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This conference will analyse next generation submarine warfare systems and technologies needed for effective and efficient underwater operations. The need for increased capability is evident as submarines now need to operate in increasingly hostile areas and shallow water environments. As the role of submarines in underwater operations has transformed so have the requirements for submarine systems and technologies.

This conference will focus on current underwater systems capabilities, future requirements and key technological developments in this area. The conference will look at how to meet future submarine requirements taking into account the changed threats, advanced weapon systems, new roles, new missions & new approaches to undersea warfare. It will analyse state of the art sensor technology, (electro magnetic and acoustic), command, control and communications technology, UUVs, modular design & tech insertion as well as active sonar and high frequency sonar underwater technologies.

Major contributions from senior representatives:
Commander Henk-Jan Kuin, Submarine Plans and Policy, NATO Headquarters
Commander Jonty Powis, SOO ComSubEastLant (CSEL), NATO
Dr Marc Pinto, Program Manager, NATO SACLANT Undersea Research Centre, Italy
Lieutenant Commander Wiebe Schmitz, MOD, NAVYSTAFF, Operational Requirements Submarines, Royal Netherlands Navy
Lieutenant Commander John Sutcliffe, Equipment Capability (Under Water Battlespace) Weapons Desk Officer, Ministry of Defence, UK
Commander Dickie Burston, IPT Leader, NATO Submarine Rescue System, Ministry of Defence/Defence Procurement Agency
Peter Evans, Team Leader, Underwater Warfare, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
Nils Størkersen, Director of Research, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
Kyrill Korolenko, Associate Director, Office of Naval Research International Field Office

Benefits of attending:
ASSESS your undersea requirements in the 21st Century
IDENTIFY achievable concepts of operations to bring UUVs into underwater battlespace and analyse the role of UUVs in MCM and REA
REVIEW your understanding of submarine operations in littoral warfare and hear how to develop an affordable upkeep program for submarines
GAIN an insight into maritime mine countermeasures and mine warfare systems
MAXIMISE your networking opportunities in a globally attended forum

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alec Lyon

Alec Lyon, Business Development Manager, Thales Underwater Systems

9:10 THE RN SUBMARINE FORCE

Commander Jonty Powis

Commander Jonty Powis, SOO ComSubEastLant (CSEL), NATO

  • A brief history - how the RN Submarine Force got to where it is today
  • The relevance of the submarine in warfare today and in the 21st Century
  • The next 20 years for the RN Submarine Force
  • The Astute Class
  • Beyond 2020
  • 9:40 SUBMARINE OPERATIONS IN THE LITTORAL

    Commander Henk-Jan Kuin

    Commander Henk-Jan Kuin, Submarine Plans and Policy, NATO Headquarters

  • Change of focus in NATO submarine operations
  • Submarine contribution to littoral warfare
  • Integration of the submarine into the littoral concept
  • Submarine requirements related to littoral operations
  • 10:20 MULTI-NATIONAL SUBMARINE RESCUE

    Commander Dickie Burston

    Commander Dickie Burston, IPT Leader, NATO Submarine Rescue System, Ministry of Defence/Defence Procurement Agency

  • Collaboration and co-operation - history and standardisation
  • Deployment and mobilisation - aircraft and MOSHIPs
  • Operational readiness - exercises and time to first rescue
  • Global information management - NATO Liaison Office
  • GOGO/GOCO or COCO - industry involvement
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UNDERSEA REQUIREMENTS

    Lieutenant Commander Wiebe Schmitz

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

  • The 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
  • 12:00 THE SUBMARINE AND SEA POWER

    Dr Eric Grove

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

  • The promise of the submarine
  • First wartime experience
  • Lessons learned - and misperceived
  • The submarine in World War II
  • The birth of the modern SSK
  • The nuclear revolution
    The future
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 HARBOUR DEFENCE SONAR

