The SMi Group is pleased to announce the second annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology conference which will be held in London on the 16th and 17th May 2018.

At this year's Unmanned Maritime Systems there will once again be a range of networking opportunites:

  • Meet and greet service providers and military end users that make up the attendees and exhibitors
  • Network over coffee and lunch with vendors, autonomous platform programme managers and senior naval officers to discuss key topics within the field of unmanned systems
  • Diseminate information over three and a half hours of networking during the conference days

Unmanned Maritime Systems will bring together leading developers and operators of unmanned maritime systems with the aim of providing a forum to discuss how remotely controlled and autonomous systems will change the nature of naval operations for years to come. This will be achieved through panel discussion and briefings based around individual platform types as well as operational experiences and technological insights. We strive to provide effective learning experiences and knowledge by providing expertly chosen speakers recommended from in depth research and consultation.


Reasons to attend include:

  • Hear from senior naval officials on the latest advancements in unmanned technology
  • Learn how UMS are changing the nature of warfare above and below the water
  • Gain access to key military stakeholders all seeking to develop their unmanned capabilities
  • Discuss topics focused around key platforms and capabilities from UUVs for Mine Counter Measures to USVs for Anti-Surface Warfare
  • Informal networking time to talk to peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing Unmanned Maritime System programmes today

Unmanned Maritime System Programme Managers
Maritime Capability Directors
Maritime Systems Trial and Evaluation Team Leaders
Platform Acquisition Managers
Underwater Warfare Commanders
Surface Warfare Commanders
Littoral Combat Experts
Unmanned System Engineers
UMS Marketing and Sales Managers
Autonomous System Designers

Aeronautics; Asv; Atlas Elektronik UK; ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK Ltd; BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd; Boeing Defence UK Ltd; Canadian High Commission; CASG; CJOS COE; Defence & Security Organisation; Dept of Defence; Dstl; Dstl Portsdown West; Egyptian Defence Office; Embassy of Brazil; ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH; FFI; Fincantieri; FMV - F÷rsvarets Materielverk; FN Herstal; German Navy; Global Data – Ship Technology Global magazine; High Commission of Sri Lanka; Hydroid Inc; IHS Janes; Italian Navy; L3 Technologies; Leonardo; Liquid Robotics; Maritime Capabilities; Montpellier; National Oceanography Centre; NATO Combined Joint Ops from the Sea Centre of Excellence (NATO CJOS COE); NATO MARCOM; Nick Lambert Associates Ltd; NOAA: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration; NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey; Office of Naval Research Global; ONR Global; Polish Navy; Rafael; Rolls-Royce; Royal Navy; Royal Navy UK; Saab Ab; Salamanca Group; Saudi Aramco; SEA Ltd; Seebyte; Shephard Media; Textron Systems; Thales; Thales UK; TNO; UAE GHQ; UMS Skeldar AG; United States Embassy; University of Southampton; US Navy;

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