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16 May 23. Close Combat Symposium Programme Announced. Close Combat 23 programme at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC) on Salisbury Plain.
The event is held over three days:
DAY 1 – TUE 4 JULY
Army HQ Briefings on DCC/GM issues, including:
- AH GM Intro
- Army HQ dialogue on High Level Characteristics / SOR / procurement / programme
- Projects GRAYBURN & HUNTER update
- Battlegroup Level Effectors
- Soldier as a Platform’ – Soldier Works, including electronic architecture and DSA
- Jerome Bronckart, FN Herstal, Problem Solving at a Distance: FN Elity™ and FN VictoR®
- Stuart Lyle, Dstl, Urban Phalanx: A Contender for the Future British Army Infantry
- Dermot Rooney & Chris Tebb, Wapentakes, Making The Magic Bullet: How Two Blokes in a Shed Tried to Increase The Effectiveness of Small Arms Suppressive Fire.
- David Buckley, BAE Land Systems / Radway Green, Small Arms Munition Developments
- Andy Cooper, Nammo AS, Technology Developments / R&D Programmes
- Nick Copsey, Level Peaks, Military ‘Off the Shelf’ Solutions
- Paul Billings, Anduril, Software Systems for C-UAS
- Mark Emerton, Frazer Nash, From ‘Dull, Dirty, Dangerous’ to ‘Rapid, Ready, Reconfigurable’; a new paradigm for BG organic RAS
- Chris Foers, MBDA, Close Combat Use of Beyond Line of Sight Weapons
- Capt William Shepherd USN (Retd), Stevens Institute Hoboken NJ USA, Going “Out of the Box” – “Geeks” Developing Unusual Prototypes for Small Military Units
DAY 2 – WED 5 JULY
Range day at Cranfield Ordnance Test Evaluation Centre (COTEC) on Salisbury Plain.
Evening Drinks and Dinner at the Blunsdon House Hotel
DAY 3 – THU 6 JULY
- James White, Shield Sights Ltd, Individual Small Arms Sighting Systems
- Christoph Beplate-Haarstrich, Rheinmetall, Squad Support Weapon
- Gary Leach, Maxard Systems, FLYKMK2 & STEED
- Ray Yu, Thales Group, The Application of Integrated Weapon Operation for the Forward Projection of Scalable Collaborative Lethality
- Chris Reimer, Raytheon ELCAN, Optical Revolution in the Connected Battlespace
- Zara Gibson, Thales IAS, Remote Uncrewed Weapon Systems
- Karin Stegmark, SAAB, Signature Management
- Dan O’Shea, Small Arms Journal, Small Arms 2023
- Dr Aimee Helliker, Cranfield University, PhD Presentations
- Graham Birchall, Beth-EI Industries (UK) Ltd, Will the British Army Adopt the EU Interpretation of Health and Safety Standards for AFV’s, or Not?
- Maj Steven Harris, Defence Munitions Kineton, EOD Disruptors and non-Newtonian Fluid Use as Part of Active Protection Systems.
- David Brook, Defence Safety Authority (DSA), The Introduction of Certification for Defence OME and What it Means to the Wider Community.
19 May 23. Defence and industry collaborate in integration conference.
Strategic Command and Team Defence Information held the Multi-Domain Integration Working Group in London.
Focused on integration, Strategic Command and Team Defence Information brought together representatives from Defence and industry at the event on 17 May 23.
Held at Oracle UK, and featuring an array of speakers and discussion panels, the Multi-Domain Integration Working Group townhall was designed to encourage collaborative working.
The conference saw input from Strategic Command leaders such as Lieutenant General Tom Copinger-Symes, Deputy Commander, and Graham Ball, Deputy Director of Integration.
Attendees included thought leaders from technology companies, international Defence Attaches, and key figures from across the MOD.
A significant focus of the conference was on how we improve the digital skills of our personnel, learning lessons through collaboration with partners and recognising the need to change attitudes, behaviours, and culture.
The UK Joint Delegation to NATO shared the principles of Multi-Domain Operations with attendees, discussing interoperability across the alliance.
Driving integration, along with leading the cyber and electromagnetic domain, are important concepts that Strategic Command will incorporate into its exhibition stand at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) on 12-15 Sep 23 at ExCeL, London.
