SMi is proud to present the 4th Annual Air Missile Defence Technology Conference taking place in Prague on the 22nd and 23rd of October 2019. This event will follow in the wake of three successful Air and Missile Defence Technology conferences, which featured exceptional international representation.

Attendance will provide a unique insight into GBAD, Counter Medium and Ballistic Missile technologies, C-RAM, Integrated and Networked Radar systems, Confronting ICBM threats and developing coherent international strategies. This conference will allow attendees to gain contacts within the most cutting-edge programs in a growing and critical market. 

This event will provide an opportunity to hear the latest developments from senior international programme managers and will provide an opportunity to learn what technologies nations are investing in, to protect from a widening array of missile and airborne threats. 


Air and Missile Defence Technology 2019 is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the international priorities and developments for air and missile defence. The two-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to engage with senior officials and technical experts to enhance their network and understanding of the Air and Missile defence priorities.

• Hear the latest developments from leading international programmes
• Discuss how nations are adopting technology to protect against enhanced threats
• Explore how nations are engaging with on-another to enhance interoperability and strengthen their defence technologies
• Attend a conference where you can meet and network with leading programme managers
• Understand how nations are rising to combat the threats to militaries from emerging technologies

acorn growth companies; Aeromedia; British Embassy Prague; CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense; Czech Air Force; Czech Armed Forces; Diehl Defence; French Air Force; Hungarian Army; Janes Missiles & Rockets; KONGSBERG; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space; Lockheed Martin Uk (L M U K); MBDA; Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic; MoD Czech Republic; NATO CC Air; Rafael Advanced Defense Systems; Raytheon; Royal Netherlands Army; Saab Dynamics; Saab Surveillance; Saab Technology; Terma; Thales Nederland B.V; Thales Raytheon Systems; US Air Force - Warrior Preparation Centre; US Army Europe; Weibel Scientific A/S;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

9:00 Peer Threat Analysis and Czech Capability Developments

Colonel Jan Sedliacik

Colonel Jan Sedliacik, Chief of the Air Defence Branch, Czech Armed Forces

  • Examining the adversarial threat evolution and the deterrence priorities for the Czech armed forces
  • Building a multi-layered and networked deterrence strategy with ELM-2084 radar system
  • Engineering the future deterrence strategy for the Czech Republic
  • 9:40 Comprehensively Enhancing Medium Range Missile Defence Technology

    Colonel Ferenc Könczöl

    Colonel Ferenc Könczöl, DCOM SAM WING 12 'Arrabona', Hungarian Army

  • Discussing Hungarian air defence modernisation strategy
  • Adapting to evolving air threats and preplacing the Mistral system
  • Enhancing and integrating C2 capacity with the SAMOC system
  • Analysing the capability requirements for the SA-6 replacement AD technology

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Protecting Soldiers During Manoeuvre from Multi-Dimensional Aerial Threats

    Dr Juanita M. Christensen

    Dr Juanita M. Christensen, Director, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development, and Engineering Center, US Army, RDECOM, US Army

  • Ensuring deployed and manoeuvring troops are protected from a range of threats with the Multi-Mission Launcher
  • Optimising and scaling systems with MAFIA C2
  • Automating multi-domain capabilities to reduce operational workload
  • Adapting to modern threats with advanced CUAS technology
  • 11:30 Examining the French Military SHORAD and Medium Missile Defence Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Manuel  Monnin

    Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Monnin, SBAD Office Division Head, French Air Force

  • Ensuring the medium range missile defence with the SAMP/T system and future EUROSAM capabilities
  • Contributing to national and NATO C-RAM capabilities
  • Future SHORAD replacement for the Crotale missile system
  • Modular technology for defending against SHORAD/RAM threats
  • 12:10 Common technical scalability across the full IAMD domain – is it possible?

    Mr Lars Krogh Vammen

    Mr Lars Krogh Vammen, Director Business Development, Weibel Scientific A/S

  • Is countering future threats possible with off the shelf technology?
  • How to counter what challenges us the most?
  • One solution to rule them all?
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Session Reserved for Lockheed Martin

    14:30 Designing the new Swedish GBAD capability

  • Objectives
  • The technical solution
  • System engineering
  • Introducing new capabilities and managing change
  • Mr Joakim Lewin

    Mr Joakim Lewin, Head of Army Systems Management Department, FMV

    Max Berthold

    Max Berthold, Project Manager GBAD, Swedish Defence Material Agency, FMV

    15:10 Lithuanian Integrated Surface based Air defence system – First steps in to NATO IAMD

    Major Ovidijus Pilitauskas

    Major Ovidijus Pilitauskas, Chief of Staff of Air Defence Battalion of the Lithuanian Air Force, Lithuanian Air Force

