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SMi's 4th annual Close Air Support conference will take place on the 6th and 7th June in London, United Kingdom. Close air support (CAS), air action by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets in close proximity to friendly forces, has been and will always be an integral element to land-air operations. Over the past century, CAS has gone from light air strafing on muddy battlefields to intricate C2 coordination of targeted air strikes and support via advanced technological systems and platforms.

The June 2018 conference aims to bring together military and government personnel and key industry figures to discuss the latest developments in CAS operations and systems. Topics to be discussed include air-to-ground operations, personnel training and mission simulation, digitally aided close air support (DACAS), joint fire targeting and delivery, battlespace management, and national programme updates.
 

  • Provide a platform for the advancement of close air support, both in the air and on the ground, with an intent to further bridge the gap
  • Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry that are enhancing combat effectiveness and connectivity
  • Gain updates on strategic partners' respective CAS programmes and the work of leading industry OEMs
  • Deliberate key requirements for targeting, processing, and delivery of close air support
  • Network with and build co-operation between strategic partners, and educate industry on the unique needs of the operator and end user

Military:

  • Combat air
  • Joint fires and targeting
  • Joint air land organisations
  • Targeting and ISR
  • Joint forward air control
  • Joint terminal attack control
  • Joint forward air component commander

Industry/Developers of next generation:

  • Close air support platforms
  • Avionics and sensors
  • Smart and guided munitions
  • Air and ground based targeting
  • Command and control
  • Mobile deployable communications

AirLand Integration Ltd; Brazilian Army; CILAS; Czech Air Force; French Air Force; German Air Force; German Army; GMRE Inc; HQ ARRC AOCC; Indra Sistemas S A; Israeli Air Force; Israeli Defence Office; Italian Air Force; Italian Embassy; JALO; JFC Cap C4ISR; Joint Air Land Organisation; Joint Helicopter Command; MBDA UK Ltd.; Ministry of Defence, UK; NATO; Niteworks; RAF; Rheinmetal Defence; Rockwell Collins UK Ltd; Royal Air Force; Royal Marines; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Safran Electronics & Defense; Singapore Armed Forces; U.S. Air Force; UK MoD; United States Marine Corps; US AIR FORCE; US Embassy London; USAFE WPC; Via Sat Inc; Viasat Inc; Zodiac Aerospace - Data Systems;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

9:10 Driving Increased Digitalisation of CAS Within the Royal Air Force

Group Captain Mark Manwaring

Group Captain Mark Manwaring, Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation , Royal Air Force

  • Increasing JTAC capabilities and control in theatre
  • Enabling further digital cooperation at the coalition operational level
  • Issues and opportunities related to implementation of digital CAS systems
  • Looking to the future: operating 5th generation aircraft such as the F-35 Lightning II with DACAS-equipped platforms
  • 9:50 The French DaCAS Perspective

    Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

    Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar, Head, Close Air Support Digitalisation, French Air Force

  • Operational feedback
  • DACAS French vision
  • French Air Force solution
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Building the Netherlands DACAS CONOP: A Joint and Combined Venture

  • Historical overview of digital interoperability in NLD’s Joint Fires
  • Ground and Air C2 interoperability challenges
  • Concept development in a very dynamic environment
  • Implementing the CONOP: influencing training and operations
  • Captain Ringo Smits

    Captain Ringo Smits, Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army

    Captain Klaas Jan Zeldenrijk

    Captain Klaas Jan Zeldenrijk, Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army

    11:40 Session reserved for sponsor

    12:20 Digitally Aided Targeting

    Dr John Mahaffey

    Dr John Mahaffey, Senior Scientist, NATO C3 AGENCY

  • Using network centric systems to ensure JTACs receive and use all necessary information to carry out their mission: Tactical Data Link employed by NATO forces
  • Preventing communication breakdowns to guarantee seamless joint fire operations
  • Investing in technological systems to increase situational awareness
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Challenges and Successes in Joint Fire Targeting in Coalition Environments

    Colonel Joseph Speed

    Colonel Joseph Speed, Project Manager, Close Air Support Road Map, Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)

  • Encompassing all available air land assets during CAS mission planning: optimising allied abilities to enhance operational success
  • Developing further synergies between allies to increase operational success
  • Strengthening interoperability during Close Air Support missions
  • 14:40 Joint Fires Interoperability

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Close Air Support to the Enhanced Forward Presence

  • A Model for Multinational TACS/AAGS in support of the enhanced Forward Presence
  • Battlefield Coordination Detachment (US) v. Land Liaison Element (NATO) Functionality and Requirements
  • Evolving Ground Liaison Detachment support to CAS (CPT Delgado)
  • Colonel William Kirby

    Colonel William Kirby, Commander, 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, US Army Europe

