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An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as defined by the Department of Defence is a powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can b expendable or recoverable, and carry a lethal or non lethal payload. Ballistic or semi ballistic vehicles, cruise missiles, and artillery projectiles are not considered unmanned aerial vehicles. In simple terms, a UAV may be used as a robot for spying or combat operations, operated remotely from a ground or air station, have no human pilots and may take a variety of unfamiliar shapes.

This conference will provide a background and basis for the doctrine, strategies, new technologies, platforms and payloads being delivered for UAVs and fast-emerging UCAV and weaponization programs.

Benefits of Attending:
· GAIN an invaluable insight into future tactical operations involving UAVs
· LEARN about the crucial developments of UAVs and UCAVs in current and future military operations
· DISCOVER the latest in UAV research and how nations are meeting future requirements
· LEARN about advancing technologies
· NETWORK in a globally attended forum with key decision makers

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
· Colonel Rob Jones, Deputy Director Equipment Capability, ISTAR, Ministry of Defence, UK
· Colonel Michael B Leahy Jr, Material Group Director, Air Vehicles, Air Force Research Laboratory
· Commander Richard Powell, D Strat Sp JW2, Royal Navy
· Lieutenant Colonel Mark Lacey, Commanding Officer, 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery, British Army
· Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Newton, UAV Requirements Manager, Department of National Defense, Canada
· Major George Bock, Global Hawk Systems Program Office , Aeronautical Systems Center, US Air Force
· Robert Frampton, Leader, UAV Systems, dstl
· Valerie A Pendrick, Assistant Product Manager, TSP Programme, PM Prophet, US Army
· Leonard Ligon, UAV Airspace Manager, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Air traffic Management and Test Operations, Airforce Operational Test and Evaluation Centre
· Chris Alder, Product Area Manager, QinetiQ
· Dr Greg Ball, Principal Scientist, QinetiQ
· Peter Lloyd, Programme Manager, Roke Manor Research
· Tony Rabone, Consultant Engineer, Roke Manor Research

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Ian Poll OBE

Professor Ian Poll OBE, Director of the Cranfield College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS : UK VISION ON UAVS - MINISTRY OF DEFENCE STRATEGY

Commander Richard Powell

Commander Richard Powell, D Strat Sp JW2, Royal Navy

  • Higher level management of UAVs
  • Perceived utility of UAVs from a joint perspective
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: JOINT UAV EXPERIMENTATION PROGRAMME (JUEP)

    Colonel Rob Jones

    Colonel Rob Jones, Deputy Director Department Equipment Capability, ISTAR, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Test and evaluation unit
  • Insertion into capability gaps
  • Deep persistent ISTAR
  • Maritime surveillance
  • Close operation
  • 10:20 THE GLOBAL HAWK ROADMAP

    Major George Bock

    Major George Bock, Global Hawk Systems Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, US Air Force

  • System description
  • Options of routes
  • Examples of imagery
  • Operations
  • Roadmap
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CREATING CORE COMPETENCIES IN UAV OPERATIONS

    Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Newton

    Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Newton, UAV Requirements Manager, Department of National Defense, Canada

  • UAV integration in to the Canadian Forces
  • Concepts of operation
  • Enhancing existing CF resources
  • Experimentation of MAE General Atomics Predator
  • 12:00 PHOENIX TACTICAL UAV OPERATIONS IN IRAQ

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Lacey

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Lacey, Commanding Officer, 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery, British Army

  • Phoenix operations in Iraq
  • Fighting the system
  • Command and control
  • Roles and tasks
  • Training
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 UAV LAUNCH PHASE

    Eric Lewis

    Eric Lewis, Power Electronics Design Consultant, Alstom

  • EM Launchers and their development
  • UAV control during launch phase
  • Size of launching platform
  • Factors which may effect a launch and their consequences
  • 14:40 UK UAV RESEARCH STRATEGY

    Robert Frampton

    Robert Frampton, Leader, UAV Systems, dstl

  • Reduction and management of communications bandwith
  • Whole life costs
  • Command and control integration
  • Platform survivability
  • Collision avoidance
  • Certification
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 USAF RESEARCH TOWARDS ENABLING FUTURE UAV/UCAV CAPABILITIES

    Colonel Michael B Leahy Jr.

