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IN ASSOCIATION WITH: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association


SMi’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems is the leading UK and UAV based conference.
Now entering its 11th year, Unmanned Aircraft Systems provides the ultimate forum for global thought leadership and knowledge sharing and concisely meets the challenges presented by the year-on-year growth that occurs in what is the most dynamic community within the aviation sector.
Between the 16th and 17th of November, UAS 2011 will once again remain astride of the latest developments by focusing on the key issues within the unmanned aerial domain.
In order to achieve this, the conference  will be divided into targeted sessions that will address the following areas:


  • Hear future UAS plans in the UK straight from SO1 ISTAR 
  • Recieve exclusive feedback from Operation Unified Protector in Libya
  • Listen to how the experts consider the risks and benefits of greater platform autonomy
  • Hear how the development of NATO AGS system is progressing directly from the NAGSMA agency
  • Learn about the current training programme for the RAVEN (SPERWER) and the future programme for the ScanEagle and how this translates into your own procurement decisions
  • Discover how the implementation of the UAS aviation requirements affects you and your fleet
  • Hear how to transfer Synthetic Environment Training for Military UAV Pilots to Civil UAV Pilot Training
  • Get briefed on how NASA are using UAVs for research purposes
  • Receive frontline feedback from Afghan Predator Ops
  • Address the Increasing Civil Market and the Desire by Civilian Operators to fly UASs
  • Learn how industry and military are using innovative solutions through partnerships with academia and R&D organizations




  • UAV Platform Developers and Researchers
  • UAV Commanders, Operators and End-Users
  • ISTAR Requirements and Procurement Personnel
  • Tactical, Operational and Strategic Military Personnel that exploit ISTAR
  • Industry Representatives and Stakeholders


Attendees From Last Year Included:


Thales Naval Ltd; Selex Communications Ltd; FAB; MDA Corporation; Astrium;  BAE Systems; Ministry of Defence, Poland; NATO AEW &C; Helios Technology Ltd; Civil Aviation Authority, Czech Republic; Egyptian Defence Office; Siemens; Israel Defence Forces; Paradigm; Patria Aviation;  RSAF; Northrop Grumman; John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; MDA Corporation; Cosworth Ltd; ISTAR Capability Branch Ministry of Defence, UK; Oracle; ESG; SELEX Galileo; Crisel SLR; SINGAPORE ENGINEERING SOFTWARE Pte Ltd; NIITP; Textron Systems Corporation; MDA Corporation; Republic of Singapore Air Force; West Midlands Fire Service; Royal Air Force; ISTAR Capability Branch Ministry of Defence, UK; Astrium Services; AERONAUTICAL GEOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS HELLAS S.A.;CTI-AIS;National Assessment Group, USAF;e2v;Air Warfare Centre;Uk MoD;Canadian Forces;Armada International;US Marine Corps;Inmarsat;Paradigm;NATO;Atkins;PSNI Air Support Unit;Embassy of Ukraine;PSNI Air Support Unit;Cassidian Air Systems;Halldale Media Group;Ministry of Defence, Poland;Harmonic Ltd;National Transport Authority, Hungary;Lockheed Martin;Marsh Canada Ltd.;BAE Systems;EADS;Lockheed Martin Electronics And Missiles;National Transport Authority, Hungary;NATO Training Group 7ET Sub-Division, HQ SACT;Cobham;SES ASTRA 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (R) Kenneth Israel

Major General (R) Kenneth Israel, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation


Colonel David Evans

Colonel David Evans, Deputy Head Collect, Cap ISTAR, ISTAR Capability Branch Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The Past: Phoenix and RN drone
  • The Present: Reaper RPAS; Hermes 450 UAS; Desert Hawk III UAS
  • The Future: SCAVENGER; Watchkeeper UAS; Mini and Micro Solutions
  • Longer term future RPAS
  • RPAS Issues
  • 9:40 The NATO AGS Program: Update and the Road Ahead

    Bogdan Horvat

    Bogdan Horvat, Public Relations Officer, NATO Headquarters

    • NATO AGS as a critical component of the Alliance's response to threats to peace, now and in the future
    • Providing persistent surveillance over wide areas from high-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned air platforms
    • Overview of the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program
    • The new AESA block capability

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 The End of An Era in Afghanistan: Accomplishments and Operational Feedback from the Canadian Perspective

    Lieutenant Colonel Guy Armstrong

    Lieutenant Colonel Guy Armstrong, Project Manager, CF UAV Systems, Canadian Forces

  • Accomplishments and achievements
  • A review of requirements post-Afghanistan
  • Notable operations
  • Future capability and skills learned in theatre
  • 11:30 Contracting for and Delivering Surrogate UAV Services to Military Customers

  • Introduction and capability overview
  • Current Needs and looking beyond airborne ISR
  • Airspace Restrictions: See-and-be-Seen vs Sense-and-be-Seen; Where are the end users going to be?; Platform Integration
  • Realism: Sensors and profiles, planning, operations, infrastructure, networks, data/voice
  • Availability / Flexibility / Affordability / Associated Capabilities
  • Future Needs
  • Dibble Clark

    Dibble Clark, Director, 3SDL

    Tony Reeves

    Tony Reeves, ISTAR Team Leader, 3SDL

    12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:40 NASA Global Hawk - Opening New Frontiers for Earth Science Research

