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As lasers weapons have dramatically increased in technological superiority, this symposium aims to address the key developments in directed energy weapons technology and assess their future potential role as one of the principle weapons technologies for national security issues. It will look at their defensive and offensive capabilities.

Directed Energy Systems will also examine issues concerned with countermeasures, laser threats and safety. Case study presentations will be delivered on the latest developments on the ABL and THEL programs, along with an examination of the future of high power microwaves as a directed energy weapon.

The conference offers you the opportunity to network with key military and industry experts, as well as benefiting from the practical insight and hard advice provided by an outstanding panel of speakers.

Please register now to guarantee your place at this important conference.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Norman Barsalou

Norman Barsalou, Technical Director of Laser Department, US Naval Health Research Centre Detatchment

9:10 THE LASER THREAT

Commander Kris Belland

Commander Kris Belland, Dual Designator and Senior Flight Surgeon, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Centre, TOPGUN Navy Fighters School, US Navy

  • An overview of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Centre at Fallon NAS
  • What an operator wants and needs to know: Near, intermediate and in the future
  • Threat area tactics - based on preliminary data
  • Effective missile planning aiming to minimise the threat
  • Mission planning differences between air - ground and search and rescue scenarios
  • Laser threat warning requirements. Quantify, model and simulate
  • 9:40 DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS AND THE LAW OF WAR

    Peter Herby

    Peter Herby, Co-ordinator Mines-Arms Unit, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross

  • Fundamental principles of the law of war
  • The Vienna Protocol on blinding laser weapons
  • Future developments
  • 10:20 MILITARY LASERS AND LASERSYSTEMS

    Colin Lennon

    Colin Lennon, Manager, Lasers and Optics, BAE SYSTEMS Avionics

  • The benefits of using lasers on the modern battlefield
  • Roles and missions for laser systems
  • Recent trends in lasers and laser systems
  • An insight into the recent technological developments
  • Future implications - an evolution to multifunctionality?
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 AIRBORNE TACTICAL LASER

    Thomas B. McDonald

    Thomas B. McDonald, Director, Advanced Programs and Business Development, , Boeing Laser & Electro Optical Systems

  • ATL System Concept
  • Precision strike applications
  • Air/missile defense missions
  • Performance analysis
  • ATL Technology
  • 12:00 LARGE OPTICS FOR THE AIRBORNE LASER

    Lloyd Harkless

    Lloyd Harkless, Director ABL Program, Brashear

  • Airborne Laser platform
  • Turret assembly and high energy path
  • ABL large optics functionality
  • Primary mirror fabrication and test
  • Conformal window fabrication and test
  • Test sphere fabrication and test
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PERFORMANCE & TECHNICAL CHALLENGES FOR LASER BASED COUNTERMEASURES

    Dr.Ove Steinvall

    Dr.Ove Steinvall, Director of Research, Department of Sensor Technology, National Defence Research Establishment

  • Assessing the effectiveness of counter measure systems
  • System capabilities and limitations
  • Applications and uses of counter measure systems
  • Laser countermeasures enabling technologies
  • The future of countermeasure systems
  • 14:40 LASER-BASED DIRECTABLE COUNTERMEASURE SYSTEM

    Paul Egbert

    Paul Egbert, IRCM Advanced Programs Manager, Lockheed Martin

  • Infrared countermeasures
  • The systems evaluation
  • Systems concept of operation
  • Threat warning
  • Threat jamming
  • Future
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PHYSICS OF LASER TARGETS EFFECTS RELATED TO DIRECTED ENERGY APPLICATIONS

    Dr Manfred Hugenschmidt

    Dr Manfred Hugenschmidt, Head of Division, German-French Research Institute Saint-Louis, ISL

  • An update on recent studies and developments: efficiency of new schemes
  • Remote energy transfer and it’s effect on laser-targeting
  • Latest developments and tests in wavelengths & energy levels for cw-lasers and pulsed laser systems
  • Energy transfer efficiencies
  • Capabilities and future research
  • 16:20 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DIRECTED INFRARED COUNTERMEASURES (DIRCM) AGAINST THE HEAT SEEKING MAN PORTABLE AIR DEFENCE SYSTEM (MAN PADS)