18 May 23. At next month’s International Paris Air Show, the highly anticipated exhibition of aerospace technology, engineering, and innovation will also highlight the industry’s dire workforce shortages. To encourage and inspire future generations to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace, Kallman Worldwide Inc., organizer of the USA national presence at Le Bourget for the past 28 years, today announced plans to host the show’s first-ever “Workforce Weekend,” a STEM-focused classrooms-through-careers fair on-site during the show’s public days.
The Paris Air Show, last held in 2019, will be open to trade visitors only for the first four days, then to students and public visitors from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June. For the weekend, Kallman will transform the 6,000-plus sqm USA Partnership Pavilion in Hall 3 into “Spaceport USA,” a space-themed, interactive showcase of immersive activities, engineering innovations, and technology demonstrations to engage and educate visitors of all ages.
Highlights will include personal appearances on Saturday 25 June by Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot Brigadier General Charles ‘Charlie’ Duke, and Space Shuttle Commander Michael Bloomfield who will share his experiences from three space shuttle missions, including work on assembling the International Space Station.
“I’m looking forward to visiting the Paris Air Show with Team USA,” said Duke. “Participating in Workforce Weekend gives those of us with aerospace experience the opportunity to talk about the importance of international collaboration in the aerospace sector and the satisfaction that comes with an aerospace-related career. By sharing insights I have picked up over the years, I hope to inspire future generations of explorers, engineers, and pioneers.”
Workforce Weekend Content Partner, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, will provide and staff many Spaceport attractions, including a specially commissioned planetarium depicting the surface of the moon where Duke walked during his Apollo mission, a “Quidditch”-like drone football pitch, paper airplane making and test flying, and Star Wheels for identifying constellations.
“Team USA is heavily invested in the launch of Workforce Weekend this June,” said Tom Kallman, President and CEO of organizing company Kallman Worldwide. “Our commitment to the future generation workforce has never been stronger, and we are excited to deliver what we know will be an entertaining and memorable experience for visiting students and public. Our goal is to have Spaceport USA visitors leave inspired to actively pursue careers in aerospace.”
There are still opportunities for industry stakeholders and workforce advocates to participate in Spaceport USA as patrons and presenters during Workforce Weekend at the 2023 Paris Air Show. To learn more, please visit https://sourcehere.com/exhibit/1411 or contact Mike Petrassi at .
17 May 23. Future of Computing for Defence: bringing together the top minds. The conference will explore the changing landscape of computing and why understanding this new technology is vital to defence.
The landscape of computing is continually evolving.
Some of the top minds in the subject will be discussing the various new developments and the impact this will have on defence.
The Future of Computing for Defence conference will be hosted by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in London on 25 May 2023.
If the defence and security sector is to maintain its advantage over its adversaries it is vital to understand how new technologies can provide the computing advantage.
The event will help attendees increase their understanding of emerging trends and why new computing paradigms are being sought.
New types of computing such as quantum, neuromorphic, adiabatic and biological will be discussed in terms of the advantages and disadvantages in comparison with conventional computers.
Different technologies, styles of computing and design will all be talking points on the day.
Dstl Senior Principal Analyst Gavin said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the ways in which computing is changing and new technologies are emerging, as well as to speak to leading experts. The future of computing will bring new challenges and opportunities that will have a huge impact on defence and beyond. This event with bring together ideas from industry, academia and defence to debate and discuss this key area.”
The Dstl event will include a question and answer session with a panel of experts and a chance to network with leaders in their field.
To find out more or register your interest in attending this event email
17 May 23. Advances in Untethered Autonomous ROVs showcased at Combined Naval Event. Industry leader in marine robotic software solutions Greensea Systems, Inc. (Greensea) will be showcasing its advances in utilizing artificial intelligence for data collection and evaluation in subsea robotics for defense applications at the flagship naval and maritime exhibition Combined Naval Event, 23 – 25th May 2023 in Farnborough, UK. This is just one element of a wide-ranging spectrum of capabilities of untethered, autonomous ROV operation that Greensea delivers, and will be discussing during the event.
This military-focused event comes soon after Greensea’s successful completion of a demonstration of its untethered autonomous ROV operation utilizing Greensea’s Safe C2 remote, over-the-horizon command and control capability, that took place off the coast of San Diego, CA last month.
This technology is being developed under a DIU contract awarded in late 2021 for an Autonomous EOD Maritime Response Vehicles (AEMRV). As part of the contract, Greensea and Seebyte collaborated, pooling their intellect and experience to develop an ROV with integrated Automatic Target Recognition (ATR), to detect and classify objects, in support of EOD missions.
