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Following last years’ successes, SMi’s third annual UAV Technology conference returns to Prague this September.

UAVs now more than ever play a pivotal role as a tactical and operational tool for the Armed Forces. SMi's UAV Technology conference will aim to examine and bring solutions to this specific piece of equipment and how to better utilise it during missions. Moreover, SMi will bring together a community of experts, friends and allies to share information and strengthen relationships. This reflects the growing need of nations, armed forces and industries to come together in order to achieve higher levels of capabilities.
 

Attend UAV Technology 2018 to gain insights into the rapid proliferation of technology and how national Armed Forces and Law Enforcement agencies are developing their unmanned airborne capabilities to meet a new array of requirements. This event will also include numerous briefings on the emerging necessity of countering UAVs and available technologies of doing so.
 

Attending this conference will mean to not only have a clear understanding of UAV and counter-UAV but to have a chance to be part of a community of leaders and experts that will impact the growth of these technological assets.
 

• Leading networking event focused on the development of UAV and counter-UAS capabilities
• Obtain insights from leading nations in the realm of automated and unmanned technologies such as the US, Israel, France, or Poland to name just a few
• This region represents a unique part of the world in this moment in time because of the focus on military investments and upgrades
• Become part of the community striving to maximise UAV capabilities while also accurately responding to the threats they pose on national and border security
• Gain a clear understanding of the market and meet key technology providers at the forefront of unmanned aerial capability development.
 

•Operational commanders in the fields of UAV and C4ISTAR
• Un-manned capability advisors and programme managers
• Technical leaders from industry developing UAV systems and subsystems
• Researchers whose focus is technical innovation to support UAV operations and counter-UAV capabilities

Advantech Wireless Inc.; Airbus DS; AZM; Bundeswehr; Canadian Army; Czech Armed Forces; Czech MoD; Department of Defense; FN Herstal; Formion SA; GEO-UAV; HMGCC; IDF; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia; Leonardo; Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems; Luciad; ministry of defence of the czech republic; Ministry of Defence, Slovenia; Ministry of Transport Czech Republic; MS Line, s.r.o.; MSPO; NSPA -NATO; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; PA Consulting; Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities ; rafael; Simlat; Swedish Defence University; University of Defence, Czech Republic; US Army Europe;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (retd) Josef  Sedlak

Major General (retd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

9:10 Adapting to UAV Proliferation and Implementing Responses and Regulations

Colonel Christophe Michel

Colonel Christophe Michel, Head of Cross Ministerial Aviation Security Mission,, State Protection and Security, France

 

  • Evolving doctrine surrounding UAV technologies and counter-UAV requirements
  • UAV legislation in France
  • Current and future requirements within the French Defence to adapt to proliferation and enhance protection against airborne intrusions
  •  Implementing counter-UAV legislation and protecting state security
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    9:50 Open Architecture in U.S. Army UAS Control Systems

    Ms. Maggie Patton

    Ms. Maggie Patton, Product Manager, Common Systems Integration, PEO AVIATION

  • Current Architecture Challenges
  • Planned Future Architecture
  • Method of Approach
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Adapting To the European Strategic Environment and Responding to the UAV Threat

    Colonel David  Shank

    Colonel David Shank , Commander 10th AAMDC , US Army Europe

     

  • Current requirements for enhanced theatre air and missile defence
  • Adapting strategy and designing a doctrine to defeat the UAV threat in the European theatre
  • Achieving strategic endeavours through optimised cooperation with joint and multinational partners in various aspects of air and missile defence
  • Current technologies at use to counter UAVs in military deployments and foreseeable upgrades and procurements
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    11:40 Research and Development: Countering UAV Intrusions and Controlling COTS UAV Proliferation

    Major Tapio Saarelainen

    Major Tapio Saarelainen, Research Staff Officer,, R&D Department, Finnish Army Academy

     

