchanging industry specific knowledge. Register now to benefit from our experience in this field.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Antony Preston

Antony Preston, Naval Analyst & Editor, NAVINT

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Commodore David Russell

Commodore David Russell, Deputy Flag Officer Submarines, Royal Navy

  • An examination of the traditional role of submarine
  • The factors forcing changes in the undersea arena
    - submarine development
    - shallow water missions in offshore waters
    - commercial technology to cope with rapid technological change
  • The case for continuing deployment of submarines in the 21st Century
  • Budgetary restraints balanced against new operational requirements
  • The future prospects for undersea warfare; technological developments/political climates
    - maritime contributions to joint operations (MCJO)
    - peacetime engagement
    - intelligence/surveillance
    - special operations
  • 9:40 MODERN TECHNOLOGY IN LITTORAL MARITIME OPERATIONS

    Lars Hostbeck

    Lars Hostbeck, Head of Department - Naval Sensor Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI

  • What is meant by ‘the littoral’? a Swedish overview of the (underwater) environment
  • War fighting and other types of operations
  • Use of modern sensor technology in various types of (multinational) maritime operations
  • 10:20 OPERATING IN THE LITTORAL

    Captain Tom Kyle

    Captain Tom Kyle, COMSUBPAC, N7, US Navy

  • The transition from blue water to the littoral and the problems that this can pose for submarine operators
  • The nature of the operational environment in the littoral and how it effects undersea warfare
  • Adapting operational doctrine in the face of new developments to ensure future security
  • Meeting desired capabilities of the operational arena with new and improved technology
    - weapons and countermeasures
    - coalition and joint operations
    - tactical control
  • Assessing the impact of new procedures and their operational effectiveness in the littoral environment
  • Future US submarine operations - upholder acquisition
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SHIP TO SHORE - PRECISION PAYLOADS

    Commander Philip Buckley

    Commander Philip Buckley, Staff Warfare Officer to Flag Officer Submarines, Royal Navy

  • The traditional contribution of submarines to land attack
  • Factors forcing changes in the undersea arena
    - joint operations
    - the advent of PJHQ
    - expeditionary warfare
  • Current role options for submarine launch
  • Tomahawk and the ability of the SSN to shape the battle space and influence the land battle
  • The Tomahawk armoury
    - future systems (Storm Shadow)
    - budgetary constraints
    - quality versus quantity
  • Developments for the next generation of attack submarines
  • 12:00 BATTLESPACE AWARENESS & INFORMATION DOMINANCE

    Ian Thomas

    Ian Thomas, Business Development Manager, BAE SYSTEMS

  • The proliferation of data sources available in modern submarine operations
    - organic track data
    - 3rd part tactical data
    - intelligence data
    - environmental products
  • The need for a single fused tactical picture rather than a federated approach
  • The issues specific to submarine operations
  • Solving the data fusion problems
  • Presentation and operability issues
  • Integration within the combat management system
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 SUBMARINE C4ISR SYSTEMS - NEW CHALLENGES

    Peter Trask

    Peter Trask, Department Head, NUWC, US Navy

  • New challenges and concepts of operation
  • Improved C4ISR operational effectiveness
    - technological development
    - improved information management
  • Communications improvements for submarines critical to force effectiveness
    - network-centric connectivity
    - continuous planning and execution
  • A whole systems approach to addressing technical problems in modernising C4ISR systems across existing platforms
  • Defining upgradeability and the vision for new platforms
  • 14:40 SUBMARINE PROPULSION & OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

    Tony Donaldson

    Tony Donaldson, Principal Engineer, Rolls Royce Naval Marine

  • Power and energy for the future
  • Nuclear power for range and speed
  • Diesel electric for ambush and intercept
  • AIP - short and medium range control
  • Advanced battery
  • The difference in performance
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 EVOLUTION OF SUB-SEA WEAPONS PROGRAMMES

    Ned Stewart, International Torpedo Program Manager, NUWC, US Navy

    Ned Stewart, International Torpedo Program Manager, NUWC, US Navy, , Robert Kittredge, Business Development Manager, Raytheon Electronic Systems

  • The nature of underwater weapons and the current requirements in undersea warfare
  • Outlining the driving factors which create the need for fitting new weapon systems
  • Meeting changing operational needs in the undersea environment with a well balanced weapon system
  • Operational advantages of fitting new weapons systems to existing platforms
  • Solving existing logistical problems and minimising the training requirements involved in integrating new systems
  • Likely future developments in the area of undersea warfare
  • 16:20 SUBMARINE RESCUE - READY FOR THE UNTHINKABLE