The most recent demonstration included the ROV operating in fully autonomous, untethered mode, to further support underwater defense and security with remotely operated activities of identifying and neutralizing subsea threats, including but not limited to seabed warfare and counter terrorism measures.
Greensea successfully conducted a detect and engage mission, powered by OPENSEA Edge, the software solution putting the processing power onto the robotic hardware, reducing the need for data feeds to transition from vehicle to operator. The requirement was to demonstrate the ability to complete an end-to-end mission, including operator mission planning, vehicle launch, search, detection, localization and classification of mine like objects (MLOs).
Latest technology for underwater defense and security includes:
- OPENSEA EdgeTM; Greensea’s open architecture brings true autonomy to marine robotics vehicles. Built on OPENSEA, the standard in open architecture operating systems for ocean robotics, and installed on over 3,000 marine vehicles and systems worldwide, OPENSEA Edge places the computing power closer to the data, to make the exchange to the user more efficient.
- Flexibility and scalability allow for integration with third party software, as well as scope for additional sensors.
- Effective over-the-horizon communication through Greensea’s Safe C2, regardless of bandwidth and latency, allows the ROV operator to be located in any location, whether at sea or on land.
- Tetherless operation is made possible through combining navigation, acoustic modems, over-the-horizon command and control, and onboard power.
- Full ATR libraries for increased perception to enable object detection, identification, and classification.
- EOD Workspace is Greensea’s human-machine interface that combines vehicle control and navigation, payload sensors, as well as diagnostics and data management within a single screen, allowing human operators wider situational awareness than they have ever had at their fingertips before.
- The EOD Workspace Simulator provides a powerful training tool to develop and maintain user skills anywhere, at any time, without the cost and logistics of taking a vehicle from its operational activity solely for training purposes.
Greensea is revolutionizing the future of ocean robotics by providing an open architecture platform that enables intelligent autonomy in any marine vehicle. Greensea directly supports several military programs with products, training, and technology development, including Explosive Ordnance Disposal and UXO from deep sea through the surf zone, and Special Operations Forces combat diving.
In addition, representatives will also be able to discuss the exciting new line of vehicles for work in the surf zone. The Bayonet 150, 250 and 350 are amphibious underwater ground vehicles (AUGV). These tracked AUGVs are built on OPENSEA making them easily fitted with a variety of sensors and payloads to accommodate numerous military applications.
Software makes all robotics processes possible.
Greensea will be showcasing the advances in untethered autonomous ROVs and AUGVs on B36 at the Combined Naval Event, 23 – 25th May 2023 in Farnborough, UK.
16 May 23. Space-Comm Expo 2023: Preview of the place space does business. Experts and innovators from across the space sector supply chain are convening at Space-Comm Expo, taking place 7-8 June 2023 at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre.
Brought to the industry by leading organisers Hub Exhibitions, in partnership with the aerospace events experts at FarnboroughInternational, Space-Comm Expo is the largest UK-based exhibition dedicated to showcasing and sharing insight on the commercial future of space for business, defence and aerospace. Positioned at the forefront of the space industry, Space-Comm Expo is supported by ADS and UK Space.
Discussing the upcoming instalment, Rob Sherwood, managing director of Hub Exhibitions, said: “While remaining agile and at the forefront of the industry, Space-Comm Expo has grown exponentially since its launch, producing more international attendance and exhibition interest year-on-year. With over 150 exhibitors, 3,000 visitors attending the event and a celebrated conference programme in 2022, we look forward to welcoming the sector to Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in June ahead of this year’s global airshow cycle.”
World-class speaker programme
This year’s event agenda is focused on bringing the future of space to reality, covering topics such as the future of the space economy, digital transformation, space exploration missions, space tourism space sovereignty and global space governance, sustainability and debris mitigation, a multi-orbit future, and creating new economies in space.
Opening the show’s conference programme, astronaut Tim Peake will be discussing the current state of the UK space sector and why the industry needs to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers. Peake was the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station, where his work on its Principia mission was propelled across the globe and is now a best-selling author.
