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The SAE Media Group are delighted to announce the  inaugural Counter UAS Technology Europe Conference taking place in London on the 19th and 20th April 2023.

With the growing proliferation of small drones and UAS technology, European armed forces and security agencies seeking to protect critical national infrastructure at home and also forward deployed personnel operating abroad. The European Counter UAS market is constantly growing with new programmes and projects announced. There has therefore never been a more important time for European C-UAS stakeholders to meet and network at Counter UAS Technology Europe 2023.

Counter UAS Technology Europe 2023 will showcase the very latest technology in the market to ensure that European personnel, equipment and infrastructure are protected from the proliferation of drones.

Speakers will feature from leading European C-UAS Programme Managers, wider international defence organizations and leading industry providers.
 

 

  • Hear from European Senior Leadership and Program Managers on how they are utilising technology to combat UAS
  • Meet and Network with international speakers from NATO and aligned nations to discover how they are defending their defence networks from drone attacks
  • Listen to how innovative technology is driving advancement and enabling defence to counter drone swarms and attacks
  • Meet industry solution providers to discover how to leverage their C-UAS platforms

Conference programme

7:30 Registration & Coffee

8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Roy Bookham

Mr Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Platforms Systems Division, Dstl
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8:30 MoD Keynote: Driving Improvements on UK MoD C-UAS Capabilities: Latest Updates and Future Priorities

Group Captain Gary Darby

Group Captain Gary Darby, Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence
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• Developing innovative systems to enhance C-UAS efficiency: an overview of current UK MoD projects
• Working with solution providers to integrate sophisticated C-UAS technologies and improve emergency responses
• Adapting to rapidly changing airspace security situations: lessons learned from Ukraine
• Assessing civilian applications that could be repurposed for Defence requirements

9:00 Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor - Aaronia AG

9:30 Army HQ Keynote Address: C-UAS: A Single-Service View

Wing Commander Mark Bowden

Wing Commander Mark Bowden, SO1 Integrated Air and Missile Defence and SO1 All Arms Counter-sUAS, British Army
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• The UAS dilemma: threat proliferation, development and saturation
• Mitigating the threat: UK, partner nations and industry
• Framing the UAS 'counter' threat: fractures, stovepipes and fluidity
• Building and maintaining relationships
• The Land GBAD Programme: C-sUAS & C-SAT
• Organic self-protection: All-Arms C-sUAS

10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Echodyne

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Detection and Classification of UAS in Complex Environments

Mr Lars Krogh Vammen

Mr Lars Krogh Vammen, Business Development Director, Weibel Scientific A/S
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• UAS characteristics and the impact on the countering of the UAS threat
• How to uphold performance in clutter rich environments
• How to get inside your opponents’ OODA loop
• There is no “one ring to rule them all” - It’s a system thing
 

11:30 C-UAS: A Unit Commander’s Perspective

Wing Commander Sam Wiseman

Wing Commander Sam Wiseman, Officer Commanding No 2 Force Protection C-UAS Wing, RAF UK

• Journey from concept to operational delivery
• Current and future direction of travel
• Key lessons

12:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor – ESG

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Developing Integrated Systems to Improve C-UAS Responses

Mr Mario Behn

Mr Mario Behn, DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI, NATO
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• Embedding multi-sensor integration in C-UAS systems to maximise drone defeat
• Zero-second integration: improving efficiency through standardisation
• Adopting technology to establish a common for interfacing sensing, effector, and fusion

14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Robin Radar Systems

14:30 Collaborating with Allied Nations to Advance C-UAS Capabilities

Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Papy

Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Papy, NATO Defence Against Terrorism DAT Counter UAV Chairman and Professor, Department of Ballistics and Weapon Systems , NATO and Belgium Royal Military Academy
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• Developing efficient systems capable of neutralising new threats
• Testing market solutions to ensure they meet C-UAS needs
• Working towards a synchronised C-UAS strategy among NATO nations
• Creating data-sharing mechanisms to facilitate cooperation and collaboration

15:00 Adjusting Procurement Practices to an Ever-Evolving C-UAS Landscape

Captain Rens Govaers

Captain Rens Govaers, Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles C-UAS Project Team, General Directorate Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces
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• Belgian approach to C-UAS in an international environment
• Addressing current challenges in procuring new technology to counter the growing threat of enemy UAS
• How realistic are requirements and how to make sure industry is ready for it

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Protecting European Skies: Latest Updates to the European C-UAS Legislation