  • Current requirements for anti-drone systems in Finland and abroad
  • Responding to the increase in attacks carried out by terrorist organisations with commercially purchased drones
  • Human-portable and ground-based counter-UAV technology
  • Adapting to range, payload, accuracy, lethality, stealth, and mobility
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Enhancing Electronic Warfare (EW) Capabilities and Protecting against UAS within US Army Europe

    Captain Sean Lynch

    Captain Sean Lynch, Electronic Warfare Officer, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, , US Army

     

  • Rapid modernisation and EW capabilities to protect from UAV
  • Adopting new EW prototypes for dismounted soldiers and armoured vehicles (e.g. Stryker) and protecting resources
  • Maximising detection, disruption, and neutralisation
  • Foreseeable system integration challenges and solutions
  • 14:00 The C-UAS technologies for the present and foreseeable future

    Colonel (retd) Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Miroslav Kratky

    Colonel (retd) Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Miroslav Kratky, Senior Lecturer, Department of Air Defence Systems, Brno University of Defence, Czech Republic


    • Introduction & C-UAS technologies overview
    • SWOT of the current C-UAV technologies
    • Challenges for the foreseeable future
    • Present results and future tasks for scientists and researchers in the field of C-UAS
     

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 PANEL DISCUSSION - Adapting to Emerging Threats and Developing Counter-UAV Technologies and Systems

     

  •  Emerging threats requiring developments in Counter-UAV capabilities
  • Feedback on current systems and capabilities at use
  • Challenges of utilising AI and EW
  • Major Tapio Saarelainen

    Major Tapio Saarelainen, Research Staff Officer,, R&D Department, Finnish Army Academy

    Captain Sean Lynch

    Captain Sean Lynch, Electronic Warfare Officer, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, , US Army

    Major General (retd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (retd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

    Colonel Christophe Michel

    Colonel Christophe Michel, Head of Cross Ministerial Aviation Security Mission,, State Protection and Security, France

    15:55 Update on the Estonian National Defence Development Plan 2013-2022

    Mr. Markko Lepikult

    Mr. Markko Lepikult, Chief Procurement Officer, National Investments Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence

     

  • Current level of utilisation and development of UAV capabilities within the Estonian Defence Forces
  • Maximising border and state security with enhanced airborne ISR and data gathering
  • Modernising the UAV fleet: acquisition and development programmes
  • Current and future challenges: a focus on counter-UAV technologies
  • 16:35 Logistics and Procurement Support: Developing UAV Technologies and Maintaining Strategic Superiority within the NATO Area

    Mr. Fernando Yela

    Mr. Fernando Yela, Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office, NATO NSPA

    • Adapting to rapid UAV proliferation and converting requirements into procurement strategies
    • Procuring cutting-edge technologies: addressing interoperability and communication systems
    • In-service support and maximising smart defence
    • Current and foreseeable procurement prospects

    17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (retd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (retd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (retd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (retd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

    9:10 An Update on the Swiss UAV Fleet and the Requirements for Modernisation

    Colonel Adrian Fischer

    Colonel Adrian Fischer, Officer Commanding, 84th UAV Command, Swiss Air Force

  • Main UAV technologies at use in Switzerland
  •     o The Elbit Hermes 900 platform
        o The RUAG Ranger

  • Phasing out the RUAG Ranger while introducing the ELBIT's Hermes
  • Developing the MALE UAV fleet
  • Airspace Integration
  • 9:50 Modernizing the French Naval UAV fleet and Achieving Strategic Superiority

    Captain Jean-Michel Aumeunier

    Captain Jean-Michel Aumeunier, Drones, Environment, Navigation and intelligence,, French Navy (SFC)

  •  The requirements for modernized unmanned aerial capabilities and ensuring tactical support in land, air, and maritime environments 
  •     o Integrating tactical drone-system capacity within heavily armed maritime vessels: requirements and challenges
        o The Future Mines Actions Systems (“SLAMF”) by 2020
        o Enhancing MDA and achieving information superiority 

