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SMi is delighted to announce the 4th UAV Technology conference convening on the 30th of September and 1st of October 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Now in its 4th year, UAV Technology is shifting from its previous Central and Eastern European focus to a more global approach by moving to London, with an overarching theme of providing a tactical edge to the warfighter through unmanned capabilities.

UAS now more than ever play a pivotal role as a tactical and operational tool for ISTAR, C4ISR, CAS, and other functionalities in the joint operational environment. SMi's UAV Technology conference will examine the latest technological developments, trends, and strategies within UAS capability development and acquisition. Bringing together a community of experts, planners, programme managers, and operational personnel to share information and strengthen relationships, this forum reflects the growing need for military and industry alike to come together in order to achieve higher levels of interoperability and greater capabilities.

Join this growing community of expert planners and operators to help further high-level discussion on the future of unmanned systems in the joint environment.

  • Explore the current needs and challenges of NATO-allied nations and beyond, and here the latest updates of national UAS procurement and acquisition programmes
  • Meet senior representatives from leading nations using RPAS and UAS and learn about the future vision for unmanned capability development
  • Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry, that are enhancing UAV platforms through innovative technology and experimentation

AeroVironment; AP-FLYER Sp. z o.o. ; Booz Allen Hamilton; British Army; Czech Armed Forces; Czech Army; Eclipse; EDF; Elbit Systems Ltd.; Enterprise Control Systems Ltd; Estonian Ministry of Defence; Finnish Defence Forces; FN Herstal; German Army; Hungarian National Military Security Service; Inmarsat; Israeli Defence Forces; Katmai Government Services; Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems; LiveLink Aerospace; Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic; Ministry of the Interior; MOD; Omnipol a.s.; PBS Velka Bites, a.s.; PEO AVIATION; Polish Air Force Institute Of Technology; Robin Radar Systems BV; Rohde & Schwarz Praha Sro; Safran Electronics & Defense; Simlat Ltd ; SRC; SRC Inc; Swedish Armed Forces; Swiss Air Force; TAI; Thales UK; UAE GHQ; UAS CDC; University of Defence, Czech Republic; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant General Richard Felton

Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Former Director General Defence Safety Authority & Former Commander Joint Helicopter Command, UK MoD
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9:00 Delivering Next Generation Unmanned Aerial Capabilities to the RAF for 21st Century Air Operations

Wing Commander Judith Graham

Wing Commander Judith Graham, Remotely Piloted Air Systems: Programme Manager (Reaper & Protector), Royal Air Force
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  • Outlining the RAF's vision for future unmanned aerial capabilities
  • Protector - the next generation of unmanned asset for RAF ISR
  • Assessing lethality options for Protector for CAS and tactical strike capabilities
  • Future requirements for RAF RPAS
  • 9:30 Providing Persistent and Comprehensive Ground Situational Awareness for NATO Allies and NATO Operations

  • Allied Ground Surveillance Force - building NATO's ISR capabilities through unmanned assets
  • Increasing persistent situational awareness in support of NATO ground operations
  • Operational experiences and challenges of the Force
  • The future of UAS within NATO air operations
  • Colonel Stefano Bianca

    Colonel Stefano Bianca, Deputy Commander, NAGSF
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    10:00 Optimising Australian Military Operations Through Enhanced Unmanned ISR Platforms

    Group Captain Jason  Lind

    Group Captain Jason Lind, Director ISREW & Space , Royal Australian Air Force
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  • Current RAAF UAS capabilities to provide comprehensive ground surveillance
  • Using UAVs to augment manned aircraft: the Loyal Wingman programme
  • Future of UAS technology enhancement
  • 10:30 Development of Tactical Unmanned Air Systems at Leonardo

    Mr Alex Tucker

    Mr Alex Tucker, Defence Advisor, Leonardo Helicopters UK
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  • Current and Future Trends
  • Platform capabilities: Falco, SW-4 Solo, AWHERO
  • Manned Unmanned Teaming / Capability Demonstrations
  • Requirements for Next Generation VTOL-UAS
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 MALE RPAS - in it for the Long Haul (a GA-ASI Perspective)

  • Introduction – to include the pedigree of GA-ASI MALE RPAS experience (Ikhana, MQ-9B Transatlantic flight, SIO, flying MQ-9 in Syracuse ANG with no chase aircraft - GBDAA)
  • GA involvement in regulation and certification in the US and Europe (FAA, RTCA, EUROCAE, Eurocontrol, NATO)
  • How the RPAS and Regulatory Community need to come together to produce realistic and workable regulations and the ability to police RPAS use
  • Mr Rob Jackson

    Mr Rob Jackson, Lead Engineer, General Atomics
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    12:00 Developing Counter-UAS Capabilities in Support of Ground Operations in Multi-Domain Operations

    Colonel Eric C. Rannow

    Colonel Eric C. Rannow, Military Deputy, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Aviation & Missile Center
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  • Increasing effective counter-UAS technology within US Army air
    defence systems and for expeditionary warfare
  • Current AMRDEC activities in support of C-UAS capability
  • Coordinating the capability development through working with the
    research community, and industry, and Army end-users, to ensure the
    most effective surveillance, detect, identify, and track capabilities
  • Building an integrated approach to C-UAS for multi-domain
  • 12:30 Countering the Unwanted UAS Threat

    Mr Paul Taylor

    Mr Paul Taylor, Director of Business Development, Enterprise Control Systems Ltd
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  • So you want to police your air space?
  • Military and Security – dichotomy or similitude?
  • Looking at a counter-measure capability
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Mobile Ground Control Stations

    Mr Rick Stone

    Mr Rick Stone, Senior Business Development Manager, Black Diamond Advanced Technology

  • BDATech Background
  • BDATech SUAS Performance
  • Mobile Ground Control Stations
  • BDATech Products
  • 14:30 Countering Drones? Bring in the Dutch!

