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This event looks at the future operational requirements in the underwater battlespace- submarines and associated weapons/ equipment. Within this you should include combat systems, sonar’s, torpedoes, countermeasures and especially Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (see conference section in main brief).

This event will covers Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) and will include information on attack aircraft, helicopters, radar’s, depth charges and missiles. Underwater warfare is changing as more and more Navies are moving from deepwater large scale operations to more covert shallow water operations in unfamiliar territory- this alters the operational requirements considerably and this needs to be addressed. Subs are expensive and budgets are tightening- new subs need to be compatible with off the shelf rather than bespoke ones.

This year's conference will cover the following main areas

  • Submarine roles and missions
  • Defining the submarine specific requirements
  • Modern Technology in Littoral maritime operations
  • Progressive advances for submarine combat systems
  • Integrating the UUVs into submarine operations
  • The underwater weapon perspective
  • Developing an affordable upkeep program for NL submarines
  • Analysis of the main ASW weapon for surface ships and rotary-wing ASW aircraft

    A unique opportunity to learn from leading military experts including:

  • Commander Mike Dyer, ASTUTE Combat Systems Manager, DPA
  • Commander Jonty Powis, SOO ComSubEastLant (CSEL), NATO
  • Captain Jean Louis Lozier, Naval Staff, Plans & Policy, Submarine - Deterrence, French Navy
  • Commander Volker Brasen, Assisting Branch Chief, Operational Requirements, German Naval Staff, German Navy
  • Lars Hostbeck, Head of Naval Sensor Systems, FOI
  • Mark van den Brink, Project Leader ASW, TNO-FEL
  • Lieutenant Commander W Schmitz, MOD, NAVYSTAFF, Operational Requirements Submarines, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Richard Nadolink, Chief Technology Officer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
  • Kyrill Korolenko, Associate Director, US Office of Naval Research International Field Office
  • Captain Harald Håkonsen, Commander, Norwegian Submarine Flotilla, Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Eric Grove

    Eric Grove, Director, Centre for Security Studies, The University of Hull

    9:10 ASTUTE CLASS SUBMARINES

    Commander Mike Dyer

    Commander Mike Dyer, ASTUTE Combat Systems Manager, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Background to the project
  • Setting the submarine requirements – the specific problems
  • The new weapon and combat system
  • Achieving the requirements to the minimum cost
  • The multitude of small improvements
  • The key improvements being made
  • 9:50 MODERN TECHNOLOGY IN LITTORAL MARITIME OPERATIONS

    Lars Hostbeck

    Lars Hostbeck, Head of Naval Sensor Systems, FOI

  • Scientific challenges of the littoral
  • Building a system of underwater systems
  • Modern technology in a multinational role
  • 10:30 COMBAT SYSTEM DESIGN

    Kyrill Korolenko

    Kyrill Korolenko, Associate Director, US Office of Naval Research International Field Office

  • Increased complexity of submarine combat systems
  • The integration of COTS – improving performance/reducing time & cost
  • Problems with integration and support
  • Market availability in relation to opposing modern combat systems
  • Replacing the COTS components – enhancing performance
  • The problems of rapid technology changes
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:30 THE DEVELOPING ROLE OF UNMANNED UNDERWATER VEHICLES

    Richard Nadolink

    Richard Nadolink, Chief Technology Officer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center

  • The developing role of UUVs within multi-mission undersea warfare
  • The feasibility of the UUV capabilities
  • Impacts upon the platform
  • Negative impacts upon the submarine operation
  • An element of Navy “Transformation”
  • The real possibility – is it achievable?
  • 12:10 THE FRENCH SUBMARINE PERSPECTIVE

    Captain Jean Louis Lozier

    Captain Jean Louis Lozier, Naval Staff, Plans & Policy, Submarine - Deterrence, French Navy

  • Missions
  • Nuclear propulsion
  • Reduced crews
  • Interoperability
  • 12:50 Lunch

    14:00 NAVIGATION

    Lawrence Dack

    Lawrence Dack, Navigation Group Manager, Hi-Q Systems

  • The basics of underwater navigation
  • Terrain referenced navigation:
  • Principles of operation
  • Performance examples
  • Problems and how to avoid them

    Prospects for integrated navigation systems

  • Potential applications

    In the near future

    Looking further out

  • 14:40 MK54 LIGHTWEIGHT TORPEDO PROGRAM STATUS

  • Program goals and objectives
  • Commonality and synergy with heavyweight torpedoes
  • USN technical evaluation status
  • Operational evaluation trials
  • Operational support
  • Production planning
  • Robert Kittredge

    Robert Kittredge, Manager Mk54 Lightweight Torpedo Program, Raytheon Naval & Maritime Integrated Systems

    William B. Grailich

    William B. Grailich, Torpedo Systems Engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Centre