Mr Max Brandt

Mr Max Brandt, Policy Officer - DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
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• Key insights into the latest C-UAS regulation published by the European Commission
• Community building and information sharing: strategies to facilitate operational and practical cooperation between EU nations
• Top tips for preparing aerodromes to mitigate risks from unauthorised drone use
• Adopting a risk-based approach to implementing C-UAS solutions: testing and procurement guidance
• Practical tools for preventing and handline collisions of manned aircraft with UAS

16:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Fortem Technologies

17:00 Partnership Working to Successfully Intercept Illegal Drone Activity: Lessons Learned from the Norwegian Police and INTERPOL C-UAS Collaboration

Mr Jan Otto Johansen

Mr Jan Otto Johansen, Police Superintendent, Head of Passenger Information Unit (PIU), EOD, Norwegian National Police
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• Collaborating with partner agencies and industry experts to evaluate and test drone countermeasures
• Developing effective detection, tracking and identification processes to ensure the safety of airport environments
• Delivering workshops and presentations to address drone incursions with a view to evidence retention
 

17:30 Prevention and Integration: Adopting Whole Government Approaches to Expand National C-UAS Capabilities

Major Michel K.C Koopman

Major Michel K.C Koopman, Cdt 640 SQN NLD Air Force Staff Officer / C-UAS Program Manager, Dutch Airforce

• Integrating C-UAS systems in other national services to maximise defence capabilities
• Tips for facilitating stakeholders’ access to funding for new defence technologies
• Strategies to foster cooperation with the international community on C-UAS systems
• Establishing cross-agency training facilities to increase accessibility and enable interagency collaboration

18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Mr Roy Bookham

Mr Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Platforms Systems Division, Dstl
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8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Roy Bookham

Mr Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Platforms Systems Division, Dstl
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9:00 The Polish Armed Forces Strategy to Counter UAS – Challenges and Opportunities

Brigadier General Kazimierz  Dynski

Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski , Air and Missile Defence Departament Chief, General Command of Polish Armed Forces
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• The evolving threat of UAS: observations from the Russia-Ukraine war
• UAS in multi-domain operations: from detection to engagement
• Developing strategic partnerships to improve C-UAS responses
 

9:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:00 Working in Partnership to Advance Ground-Based Air Defence

Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch, Assistant Branch Chief, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

• Developing joint testing programmes to expand European defensive potential
• Ensuring full interoperability with existing NATO-integrated C-UAS architecture
• Working with other European nations to procure C-UAS solutions with rapid deployment and reaction time

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Defending Sensitive Targets, Military Command Posts and Moving Troops: The Challenge of Developing Proper C-UAS systems in PeSCo and National Programmes

Colonel Alessio Gronchi

Colonel Alessio Gronchi, Director, Italian Counter-Mini/Micro UAS Centre of Excellence, Italian Army
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• Protecting troops both in homeland security operations and in international theatres: the challenge of the “on the move” capability
• Cooperating and working with other nations in the development of anti-drone projects to devise advanced C-UAS technologies: advantages and limits
• Establishing a Centre of Excellence (CoE) to facilitate C-UAS testing
 

11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:00 Integrating Advanced C-UAS Capabilities within France’s Defence System

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Viala

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Viala, Deputy CEM BAPPS, Air Defense and Air Operations Command, French Air Force

• Developing a laser defence system: key insights into France’s latest C-UAS updates
• Strategies to secure sensitive sites in France, as well as army bases in external operations
• Designing advanced systems to detect, classify, and safely neutralise micro and mini UAS

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 U.S. Combat Training School: Advancing sUAS Training in Europe

Dr James Bailey

Dr James Bailey, SUAS Lead, US Air Forces Europe
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• Interoperability in an unprecedented environment
• Developing Air Base Air Defence in the absence of the Army
• Providing OPFOR to test C-UAS operational capabilities
• Managing electromagnetic air spaces: Blue & Red force deconfliction

14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

14:30 Building Robust International Relationships to Improve the Effectiveness of US C-UAS Technologies

Mr John Gibbs

Mr John Gibbs, AMD Capability Area Lead, U.S. Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center

• Partnering with other nations to advance C-UAS capabilities
• Insights into the DEVCOM’s C-UAS portfolio and key efforts to support the Army’s Air and Missile Defense Modernisation
• Working with the JCO and other service branches to maximise the potential for the US Military’s C-UAS program

15:00 Developing Successful Dual-Use Technologies

Mr Darshan Divakaran

Mr Darshan Divakaran, Senior Manager, Strategic Innovation & Partnerships, AFWERX
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• Integrating emerging technologies into military C-UAS strategies
• Building robust partnerships to overcome international challenges
• Working with the commercial sector to improve C-UAS solutions