    Colonel Michael B Leahy Jr., Material Group Director, Air Vehicles, Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Advanced concepts for persistent ISR and strike
  • Multi-vehicle cooperative control
  • UAV airspace operations
  • Autonomous aerial refueling
  • Adaptive structures
  • Propulsion integration
  • 16:20 UAV AIRSPACE MANAGEMENT IN THE NATIONAL AIRSPACE SYSTEM (NAS)

    Leonard Ligon

    Leonard Ligon, UAV Airspace Manager, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Air traffic Management and Test Operations, Airforce Operational Test and Evaluation Centre

  • UAV flight operations outside of military air spaces
  • UAV flight interaction with air traffic control
  • FAA requirements for UAV flight operations
  • International flight operations in other than US Airspace
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Tim Willbond

    Tim Willbond, Chairman, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles System Association

    9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

    Uwe Lindeman

    Uwe Lindeman, Sales Manager, Tactical UAV, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics

  • Delivering key tactical and strategic information
  • Dominant situational awareness
  • Reliable high quality intelligence in real time
  • Target localization
  • Target acquisition for artillery systems
  • 9:40 SHADOW 200 TACTICAL UAV

    Jim Christner

    Jim Christner, Director, International Operations Defense Systems, AAI Corporation

  • US Tactical experience
  • The road to shadow
  • Shadow today
  • Lessons learned
  • 10:20 EXPENDABLE UAVS

    Peter Lloyd

    Peter Lloyd, Programme Manager, Roke Manor Research

  • Low cost expendable systems
  • Identifying ground targets
  • Potential need for air launched expendable UAVs
  • Descending and landing on potential targets
  • Capturing high resolution images of potential threat
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 ONGOING AND FUTURE INITIATIVES IN UAV SIGNAL INTELLIGENCE

    Valerie A Pendrick

    Valerie A Pendrick, Assistant Product Manager, TSP Programme, PM Prophet , US Army

  • Real-time digital “mapping” of enemy electronic communications
  • Tactical common data link and inertial navigation system as a payload
  • Detection and location of different types of radio emitters
  • Communications intelligence (COMINT)
  • Electronics Intelligence (ELINT)
  • 12:00 GERMAN ISR/UAV PROGRAMS

    Dr Enno Littmann

    Dr Enno Littmann, ISR Business Development EU/NATO, EADS Dornier

  • ISR segmentation and requirements
  • Joint ISR architecture
  • Programs and EADS solutions
  • Net-centric ISR operations
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 AN AIRBORNE ELINT/ESM SYSTEM

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, from, RAFAEL Armament Development Authority

  • Detecting, identifying and locating radar emitters with high accuracy
  • Topscan - versatility in data analysis and operation
  • Efficient handling of emitter's identification and localization
  • Wide spatial and wide frequency coverage
  • Modular and flexible configuration
  • High probability of intercept (POI)
  • 14:40 MICRO AIR VEHICLE LANDING SYSTEMS

  • Collision avoidance and precision landing systems
  • Autonomous landing and continual surveillance
  • Computer vision tasks
  • Ability to estimate state relative to a known landing target
  • Peter Lloyd

    Peter Lloyd, Programme Manager, Roke Manor Research

    Tony Rabone

    Tony Rabone, Consultant Engineer, Roke Manor Research

    15:20 ANTENNAS FOR UAVS

  • Benefits
  • Problems
  • Technical approach
  • Chris Alder

    Chris Alder, Product Area Manager, QinetiQ

    Dr Greg Ball

    Dr Greg Ball, Principal Scientist, QinetiQ

    16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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