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20 Oct 21. HMS Prince of Wales hosts Pacific Future Forum. Second Royal Navy aircraft carrier hosts summit with UK allies to discuss technology, cyber, climate change and the Indo-Pacific. The Royal Navy’s next generation aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales is hosting the international defence, security, trade and technology summit, the Pacific Future Forum (PFF). PFF provides a platform for the UK to meet with allies and partners to drive collaboration with an eye toward resolving challenges of the future, from advances in technology and cyber to the impact of climate change.
Following the recent Atlantic Future Forums, this year’s conference theme looks eastwards and builds on the ambition outlined in the Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper to increase our presence and engagement in the Indo-Pacific.
Over the two-day summit, the comprehensive agenda includes expert panels and keynote speeches, to help foster deeper relations in the Indo-Pacific to support shared prosperity and regional stability, with stronger diplomatic and trading ties.
Attending the event, Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said, “The Indo Pacific will soon represent over 40 per cent of global GDP and is increasingly important to the UK. Building on our strong partnership in the region is vital for long term security and prosperity. The Pacific Future Forum provides a fantastic platform to discuss the future and did so on board one of the Royal Navy’s fantastic platforms of the future. As the joint largest and most technically advanced warship ever built for the Royal Navy, HMS Prince of Wales provides a great backdrop to showcase the best of British innovation in the defence and security sectors”
The Pacific Future Forum is a seminal moment to bring nations together, strengthen alliances and explore how we build a stronger, more united world. Key topics spread across the two days include handling the economic aftershock of COVID-19, harnessing new technologies to address climate change and the importance of defence and intelligence partnerships in the Pacific region.
The event comes as HMS Prince of Wales’ Carrier’s ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, begins leading Carrier Strike Group back through the Indo-Pacific as she navigates the South China Sea with ships and aircraft from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States.
The busy period of military engagement in the Indo-Pacific has been mirrored by diplomatic progress. In a landmark moment, the UK became a Dialogue Partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 5 August, the first new country in 25 years. This comes as the UK and Japan announced that formal negotiations will begin this month to increase bilateral defence cooperation.
This also follows the recent ‘AUKUS’ partnership between the UK, US and Australia to enhance the development of joint capabilities and technology sharing to protect and defend our shared interests in the Indo-Pacific. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
19 Oct 21. S. Korea opens largest defence expo amid N. Korea missile tests. South Korea opened its largest defence expo ever on Tuesday, showing off its next-generation fighter jet, drones, and other technology in an effort to boost exports as economies around the world rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. Opening ceremonies for the International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) at an air base in Seoul were however somewhat overshadowed by the launch of what South Korea said was a North Korean submarine-fired ballistic missile (SLBM).
“Despite the COVID-19 situation this year, export marketing is expected with products developed by domestic companies at the exhibition hall, which has been expanded from last year,” ADEX official Lee Jong-ho told reporters on Monday.
At least 440 companies from 28 countries are showcasing 79 types of aircraft and 68 types of ground equipment. Around 300 government, military and defence acquisition officials from 45 countries were expected to attend the event, which lasts through Saturday.
At least 170 U.S. troops were on hand to display American military aircraft, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.
Last week Korea Aerospace Industries officials declined to comment on potential export deals for its KF-21 fighter jet and Light Attack Helicopters, but said both programmes were on track.
Korean Air said it was displaying drones with vertical lift-off and landing capabilities, while a “space hub” at the show displays components of South Korea’s space programme, expected to get a boost with the planned launch of its first space launch vehicle on Thursday.
North Korea, which has complained that South Korea’s arms buildup threatens to destabilise the peninsula, put on a defence display last week. South Korea’s arms exports in 2016–20 were 210% higher than in 2011–15, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute data. (Source: Reuters)
18 Oct 21. Hypersonic Defense 2021 Conference.
- November 2-3, 2021- Arlington, VA, United States
NATO members are working to make sure the right capabilities are in place if the research becomes a reality with hypersonic weapons. With the hypersonic era looking set to become a reality it has shown shortcomings in missile defence systems that are not capable to detect and protect from a hypersonic weapon.
During the 2-day Hypersonic Defense conference and exhibition we will look at the current ballistic missile defence capabilities of leading nations and the importance to fast track modernisation of the current systems. The event will also review the future of missile defence in a hypersonic era and how agencies are researching a new type of weapon and the challenges of simulation tests with hypersonic vehicles.
- Vice Admiral Jon Hill, Director, U.S. Missile Defense Agency
- Major General Frederic Parisot, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programmes, French Air Force
- Rear Admiral Tom Druggan, Program Executive for Sea-Based Weapon Systems, U.S. Missile Defense Agency
- Mike White, Assistant Director, Hypersonics, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
- Brigadier General Paul Murray, Deputy Director of Operations, North American Aerospace Defense Command
- Dr. Jeffrey C. Boulware, Technical Director, Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO)
- Radoslava Stefanova, Head of IAMD Section, NATO
- Steven Adler, Plasma Applications Development – Americas, Tekna
- Eric Bouchard, Senior Advisor – Product Line Manager – Systems, Tekna
- Dr. Russ Cummings, Managing Director, DOD HPCMP Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute, U.S. Air Force Academy
- Dr. Eric Marineau, Program Officer, Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy
- Sarah Popkin, High-Speed Aerodynamics Program Officer, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
- Thomas Karako, Senior Fellow, Director, Missile Defence Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
- Peter Huessy, Director of Strategic Deterrent Studies, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
- Dr. Phillip Ligrani, Eminent Scholar in Propulsion, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama, USA
(Source: ASD Network)
AOC Europe connects organisations and individuals across government, defence, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and review the latest advances in electromagnetic and information-related fields. With a history spanning more than 25 years, AOC Europe is the Association of Old Crows’ flagship international event with 70+ manufacturers and 1000+ attendees from 40+ countries coming together to engage, innovate and network and to discuss all things within this dedicated sector.
Our 2022 conference theme:
Integrating Electromagnetic Effects across all Domains
The control of the electromagnetic spectrum is a fundamental requirement in modern warfare in all domains whether land, sea air, space, information or cyber. Systems operating in these domains must be able to communicate, make decisions, share information and take actions in a coordinated, controlled and effective manner using the electromagnetic spectrum.
To achieve and maintain this dominance, electronic warfare, radar, navigation, situational awareness and other information and communication systems require significant levels of integration and interoperability across all types of platforms and in all domains. Innovative integrated systems requirements, applications and enabling technologies will be considered from intelligence data gathering, analysis and data fusion through to the deployment of countermeasures and other actions that use the electromagnetic spectrum.
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