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SMi's 3rd Annual Radars in Defence Conference will be chaired by Professor Hugh Griffiths, Head of Department, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London.

We asked Professor Griffiths what makes this conference an essential industry event: "EW is a cat-and-mouse game, understanding new developments in radar systems and technology is key to development of new EW ideas. Radar has the advantage of day/night all-weather stand-off operation." But, according to Professor Griffiths, there are still some challenges faced by users:

  • Reliable target identification, particularly against low-signature targets and camouflage, concealment and deception (CC&D)
  • Specification and measurement of radar performance, particularly for multi-mode adaptive radars, where conducting a full trials programme to exercise every aspect of the radar's performance is impractical - hence the need for detailed models, trusted both by procurer and manufacturer.

SMi have gathered "some of the key players in the field", Professor Griffiths notes, to deliver this two-day conference. Speakers include Paul Howland from NATO C3 Agency, whose work with passive radar is one of the most interesting current developments in the field and Bjorn Larsson, Head of Radar Systems Department at the Swedish Defence Research Agency.

Other speakers include:

  • Edward Bair, Program Executive Officer, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, Communications - Electronics Command, US Army
  • Bill Chrispin, Team Leader, ASTOR IPT, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Lieutenant Commander Rob Taylor, Requirements Manager, Maritime Gunnery and Missile Systems IPT, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Donald P Hilliard, Radar Signature/Stealth Technology Manager and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, NAVAIR Weapons Division, US Navy
  • Major Bill Gould, Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS), US Air Force
  • Howard James, Systems Manager, Microwave Systems Department, Naval Surface Warfare Center, US Navy
  • Dr Jim Beck, Vice-president of Radar Products, Thales Raytheon
  • Paul Vierveijzer, Business Development Manager, Business Unit Observation Systems, TNO Defence, Security and Safety
  • Mike Lewis, Research and Technology Marketing, Aerospace, Power and Sensors, Cranfield University

Benefits of Attending:

  • CONSIDER the key challenges and concerns facing 21st Century radar deployment
  • REVIEW the latest case studies, focussing on interoperability and integration of systems, novel technologies and successful techniques for radar deployment
  • IDENTIFY the essential requirements for radar protection
  • ASSESS environmental interference and jamming issues

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Professor Hugh Griffiths

Professor Hugh Griffiths, Head, Department, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London

9:10 KNOWLEDGE DOMINANCE AND THE CHALLENGES FACED BY TODAY’S MILITARY

Richard Wittstruck

Richard Wittstruck, Chief Engineer for Program Executive Office, , US Army

  • The role of radar in 21st century modern warfare
  • The growth in importance and application of military radar systems
  • Innovative radar solutions that enhance knowledge dominance
  • 9:50 CASE STUDY: ASTOR (AIRBORNE STAND-OFF RADAR)

    Bill Chrispin

    Bill Chrispin, Team Leader, ASTOR IPT, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • Obtaining high-resolution imagery of static and mobile targets
  • Transmitting near-real-time data to a network of distributed ground stations
  • Operating successfully at a safe distance
  • Effective interoperability with USA and NATO systems
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 FIREFINDER RADAR SYSTEM

    Jim Beck

    Jim Beck, Senior Vice-President , Thales Raytheon Systems

  • 90o Sectors / 360o Surveillance Weapon Location Missions
  • Weapon Locating Radar Requirements and Environments
  • Weapon Locating Radar Unique System Issues
  • Negating Hostile Indirect Fire Weapons
  • Friendly Fire Adjustment
  • 11:40 SHIPBORNE RADAR REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

    Lieutenant Commander Rob Taylor

    Lieutenant Commander Rob Taylor, Requirements Manager, Maritime Gunnery and Missile Systems IPT, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The role of shipborne surveillance radar in the 21st Century
  • Use of primary radar within a suite of sensors
  • Surveillance radar performance expectations
  • Matching the threat
  • Shipborne surveillance capability requirements
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 KEY TECHNIQUES FOR AIRBORNE GROUND SURVEILLANCE (AGS) SYSTEMS