    Mr Bill Haraka

    Mr Bill Haraka, Business Development Manager, Robin Radar Systems BV
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  • Birds vs Drones: from bird strike prevention to countering drone solutions.
  • C-UAS building blocks: purpose built Sensors, tailored ConOps, drone mitigation and more.
  • Enhancing ATC: monitoring friendly drones and countering rogue drones in one UTC system.
  • Esteemed C-UAS solutions available today for civil/mil, airports, oil & gas, police, government critical infrastructures and more.
  • 15:00 Laser Communication – an Alternative to RF Communication in Disaster and Security Scenarios

    Mr Hubertus  Von Janecek

    Mr Hubertus Von Janecek, Member of the Executive Board, Mynaric AG
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  • Analysis between Laser Communication and RF Communication
  • Information Transfer between Flying Platforms
  • Laser communication beams, data security & resistance to tapping
  • Laser Communication terminals & ground stations – size, weight and power
  • Frequency coordination and regulation
  • 15:30 Ensuring Counter-UAV Capabilities in Sensitive Sites for Enhanced National Security

    Colonel Mathieu Bernabe

    Colonel Mathieu Bernabe, Head of Cross Ministerial Aviation Security Mission, Secretariat General De La Defense Et De La Securite Nationale
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  • Current regulation in France regarding civilian UAV use and counter UAV systems deployment
  • Increasing c-UAV capabilities around sensitive locations and events within national borders
  • Future civilian drone capabilities and threats to national security
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Enhancing Autonomy through Innovation and Experimentation

    Lieutenant Colonel Shad Reed

    Lieutenant Colonel Shad Reed, International Program Officer, European Office of Aerospace Research & Development, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research
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  • The role of the Air Force office of Scientific Research in developing and promoting innovative approaches to autonomy
  • Improving command and control and guidance through advanced algorithmic research
  • New approaches to aerodynamics in unmanned systems
  • Applying biomimetic technology to future UAS
  • 17:00 The HERON family in the Bundeswehr - a Good Example for Companies' Service Support Solutions

  • Assessing the HERON MALE UAV platform
  • Cooperating with OEMs for in service support
  • Overcoming challenges including certification
  • Lessons for future UAV acquisition processes
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst, Programme Director , Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
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    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Former Director General Defence Safety Authority & Former Commander Joint Helicopter Command, UK MoD
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    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Former Director General Defence Safety Authority & Former Commander Joint Helicopter Command, UK MoD
    View Bio

    9:00 MQ-9s Operating Together; Make It Happen!

    Major General Dre Kraak

    Major General Dre Kraak, Special Assistant COM AIRCOM, NATO AIRCOM
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  • The importance of developing interoperable MQ-9 Block 5 systems for multinational use
  • A plan for creating this capability
  • Future: maximising the operational effectiveness of an interoperable system through joint exercises
  • 9:30 Small Unmanned Aerial Systems: Delivering a Tactical Edge to the Warfighter

    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
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  • British Army approaches to small and tactical UAS in support of ground operations
  • Supporting wide area surveillance and targeting & application of precision effects
  • The role of small tactical UAS and manned/unmanned teaming within the Army Warfighting Experiment
  • Future unmanned capabilities for the British dismounted soldier
  • 10:00 Real-Time Integration of JISR for Joint Fires

    Mr Bjorn-Kenneth Nilssen

    Mr Bjorn-Kenneth Nilssen, Senior Product Expert - FACNAV, Teleplan Globe AS
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  • Presentation will focus on our Specialized Software supporting the Targeting process, Joint Fires and ISR management and collection (FACNAV and ICMT):
  • ICMT is designed to support the Intelligence Requirements Management and Collection Management processes.
  • Integration of Live UAVs and other ISR feeds into Joint Fires and Targeting solution – FACNAV for immediate execution.
  • Real-time sensor integration with AI detection and utilization for kinetic or non-kinetic effects.
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Developing Joint Doctrine on the use of UAS within French Military Operations

    Colonel Xavier Foissey

    Colonel Xavier Foissey, UAS & C-UAS Doctrine, French MoD
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  • Drawing up French UASs doctrine for joint operations
  • Defining the role of UASs in delivering kinetic effects, and the future of unmanned aircraft systems within French military power
  • Maintaining the inescapable ‘human-in-the-loop’ needs for the French Armed Forces in the context of increasing autonomy
  • Reconciling future capacity development projects with doctrine
  • 11:30 Assessing the Unmanned Aerial Capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and the Future Vision for Unmanned Aerial Systems

    Major General Borys Kremenetskyi

    Major General Borys Kremenetskyi, Defence and Air Attache, Ukrainian Armed Forces
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  • Ukrainian plans for future Unmanned Aerial capabilities
  • Current platforms available to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and current procurement and acquisition priorities
  • The need for greater UAS/C-UAS capacities for Ukrainian national security and military operations
  • The vision of future Ukrainian air power in Eastern Europe
  • 12:00 Tactical ISTAR Capability Development through Soldier-Launched UAS

  • Developing ISTAR capabilities for the Potuguese Army through small- tactical UAS development
  • Assessing requirements and platform options, fixed wing hand launched UAVs
  • Integrating future UAS platforms with C4ISR and battlespace management tools
  • Major Ricardo Camilo

    Major Ricardo Camilo, Staff Officer, Force Planning Division, Portuguese Army
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    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 NATO Allied Ground Surveillance Contract Execution

    Mr Bogdan Horvat

    Mr Bogdan Horvat, Executive Officer NAGSMA, NATO Allied Ground Surveillance Management Agency
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  • History of radio controlled devices/AGS long road
  • AGS core contract execution
  • Contract execution status
  • 14:00 Considerations For Harmonisation of UAS Regulations For Common NATO Operating Approvals (AVT-278)

    Commander Jamie Sayer

    Commander Jamie Sayer, Chairman of NATO AVT-278 Technical Panel, Royal Navy
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  • AVT-278: reviewing NATO member state ‘Best Practice’ for approving UAS operations
  • Focusing on risk-based approaches and generating a common baseline
  • NATO will benefit from a mutually acceptable basis for UAS approval process
  • Allowing NATO MS to follow legitimate steps in assuring safe operational approvals for UAS operations within NATO theatres
  • The 9 Item Framework  developed by AVT-278 for UAS Ops
  • 14:30 Long-Range RPAS Usage in the Far-North: Lessons from Canada

    Mr Mark McKeeman

    Mr Mark McKeeman, Director Remotely Piloted Air System Project, Transport Canada Air Services Directorate
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  • Introduction to Transport Canada’s RPAS project
  • Acquisition of a large RPAS for Canada
  • BVLOS Missions conducted by Transport Canada’s RPAS Project
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Positioning, Navigation and Timing for Unmanned Aerial Assets

    Dr Ivan Petrunin

    Dr Ivan Petrunin, Lecturer in Digital Signal Processing for Autonomous Systems, Cranfield University
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  • Presentation tbc.