    Captain Oscar Delgado

    Captain Oscar Delgado, 48th Fighter Wing Ground Liaison Detachment, Department Of The Air Force

    16:30 The Canadian Approach to JTAC Operations

    Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane

    Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane, Assistant Senior Instructor, JTAC-E, Canadian Armed Forces

  • Integrating JTAC operations with air power
  • Platforms used in CAS activity
  • Recent insights from deployments in the Middle East
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    9:10 Employing Light Attack Aircraft Platforms to Enhance Wider Mission Support

    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto , Brazilian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force

  • Exploring budget-friendly solutions to increasingly intricate and costly missions
  • Advancing the OA-X programme development to answer pilot shortage and operational cost hurdles: Using the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano
  • Increasing mission availability and mission readiness by expanding to COIN missions
  • 9:50 The US Air Force and the A-10C Thunderbolt II

    Lieutenant Colonel Brett Waring

    Lieutenant Colonel Brett Waring, A-10C Instructor Pilot, US Air Force

  • The A-10C Thunderbolt / "Warthog" as the Air Force's preferred platform for close air support operations
  • Increasing targeted support for ground forces in hostile environments: optimising kinetic strike precision capabilities to limit collateral damage
  • Reingaging the Warthog in current US overseas operations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Integrating the JTAC Within the Operational Network: the French Example

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic  Dalorso

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Dalorso, Commanding Officer, French & German Air Ground Operation School, French Air Force

  • JTAC Training in a tactical situation
  • Air Land Integration: an operational requirement
  • Communication: the keystone of air support operations
  • 11:40 Session reserved for sponsor

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 JTAC Training Within the Czech Armed Forces

    Major Jan Smerda

    Major Jan Smerda, JTAC SME, Czech Air Force

  • Current Czech capabilities
  • Increasing JTAC situational awareness to increase mission support
  • Future goals: increasing simulation training and interoperability with allies
  • 14:00 Back to Close Air Support

    Major Nader Samadi

    Major Nader Samadi, Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force

  • What is CAS
  • Where are we
  • How will or should be the Future of CAS
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Voodoo Air and The Future of Contract CAS

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Ryan Mannering

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Ryan Mannering, Chief Pilot, Voodoo Air

  • Voodoo Air Capabilities
  • The Future for Contract CAS
  • Integration of Contract CAS companies to maintain, deliver and assure operational relevance
  • 15:50 Panel Discussion: Exploring Realtime Solutions to JTAC Operational Challenges

  • Opportunity areas for CAS: streamlining coordination to enhance operational capabilities
  • Preventing collateral damage by increasing situational awareness between JTACs and pilots
  • Adapting operational tactics to harsh environments to achieve maximum efficiency in theatre
  • Major Nader Samadi

    Major Nader Samadi, Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force

    Colonel William Kirby

    Colonel William Kirby, Commander, 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, US Army Europe

    Captain Klaas Jan Zeldenrijk

    Captain Klaas Jan Zeldenrijk, Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army

    Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane

    Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane, Assistant Senior Instructor, JTAC-E, Canadian Armed Forces

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

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    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Brazilian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force
    Colonel William Kirby

    Colonel William Kirby

    Commander, 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, US Army Europe
    Group Captain Mark Manwaring

    Group Captain Mark Manwaring

    Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation , Royal Air Force
    Major Nader Samadi

    Major Nader Samadi

    Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Brazilian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force
    Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto

    Brigadier Richard Haldenby

    Programme Lead, Command and Control Force Development Programme, Niteworks
    Brigadier Richard Haldenby

    Captain Klaas Jan Zeldenrijk

    Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army
    Captain Klaas Jan Zeldenrijk

    Captain Oscar Delgado

    48th Fighter Wing Ground Liaison Detachment, Department Of The Air Force
    Captain Oscar Delgado

    Captain Ringo Smits

    Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army
    Captain Ringo Smits

    Colonel William Kirby

    Commander, 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, US Army Europe
    Colonel William Kirby

    Dr John Mahaffey

    Senior Scientist, NATO C3 AGENCY
    Dr John Mahaffey

    Group Captain Mark Manwaring

    Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation , Royal Air Force
    Group Captain Mark Manwaring

    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Dalorso

    Commanding Officer, French & German Air Ground Operation School, French Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Frederic  Dalorso

    Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

    Head, Close Air Support Digitalisation, French Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar

    Major Jan Smerda

    JTAC SME, Czech Air Force
    Major Jan Smerda

    Major Nader Samadi

    Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force
    Major Nader Samadi

    Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane

    Assistant Senior Instructor, JTAC-E, Canadian Armed Forces
    Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Ryan Mannering

    Chief Pilot, Voodoo Air
    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Ryan Mannering

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    Website: http://www.smi-online.co.uk Email: events@smi-online.co.uk
    Registered in England No: 3779287 VAT No: GB 976 2951 71




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