    Chris Naftel

    Chris Naftel, NASA Dryden Global Hawk Project Manager, NASA

    • Two of NASA's five Global Hawk aircraft are supporting science research
    • NASA has completed 5 science missions covering Arctic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic regions
    • Additional capabilities are under development, such as a portable ground station
    • Deployed operations will begin in 2012 at Wallops Island, VA

    14:20 Full Spectrum Awareness in Conventional and Unconventional Warfare

    Guido Baraglia

    Guido Baraglia, Payload Management Systems, Integral Systems

  • Strategic stakes of spectrum awareness in the field
  • Predictive awareness for mission planning
  • Opportunities and challenges for terrestrial and space coordination
  • UAVs in support of mission denial
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Making the most of Airborne SATCOM

    Andy Hide

    Andy Hide, Head of Future Programmes, Secure Satcom Systems Business Development , Astrium

  • Integrating Airborne SATCOM into core networks
  • Expanding the reach of Airborne SATCOM to tactical assets
  • Delivering Airborne SATCOM affordably – the role of a managed service 
  • 16:10 The Insurer and The Lawyer’s Perspective of UAS Operations

  • What are the prevalent risks and issues associated with the insuring of unmanned systems?
  • Underwriting criteria
  • Providing insurance for new applications of UAS
  • Maintaining awareness whilst supporting developing applications of UAS
  • The various legal risks and issues throughout the lifecycle of a UAS project
  • Adam Piper

    Adam Piper, Associate Director, Griffiths & Armour

    Peter Lee

    Peter Lee, Associate, Bird & Bird

    16:50 The Evolving Role of Unmanned Systems: Thinking Differently

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Attributes of national power in the past
  • Speed/stealth/precision
  • Today's threats and subsequent requirements
  • Adding 4 new attributes: affordability, adaptability, persistence and visualization analytics
  • 17:00 Drinks Reception Sponsored By ASTRIUM

    17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    9:40 Predator Aircraft Series Status Report: Military and Civil Missions

    Stephen May

    Stephen May, United Kingdom Country Manager, GENERAL ATOMICS AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS INC. (GA-ASI)

  • Setting Landmarks: Accumulating more than 1,300,000 flight hours (or more than 30,000 hours/month)
  • Supporting NATO ground forces 24/7 in military & peace-keeping missions
  • Remaining actively engaged in civilian uses of UAS: Disaster Relief; Border Protection; Maritime Surveillance
  • An introduction to and 2-year review of the Predator C/Avenger
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace and the CAP 722 a year on

    Gerry  Corbett

    Gerry Corbett, Directorate of Airspace Policy, Off-Route Airspace 4, Civil Aviation Authority UK

    • Highlighting safety requirements in terms of airworthiness and operational standards
    • Assisting those who are involved in the development of UAS to identify
    • Identification of the route to certification and ensuring that the required standards and practices are met by all UAS operators
    • Drawing together independent civil and military guidance so as to establish best practice for all UAS activities

    11:30 Fusing Acoustic Signals and Optical Signals

    Dr. Hans-Elias de Bree

    Dr. Hans-Elias de Bree, Technical Director, Microflown AVISA

    • An introduction to ‘hear and avoid’
    • Utilising highly autonomous UAVs with local signal processing capabilities
    • Reducing requirements for data links
    • Automated landing solutions

    12:10 Interactive Panel Session: Challenging Public Perceptions of UAV Operations

    As the use of UAVs in theatre continues to increase, perception is becoming increasingly important in the battle to win hearts and minds. Are we in danger of the public relating unmanned operations purely to UCAVs? Is there a lack of education surrounding the civilian, peacekeeping, security and environmental applications of UAVs? Most UAVs carry ISR payloads, so how can we stop the public hysteria surrounding UAV operations in the 21st Century?

    John Moreland

    John Moreland, General Secretary, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association

    Bogdan Horvat

    Bogdan Horvat, Public Relations Officer, NATO Headquarters

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The Current Training Programme for the RAVEN (SPERWER) and the Future Programme for the ScanEagle

    Lieutenant Colonel Frits Muller

    Lieutenant Colonel Frits Muller, Chief, Quality Management UAV's, Royal Netherland Army Command

    • Current training challenges and future solutions
    • Pilot selection and securing live flying time
    • How training for the RAVEN has set standards for future programmes
    • Why the ScanEagle: capabilities and changes to the training regime

    14:30 Implementation of the (European Military) Aviation Requirements of UAS

    1st Lieutenant Henk Ottens

    1st Lieutenant Henk Ottens, Commander Crew Training Group and Head of Training, Royal Netherland Army Command

    • Implementation of the MAR-OPS / FCL and MAR-66/147/145- what does this consist of?
    • Military Aviation Requirements (MAR), Operations Manual and Maintenance Exposition
    • Airspace deconfliction and the crowding of civilian airspace

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Shadow Warriors of the Next Generation- Deploying Unmanned Aerial Systems for Protecting Convoys

    Debajit Sarkar

    Debajit Sarkar, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Smart Weapons, Independent Consultant

    • NATO’s Central Asian and Pakistani supply lines: The associated costs and challenges
    • Securing Unit, Large and Exclusive Convoys
    • Utilising acoustic gunshot detectors, EO/IR imaging sensors, and synthetic aperture radar
    • Mobile ground control stations

    16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel

    Major General (R) Kenneth Israel, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation


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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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


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