  • 16:00 Guidance, Navigation and Communications for Small Drone Systems

  • Cooperation of unmanned heterogeneous systems through effective guidance, navigation and communications
  • Decision making for multiple unmanned systems
  • Demonstrations in a persistent surveillance and monitoring scenario
  • Dr Min-Guk Seo

    Dr Min-Guk Seo, Research Fellow in Autonomous Systems, Cranfield University
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    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton , Former Director General Defence Safety Authority & Former Commander Joint Helicopter Command, UK MoD
    View Bio



    Colonel Xavier Foissey

    Colonel Xavier Foissey

    UAS & C-UAS Doctrine, French MoD
    Commander Jamie Sayer

    Commander Jamie Sayer

    Chairman of NATO AVT-278 Technical Panel, Royal Navy
    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Shad Reed

    Lieutenant Colonel Shad Reed

    International Program Officer, European Office of Aerospace Research & Development, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Former Director General Defence Safety Authority & Former Commander Joint Helicopter Command, UK MoD
    Major General Borys Kremenetskyi

    Major General Borys Kremenetskyi

    Defence and Air Attache, Ukrainian Armed Forces
    Major Ricardo Camilo

    Major Ricardo Camilo

    Staff Officer, Force Planning Division, Portuguese Army
    Wing Commander Judith Graham

    Wing Commander Judith Graham

    Remotely Piloted Air Systems: Programme Manager (Reaper & Protector), Royal Air Force

    Colonel Eric C. Rannow

    Military Deputy, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Aviation & Missile Center
    Colonel Eric C. Rannow

    COL Eric Rannow serves as the Military Deputy at the Combat Capability Development Command’s (CCDC) Aviation & Missile Center (AvMC) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
    COL Rannow was commissioned into the Field Artillery upon graduation from the United States Military Academy. In the 2000 timeframe, he transitioned into the Army Acquisition Corps.
    COL Rannow holds a Master’s Degree in Material Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellows program.
    COL Rannow’s noteworthy awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Staff Identification Badge, and Air Assault & Airborne Badges.

    Colonel Mathieu Bernabe

    Head of Cross Ministerial Aviation Security Mission, Secretariat General De La Defense Et De La Securite Nationale
    Colonel Mathieu Bernabe

    Entered the French Air Force Academy in 1998;

    Followed the fighter pilot formation up mission commander on M2000C, M2000-5, and then on Rafale with several deployments abroad Djibouti and Chad as examples ;

    I commanded the Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron in Mont de Marsan (2016) dealing with new standards on Rafale and M2000, then the 30th Wing which includes the four fighters squadron of the airbase (2017-2019).

    From summer 2019: head of aviation security office in an cross ministerial directorate working for the Prime Minister's cabinet.

    Colonel Stefano Bianca

    Deputy Commander, NAGSF
    Colonel Stefano Bianca

    Col. Stefano BIANCA was born in La Spezia (Italy), on February 15th 1970.
    He joined the Italian Air Force Academy in September 1990 as a Navigator and went through standard ITA Air Force aircrews training abroad, in Randolph AFB (USA), RAF Cottesmore AB (UK), and RAF Coningsby (UK). He flew as a Combat Ready Navigator in both Air Defense and Strike-Bomber roles, on the Tornado F-3 (ADV - Air Defense Variant), and on Tornado PA-200. With about 1700 flying hours and more than eight years of NATO working experience in Belgium, since Aug 2018 he is the Deputy Commander of NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force, in Sigonella AFB (Italy).
    Col. Bianca is married since 1996 with Christine, American citizen and former USAF employee. They have two children: Daniel (age 23) and Isabel (age 21).

    Colonel Xavier Foissey

    UAS & C-UAS Doctrine, French MoD
    Colonel Xavier Foissey

    Colonel Xavier FOISSEY joined the French Air Force Academy in 1989.
    Serving as a tactical transport pilot, he flew C160 Transall aircraft in France, then in Germany as an exchange pilot. He commanded the 1/62 transport squadron equipped with CASA CN235. He totals 3,500 flight hours.
    He was assigned to several headquarters, in particular in the domain of the engagement of French Armed Forces on the national territory. His previous appointment was Chief of staff of French Armed Forces in New Caledonia.
    He has carried out numerous missions around the world and four overseas operations, the latest one being at the Barkhane CJHQ in Sahel.
    After his graduation at the NATO Defence College, he was assigned in February 2019 as a doctrine publications’ editorial officer at the “Joint Centre for Concepts, Doctrine and Experimentation”.

    Commander Jamie Sayer

    Chairman of NATO AVT-278 Technical Panel, Royal Navy
    Commander Jamie Sayer

    Commander Jamie Sayer joined the Royal Navy in 1995 as an Air Engineering Officer (AEO). He holds a BEng (Hons) degree in Aerospace Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of The West of England. For his first front-line squadron tour, he was appointed to 801 Naval Air Squadron – operating the mighty Sea Harrier aircraft. On 801 NAS, he undertook deployments in support of Op Southern Watch (the IRAQ no fly zone) and Op Palliser (Sierra Leone). Following this appointment he was selected for the Joint Force Harrier Role Office at RAF High Wycombe; to bring his experience to the RAF element of Joint Force Harrier on how to deploy to sea and how to do expeditious detachments in the best traditions of the Royal Navy! He was then launched into a demanding project job in the Merlin (EH101) Project Team, where he was 2i/c for the Merlin Retrofit. The project involved working with 2 Force Commands (RN & RAF) and industry to successfully roulement 66 aircraft through significant work packages (400+ mods on RN Mk1) without disrupting front-line readiness levels.

    As Lieutenant Commander, in 2005, he was appointed to Fleet HQ as the Release to Service Manager, responsible for the airworthiness for all 13 types of Royal Navy aircraft, including the more peculiar Dauphin helicopter and Mirach towed target. Whilst in this post, he oversaw the clearances for the Sea King Mk4 modifications that would facilitate the aircraft’s use in Afghanistan. After leaving Fleet HQ he was fortunate enough to convince the RN that he would be a perfect candidate for an MBA course at the Cranfield School of Management. Whilst on course he wrote a thesis analysing the contractual relationship between MoD and the UK Defence Aerospace Sector.

    After requesting a “junglie” unit, Jamie was surprised and delighted that he ended up as AEO of 845 Commando Helicopter Sqn, providing vital support on Operations in Afghanistan. Whilst on 845, he saw the Sqn receive the prestigious Breitling Trophy and Bambara Flight Safety Trophy. Since then he has completed a number of tours at DE&S Abbey Wood, including a valuable role as the Lightning II Deputy Sustainment Lead and UK Fleet Manager, before being promoted to Commander. He is now the Type Airworthiness Authority for several Unmanned Air Systems (Small Class) within the UAS Team at Abbey Wood. Jamie lives with his wife Christine and daughters Lara and Kezia in Dorset. He is a qualified Services ski instructor and is ski tour leader trained. He also plays guitar and once had a local touring band, The Boxing Frogs.