  •  Achieving the best possible combination of multi-role performance, reliability, and operating costs in small and medium UAV systems 
  •  A procurement perspective on the importance of counter-UAV technology: current requirements within the French strategic landscape
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    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Modernising the German Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft Fleet: Enhancing Existing Capabilities

    - Update on recent experiences in operational deployments in Afghanistan and Mali
    - Update on the training of German RPA crews
    - Outlook on future plans to enhance and expand the capabilities of the RPA used by the German Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Peter Bernewasser

    Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Peter Bernewasser, Division 2 II a C2 Operations , German Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge, Head ISR & UAS Division, Bundeswehr

    11:40 Developing Unmanned Airborne Technology and Pushing Innovation in the NATO Area

    Brigadier General (retd) Henrik Sommer

    Brigadier General (retd) Henrik Sommer, Former Assistant Chief of Staff, Capability Engineering & Innovation CEI , NATO ACT

  • Current technical requirements for enhanced UAV research and Alliance-wide interoperability
  • Anticipating interoperability challenges and overcoming communication and network challenges
  • Current counter-UAS doctrines and foreseeable enhancement programmes in NATO operations
  • Requirements for counter-UAV research and innovation 
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Development of UAV “capability” in Hungary for ISR Purposes

    Lieutenant Colonel Zoltan Lako

    Lieutenant Colonel Zoltan Lako, Section Chief, IMINT, EW Branch, Hungarian National Military Security Service

  • The need and the evolution of UAV “capability”
  • Concepts for Operation and Technology development for ISR purposes
  • Current and Future requirements
  • Current and future challenges
  •      o expansion of categories: how to determine the minimum and the maximum
         o the role of VTOL assets

  • Current and future challenges
  •      o the matrix of capability development
     

    14:00 UAV as a Strategic Tool - AFIT's Experiences

  • Update and experiences with the Zephyr and Gryf platforms - AFIT perspective
  • Current strategic developments and acquisitions of new platforms
  • The Technical Modernisation Plan: long term (2013-2022) evolution and upgrade of Imagery and satellite reconnaissance capabilities
  • Foreseeable procurements and fulfilling emerging requirements 
  • Colonel (retd) Ryszard Szczepanik

    Colonel (retd) Ryszard Szczepanik, General Director, Polish Air Force Institute Of Technology

    Lieutenant Colonel Ph.D., Eng., Dariusz Rykaczewski

    Lieutenant Colonel Ph.D., Eng., Dariusz Rykaczewski , Chief of UAV Laboratory, Aircraft Division, Polish Air Force Institute Of Technology

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 PANEL DISCUSSION - Developing UAV and Counter-UAV Technologies in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Factors driving procurement in Central and Eastern Europe4
  • Meeting army and law enforcement requirements
  • What acquiring cutting-edge technology means for legacy equipment and interoperability
  • Foreseeable regional challenges to stability and remedying them
  • Mr. Markko Lepikult

    Mr. Markko Lepikult, Chief Procurement Officer, National Investments Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence

    Colonel (retd) Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Miroslav Kratky

    Colonel (retd) Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Miroslav Kratky, Senior Lecturer, Department of Air Defence Systems, Brno University of Defence, Czech Republic

    Lieutenant Colonel Zoltan Lako

    Lieutenant Colonel Zoltan Lako, Section Chief, IMINT, EW Branch, Hungarian National Military Security Service

    Colonel (retd) Ryszard Szczepanik

    Colonel (retd) Ryszard Szczepanik, General Director, Polish Air Force Institute Of Technology

    Lieutenant Colonel Petr Stodola

    Lieutenant Colonel Petr Stodola, Prof. Dipl. Eng. Phd Associate Professor, University of Defence, Czech Republic

    Major General (retd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (retd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