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

16:30 Augmenting Procurement Capabilities to Ensure a Sustainable C-UAS Strategy

Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis

Lieutenant Colonel Nikolaos Oikonomakis, Contract, Programme Manager, Greek Ministry of National Defence
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• Counter UAS assets/caps in Hellenic Air Force
• Procuring sustainment for Counter UAS capabilities
• Evaluating procuring options

17:00 Panel Discussion: Panel Debate: Working Together to Combat C-UAS Threats: Increasing Operational Interoperability, Readiness and Effectiveness

• Joint prevention: developing international partnerships to protect allies from C-UAS threats
• Developing interoperable systems to enable integration into other air defence systems
• Lessons from Ukraine: the role of cooperation in bolstering C-UAS capabilities

Mr Mario Behn

Mr Mario Behn, DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI, NATO
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Brigadier General Kazimierz  Dynski

Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski , Air and Missile Defence Departament Chief, General Command of Polish Armed Forces
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Group Captain Gary Darby

Group Captain Gary Darby, Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence
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Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch, Assistant Branch Chief, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

Dr James Bailey

Dr James Bailey, SUAS Lead, US Air Forces Europe
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17:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Mr Roy Bookham

Mr Roy Bookham, Senior Principal Consultant, Counter-UAS, Platforms Systems Division, Dstl
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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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Echodyne

Gold Sponsor
https://www.echodyne.com

Echodyne, the radar platform company, designs and delivers innovative, high performance, compact, solid-state radars built on proprietary Metamaterials ESA (MESA®) technology. Ideally suited for advanced 4D situational awareness, Echodyne’s commercially priced electronically scanned array radars are used by defense and government agencies, defense contractors, and security integrators for counter-UAS, portable ISR, border security, and critical infrastructure protection applications and autonomous machine developers for unmanned aerial and ground vehicle applications. Privately held, the company is based in Kirkland, Washington, and is backed by Bill Gates, NEA, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, Vanedge Capital, and Lux Capital among others. For more information, please visit: Echodyne.com


ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH

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http://www.esg.de/en

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has been one of the leading German providers of design, integration, in-service support and operation of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems for five decades. ESG provides products and services for German and international customers from government authorities, the fields of defence and public security and industry. ESG is a certified aviation company for aircraft and aviation equipment for the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) and an aviation engineering company in line with EASA Parts 21J/G and EASA Part 145. As a special systems company for mission avionics, simulation and training, as well as special deployment systems, ESG offers customized solutions. In the field of C-UAS, ESG is the lead system integrator for the GUARDION consortium and provider of the state-of-the-art C3I software ELYSION. In this role, ESG is currently supplying the German Armed Forces with C-UAS systems for field camp protection


Weibel Scientific A/S

Gold Sponsor
www.weibelradars.com

Weibel Scientific is a high-tech company that since the 1970s has been dedicated to provide precision data for user all over the world. The modern day company develops and produces a wide range of tactical and instrumental X-band Doppler-based radars, utilizing CW, MFCW and FMCW waveforms for small object detection and tracking with high resolution in both the velocity and range domain. Weibel Scientific’s portfolio ranges from small muzzle velocity and fire director radars for anti-air artillery to radars for the full IAMD spectrum. The technology covers applications from counter drone operations around high value targets through SHORAD/LLAD to air surveillance radars for GBAD and upper tier air defence applications and BMD capable radars. Throughout the last 40 years, Weibel has provided more than 5000 radars to more than 50 countries.


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Fortem Technologies

Sponsors
https://fortemtech.com/

Fortem Technologies is the leader in airspace awareness, security, and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones. Through an advanced, end to end system of distributed radar, AI at the Edge, deep sensor integration, and autonomous drone capture, Fortem monitors and defends the world’s venues, infrastructures, cities, and regions. The same system is accelerating the safety of the world’s airspace for urban air mobility.


Robin Radar Systems

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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.

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Robotics Tomorrow

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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.


Unmanned Systems Technology

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Unmanned Systems Technology.com (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned systems. Our website and weekly e-newsletter provide up-to-the-minute information about technological developments in this sector – both military and commercial – to a global audience, with over 80,000 visitors from over 200 countries every month. Our comprehensive supplier profiles showcase products, services and capabilities in the unmanned land, sea and air vehicle industry.


21st Century Asian Arms Race

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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.


Asian Military Review

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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.


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UAS Weekly

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UASweekly.com is an independent and authoritative source for Unmanned Aerial Systems and Drone industry news and information. Our industry-focused approach provides you with the latest news, product reviews, videos, and unbiased perspective on the UAS and commercial drone market.


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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.


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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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