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 EXPLOITATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

    Ian Thomas

    Ian Thomas, Business Development Manager, Alenia Marconi Systems

  • Understanding the critical factors impacting on detection performance
  • Understanding the impact of the environment
  • Characterising the environment and then exploiting it
  • The tools and techniques to gain tactical advantage
  • 16:20 SEA GUARDIAN

    Alec Lyon

    Alec Lyon, Business Development Manager, Thales Underwater Systems

  • Protection of "High Value" military assets
  • Threats from covert divers, swimmer delivery vehicles etc
  • Requirements for high probability of detection of these threats with a low false alarm rate
  • Unique sonar approach to the solution

    Requirements for an Automatic Detection System

  • Deployment configuration to meet the requirements for

    Flexibility to provide maximum cover

  • Simple and rapid deployment/recovery

    Ease of maintenance

  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Eric Grove

    Eric Grove, Director, Centre for Security Studies, The University of Hull

    9:10 UNDERWATER GUIDED WEAPONS

    Captain Harald Håkonsen

    Captain Harald Håkonsen, Commander, Norwegian Submarine Flotilla, Royal Norwegian Navy

  • The underwater weapon and sensor perspective
  • Environmental considerations
  • Threat prosecution: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
  • Future underwater weapon development trends
  • The use of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) – data gathering and payload
  • 9:50 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Commander Jonty Powis

    Commander Jonty Powis, SOO ComSubEastLant (CSEL), NATO

  • ASW as a strategic concept
  • The threat
  • The nature of the ASW problem in littoral waters
  • Critical ASW capability shortfalls
  • The contribution of the submarine to ASW
  • The future of ASW
  • 10:30 RESEARCH EXPLOITATION

    Phil Cooper

    Phil Cooper, Channel Director, Underwater Battlespace, QinetiQ

  • The future direction of underwater battlespace research
  • The need for research exploitation planning
  • The role of technology readiness levels
  • Achieving stakeholder buy-in
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:30 UNDERSEA REQUIREMENTS

    Lieutenant Commander W Schmitz

    Lieutenant Commander W Schmitz, MOD, NAVYSTAFF, Operational Requirements Submarines, Royal Netherlands Navy

  • Whereabouts of the NL submarine force
  • Current capabilities of the submarine forces
  • Priorities for an up-keep program
  • How to set priorities for possible future capabilities
  • Pro’s and con’s of possible new capabilities
  • 12:10 SUBS & ASW OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

    Commander Volker Brasen

    Commander Volker Brasen, Assisting Branch Chief, Operational Requirements, German Naval Staff, German Navy

  • The current needs of Subs & ASW forces
  • Developing an affordable programme to match these needs
  • The operational capabilities required
  • Problems in meeting these needs
  • Proposed future needs for the underwater battle arena
  • 12:50 Lunch

    14:00 ANTI SUBMARINE WARFARE

    Mark van den Brink

    Mark van den Brink, Project Leader ASW, TNO-FEL

  • Anti Submarine Warfare programmes of work at TNO-FEL
  • Anti Submarine Warfare models at TNO-FEL
  • Area search operations in the littoral (the model TOPICS)
  • Torpedo simulation (the model TORSIM)
  • Multistatic operations (the model MOSES)
  • Use of sonobuoys (the model SONNET)
  • 14:40 STING RAY MOD 1 ASW LIGHTWEIGHT TORPEDO

    Chuck Spencer

    Chuck Spencer, Sting Ray Operational & Tactical Support Manager, BAE SYSTEMS

  • Changes from the Sting Ray Mod 0 – improvements made
  • Weapon benefits – low noise, high speed and manoeuvrability
  • The use of active sonar and tactical software
  • Dealing with complex countermeasure scenarios
  • Will the ASW performance dramatically improve?
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 LITHIUM ION BATTERY SYSTEMS FOR SUBMARINES AND ALL ELECTRIC SHIPS

    Hugues Eudeline

    Hugues Eudeline , Head of Dauphin Development, SAFT

  • Lithium Ion versatility
  • Impact on naval architecture
  • The operational view
  • Impact on tactical capabilities
  • Impact on ship handling
  • Impact on safety
  • 16:20 CHECKMATE

  • Monitoring - surveillance
  • Reconnaissance – intelligence gathering
  • Decoy activity – ruse de guerré
  • Flexibility, deployment by any sea worthy vessel
  • Rapid deployment by air

    “Ring Fence Protection” of vessels in doubtful – unfriendly waters

  • Defensive maritime mining, with an increase in the area of influence AOI of at least 400 to 1

    All at significantly reduced cost

  • Chris Hickey

    Chris Hickey, Director, International Underwater Storage

    Commander Mark Whelan OBE (retired)

    Commander Mark Whelan OBE (retired), Managing Director, International Underwater Storage

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

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