    15:55 Current requirements in UAV Technology Research

    Lieutenant Colonel Petr Stodola

    Lieutenant Colonel Petr Stodola, Prof. Dipl. Eng. Phd Associate Professor, University of Defence, Czech Republic

  • Small-, medium-, and large-size drones and their respective utilities
  • An update on the aerial Tactical Decision Support System (TDSS) 
  •       o Maximising Command and Control (C2) 

  •  Results from the Prague Castle exercise and new law enforcement and military requirements in UAV research
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    16:35 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (retd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (retd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

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    Brigadier General (retd) Henrik Sommer

    Brigadier General (retd) Henrik Sommer

    Former Assistant Chief of Staff, Capability Engineering & Innovation CEI , NATO ACT
    Colonel Adrian Fischer

    Colonel Adrian Fischer

    Officer Commanding, 84th UAV Command, Swiss Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Peter Bernewasser

    Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Peter Bernewasser

    Division 2 II a C2 Operations , German Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Head ISR & UAS Division, Bundeswehr
    Lieutenant Colonel Zoltan Lako

    Lieutenant Colonel Zoltan Lako

    Section Chief, IMINT, EW Branch, Hungarian National Military Security Service
    Major General (retd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (retd) Josef Sedlak

    Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces
    Major Tapio Saarelainen

    Major Tapio Saarelainen

    Research Staff Officer,, R&D Department, Finnish Army Academy
    Ms. Maggie Patton

    Ms. Maggie Patton

    Product Manager, Common Systems Integration, PEO AVIATION

    Brigadier General (retd) Henrik Sommer

    Former Assistant Chief of Staff, Capability Engineering & Innovation CEI , NATO ACT
    Brigadier General (retd) Henrik Sommer

    Captain Sean Lynch

    Electronic Warfare Officer, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, , US Army
    Captain Sean Lynch

    Colonel (retd) Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Miroslav Kratky

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Air Defence Systems, Brno University of Defence, Czech Republic
    Colonel (retd) Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Miroslav Kratky

    Colonel (retd) Ryszard Szczepanik

    General Director, Polish Air Force Institute Of Technology
    Colonel (retd) Ryszard Szczepanik

    Colonel Adrian Fischer

    Officer Commanding, 84th UAV Command, Swiss Air Force
    Colonel Adrian Fischer

    Colonel Christophe Michel

    Head of Cross Ministerial Aviation Security Mission,, State Protection and Security, France
    Colonel Christophe Michel

    Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Peter Bernewasser

    Division 2 II a C2 Operations , German Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Klaus Peter Bernewasser

    Lieutenant Colonel Petr Stodola

    Prof. Dipl. Eng. Phd Associate Professor, University of Defence, Czech Republic
    Lieutenant Colonel Petr Stodola

    Lieutenant Colonel Ph.D., Eng., Dariusz Rykaczewski

    Chief of UAV Laboratory, Aircraft Division, Polish Air Force Institute Of Technology
    Lieutenant Colonel Ph.D., Eng., Dariusz Rykaczewski

    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Head ISR & UAS Division, Bundeswehr
    Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge

    Lieutenant Colonel Zoltan Lako

    Section Chief, IMINT, EW Branch, Hungarian National Military Security Service
    Lieutenant Colonel Zoltan Lako

    Major General (retd) Josef Sedlak

    Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces
    Major General (retd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major Tapio Saarelainen

    Research Staff Officer,, R&D Department, Finnish Army Academy
    Major Tapio Saarelainen

    Mr. Fernando Yela

    Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office, NATO NSPA
    Mr. Fernando Yela

    Mr. Markko Lepikult

    Chief Procurement Officer, National Investments Department, Estonian Ministry of Defence
    Mr. Markko Lepikult

    Ms. Maggie Patton

    Product Manager, Common Systems Integration, PEO AVIATION
    Ms. Maggie Patton

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    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    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.

    GLOBAL CPD

    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.

    CPD Certificates

    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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