    Dr Ivan Petrunin

    Lecturer in Digital Signal Processing for Autonomous Systems, Cranfield University
    Dr Ivan Petrunin

    Dr.Ivan Petrunin, is a Lecturer in Digital Signal Processing for Autonomous Systems at Cranfield University. He has gained his MSc in Electronics from National Technical University of Ukraine in 1998 and PhD in Signal Processing from Cranfield University in 2013. Since 2005 he has been involved in a number of research projects concerning developments of signal processing algorithms with application to detection of weak non-linear signatures in vibration and acoustic signals. In the recent years his research interests are focused on technology development for autonomous systems, covering areas of connectivity, cognitive communication, conventional and alternative PNT.

    Dr Min-Guk Seo

    Research Fellow in Autonomous Systems, Cranfield University
    Dr Min-Guk Seo

    Min-Guk Seo received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Korea, in 2012, 2014 and 2017, respectively. He is currently a research fellow in autonomous systems at Cranfield University. His current research interests include guidance, navigation and control of autonomous vehicle systems.

    Group Captain Jason Lind

    Director ISREW & Space , Royal Australian Air Force
    Group Captain Jason  Lind

    Group Captain Lind joined the Air Force in 1986. He is a graduate of from the Australia Defence Force Academy, Canadian Aerosystems course and the Australian Command and Staff College. He flew AP-3C aircraft as a Tactical Coordinator, is flight test qualified and was the Commanding Officer of the School of Air Warfare training non-pilot aircrew.
    Group Captain Lind is currently Director Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; Electronic Warfare; and Space within Air Force Headquarters with responsibility for capabilities including: P-8A Poseidon, MQ-4 Triton, Space Situational Awareness; Armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems; and Intelligence Systems.

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    Programme Director , Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    July 1983 Joining German Air Force (GAF)
    Basic Military Training 6./GAF Training Regiment 3 in Roth
    October 1983 50. Officers Course, GAF Military Training School Fürstenfeldbruck
    October 1984 Studies Air and Space Technology, University German Armed Forces Munich
    January 1988 Technical Officer, Maintenance Unit 11, GAF Support Regiment 1, Erding
    April 1990 Lecturer, GAF Military Training School Fürstenfeldbruck
    July 1992 Chief Maintenance Squadron, Fighter Bomber Wing 43 Oldenburg, Alpha Jet
    July 1994 Armament Officer, GAF Armament Directorate, Logistic Planning Group
    EUROFIGHTER, Cologne
    April 1996 Chief Maintenance Squadron Fighter Wing 73 Laage, MiG29, F4,
    July 1998 Studies Political Science, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
    October 1999 Military Intelligence Office of the German Armed Forces, Branch Chief
    Military Aircraft World Wide, Cologne later Gelsdorf
    April 2002 Studies Military Science, Defence University Warsaw
    July 2005 Senior Logistic Officer GAF Transformation Command, Cologne
    October 2008 Batallion Commander, GAF Technical Training Centre, Faßberg
    May 2010 Senior Desk Officer, MoD, Aircraft Technical Training
    October 2012 Senior Desk Officer, GAF Command, Operational Logistic Doctrine, Cologne
    December 2015 Deputy Programme Manager PEGASUS and Product Manager UAS , Koblenz

    Medal of Honor of the German Armed Forces

    Military Advisor to the Chief of Staff, 12. DEUEinsKtg EUFOR

    Participating INVICTUS GAMES 2016 in Orlando, Florida; INVICTUS GAMES 2017 in Toronto, Canada, achieving two silver medals in recumbent trike

    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

    SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig

    Following officer training at Sandhurst, Lt Col Craig was commissioned into the Royal Corps of in Signals in 1992. He completed several Young Officer positions in a variety of Signals units in Germany and UK; these included operational tours to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and one as an Infantry Platoon Commander. He also completed a BEng in Electronic Systems Engineering.
    On promotion to Major he worked in several equipment delivery roles in Trunk Communications, Tactical Radio and a significant period in Electronic Counter Measures (Force Protection). In 2005 he studied for a MSc in Military Electronic Systems Engineering with his main project on the use of multiple UAVs to conduct coherent jamming.
    From 2010-2012 he commanded 225 Signal Squadron (ECM(FP) based in Northern Ireland. In 2012 he moved to the Chief of Staff of the Battlefield Tactical CIS (BATCIS) project team. BATCIS procure, deliver and support all of Defence’s Tactical CIS, including the Bowman radio system and the trunk system Falcon.
    On promotion in 2015 he was posted as the Commanding Officer of the Taurus Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme support unit in Birmingham. He assumed his current role as SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Army Headquarters on 1 Sep 2017.

    Lieutenant Colonel Shad Reed

    International Program Officer, European Office of Aerospace Research & Development, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    Lieutenant Colonel Shad Reed

    Lt Col Shad Reed serves as an International Program Officer in the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s European office. He is responsible for discovering, funding, and managing novel, cutting-edge research efforts across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He leads international grants, partnerships, engagements, and strategic direction for multidisciplinary activities that relate to and enable autonomous vehicles. His broad mission is to develop and manage a research portfolio that aims to shape revolutionary breakthroughs to profoundly impact the future of autonomous vehicles for the U.S. Air Force.

    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Former Director General Defence Safety Authority & Former Commander Joint Helicopter Command, UK MoD
    Lieutenant General Richard Felton

    Richard Felton was commissioned as an Infantry officer into the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1985. He transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1998. He was awarded his Army Pilot’s Wings in 1990 and is qualified on the Gazelle (1990), Lynx (1999) and Apache AH-64D (2003).

    He commanded 669 Squadron Army Air Corps (1999 – 01), 9 Regiment Army Air Corps (2004-06), 4th Mechanized Brigade (2009-11), UK’s Joint Force Headquarters (2011-13 where as the 1* Chief of Joint Force Operations he was also the Force Commander of the EU Battle Group) and the Joint Helicopter Command (2014 - 17). He assumed the appointment of Director General of the Defence Safety Authority in April 2017-April 2019.

    On the staff, he was Chief of Staff of 7th Armoured Brigade (1996-99), SO1 LAND in the Directorate of Operational Capability (2001-03 – responsible for operational audits of UK Defence capabilities for Ministers and the Chiefs of Staff) and Chief of Staff of 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division (2007-09).

    He has served on operations as an Infantry Platoon Commander in Northern Ireland (1987-89), as Chief of Operations of the UK led Multi-National Division in Banja Luka, Bosnia (1997), as Com-mander of the UK Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) in 2006, as Chief of Staff of the UK led Multi-National Division in Basra, Iraq (2007-08) and as Commander of the UK led Multi-National Task Force Helmand in Afghanistan in 2010.

    He is a graduate of the Army Staff College (1995-6) and the Higher Command and Staff Course (2007) and was a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies (2013-14).

    For operational service, he has been Mentioned in Dispatches (1991) for operations in Northern Ire-land, appointed MBE (1998) for operations in Bosnia, OBE (2006) and CBE (2011) for operations in Afghanistan and awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for duties in Libya (2014).

