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Building on the success of the previous Battlefield Laser events, SMi have produced this follow on conference to examine the latest developments and technologies in directed energy weapons and high powered microwaves.

As a senior industry executive you will be aware of the importance of this field. We would therefore like to invite you to register for SMi’s Third Annual Directed Energy Weapons conference. As you will see from the brochure, key speakers include representatives from the UK and US military as well as leading global manufacturers.

Organisations in attendance at last year’s event included:

  • UK Ministry of Defence
  • Raytheon
  • US Air Force Research Laboratory
  • TRW
  • DERA
  • Litton-TASC
  • US Naval Medical Research Laboratory
  • Marconi
  • National Defence Research Est. (Sweden)
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Rafael
  • Matra Bae

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Norm Barsalou

Norm Barsalou, Technical Director of Laser Department, US Naval Health Research Centre Detachment

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - UK MILITARY LASER SAFETY AND THE VIENNA PROTOCOL

Major Ray Hanbury

Major Ray Hanbury, Secretary, Military Laser Safety Committee, Ministry of Defence

  • The UK Military Laser Safety Committee: tasks and operation
  • The Vienna Protocol on ‘Blinding Laser Weapons’
  • The legality of lasers on the battlefield: dazzling as opposed to blinding
  • Military laser accidents and their implications to the protocol
  • The future of laser systems on the modern battlefield
  • 9:40 HIGH POWER LASER WEAPONS

    Professor Alan Rogers

    Professor Alan Rogers, Chairman, Military Laser Safety Committee, Ministry of Defence

  • Concepts: USAF and US Navy High Energy Lasers: UK probabilistic participation
  • Damage mechanisms
  • Range of effect
  • Atmospheric disturbances and adaptive optic lasers
  • Case study
  • Training and protection
  • 10:20 SAFE LASER USAGE AND THE EYE SAFE LASER

    Eric Liggins

    Eric Liggins, Senior Scientist, DERA

  • Laser bioeffects, visual impairment, probabilistic modelling and medical implication
  • Potential laser effects on personnel and countermeasure devices
  • Minimising the damage of laser deployment
  • Procedures for minimising the risk from non-eyesafe lasers
  • Protection strategy - risk reduction and eye protection
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    12:00 LASERS ON AIRBORNE MILITARY PLATFORMS

    Itamar Shoshan

    Itamar Shoshan, Director, Physics and Technology Laser Products Operation, ELOP, Electro-Optics Industries

  • Why diode-pumping?
  • Case study: Airborne designator - Diode-pumped vs. Flashlamp-pumped
  • Multi-function laser for target ranging, profiling and designation
  • Diode-pumped lasers in advanced multi-sensor electro-optic systems
  • 12:20 THREAT WARNING SYSTEMS

    Dr. Clive Coleman

    Dr. Clive Coleman, Technical Manager, Engineering Department, Marconi Electronics Systems

  • Protection against laser targeted weapons
  • Effectiveness of system subject to atmospheric effects
  • Probability of intercept through the use of a warning system
  • Systems implementation in battlefield scenarios
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PERFORMANCE AND TECHNICAL CHALLENGES FOR LASER BASED COUNTERMEASURES

    Dr.Ove Steinvall

    Dr.Ove Steinvall, Director of Research, Dept. of Sensor Technology, National Defence Research Establishment (Sweden)

  • Assessing the effectiveness of counter measure systems
  • System capabilities and limitations
  • Applications and uses of counter measure systems
  • The consequences of laser blinding on personnel
  • Laser countermeasures enabling technologies
  • The future of countermeasure systems
  • 14:40 RANGE FINDERS AND DESIGNATORS IN MODERN WARFARE

    John Barr

    John Barr, Chief Laser Engineer, Pilkington Optronics

  • The benefits of using lasers on the modern battlefield
  • Day and night systems, surveillance, designation and range finding
  • The need for effective laser warning to minimise threat
  • New technological advances and the influence on future applications
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MULTIFUNCTION LASERS

    Dr Martin Weispfenning

    Dr Martin Weispfenning, Manager, Product Line Laser Technology, Zeiss Optronik - Germany

  • Laser rangefinding: a systems approach
  • Specification of laser rangefinders for military use and realised solutions
  • Impact on future technologies
  • Laser radar: A systems approach
  • Specifications for a multifunction laser on the battlefield
  • Impact to future technologies
  • 16:20 LASERS, DEW'S AND THE WIDER STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVE

    John B Sheldon

    John B Sheldon, Doctoral Research Candidate, Centre for Security Studies, University of Hull

  • DEW's and strategy - the ar of what is possible
  • DEW's and missile defence
  • DEW's and space control
  • DEW's: Offence versus defence
  • Technology and strategy - the case for lasers and DEW's
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:10 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Les O’Leary

    Les O’Leary, Managing Director, TLR

    9:10 THE LASER THREAT

    CDR Kris Belland

    CDR 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 TACTICAL HIGH ENERGY LASER (THEL)

    Richard Bradshaw

    Richard Bradshaw, Demonstration Manager, US Army Space Missile Defence Command

  • The Nautilus Program - concept and evaluation
  • Effectiveness of THEL and its transferability to other applications
  • The system configuration
  • Safety considerations for personnel using HELs
  • The THEL program - development, production and deployment scheduling
  • Future applications for THEL program
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE TACTICAL LASER THREAT TO HELICOPTERS AND AIRCRAFT

    Richard Hale

    Richard Hale, Manager of Business Development, Raytheon Danbury Optical Systems

  • Assessing the threat from both ground and air laser systems
  • Determining rotary and fixed wing aircraft vulnerability to laser illumination effects
  • Countermeasure requirements
  • The problems of laser blinders and ‘dazzlers’ to helicopter pilots - the ‘moth’effect
  • Laser warning devices which improve the probability of surviving
  • 12:00 HIGH POWERED MICROWAVES FOR NON-LETHAL WEAPONS

    Louis Jasper

    Louis Jasper, Chief, Effect and Mitigation Branch, US Army Research Lab

  • HPM weapons on the digitized battlefield
  • Practical considerations in designing HPM weapons
  • An overview of a vehicle stopper HPM non-lethal weapon system
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 LASER SAFETY

    Norm Barsalou

    Norm Barsalou, Technical Director of Laser Department, US Naval Health Research Centre Detachment

  • 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
  • 14:40 THERMAL SIGHTING SYSTEMS

    Dr Sandy Wilson

    Dr Sandy Wilson, Managing Director, Avimo

  • Recent rends in technology : lasers, thermal imaging, threat warning, battle management, digitisation
  • The new generation of compact sighting systems
  • Integrated vetronics for vehicle retrofits
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INFRA-RED LASER SYSTEMS

    Dr Carl Buczek

    Dr Carl Buczek, Senior Technical Consultant, Laser Products

  • Fulfilling military requirements
  • An outline of current technologies in laser systems
  • Future trends, developments and enhancements
  • 16:20 LASER GUIDANCE IN THE LIGHT OF HIGH VELOCITY MISSILES

    Dr Ove Gustafsson

    Dr Ove Gustafsson, System Engineer and Project Manager, Bofors Missile (Sweden)

  • HVM disturbances on a laser beam
  • Laser transmission experiements
  • Uses simulation tools
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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