    Robert Kemp

    Robert Kemp, Marketing Manager, BAE SYSTEMS

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

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Robert Kemp

    Robert Kemp, Marketing Manager, BAE SYSTEMS

    9:10 NAVAL HIGH ENERGY LASER WEAPONS ISSUES

    Joung Cook

    Joung Cook, Senior Research Physicist, US Naval Research Laboratory

  • High energy laser weapon development history
  • Macroscopic laser/material interaction
  • Wavelength selection process and issues
  • Atmospheric propagation in thick air environment
  • High energy laser device issues
  • 9:40 PROBLEMS OF MEASUREMENT OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF LASER SYSTEMS AT THE TESTS

    Alexandr Ignatyev

    Alexandr Ignatyev, Chief Designer of Almaz CDB, Almaz Central Design Bureau

  • Introduction
  • Organisation of measurements
  • Beam durability of measuring sensors and measuring means
  • Action of the deforming factors
  • 10:20 LASER SAFETY

    Norm Barsalou; Lt. Commander Michael Reddix

    Norm Barsalou; Lt. Commander Michael Reddix, Technical Director of Laser Department; Head of Laser Department, US Naval Health Research Centre Detachment; Naval Medical Research

  • Introduction
  • Eye-safe and flight-safe hazards
  • Hazards particular to military air operations
  • Scenario contexts; Probability of clear line-of-sight
  • Protective devices and tactics
  • Conclusion
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 HIGH POWER MICROWAVES

    Major R.O. de Vries

    Major R.O. de Vries, Head Bureau Sensor Systems, Royal Netherlands Army, School Air Defence

  • The role of high powered microwaves (HPM) as (non) lethal weapons
  • Generation of HPM
  • Effects of HPM on electronic components
  • Operational capabilities
  • Feasibility of HPM weapon systems
  • Future uses
  • 12:00 LASER WARNING TECHNOLOGY

    Evan Corwin; David Breakfield

    Evan Corwin; David Breakfield, Laser Warning Systems Program Manager; Laser Warning Engineering/IPT Lead, BAE Systems

  • Laser detection theory and threats
  • Industry design drivers
  • System architecture and functional allocation
  • Performance spectrum and implementation options
  • Summary
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 SWITCHABLE EYESAFE LASER RANGEFINDER/DESIGNATOR (SELRD)

    Steven Buchholz

    Steven Buchholz, Laser/EO Manager, Kollsman, Inc

  • Dual Wavelength Lasers - Use and Application
  • Why Diode Pumping?
  • Common Module approach to Laser Design
  • Live Fire results of a SELRD for Rotary Wing Platforms
  • Future Capabilities to Include Profiling, Enhanced Target Recognition, Mapping
  • 14:40 A NEW GENERATION OF DIODE PUMPED LASERS FOR AIRBORNE APPLICATIONS

    Jean Marie Barbiche

    Jean Marie Barbiche, Programs Manager, Thomson-CSF Laser

  • Original compact pumping head
  • High brightness stacks produced inside THOMSON-CSF Group Laser
  • Air cooled high performance
  • Switchable to ego-safe regies
  • 15:40 LASER SYSTEMS FOR THE MODERN BATTLEFIELD INCLUDING SELF PROTECTION AND REMOTE SENSING

    David L. Snodgrass

    David L. Snodgrass, System Concepts Coordinator, Northrop Grumman

  • Overview of Northrop Grumman laser efforts
  • Pump laser; Wavelength conversion; Packaging
  • Lightweight mid-infrared lasers uses for self-protection
  • Air; Ground; Sea
  • LIDAR/LADAR Systems
  • For targeting; For obstacle avoidance
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    16:20 LASER BASED SYSTEMS FOR AN UNDERWATER APPLICATION

    Stellan Wickstrom

    Stellan Wickstrom, Senior Engineer, Saab Dynamics AB

  • An overview of current systems in operation
  • Systems requirement
  • Safety considerations
  • Recent test of diode pumped transmitters for underwater application
  • Future development for mine seeking applications
  • 17:00 Afternoon Tea

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