    Lars Larrson

    Lars Larrson, Project Manager, Kockums AB

  • The Royal Swedish Navy current programs and capabilities
  • Ongoing initiatives pursued for submarine survivability and rescue program
    - the next generation submarine rescue system
    - launch and recovery
    - hyperbaric transfer
    - underwater navigation & communication
  • Adaption to international capabilities and resources
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 DRINKS RECEPTION

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Robert Kittredge

    Robert Kittredge, Chief Engineer Submarine Programs, Raytheon Electronic Systems, Naval and Maritime Integrated Systems

    9:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Commander Jonty Powis

    Commander Jonty Powis, Submarine Staff Officer, Directorate of Naval Operations, MOD

  • ASW as a strategic concept
  • The nature of the ASW problem in littoral waters
  • Critical ASW capability shortfalls
  • Evolution or revolution?
  • A future vision and strategy for ASW; key thrusts
  • 9:40 RULING THE WAVES

    Commander John J Ruttenberg

    Commander John J Ruttenberg, Plans & Requirements Officer - COMASWFORPAC (CTF-12) N5/N8, US Navy

  • A complex challenge; foreign technologies and harsh environmental conditions
  • Fundamentals of ASW; critical to sea control, power projection & direct support to land campaigns
  • ASW challenges - adversaries aggressively embracing the submarine as their main naval platform
  • Desired capabilities
    - theater level planning and prosecution
    - cueing and wide area search
    - detection, classification and localization
  • The way ahead in near term funding and technology
  • A rising tide - demands and tasks ahead
  • 10:20 COASTAL SCANNING

    Chief of Staff

    Chief of Staff, CTF-12, US Navy

  • Impact of environment on the technical performance of existing ASW applications
  • Near-term & mid-term ASW capabilities; limited application in the operating environment
  • The potential of far-term improvements - conducting effective ASW with a naval force's primary mission
  • Detection, localization and identification
  • Enhancement of operating systems
    - acoustic and nonacoustic sensor systems
    - ASW C4ISR applications
    - SW combat ID/undersea IFF coordinated ASW tactics
    - environmentally adaptive sensor capabilities
  • Investment strategy - transition of ASW from current capabilities, through near- and mid-term improvements and far-term innovations
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 COMBATTING STEALTH

    Chris Skinner

    Chris Skinner, Business Development - Combat & Radar Systems, BAE SYSTEMS

  • The impact of the environment on sensor performance
  • Building and understanding the environment picture
  • Automating the underwater environment monitoring process
  • Environmentally adaptive systems
  • Optimising detection performance, minimising detection risk
  • Priorities for the future
  • 12:00 SLIPPING THROUGH THE NET

    Raymond Christian

    Raymond Christian, Chief Scientist - Submarine Sonar, NUWC, US Navy

  • The nature of ASW - an understanding for battlespace dominance
    - forward area operations
    - open ocean operations
    - littoral operations
  • Maximizing combined capabilities by using modern information technology - countering a submarine’s defining strengths: independent operations and stealth
  • Application of network centric warfare principles to ASW
  • Network based ASW - positive contact data
  • Successful network systems
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 UNDERSEA SURVEILLANCE

    Mike Critchley

    Mike Critchley, Business Development Manager, Drumgrange Ltd

  • Re-use of proven submarine passive and active intercept sonars
  • Small towed body & handling system
  • Optional hull mounted array
  • Inboard processing
  • Integration with ship systems and torpedo countermeasures
  • Performance characteristics
  • 14:40 TORPEDO DEFENCE

    Christopher Brook

    Christopher Brook, Business Group Manager (Processing), QinetiQ

  • Blunting the submarine threat
  • Black-box or integrated processing
  • Creating the balance between sensors and processing
  • Achieving the required performance - what does each customer want?
  • Incremental acquisition - continually improving performance
  • Platform variants - tailoring the solution?
    The future torpedo defence system
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SHIPBOARD ASW SYSTEMS

    Claudio Ceccarini

    Claudio Ceccarini, Technical Marketing Manager, Eurotorp Consortium

  • Importance in ASW system upgrades
  • Meeting submarine threats and recent advances in torpedo countermeasures
  • MU-90 IMPACT - integration with existing shipboard ASW systems and sensors
  • Operational environment
    - all submarine types
    - blue/green/shallow in-shore waters
  • Operational platforms
    - flexibility and performance - anti-torpedo torpedo
    - surface/helicopter/maritime patrol aircraft/missile and subsea
  • Conforming to present and future scenarios
  • 16:20 AIRBORNE ASW - NAVAL AIR PLATFORMS

    17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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