  • Tactical and operational approach to LISBADS
  • Military and industry cooperation to build required capability
  • Integration steps to become a part of NATO IAMD
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Examining the Israeli Layered Approach to Missile Defence Systems

    Colonel (Name witheld for security reasons)

    Colonel (Name witheld for security reasons), , Israeli Air Force

  • Iron Dome interceptor system capabilities and deployment
  • Working with the United States to supply Iron Dome defence systems
  • ICBM threats and the role of the Arrow 3 system in protecting Israeli citizens
  • David’s Sling protecting against medium range threats
  • 17:00 Protecting Soldiers and Equipment from the Threat of Low-Profile Attacks

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan  Farlik Ph.D

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Farlik Ph.D, Designated Chief of Department of Air Defence Systems, University of Defence

  • Lessons learned: UAV’s and their use by non-state actors
  • The threat to soldiers posed by UAS in 2019 and the future
  • Multispectral detection of small UAVs
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

    9:00 Enhancing the Joint Ground Based Air Defence Organisation with Superior Air Defences Technology

    Colonel Giles Malec

    Colonel Giles Malec, Commander of Joint Ground Based Air Defence Jt GBAD, UK MoD

  • Threat analysis for the British Armed Forces: Current capabilities and focus areas
  • Working with international partners to develop systems interoperability at Thorney Island training facility
  • Sky Sabre developments and enhanced capabilities
  • Working with multiple industrial partners to deliver upgraded capabilities
  • 9:40 Driving the Evolution of Missile Defence within the United States Army

    Mr Thomas N Doss

    Mr Thomas N Doss, Assistant Program Executive Officer, International, PEO Missiles and Space

  • Advancing the capabilities of the PATRIOT missile system
  • Protecting key infrastructure from cruise missile threats with enhanced radar systems
  • Defending soldiers from RAM threats through the adoption of lightweight and field deployable systems
  • Providing acquisition support for Upper Tier Missile Defense and Space Systems
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Examining USAFE’s Strategy for Enhanced IAMD

    Mr Bruce Hanessian

    Mr Bruce Hanessian, Chief, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, US Air Force in Europe

  • Enhancing warning radar systems for rear area threats
  • Discussing the integration and standardisation of existing systems
  • Procuring systems for increased adaptability to modern threats
  • Leveraging industry for enhanced capabilities
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:10 Examining the NATO Air and Missile Defence Capabilities

    Mr Peter Woodmansee

    Mr Peter Woodmansee, HQ U.S European Command Missile Defense Program Manager, United States European Command (US EUCOM)

  • Streamlining international cooperation: Increasing efficacy through combining exercises
  • Building resilience and deterrence through interoperability
  • Enhancing Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD)
  • Proliferating the NATINADS command network to maximise interoperability capabilities of allies’ states
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Maintaining Operational Status for Surface Based AMD Assets

    Lieutenant Colonel Dimitrios Nikolakakos

    Lieutenant Colonel Dimitrios Nikolakakos, Chief of Test Firing and Evaluation, NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI)

  • Discussing the role of NAMFI in maintaining NATO Missile Defence readiness
  • Conducting tactical firing evaluations to ensure maximum reliability for system
  • Developing a systematic approach to a range of threat simulations
  • Testing the PATRIOT system
  • 14:30 Examining MBDA’s GBAD capabilities

    Colonel (Ret'd) Henri Stievenard

    Colonel (Ret'd) Henri Stievenard, Technical Expert , MBDA

  • MBDA - The Full Spectrum of Air Defence
  • EMADS - The next level of SBAD
  • Meteor and CAMM - Securing the sky
  • Flexible Procurement - Industrial Collaboration, Government Cooperation
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Meeting the Demand for High Performance SHORAD Systems

    Mr Andreas Bappert

    Mr Andreas Bappert, Technical Director, GBAD Systems, Diehl Defence

  • Equipping the Swedish military with enhanced IRIS-T systems
  • The Falcon, ensuring SHORAD capability to meet modern threats
  • Discussing interceptor integration into legacy and future systems
  • Future developments for Diehl 

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces


    Sponsors and Exhibitors




    Angelo Hotel

    Radlicka 1g, 150 00, Prague, Czech Republic

    The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left bank of the Vltava river in the modern quarter of Andel, angelo’s by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and Andel metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.

    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.

