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Building on the success and established reputation of SMi Defence, conferences and workshops, SMi Defence Division has produced this unique conference which deals exclusively with the crucial issues surrounding military radar.

As a radar specialist, you will be aware that the challenge of modern defence radar systems is to provide the required performance reliably, efficiently and in the presence of clutter and jamming. A single radar is required to perform surveillance and support multiple channels of fire control (hence multifunction radar) whilst logistical factors must also be considered. The budgetary constraints also have to be examined and adhered. The aim of this conference is to provide an examination of the most efficient, cost effective and up to date radar available

The aim of this unique Military Radar conference is to bring together key industry figures to discuss and debate the most topical issues within this new and exciting arena. Presentations and case studies from leading experts will examine issues such as the country specific requirements, air, land, sea and space radar developments and systems and the futurology of the radar industry.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jim Allaway

Jim Allaway, Editor, Navy News

9:10 THE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR AIRSPACE SURVEILLANCE SENSORS FOR THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

Squadron Leader Brian 'Mitch' Mitchison

Squadron Leader Brian 'Mitch' Mitchison, OR12C (Air), Royal Air Force

  • The developing airborne threat to UK forces at home and overseas
  • Considerations in developing a future programme for airspace surveillance sensors
  • Developments in sensor technologies
  • Current research activities into airspace surveillance sensors
  • Possible sensor mix for the future Air Battle Management System
  • 9:40 SPECIAL ADDRESS - THE CURRENT AND FUTURE NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS OF NATO

    Dr F Sellschopp

    Dr F Sellschopp, Head of AGS/PPO, NATO

  • An historical review of the systems and requirements of NATO
  • The procurement of radar systems for the NATO
  • The influence of shrinking defence budgets
  • Technological advances vs costs
  • The options currently available
  • (The topic of this presentation is subject to a decision by NATO in May)
  • 10:20 SWEDISH RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INITIATIVES IN RADAR

    Anders Nelander

    Anders Nelander, Senior Scientist, Defence Research Establishment (FOA), Sweden

  • Fighter radar
  • Surveillance radar
  • Air defence radar
  • Radar seekers
  • Radar in multi sensor systems
  • European co-operation on radar
  • 10:20 THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN FIRE CONTROL RADAR

    Philippe Lacomme

    Philippe Lacomme, Technical Director, Thomson CSF, Detexis Radar Unit (France)

  • The military operational needs and requirements for fire control radar
  • The benefits and advantages of the RBE2 advanced technology
  • The design and cost effectiveness of the RBE2
  • How the RBE2 meets the operational needs of the multi-role combat aircraft of the future
  • Advanced capabilities in: Multi-target fire control, high resolution mapping, terrain following and avoidance
  • Future developments for the RBE2 and fighter radar
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN SHORT RANGE AIR DEFENSE RADAR FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMY

    Lt Col Lloyd E McDaniels, Program Manager, Sentinel Product Office

    Lt Col Lloyd E McDaniels, Program Manager, Sentinel Product Office, George Wells, Sentinel Pre-planned Product Improvement Program Manager, United States Army

  • An overview of Sentinel, AN/MPQ-64, and the advantages associated with integrated systems
  • Challenges of maintaining standards in modern warfare faced by the United States Army
  • The latest developments in the modernisation of Sentinel
  • The operational requirements of the United States Army for the 21st Century
  • 12:00 ASTOR

    Dr Dale Burton

    Dr Dale Burton, Director of Technology, SBMS, Northrop Grumman

  • Radiating element: Guidelines for when to use waveguide, dipole, microstrip, notch: Waveguide simulator; Practical limitations
  • Radar Aperture: Minimising array elements; Blindness phenomena and its prevention
  • Element bandwidth, cost, power handling capabilities
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE LATEST CONCEPTS AND ADVANCEMENTS OF RADAR SYSTEMS IN SPACE

    David J Q Carter

    David J Q Carter, Department Manager Instrument and Radar Systems Engineering Directorate of Science and Radar Observation, Matra Marconi Space

  • The current and future requirements of military forces and how systems in space will prove the necessary tactical advantage
  • The benefits of spaceborne synthetic aperture radar
  • The technological advantages of regional and global military SAR systems
  • The life cycle of new radar systems and the balance between cost and advances
  • The future of use of space for radar systems
  • 14:40 COASTAL DEFENCE RADAR FOR THE ROYAL SWEDISH NAVY

    Leis Soederstroem

    Leis Soederstroem, Product Manager, Ericsson Microwave Systems (Sweden)

  • The latest developments to be initiated by the Royal Swedish Navy
  • An overview of the Giraffe CD (Royal Swedish Navy designation ARTE 740)
  • The advantages of integrating the coastal artillery mobile units as main air/surface surveillance radar and C2 system
  • Surface operating mode: High resolution surface surveillance; Gun fire control support
  • Future developments for European military forces
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES FOR MODERN RADAR PROGRAMMES

