22 Feb 19. Close Combat Symposium.
09 – 11 July 2019 – Event time: 10:00.
Location: Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham and COTEC, Salisbury Plain
Close Combat 2019 will be held at the Technology School, Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham and at COTEC, Market Lavington on Salisbury Plain over 9-11 July 2019. Tuesday 9 July will be opened by HQ Army. Wednesday 10 July will be the range day run by the Infantry Trials and Development Unit with a number of commercial exhibitors. Thursday will be a broader themed day in the style of previous ‘Canons and Small Arms’ events.
The aim of the symposium is to consider trends and developments in small arms, dismounted weapon systems, ammunition, senors, optics, and protective clothing and equipment. The principal theme for this year’s event is survivability. Day 1 seeks to examine future capability requirements for Ground Manoeuvre forces to identify current capability gaps and to examine threats. Particular areas of interest are nano-technologies such as unmanned aerial systems, soldier worn power and data systems to enhance situational awareness and decision making, and technologies that reduce the human error budget and training overhead.
This symposium brings together representatives from across the international defence and security sector. Through presentations by Army HQ, DE&S, Dstl, industry and academia, and through plenary discussion the purpose is to encourage a sharing of ideas and opportunity to challenge current thinking.
The programme is split into three days:
Day 1 is opened by Army HQ and aims to discuss the challenges facing the infantry and close combat role more broadly. It will include a look forward to this year’s Army Warfighting Experiment.
Day 2 is the range day on Salisbury Plain with travel provided in coaches to and from the principal Swindon hotels used. The day will include the opportunity to live-fire with exhibitors weapons and sights, as well as a demonstation of more unusual weapons courtesy of Bapty & Co. Breakfast is provided onsite along with a barbeque lunch. In the evening we will hold the traditional dinner night at the GWR Museum ‘STEAM’.
Day 3 is security sector, industry and academia led with presentations that typically include developments in global ordnance, the psychology of close combat, other nations experience and non-military approaches.
Call For Papers
If you wish to present a paper on a topic you feel is relevant to the theme, please submit an abstract of around 200 words by e-mail to by no later than Wednesday 24 April 2019. Papers should be planned to take 20 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes for questions.
There are unique opportunities for sponsoring at various levels during this event: individual activities such as the event dinner, the barbeque on the range, or collectively for the whole event with generous concessions.
19 Feb 19. Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investment to Support UMEX/SimTEX 2020 as Strategic Partner. Agreement reiterates the significant advancement achieved by national defense sector.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) today signed a partnership agreement with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI), the leading UAE-based firm that offers a comprehensive range of services spanning the entire spectrum of autonomous systems. The agreement appoints ADASI a strategic partner of the 2020 editions of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) and the Simulation Exhibition and Conference (SimTEX), set to run at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 23 to 25 February 2020.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC, and Ali Al Yafie, CEO of ADASI, inked the agreement on the sidelines of the 14th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2019). The signing ceremony drew the participation of top officials from both sides including Brigadier Staff Pilot Ali Mohammed Musleh Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of UMEX and SimTEX 2020, Homaid Al Shemmari Chairman of ADASI, and Saeed Al Mansouri, Director of IDEX and NAVDEX 2019.
Homaid Al Shemmari said: “The national defense industry has experienced a remarkable period of development over the past few years due to the unwavering support extended by our wise leadership as well as the tremendous efforts made by our national companies led by highly skilled Emirati professionals.”
He added: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with ADNEC and participate in the upcoming editions of UMEX and SimTEX as a strategic partner. The move demonstrates our commitment to supporting the UAE’s specialised event sector given its importance in showcasing the capabilities and potentials of the local defense industry, as well as facilitating the expansion of local industries into international markets.”
For his part, Humaid Al Dhaheri said: “We are proud of this agreement and our collaboration with ADASI to support the development of Abu Dhabi’s specialised exhibitions and conferences sector focused on unmanned systems sector.”
He added: “The upcoming editions of UMEX and SimTEX are set to break the record for the highest number of exhibitors and participating countries as well as the total indoor, outdoor and marine exhibition space allocated for the dual event. This underscore the growing importance of the event both at the regional and international levels.”
Ali Al Yafei said: “The dual exhibition and conference provides our national companies including ADASI with a unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations in defence and related sectors especially unmanned systems. At the event, ADASI is set to showcase a broad array of state-of-the-art products that have been widely valued by our regional and international partners.”
Organised by ADNEC in collaboration with the UAE Armed Forces, UMEX 2020 will exhibit new, advanced unmanned technologies and attract high-level local and international experts to explore the most important developments and successful practices in this vital sector.
UMEX is the only exhibition in the region dedicated to unmanned systems and technologies used in air, land and marine operations. Meanwhile, SimTEX focuses on demonstrating simulation and training technology and capabilities. The biennial dual event convenes international delegations and decision-makers from the defence and aerospace industry as well as senior officials from the government and private sectors to explore the latest technologies and examine potential business opportunities.
The previous edition of UMEX and SimTEX in 2018 drew the participation of 122 major global defence-related companies from 34 countries.