    2019 Air Missile Defence Technology brochure


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Lockheed Martin

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


    Weibel Scientific


    Weibel Scientific is a high-tech company that since the 1930s has been dedicated to provide precision data for user all over the world. The modern day company develops and produces a wide range of tactical and instrumental X-band Doppler-based radars, utilizing CW, MFCW and FMCW waveforms for small object detection and tracking with high resolution in both the velocity and range domain. Weibel Scientific’s portfolio ranges from small muzzle velocity and fire director radars for anti-air artillery to radars for the full IAMD spectrum. The technology covers applications from counter drone operations around high value targets through SHORAD/LLAD to air surveillance radars for GBAD and upper tier air defense applications and BMD capable radars. Throughout the last 40 years, Weibel has provided more than 4500 radars to more than 40 countries.

    Media Partners

    Defence and Security Alert


    Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and only ISO 9001:2015 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Covering a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders, DSA is the only Indian defence magazine available on the intranets of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Border Security Force (BSF). DSA is an ideal platform in this domain to showcase your products, services and cutting-edge technologies. DSA is very extensively circulated among key policy and decision makers in the federal and 28 state governments and corporate world in India and worldwide through print and online editions.

    Aviation News


    As Britain’s longest established monthly aviation journal, Aviation News is renowned for providing the best coverage of every branch of aviation. Now incorporating Classic Aircraft, each issue features the latest news and in-depth features, plus firsthand accounts from pilots putting you in the cockpit. Covering both modern military and civil aircraft, as well as classic types from yesteryear, it features subjects from World War Two, through the Cold War years to present day. Aviation News brings you the past, present and future of flight.



    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.

    Air Forces Monthly


    AirForces Monthly magazine is devoted to modern military aircraft and their air arms, it provides the best military aviation news coverage from its global network of correspondents and is essential reading for anyone seeking a well-informed view. AirForces Monthly has built up a formidable reputation worldwide by reporting from places not generally covered by other military magazines.

    Airforce Technologies


    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.



    The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk

    Unmanned Systems Technology (UST)


    Unmanned Systems Technology (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned air, land, sea and space systems. UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com provides insight into new products, technologies and suppliers within the unmanned systems sector. Unmanned Systems Technology magazine is a technical publication that delves into the science and engineering of unmanned systems.

    21st Century Asian Arms Race


    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.



    ARMSCOM.net is a B2B /B2G platform for brokers of military goods. ARMSCOM.net is dedicated for Aerospace and Defense Industry with database containing more than 4000 companies and 3400 defense industrial sectors. Add Company and Products Profiles. For more information e-mail: armscom.net@gmail.com or visit http://www.armscom.net, tel.: + 372 816 946 77

    Army Technology


    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.

    Aerospace Technology


    Leading aerospace organisations use Aerospace-technology.com on a daily basis to ensure they keep up to date with the latest industry specific news and developments. As a result, Aerospace-technology.com attracts a high quality and loyal user base of the most influential decision makers and aerospace industry leaders. For more information please contact antonio.rossi@verdict.co.uk or call +44 207 936 6806

    Homeland Security Technology




    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.

    Global Military Communications


    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.



    Defense Update highlights worldwide defense programs, including; land warfare covering armor and infantry and support elements,aerospace, naval, C4ISR, EW, Cyber Warfare, intelligence and net-centric warfare, unmanned systems and robotics, and homeland defense. Written by experienced defense journalists from different nations, with contribution by analysts specializing in different fields, Defense Update provides comprehensive coverage of specific defense related topics, including Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV), Future Combat Systems, Aerospace – and unmanned systems as well as robotics and Precision Strike weapons. It also covers in-depth analysis of developing trends in Command, Control, Communications and Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR).

    IHS Janes


    With a legacy of over 100 years as Jane's, IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security delivers the world’s leading defence and security insight to help you make critical decisions. Our renowned open-source intelligence and powerful analytical tools encompass data on equipment, technology, parts, standards and logistics, as well as objective analysis of markets, programmes and budgets, risk and capabilities assessments, training and consulting services. Government, military and defense organizations gain insight into, plan for and act upon critical threats in the current global national-security environment. Businesses leverage tools and resources for more cost-effective defense-system design, delivery and support. Over 3000 thought leaders provide you with actionable intelligence for expedited and improved decision making. Customers, prospects and the media outlets alike rely upon IHS thought leaders for analysis, forecasts, and perspectives on topics, events, and issues that impact the global business landscape.

    Military Systems and Technology


    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545

    Combat Aircraft magazine


    With in-depth editorial coverage alongside the finest imagery from the world’s foremost aviation photographers, Combat Aircraft is America’s best-selling military aviation magazine. With thought-provoking opinion pieces, detailed information and rare archive imagery, Combat Aircraft is your one-stop-source of military aviation news and features from across the globe. Visit www.combataircraft.net for more information.


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    Angelo Hotel

    Radlicka 1g
    150 00
    Prague 5
    Czech Republic

    Angelo Hotel

    The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left bank of the Vltava river in the modern quarter of Andel, angelo’s by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and Andel metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.



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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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