    In September 2017 he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Army Air Corp.

    Richard is married to Mia and has one son (Richard) who works with a leading bank in London. He enjoys a variety of sports, art, history and is learning to improve his cooking.

    Major General Borys Kremenetskyi

    Defence and Air Attache, Ukrainian Armed Forces
    Major General Borys Kremenetskyi

    Between 1983 and 2000 Maj Gen B. Kremenetskyi held various Air Force command, staff and administration positions including time as Military Observer, UN Mission to Tajikistan. Between 2002 and 2006 he was staff officer at the Cooperation and Regional Security Division, NATO International Military Staff after which he became Head, Euro-Atlantic Integration Department, General Staff, Armed Forces of Ukraine. From 2009 till 2014 he was Defence Adviser, Mission of Ukraine to the EU following position of the First Deputy Chief, Military Cooperation and Peacekeeping Operations General Directorate, General Staff, Armed Forces of Ukraine. He followed as Head of the UKR side of the Joint Ceasefire Coordination and Control Centre (Eastern Ukraine) until taking up his current appointment as Defence and Air Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine to the UK. Maj Gen B. Kremenetskyi is a graduate of the Air Force Engineer Academy (1983) (MA Avionics), US Air War College (1998) and National Security Course, JFK School of Government, Harvard University (2000)

    Major General Dre Kraak

    Special Assistant COM AIRCOM, NATO AIRCOM
    Major General Dre Kraak

    Major-General Kraak started at the Military Academy in the Netherlands in 1980. He became a fighter pilot in 1984. Until 2005 he accumulated a total of 2500 flying hours on the F-16 as a weapons- and flight instructor. He served as an F-16 flight commander for several years at 311 Squadron and 323 Top Gun Weapons School. Served there as the commander of the Dutch Weapons Instructor School (The Dutch Top Gun).

    After this General Kraak was employed at the RNLAF HQ at the F-16 Operational requirements section,
    responsible for the purchase of F-16 weapons. Attended the Advanced Staff College in 1996, after which he was appointed as Commander of the RNLAF F-16 Detachment in Italy for operations over Bosnia in the rank of Ltcol. From 1997 until 2000 General Kraak was the Squadron Commander of the 306 Tactical Fighter Sqn.

    In the summer of 1999 he served as Chief of the Planning Cell at the CAOC in Vicenza (Italy) during the Kosovo war. In april 2000 General Kraak was promoted to Colonel and given the job as Chief of the Fighter Branch at the RNLAF HQ in The Hague.

    He attended the NATO Defence College in Rome in 2003. After this General Kraak was appointed Chief of the Operational Requirements Branch in the Air Force HQ.

    In March 2005 he was appointed Base Commander of the transport helicopter base in the Netherlands: Soesterberg Airbase. In this job he flew Chinook, Cougar and Alouette helicopters.

    In July 2007 Major-General Kraak was promoted to Air Commodore and installed as Deputy Director for Requirements at the Netherlands MOD. During 2011 a major restructuring of the Dutch Armed Forces started in which General Kraak got the job to reorganize the IT in de NL MOD and form a Joint IT Command. Since May 2012 he also was appointed Deputy Commander and COO of the IT Command.

    After being project manager to form a European Aircrew Training Center, looking for cooperation within Europe, he was promoted to his present rank in December 2015 and thereafter appointed as Commander Deployable Air Command & Control Center in Poggio Renatico, Italy. He just relinquished that Command to his successor and as of January 2019 he is Special Assistant of the Commander of the NATO Air Forces.

    Major Ricardo Camilo

    Staff Officer, Force Planning Division, Portuguese Army
    Major Ricardo Camilo

    Ricardo Manuel dos Santos Camilo, born in Lourinhã, Portugal, in 1976, he´s an Infantry Major, currently serves as a Staff Officer in the Force Planning Division in the Portuguese Army General Staff.
    At the professional level, the following assignment duties: In the Infantry School, Commander of the Heavy Mortar Platoon and Instructor Training Course for Officers and Sergeants. In Infantry Regiment Nº 1, he serves as a platoon leader in the Commandos Battalion; Commandos Course Instructor; Deputy Commander of the 2nd Commandos Company. Latter in the Commandos Regiment he was Company Commander of the Commandos Training Company; Company Commander of the 3rd Commandos Company and Operations Officer of the Commandos Battalion.
    Instructor of the Infantry Captains Career Course, Head of the Training Section and Deputy of the Direction of Evaluation and Quality, initially at the Infantry School and later at the Arms School of the Army.
    He conducted two deployments in Afghanistan, in ISAF, as a Deputy Operations Officer in Quick Reaction Force/ISAF in 2005 and Company Commander in 2010/2011.
    In Military Cooperation Missions, he was an advisor in East-Timor 2013.
    In the scope of education and training, the has following courses: Graduate in the Military Academy; Portuguese Commandos Course; Army Ranger Course of the United States of America; Army Staff Course; and Joint Staff Course.
    He is married and has two daughters.

    Mr Alex Tucker

    Defence Advisor, Leonardo Helicopters UK
    Mr Alex Tucker

    Alex has recently joined Leonardo as a military advisor after 37 years in the Army.

    During his military career Alex has commanded a Flight, a Squadron and a Regiment, and has deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Aviation staff appointments have included a Capability Development post in the Central Staff, an Organisation & Deployments post in the Directorate of Army Aviation and the post of Assistant Head Safety and Assurance in the Joint Helicopter Command. Other staff appointments have included that of Assistant Head Firm Base working for the Adjutant General and a Reserves Policy appointment post in the General Staff. He has also served as an instructor at the Defence Academy and been Commandant of the School of Army Aviation. His final appointment was Commander of the Watchkeeper Tactical Unmanned Air System Force in the Joint Helicopter Command.

    He is married to the lovely Anna and has two gorgeous daughters, Isi and Emily, who are now both at University, so not quite off his hands. He enjoys skiing, sailing and rugby, though he has hung up his boots a while ago.

    Mr Bill Haraka

    Business Development Manager, Robin Radar Systems BV
    Mr Bill Haraka

    Bill Haraka, graduated from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands and holds more than 20 years of business experience in the high-tech fields of Telecommunication, Security and Aero(Space) domains.
    Bill is considered subject matter expert by the C-UAS industry, Airport Operators worldwide and is special security advisor to Dutch government parliament members on counter uas/drone, legislation and protection of Netherlands critical infrastructures.
    Bill is passionate about bringing smart people together, utilizing technical innovation to make the world safer place for all people no matter their location, race, social status or religious background.