    Bryan Rickett

    Bryan Rickett, Leader Radar System Group, Roke Manor Research

  • Module technologies: High power modules
  • Algorithm developments: Super-resolution; Monopulse
  • Radar architectures: Wideband radars; Sub-array schemes
  • Conventional radar
  • COTS processing: DSP vs generic processors; The influence of programmable logic; The problem
  • Commercial applications: Emerging mm wave technology; Impulse radar
  • 16:20 DEVELOPMENTS IN STEALTH RADAR FOR NAVIGATION AND OTHER APPLICATIONS

    Sigvard Brodén

    Sigvard Brodén, Senior Scientist, Sensor Product Division, CelciusTech (Sweden)

  • Dealing with advancements in stealth technology
  • Concepts and developments in combating stealth technology
  • An overview of stealth radar
  • Initiatives and plans for stealth navigation radar and other applications
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Peter Turner

    Peter Turner, Director, Science Systems

    9:10 THE THAAD RADAR

    Dr David Lukins, Deputy Product Manager, Radar Product Office, THAAD Project Office

    Dr David Lukins, Deputy Product Manager, Radar Product Office, THAAD Project Office, , Bill Audenaert, THAAD Radar Department, Dynetics

  • System overview
  • Defense design and operations
  • Search and surveillance
  • Tracking
  • Intercept support
  • The status and future of the THAAD radar
  • 9:40 RADAR FOR TACTICAL BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE (BMD)

    Philip Szeliga

    Philip Szeliga, TPS-59 TMD Programme, Lockheed Martin Ocean, Radar and Sensor Systems

  • An overview of the current and future requirements trends for BMD radar
  • The drive for effectiveness and efficiency in the face of decreasing defence budgets
  • The advantages of upgrading radar to BMD vs investment in new systems
  • The switch over from tactical BMD to standard air defence mission
  • The future of BMD
  • 11:20 LOW POWER COLOUR RADAR AND THE COMBAT TRANSPORT MISSION

    David Strong

    David Strong, Department Manager, Combat Air Delivery Systems, Northrop Grumman, Electronic Systems and Sensors Sector

  • AN/APN-241 design overview
  • Baseline capabilities and functions
  • Reducing cockpit workload
  • Mission peculiar requirements, planned growth and upgrades
  • Simplifying through life support
  • 12:00 AESA CONCEPT FOR THE GRIPEN

    Tomas Stanek

    Tomas Stanek, Head of System Research and Development, Airborne Radar Division, Ericsson Microwave Systems

  • Initial studies: Plans and results
  • Verification of antenna performance by measurements
  • Studies and tests of antenna controlling, calibration and RCS
  • Mechanical build up and test of cooling methods
  • Development of affordable T/R modules
  • Future plans for further development and Programme overview
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TESTING AND EVALUATING A FIRE CONTROL RADAR (FCR) FOR COMBAT AIRCRAFT

    Zeer Maderer

    Zeer Maderer, IAI/Flight Test Center - Head of Combat A/C Testing, IAI Engineering Division Commercial Aircraft Group (Israel)

  • IAI flight test (F/T) Center - facts and figures
  • FCR overview
  • FCR flight testing - program scope
  • Using advanced F/T technology tools to meet the required FCR performance on schedule and in the budget constrains
  • FCR flight testing support system - airborne and ground data acquisition and processing systems
  • Video presentation (10 minutes) of the FCR flight testing
  • 14:40 RADAR SURVEILLANCE SUITE OPERATIONAL BENEFITS

    David G Money

    David G Money, Chief Scientist, Alenia Marconi Systems, Radar Systems

  • High frequency
  • Ultra high frequency
  • D-Band
  • G-Band
  • I-Band
  • Sensor fusion
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ADVANCED RADAR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (ARSS-1)

    Joe Pipczynski

    Joe Pipczynski, Business Development Manager, Telephonics

  • An overview of the ARSS-1 system:Description; Operational capabilities; Features; Technical Parameters
  • System Mission flexibility: Single man unit; Mobile unit; Fixed based; Multiple sensor linked to a command and control station
  • Operational and maintenance training
  • Summary
  • 16:20 AN APPROACH THROUGH SOFTWARE MODELLING TO REDUCE RADAR PROJECT LIFE CYCLES

    Richard Ambler

    Richard Ambler, Principal Consultant, Science Systems

  • The following common proven technologies will form the basis of the analysis:
  • Reusability
  • Mathematical and statistical techniques re - spectral analysis; vector methods; interpolation and extrapolation; probability and distribution theory; numerical integration
  • Expert knowledge elicitation and implementation
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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