    Robert Balloch

    Robert Balloch, Head of Sales, Marine and Acoustics, QinetiQ

  • Development and trials of a new concept in underwater sonar
  • Threat detection and location
  • Transducer design
  • The integration of software for automatic target detection and tracking
  • 14:40 DEPLOYABLE AND EXPENDABLE SONAR SYSTEMS FOR ASW

    John Martin

    John Martin, Marketing Manager, Sonobuoys & Surveillance Systems, Ultra Electronics, Sonar & Communication Systems

  • Expendables technology
  • Modular systems and the host/payload concept
  • Remotely deployable systems
  • Submarine communications
  • Exploiting the AUV
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 USE OF COTS IN US UNDERWATER COMBAT SYSTEMS

    Kyrill Korolenko

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

  • Why use COTS in new- and upgrading old systems
  • Improving performance/reducing time and cost
  • Integration of COTS into complex modern systems
  • Examples
  • Problems of integration and support
  • Problems of rapid technology changes
  • 16:20 IMPROVING CONVENTONAL SUBMARINES TACTICAL CAPABILITIES WITH LITHIUM ION BATTERIES

    Hugues Eudeline

    Hugues Eudeline , Head of Dauphin Development, SAFT

  • Naval energy storage systems
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John Martin

    John Martin, Marketing Manager, Sonobuoys & Surveillance Systems, Ultra Electronics, Sonar & Communication Systems

    9:10 SUBMARINE EXTERNAL IMAGING AND SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS

  • Objectives for external imaging systems on submarines
  • Typical monitoring locations
  • Selection criteria utilising COTS camera equipment
  • Installation requirements and techniques
  • Historical and future applications of imaging systems
  • Doug Huntington

    Doug Huntington, , BOWTECH Products

    Mel Brooks

    Mel Brooks, Business Manager, QinetiQ

    9:40 DEVELOPING ACHIEVABLE CONCEPTS OF OPERATIONS TO BRING UUVS INTO UNDERWATER BATTLESPACE

    Keith Birch

    Keith Birch, Business Development, Southampton Oceanography Centre

  • Pull thro' of technology development by AUVs use in science
  • Step changes AUVs have provided to offshore oil industry
  • Proposal for AUVs with European research programmes
  • Leverage to military AUV applications
  • 10:20 THE ROLE OF UUVS IN MCM AND REA

    Nils Størkersen

    Nils Størkersen, Director of Research, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)

  • The role of UUVs in MCM and REA
  • Current national plans for exploitation of UUV technology
  • Status and achievements of the Hugin development programme
  • Results from commercial and military operational activities
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 AUTONOMOUS OPERATIONS

    Professor David Lane

    Professor David Lane, Director, Ocean Systems Laboratory, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

  • The need for truly autonomous UUVs
  • Technological challenges to full autonomy
  • State of the art developments
  • Realisable future prospects
  • 12:00 MINE HUNTING WITH AUVS

    Dr Marc Pinto

    Dr Marc Pinto, Program Manager, NATO SACLANT Undersea Research Centre, Italy

  • Research and demonstration activities in the field of: - advanced sensors - navigation - systems - concept development and experimentation
  • On-going procurement plans
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 MARITIME MINE COUNTERMEASURES

    Peter Evans

    Peter Evans, Team Leader, Underwater Warfare, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

  • The mine threat
  • The MCM task
  • Minehunting
  • Minesweeping
  • Mine disposal
  • The future
  • 14:40 MINEWARFARE SYSTEMS

    Alec Lyon

    Alec Lyon, Business Development Manager, Thales Underwater Systems

  • The threat
  • The need for environmental measurements
  • Minewarfare system solutions
  • Technology and techniques for MCM
  • Tactical planning for systems
  • 15:20 SUBMARINE TORPEDO DEFENSE

    Commander Giyora Saar

    Commander Giyora Saar, Acoustic Systems Directorate, Rafael, Israel

    16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks followed by Afternoon Tea.
    Close of Conference

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