    Mr Bjorn-Kenneth Nilssen

    Senior Product Expert - FACNAV, Teleplan Globe AS
    Mr Bjorn-Kenneth Nilssen

    Retired Norwegian Army Lieutenant Colonel with combined civilian education in Economics and Computer science on MBA level with Norwegian Army education from Officers School and Army War Academy.
    Highly experienced officer with both Conventional and Special forces background who have served in numerous international missions in North Macedonia, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
    Personal responsible for several advanced development within JTAC/Fires area including Special Forces and Joint Fires operational procedures and applications.
    Have taken special interest and responsibility for integrating new technology to enhance combat effectiveness and safety.
    Awarded the Defence Service Medal with Laurel Branch in 2017 for extensive contribution to the development of Norwegian Special Forces C4IS & Joint Fires capability.
    Recently retired after 3 year service in G5 Plans / Fires, Allied Land Command, Izmir Turkey.

    Mr Bogdan Horvat

    Executive Officer NAGSMA, NATO Allied Ground Surveillance Management Agency
    Mr Bogdan Horvat

    Mr. Horvat is currently serving as the Executive Officer, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA), responsible for the provision of executive support to the General Manager's Office and to ensure the dissemination and realisation of executive decisions. In addition, he is responsible for coordinating the Executive Staff functions and steering processes and to promote and maintain professional relationships with senior members of NATO bodies like the IS, IMS, NCI Agency, NSPA and commercial entities related to the Programme activities.
    Mr. Horvat has a long history in NATO, beginning in February 2002, when he started working in the International Staff of the Defense Support Division, responsible for Partnership for Peace (PfP) cooperation in armaments related issues. After one year of very successful work in the International Staff he became a Defense Adviser in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to NATO responsible for the Conference of National Armaments Director (CNAD) related issues.
    In that time Mr. Horvat was directly involved in a number of NATO projects namely Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS), Missile Defense (MD), Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD) and Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC). As a Slovenian representative to the abovementioned projects Mr. Horvat was very much involved in coordination activities with members of the projects as well as development of the Memorandum of Understanding for both AGS and SAC. He was also actively involved in the creation of both the NAGSMO and NAMO charters.
    From this part of his professional career, Mr. Horvat takes most pride in the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) project, of which he was a member from the very first day (September 2006). For more than two years he was the Slovenian representative in the SAC Steering Board (SB) and different working groups. Mr. Horvat’s hard work and determination was very well regarded, and as a result, he was selected as the first Chairman of the NAMO Board of Directors (BoD). He held that position for 14 months and under his leadership the SAC initiative received all three strategic C-17 airframes and became operational, transporting military goods and humanitarian aid.
    Mr. Horvat holds a University degree in engineering, having finished military academy. After graduation in 1985, he started his military career as a commander of the Engineering Company. His responsibilities ranged from ensuring training for about 120 soldiers in proper equipment operations and battlefield construction as well as building military roads and bridges, to managing supply, and maintenance activities. He also measured and reported performance and effectiveness of the logistic support activities as part of his responsibilities. That part of his professional career provided him with a solid foundation in the areas of managing large organizations, personnel and technical skills, and moreover, it provided him necessary leadership skills and the ability to work as a part of a team.
    After leaving the Yugoslav Army in 1990, he immediately started working in the newly formed Slovenian Army, and given the very important task of training the very first generation of Slovenian soldiers. His military positions were all related to establishment of new units and organizations from a technical and organizational point of view. His hard work and skills became well recognised and very well respected, allowing his professional career to escalate rapidly and thus receive several promotions. Before taking his first international post in 2002, Mr. Horvat’s post in Slovenian MOD was the Adviser to the Government for Explosives and Ammunition, which was a highly regarded position within the Ministry of Defence.
    Mr. Horvat is fluent in English, Serbian and Croatian and passive in German, French and Dutch.

    Mr Hubertus Von Janecek

    Member of the Executive Board, Mynaric AG
    Mr Hubertus  Von Janecek

    Hubertus von Janecek is the member of Mynaric's executive board responsible for overseeing sales and production of Mynaric's airborne products, including the company’s new flagship product – the Hawk Air laser communication terminal.
    Having held a number of high-tech senior management positions in various countries over the past twenty years, Hubertus has been charged with the introduction and roll-out of the high-speed, ultra-secure air terminal within the defense and security segment. He also oversees the serial production and sale of Mynaric’s ground terminals for space and air applications.
    Prior to joining Mynaric in 2018, Hubertus served as Bosch Sensortec vice president of sales, and as CEO, founder and sales director of various other market-leading companies.

    Mr Mark McKeeman

    Director Remotely Piloted Air System Project, Transport Canada Air Services Directorate
    Mr Mark McKeeman

    Mark McKeeman is the Director of Transport Canada’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Project. Mark heads a small team within Aircraft Services Directorate (ASD) dedicated to acquiring a highly capable Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) for the Government of Canada.
    Mark joined Transport Canada in 1995 as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) and has held various management positions within the maintenance organization before joining the joining the RPAS project.
    Mark is a licensed Private Pilot and holder of a small RPAS Pilot Certification and a keen interest in the future of RPAS operations in Canada.

    Mr Paul Taylor

    Director of Business Development, Enterprise Control Systems Ltd
    Mr Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor joined Enterprise Control Systems in 2012, became an ECS Company Director in 2016 and continues to lead the Business Development team. Paul is responsible for all ECS sales and business development across the ECS portfolio of specialist military and security data links; military and policing Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) capability; and for specialist Counter Unmanned Air Systems (C-UAS). Paul’s prior experience comprises 21 years as a Royal Signals officer in the British Army with extensive experience in the requirements specification and procurement of specialist counter terrorist technical capability. Paul followed this with a brief period in the specialist technical consulting in the City of London, financial services security and communications sector. This was followed with 11 years at Harris Corporation where he became Head of UK Operations for Harris with responsibility for sales and program delivery of advanced communications systems for UK defence, encompassing a portfolio of; tactical, strategic and specialist radio systems, data communications and next generation encryption capability. Within ECS Paul has taken the lead in the development, deployment and support of C-UAS capability and has contributed extensively to shaping the collaborative working environment with multiple stakeholders to deliver operationally proven C-UAS capability for demanding users.