In addition to Tim Peake, the keynote theatre innovators and business leaders that will be sharing expertise, strategies, and research at Space-Comm Expo 2023, include:
- Dallas Campbell, British science television presenter
- Dr Alice Bunn, President, UKSpace
- Trudy Kortes, Director of Technology Demonstrations, NASA
- Kevin Craven, CEO, ADS Group
- Elizabeth Seward, Head of Space Strategy & Future Business, BAE Systems
- Raycho Raychev, Founder an6d CEO, Enduro Sat
- David Ziegler, Vice President Aerospace and Defence, Dassault Systèmes
- Mivy James, Digital Transformation Director, BAE Systems
- Dr Jaime Reed, Vice President, Consulting Services, Space Data Platforms and Applications, CGI
- Sir Martin Sweeting OBE FRS FREng FIET FRAeS, Founder and Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
- Matthew Harris, Space Focus Area Lead, Qinetiq US
- Luigi Scatteia, Associate Consulting, PwC France
- Tim Johnson, Policy Director, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
- Nick Shave, Managing Director, Astroscale
- Prof Nicolas Peter, Professor of the Practice in Space Policy and International Affairs, International Space University
- Luc Piguet, Co-Founder and CEO, ClearSpace SA
- Jean-Paul Kneib, Academic Director, eSpace
- Craig Miller, President Government Systems, Viasat
Speaking on the announcement of the programme and the themes of the 2023 event, Kevin Craven, CEO, ADS Group, said: “In Space-Comm Expo’s exciting third year, ADS is proud to continue supporting the truly versatile event that connects, showcases, and celebrates the tenacious UK space sector.
“2023 is a pivotal year for the UK space sector with a successful UK launch expected before the end of the year, Space-Comm Expo is a fantastic opportunity for industry to come together and discuss the issues along with the Government strategies which underpin the success of the sector.
“ADS alongside our industry partners including UKSpace are proud to support the event and represent the interests of organisations of the sector.”
Cementing itself as a staple in the space industry calendar, Space-Comm Expo 2023 has continued its exponential growth, with aerospace leaders and technology providers, including BAE Systems, Northrup, Rolls-Royce, Maxar, CGI, AWS, Dassault, Viasat and Qinetic exhibiting across the two-day event. SMEs such as leading manufacturer of high frequency satellite communications technology, ReliaSat will be exhibiting its new Ka-band electronically steered Phased Array Antenna for the first time in the UK and EFS will be showcasing its project shipping department and worldwide capabilities through its renowned global network.
Three country and state pavilions will also be featured across the exhibition. The Italian Trade Agency, State of Florida and Czech Republic Aerospace pavilions will be showcasing change agents offering global solutions.
The pioneering exhibition includes over 150 industry-leading organisations from 17 countries, with more than 30% of the businesses exhibiting at the event are international.
The place to do business
Meet the Buyer at Space-Comm Expo is where the space industry does business. The programme brings together decision-makers across the supply chain to further the commercial space sector with future-altering partnerships and lucrative deals through pre-qualified and approved meetings.
The 2023 edition of the Meet the Buyer programme has also invited investors and financial backers in attendance in a Buyer capacity, providing an exclusive opportunity for SMEs in the space sector seeking financial investment for their products/services to meet the right people.
All eyes are on the UK space industry this year and Space-Comm Expo is where they will gather in June. To register for Space-Comm Expo for free or to get more information on exhibiting, please visit: www.space-comm.co.uk
16 May 23. Milex: Russia showcases military wares but is unable to deliver. MILEX 2023 hosts an arms fair exhibition for Rostec, even as Russia fails to fulfil existing arms deals, following its invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s Rostec State Corporation is set to lead the country’s joint exhibit at MILEX 2023, an upcoming international trade fair showcasing arms and military equipment that the company will be looking to export, in Minsk, Belarus, from May 17 to 20, 2023.
Bottom of Form
However, Russia is already struggling to fulfil arms delivery commitments for previous yeas, including to the Indian Air Force (IAF), that stated, in March 2023, that Russia has failed to provide crucial defence supplies to India’s military due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Tristan Sauer, aerospace and defence analyst for GlobalData said that “Russia is evidently looking to offset the reputational damage done to the Russian defence industry by the lacklustre performance of their technology in Ukraine.
“Regardless of performance, Russian industry’s problems have only been exacerbated by the sanctions and targeting of defence infrastructure.
“Russia are already delaying and cancelling commitments to longstanding customers like India, so the viability of acquiring Russian defence equipment over the next few years seems questionable at best.”
On 21 March, the IAF made a statement to a parliamentary committee, which subsequently published it on its website, Reuters reported. According to a representative from the Indian Air Force, Russia had intended to make a significant delivery this year, but it has been confirmed that this will no longer be taking place.