    Bjorn Larsson

    Bjorn Larsson, Head, Radar Systems Department, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • Importance of frequency selection
  • Tactical advantages of multi frequency systems
  • Network oriented solutions needed for the future
  • 14:30 A POWERFUL LIGHTWEIGHT RADAR FOR UNINHABITED AIR VEHICLES

    Andy Nejman

    Andy Nejman, Capability Manager, Selex Sensors & Airborne Systems

  • Overview ESCAN capabilities
  • Key features of ESCAN radars
  • Range of angles the radar can scan over
  • Guarding against future threats
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 COMMON SIGNAL PROCESSORS FOR MULTIPLE RADARS

    Howard James

    Howard James, Systems Manager, Microwave Systems Department, Naval Surface Warfare Center, US Navy

  • Technology insertion into legacy radars
  • Signal processor cabinet concept
  • Eliminates custom designs for basic radar functions
  • Driving down supportability costs
  • 16:20 IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY FOR DIFFICULT TARGET DETECTION

    Mike Lewis

    Mike Lewis, Research and Technology Marketing, Aerospace, Power and Sensors, Cranfield University

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

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mike Lewis

    Mike Lewis, Research and Technology Marketing, Aerospace, Power and Sensors, Cranfield University

    9:50 USING RADAR SIGNATURE VULNERABILITIES TO DESIGN ENHANCED RADAR SYSTEM ARCHITECTURES

    Donald P Hilliard

    Donald P Hilliard, Radar Signature/Stealth Technology Manager and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, NAVAIR Weapons Division, US Navy

  • Radar signature characteristics of threat systems (including stealth)
  • Exploitation with unconventional radar architectures
  • Wide frequency coverage
  • Multi-static transmitter/receiver positioning over a region of interest
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 INTEGRATING SURVEILLANCE RADAR WITH OTHER TECHNOLOGIES

    Anders Nelander

    Anders Nelander, Senior Scientist, Division of Sensor Technology, Radar Systems, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
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  • Assimilating radars with other electronic combat technologies
  • Multifunction electronic combat systems
  • Future-proofing upgrades that keep pace with increasing tactical requirements
  • Scalable systems architecture
  • Array antennas and programmable microwave systems
  • 11:40 INTEGRATING MULTIPLE SENSORS

    Paul Vierveijzer

    Paul Vierveijzer, Business Development Manager, TNO Defence, Security and Safety

  • Sensors include active radar, passive radar, AIS, HDTV, IR, laser and sonar
  • Sensor fusion, multilateration, direction-finding
  • Detection of anomalous behaviour
  • Service-orientated architecture
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 PASSIVE RADAR CONCEPTS

    Dr Paul E Howland

    Dr Paul E Howland, Principal Scientist, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Resource Centre, NATO C3 Agency

  • Why consider passive sensors? What role shall they play?
  • Description of passive sensor technologies being considered
  • Experimental results
  • Future focus
  • 14:30 GROUND BASED MULTI-MISSION RADAR

    Lennart Steen

    Lennart Steen, Senior Product Manager, Ericsson Microwave Systems

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 RADAR ABSORBENT MATERIALS AND THEIR USE IN RCS REDUCTION

    Peter Van Roy

    Peter Van Roy, Product Group Manager, Emerson and Cuming Microwave Materials

  • Radar absorbent Materials (RAM) as one of the basic techniques for RCS reduction 
  • Narrowband and broadband RAM 
  • Variables for RAM design
  • 16:20 MILLIMETRE WAVE RADAR CONCEPTS

    Dr Duncan  A Wynn

    Dr Duncan A Wynn, Principal Scientist, Radar Systems, Q-par Angus Ltd.

  • Why consider millimetre wave radar? What roles do they play?
  • Review of active millimetre wave radar technology - filling the "THz gap"
  • Capability - performance, benefits and applications
  • Future - higher resolution and improved detection at lower cost?
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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