    Mr Rick Stone

    Senior Business Development Manager, Black Diamond Advanced Technology
    Mr Rick Stone

    Mr Rob Jackson

    Lead Engineer, General Atomics
    Mr Rob Jackson

    Rob Jackson is the bespoke aircraft engineer on the growing General Atomics Aeronautical Systems UK (GA-UK) team which was established in November 2010. Based in London, he is responsible for ensuring the airspace integration of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ MQ-9B SkyGuardian and PROTECTOR RG Mk 1 remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) into UK and European airspace.
    Mr. Jackson comes to GA-UK with 26 years aircraft engineering experience from the UK Royal Air Force where he attained the rank of Squadron Leader, plus seven years consultancy experience working with his own company. Since joining GA-UK he has quickly established himself within the regulatory community for exploiting MALE RPAS into civilian airspace, namely: EUROCAE, JARUS (member of the Detect and Avoid and ACAS Working Groups) and NATO's Sense & Avoid Specialist team’s Industry Advisory Group (SIAG - as Vice-chair) and NATO’s Science & Technology Organisation’s Technical Committee (as Vice-chair), and is an active industry member in briefing the European Defence Agency on MALE RPAS airspace clearance process on the SkyGuardian and PROTECTOR RPAS.
    Mr. Jackson holds a Master’s degree in Gas Turbine Technology – Thermal Power from Cranfield University, UK.

    Wing Commander Judith Graham

    Remotely Piloted Air Systems: Programme Manager (Reaper & Protector), Royal Air Force
    Wing Commander Judith Graham

    Wg Cdr Judith Graham studied Law at Northumbria University and then joined the RAF in August 1998.
    She began her career at RAF Brüggen during the Kosovo Campaign and her other operational tours include: the Falkland Islands; Op SOUTHERN WATCH; Op NORTHERN WATCH; Iraq War 2003 - Op TELIC; Op HERRICK Afghanistan and Op SHADER.

    Graham’s career has focussed on front-line intelligence operations supporting Fast Jet and Rotary Wing units and with the UK’s Air Component (JFACHQ). She commanded the Operations Squadron of Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing where she managed deployments of analysts to Ops HERRICK, SHADER and TURUS as well as leading ‘CROSSBOW’, the UK element of the USAF Distributed Common Ground System.

    She has broad experience in Force Protection Intelligence and Defence Counter-UAS; she co-authored the first C-UAS Tri-Service Tactical Advice Note in Oct 2017. More recently, she has served with NATO at SHAPE where she focused on Russia and International Terrorist Groups.
    She took up post as the RAF’s Programme Manager for Reaper and Protector RG Mk1 in March 2019.

    She lives in Suffolk with her husband and their two boys.

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    An Interview with Group Captain Jason Lind, Director ISREW & Space AFHQ, Royal Australian Air Force


    2019 UAV Technology brochure


    An Interview with Commander Jamie Sayer, Royal Navy


    An Interview with Wing Commander Judith Graham, Royal Air Force


    Past attendee Infographic breakdown


    Chairman Letter


    An Interview with sponsor Mynaric AG


    Past Attendee List by Organisation


    How will UAV Technology 2019 differ from a trade show?


    UAV Technology advert and featured speakers


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Enterprise Control Systems Ltd

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Enterprise Control Systems Ltd , a British based Radio Frequency (RF) technology company part of SPX Corporation, is exhibiting at this year's Counter UAS Technology USA, showcasing their Claw RF inhibitor – accredited with over 2,000 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) defeats and deployed on 2017 operations. Claw is a prime example of how RF technology is helping defence and security organisations across the world, including the US Department of Defence and NATO, address increasing malicious UAS threats in conflict zones. Counter unmanned systems will ultimately have to form part of every country’s overall strategic defence capability. To stay ahead of threats and solve challenges, defence and security organisations will continue to rely upon manufacturers to understand capabilities, prioritise innovation and develop solutions at pace. For over three decades ECS has partnered with defence organisations to develop and deploy the latest RF technology aimed at mitigating the risks associated with these air, sea, and land-borne threats.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Fizoptika fiber optic gyroscopes (FOGs) are used all over the world as embedded devices by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or as stand-alone sensors for testing and measurement to provide critical monitoring, feedback and control input. Our innovative technologies enable the customers to enhance their overall system performance by significantly reducing the size and weight of their products as well as manufacturing costs. Originally established in 1989, Fizoptika now operates a production facility of over 3000 m2 in Malta (EU), providing a complete service for international customers – manufacturing, customer tailoring, specific testing and warranty support. Fizoptika is proud to produce the world’s smallest 18-gram high precision FOG for manned and unmanned vehicle navigation, pipe-mapping, north-finding, night vision, thermal imaging, aircraft-mounted gimbaled cameras, etc. Based on the exceptional spliceless 40µ optical fiber platform Fizoptika gyroscopes feature outstanding 10-yr MTBF reliability and 1 200g shock endurance. They operate from -60°C to +125°C without sacrificing performance.

    GMRE Inc

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Black Diamond Advanced Technology (BDATech) is a Veteran-Owned Small Business headquartered in Chandler, AZ and a demonstrated leader in the tactical computing and communication systems industry. Our focus is on the Dismounted Operator and providing them with innovative, trusted technology to ensure mission success. We specialize in creating customized hub systems that are engineered to withstand any environment and control a variety of missions. Because when it matters most you want something Built. Tested. Proven.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Leonardo is a world player in Helicopters, Aeronautics, Electronics, Defence & Security Systems. From advanced components to fully integrated systems and platforms, Leonardo masters the full cycle of development of rotary and fixed wing platforms and of sensors and effectors to deliver a full range of proprietary solutions and managed services. With field-proven tactical fixed wing and rotary wing UAS, optionally piloted helicopters, a complete range of sensors, Leonardo is at the forefront of autonomous flight.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Robin Radar Systems

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    We are Robin Radar Systems. Technology leader in tracking and classification of small objects. At Robin Radar Systems, we’ve specialised in detecting and tracking small objects for 33 years. Birds actually. And even though we started with tracking birds, we validated our data with drones, in order to prove our radar tracking accuracy. So we’re in a unique position, with a wealth of experience, to detect, track, and classify (read separate) birds from drones. Drone detection radar: ELVIRA® covers a full 360 degrees and comes with a standard instrumented range of five kilometres. ELVIRA® provides unlimited coverage by combining multiple radar devices into an integrated sensor network. The output from multiple radars is incorporated into one unambiguous picture, meaning a single drone causes a single alarm. Bird radar: Our range of bird radars track the exact flight paths of both flocks and individual birds up to 10 kilometres. They automatically detect and log hundreds of birds simultaneously, including their size, speed, direction and flight path. With our avian radars, you'll be tracking in real-time, 24/7, all around your airport. You’ll have all the information you need to mitigate bird strikes, and even intervene, when necessary.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Founded in 1951, the Vienna-based Schiebel Group focuses on the development, testing and production of state-of-the-art mine detection equipment and the VTOL CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). Schiebel has built an international reputation for producing quality defense and humanitarian products, which are backed by exceptional after-sales service and support. All products are quality controlled to meet ISO 9001 standards. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, Schiebel maintains production facilities in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, and Abu Dhabi, UAE, as well as offices in Washington, DC, USA, and Shoalhaven, Australia.