Russian air power and defences on display at MILEX 2023
“We’re showing innovative competitive R&D products that demonstrate strong technology capacities of Russian enterprises,” said Alexander Mikheev, Director General of Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of Rotsec, in a release announcing the exhibion at MILEX 2023.
The MILEX exhibit from Russia features a range of products from 17 manufacturers, which includes large holding companies affiliated with Rostec. Rosoboronexport will show its latest models of air materiel, which include the Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft, the Su-35 multirole fighter, the Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopter, and the Mi-35M transport/attack helicopter. Upgraded versions of the Mi-28NE and Ka-52 attack helicopters will also be showcase, which offer superior combat strength and the ability to engage small ground and low-speed air targets with pinpoint accuracy.
Among the systems on display at MILEX will be the Viking surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, which has been developed and produced by the Rotsec. The system has the ability to engage a wide range of airborne threats, including tactical ballistic and cruise missiles, strategic, tactical and army aircraft, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, and helicopters, even those that utilise stealth technology. The Viking has the capability to be integrated with precision guided weapon protection systems, including the Tor short-range SAM system.
The Tor-M2KM SAM system has been specifically engineered to defend against attacks from a diverse array of aerial weapons, including unmanned aerial vehicles, across varying altitudes. The fighting module on display at MILEX can be utilised in a stationary capacity to protect facilities, as well as being adaptable to a variety of chassis and platforms.
The upcoming MILEX display of the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft gun/missile system in Minsk is set to showcase the capabilities of the Rostec-affiliated holding company High Precision Systems. The system is designed to engage targets with missiles at ranges spanning from 1200 m to 20 km, and at altitudes ranging from 15 m to 15 km. The system is equipped with guns that can engage targets at ranges from 200 m to 4 km, and altitudes up to 3 km. The Pantsir-S1 has the capability to operate independently while engaging up to four air targets at the same time. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
16 May 23. Rohde & Schwarz presents “Unlocking the future of satellite communications in Europe” at its Satellite Industry Day part 4.
Part 4 of the insightful Rohde & Schwarz Satellite Industry Day series will take place on May 25, 2023 at 15:00-17:10 CEST. The virtual session includes a panel of industry experts and will focus on the European IRIS2 program and its role in building a secure and resilient satellite communications infrastructure.
As Europe undergoes a digital transformation affecting businesses, industry, government and citizens, and also faces potential geopolitical and cybersecurity challenges, attention is being focused on the need for a secure and resilient space-based telecommunications system to meet changing requirements. The European Commission has issued a tender for a contract to build the Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnection & Security by Satellite (IRIS2) system, a multi orbital communications infrastructure dedicated to providing satellite communications services to governments and commercial users.
Part 4 of the Satellite Industry Day series will bring together experts from Technology Vision Consulting, Euroconsult, STE iDirect Europe, GomSpace, the International Telecommunications Union and Rohde & Schwarz, to discuss the latest developments and applications in satellite and space technology.
Jean-Benoît Laithier, principal advisor for the satellite communications ecosystem at Euroconsult, will introduce the IRIS2 program and its significance to Europe’s future secure telecommunications environment.
Koen Willems, VP EU Programs and Government Relations at ST Engineering iDirect, will examine the EDF European Protected Waveform (EPW) program, which focuses on agile, secure, affordable and interoperable satellite communications.
The nano-satellite revolution will be addressed by Lars Krogh Alminde, co-founder of GomSpace, who will look at current innovations in orbits as well as software defined technologies, AI and satellite miniaturization.
The regulation of non-geostationary (non-GSO) satellite systems will be the subject of a talk by Nelson Malaguti and Timur Kadyrov of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). They will outline the regulatory changes made following the last World Radiocommunications Conference in 2019.
A panel discussion with all experts and a live Q&A moderated by Thomas Wrede, Founder and Managing Director of Technology Vision Consulting UG, will round off the day.
Registration for the free online event and further information on the Satellite Industry Day Series 2023 including on-demand videos of the previous three parts is available at: https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/aerospace-defense/satellite-days
DSEI 2023 – POWERING PROGRESS, DEFINING YOUR FUTURE
DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the entire defence & security supply chain on a global scale. With a range of valuable opportunities for networking, a platform for business, access to relevant content & live-action demonstrations, the DSEI community can strengthen relationships, share knowledge and engage in the latest capabilities across the exhibition’s Aerospace, Land, Naval, Security & Joint Zones.