19 Feb 19. ‘Ground-breaking alliance for the security industry.’ IFSEC International and Security & Counter Terror Expo to co-locate at ExCeL London, May 2020. Clarion and UBM today announce the co-location of the two most important events to the UK security industry in a ground-breaking strategic alliance, from May 2020 onwards. Today it has been revealed that next year will see IFSEC move to a brand-new dateline of 19 – 21 May and welcome three prestigious events alongside it at ExCeL London; Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX), Ambition and Forensics Europe Expo.
Building on a rich history of the two exhibitions – IFSEC steeped in the trade and commercial security world and Security & Counter Terror Expo immersed in national security – the collaboration of these key events has been designed to meet the strength of demand for a central focal point for the security industry.
The added synergies between the first responder focused, Ambition and Forensics Europe Expo, which currently run alongside SCTX, and FIREX International as well as the wider security community, also lend additional diversity and strength to this new alliance.
ExCeL London will become the global destination for the security community, pushing the boundaries of security product innovation and expertise. 38,000 trade, commercial, public and policing security professionals will unite at one venue to discover the most extensive range of security suppliers on offer. In doing so, the industry will see a single marketplace for the security ecosystem made up of installers, government end users, corporate end users, integrators, manufacturers and distributors.
The announcement of the move to stage IFSEC and SCTX together at London’s ExCeL from 2020 is already being warmly welcomed, as the security industry look forward to seeing one sole event for the whole community.
“This has come at the perfect time for the security industry. The BSIA are excited to be supporting this major new partnership between the UK’s two leading security exhibitions. We have a long-standing partnership with IFSEC and we look forward to extending our welcome to SCTX.” Mike Reddington, CEO, BSIA
“Dahua is excited to see this partnership between IFSEC and SCTX in 2020. It will provide a rewarding balance of end-users, consultants, installers and integrators. This presents a fantastic opportunity for likeminded end-users and integrators to exchange ideas with manufacturing security professionals.” Steve Norman, Sales Director, Dahua Technology UK & Ireland
“Risk UK, Benchmark and Professional Security Installer welcome the news that Security & Counter Terror Expo is running alongside IFSEC in 2020. We have a long-standing association with this market sector via Risk UK magazine and associated media. We look forward to supporting SCTX and IFSEC in 2020.” Mark Quittenton, Managing Director, Risk UK, Benchmark and Professional Security Installer Magazines
“Hikvision are pleased to hear the news that IFSEC and Security & Counter Terror Expo will run alongside each other in 2020. This is a good move forward for the security community, and we look forward to supporting this.” Justin Hollis, Marketing Director, Hikvision UK & Ireland
“IFSEC is always a great success for BRE Global / LPCB and we’re looking forward to showcasing the dynamic Attack Testing Zone to the SCTX and IFSEC 2020.” Richard Flint, LPCB Physical Security Certification Scheme Manager, LPCB / BRE.
“IFSEC never stops surprising me. Great move for the whole security industry, getting SCTX alongside IFSEC in 2020. It’s going to be a massive set of shows.” Roy Cooper, Managing Director, Professional Security
Discussing this move for the market, the organisers of IFSEC and SCTX share their thoughts as they announce the culmination of these 18 month-long discussions to co-locate these events.
“The security industry is both broad and complex – and in recent years Clarion and UBM have come to realise that in this environment both IFSEC and SCTX had evolved in ways which were seeing them become increasingly complementary in both profile and audience.” said Tim Porter of Clarion Events.
‘’SCTX is by far the most prestigious and market leading event in the counter terror arena, with a proven track record in drawing a high calibre audience of government specifiers, law enforcement and related crime intelligence agencies.” added Gerry Dunphy of IFSEC. “This is a great fit for IFSEC as it strengthens our message of the critical nature of security as a major global issue. IFSEC will also highly complement this offering by continuing to champion integrated security for the trade and commercial markets. The prospect of these events, working in harmony, promoting expertise and guidance for the broader security environment has already been met with immense anticipation by the security community.”
Bringing the events together will offer exhibiting manufacturers and distributors an unrivalled opportunity to access the entire end-to-end security audience, with a greater number of security product buyers in one venue than any other security event across the globe. Over 600 exhibiting companies will join to represent all aspects of the security sector, ranging from the latest developments in commercial and corporate security through to critical national infrastructure and policing.
For 2019, Clarion’s Security & Counter Terror Expo, Ambition and Forensics Europe Expo will take place at Olympia from the 5-6 March and IFSEC International will bring expert security products to ExCeL, from 18-20 June.
21 Feb 19. Space Operations Summit, 28-30 May 2019, London. Ahead of NATO’s publication of their first Space Policy, the space operations summit is designed to bring together the commercial and military space community to identify new opportunities for joint collaboration, overcoming new and emerging threats, and enhance allied space resilience, intelligence and decision-making.
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28-30 May 2019, London
Bringing together the army and special forces communities in order to leverage multi-domain concepts of operation to deliver decision advantage for NATO and its partners. World’s only dedicated C2ISR conference for this community.
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