    Teleplan Globe

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Teleplan Globe delivers software products for defense, police and homeland security. FACNAV, our Multirole Battlespace Support (BMS) system suite, is selected by several nations as their main tactical toolkit. FACNAV follows the Joint Fire Support Coordinated Implementation Change Control Board (JFS CI CCB) recommendations and supporting Digital Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) and Digital Aided Fire Support (DAFS). Latest development includes an integrated ISR Module focused on Sensor integration and further exploitation of collected and shared data for further Targeting purposes. FACNAV as a suite, is multi-platform deployable, supporting Windows and Android. FACNAV (on Window) is a multirole configurable BMS, supporting HQ and Ground Troops requirements. With constant focus on SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) and Cost, FACNAV Mobile (Android) meets operational requirements for the “flexible and lightweight”. FACNAV application suite supports your tactical and operational needs, now! FACNAV – FIRST ON TARGET


    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems


    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator®, Reaper® and Gray Eagle UAS programs of record and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. Celebrating over 25 years of aviation innovation, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, multi-mission capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight, enabling situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.

    Media Partners


    Supporting Media Partners

    The first media with added value that has specialized in Autonomous Systems, RPAS and drones for professional applications, either for civil or military uses. Infodron is the official media of UNVEX, the largest RPAS professional meeting.

    Geospatial World

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    Geospatial World is the most recognizable voice of geospatial community. Our website has more than 1,25,000 visitors per month from more than 150 countries. We also have 60,000+ active social media followers. Our subscriber base is growing at a rapid pace and an uncompromising focus on quality content and providing new technology insights has always been our utmost priority. All readers have to do is go on the top of our website and click on the specific page of their choice. They get content of their interest instead of wasting time on searches. We also bring out a bi-monthly magazine by the same name. You may take a look at some of the older editions here.

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    GeoConnexion International and GeoConnexion UK bring you the latest news and stories plus reports from geotechnology industries in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia. Coverage of topics such as 3D Visualisation, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Cloud, Mobile Mapping, Navigation with emphases on healthcare, public safety, retail, the environment, utilities, surveying, LBS, transport/ logistics, telecommunications and more. Subscribe to GeoConnexion magazines and sign up for free GeoConnexion Newsletters: visit GeoConnexion.com Tel: +44 1223 279151; Email: info@geoconnexion.com

    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.



    The Counter-IED Report is a specialist publication, which serves as an information source to communicate the latest developments in the fight against the IED threat. The aim of the report is to identify technological advances as well as strategies and tactics for reducing successful IED manufacture and placement. For more information please visit website: www.counteriedreport.com

    Drone Nodes


    Drone Nodes is online communication platform that brings together experts in drone research, start-ups, business, and education from across the globe.Through our website, you'll read up on the technology we're following both through professional as well as recreational means. It's quite an exciting market to watch over much as the personal computer has been in the past century!

    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.

    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.

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    Warfare Today


    Warfare.Today is an online magazine devoted to current military operations and development, technology, defence news and security analysis. We draw on a massive range of sources to deliver holistic reporting across the defence sector, but with a primary bias towards the UK Armed Forces.

    My Dear Drone


    Are you a UAV Fan? MyDearDrone is perfect for you because it's a free, original and best community to learn everything from news, reviews, guides and much more about drone and it's technology. So come and experience the Quadcopter (UAV) world with us.

    Asian Military Review


    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.



    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

    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.

    Naval Technology


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

    Soldier Modernisation


    Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.

    Blog Before Flight


    Blog Before Flight is an online news and information website related to the aviation and aerospace industries. It offers daily news about new products, future projects, military exercises and operations, airshow info and reportages made in close contact with the international armed forces. Blog Before Flight combines technical concepts with a common language to reach everyone wants to know more about aviation.

    Defense Express


    Limited Liability Company “DEFENSE EXPRESS MEDIA AND CONSULTING” highlights events in security, defense and military cooperation areas. Regular information products of the company: - Daily News Wire and Analysis on http://www.defense-ua.com; - Weekly newsletter “Ukrainian Defense Survey”; - “DEFENSE EXPRESS” Magazine; - “Ukrainian Defense Review” Magazine (in English); - Book series “Weapons of Ukraine”. Company also provides advice and assistance based on deep analytical skills and knowledge of the conditions and characteristics of Ukrainian military market to companies, government bodies and intermediaries in the implementation of their strategy, relating to finding new partners and interests promoting.



    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”) is the recognized leader among South American printed defense magazines. It has been in the market for 37 years, and presently is the only one of its kind in Brazil to be nationally distributed. Sold on news stands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector in Brazil and in South American countries.



    Hispaviación is an aeronautical online journal focused on technical and specialized contents. Contents created by our editorial team get together with those written by aviation industry professionals, such as COMMERCIAL, MILITARY, RPAs and SPACE industries, also including aircraft operators; MROs and service providers; manufacturers; military; purchasing departments; and public operators and institutions.

    Unmanned Systems Technology Magazine


    Unmanned Systems Technology magazine is focused entirely on the innovative engineering that's successfully pushing boundaries on land, in the air, at sea and even through the universe. Published bi-monthly, UST provides independent coverage of the engineering at the heart of unmanned vehicles. Subscribe today!


    Robotics Tomorrow


    RoboticsTomorrow.com is an Online Trade Magazine featuring Products, Companies, News, Articles and Events for the Industrial Automation, Robotics and Unmanned Vehicle industries. With an emphasis on the state of the art and on the horizon technologies that have strong prospects of commercialization, our philosophy is to create an outlet where the industry can share information and report on itself.



    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.

    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.

    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

    The UAV Digest


    The UAV Digest is a weekly audio program devoted to unmanned aerial vehicles and systems. Each episode features a discussion of the latest industry developments and trends for both commercial and recreational uses of drones: • Regulatory developments • Research and development activity • Drone technology advancements • Emerging applications for unmanned aircraft • Integration into the manned airspace The UAV Digest examines the expanding applications for UAS, including: precision agriculture, photography and videography, structure inspection, search and rescue, first response, law enforcement, package delivery, mapping and surveying, oil and gas, and many others. The UAV Digest is targeted to an international audience of: • Commercial drone operators • Entrepreneurs looking to enter the industry • Serious UAV enthusiasts • Educators and students • Aircraft, component, and software suppliers • Manned aircraft pilots • Builders and hobbyists • Other stakeholders in this growing industry The UAV Digest thirty-minute, on-demand podcast made its debut in 2013, and was created by David Vanderhoof and Max Flight from the popular and highly regarded Airplane Geeks podcast. To listen, visit theUAVdigest.com, or subscribe in iTunes, Google Play, or through your iOS or Android podcast app.



    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.

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    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 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.

    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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