SMi is proud to present the 5th Airborne ISR conference to be held in London on the 23rd and 24th October 2019.

Airborne ISR continues to be an incredibly important capability for militaries. Effective ISR enables kinetic assets the resources they need to be effective on the battlefield. Perhaps more than this, ISR is an extremely capable deterrent in its own right and modern dissemination technology and techniques enables forces to deal with threats before they can cause harm.

SMi's 5th Annual Airborne ISR Conference seeks to cover in detail Maritime Patrol, Data Dissemination, UAV Technology, International Surveillance Cooperation, AWACS, 5th Generation ISR, Industrial Engagement, and Threat Evolution.

Hear the latest developments from leading international programmes from maritime and land domains

Discuss how nations are adopting and adapting technology to gain greater intelligence resolution

Explore how nations are engaging with on-another to disseminate and analyse information 

• Attend a conference where you can meet and network with leading programme managers

• Understand how nations are adopting systems and technologies to secure information and decision dominance

Air Forces Chiefs of Staff
Navy and Air Force Commanders
Senior Industry Representatives
Senior Industry Leaders
Industry Experts
Programme Managers

Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space SAS; BAE Systems; COMSAT; DEA Aviation Ltd; Department of International Trade; DND; Dstl; Eclipse; EU Naval Force; Fraunhofer FKIE; German Air Force; German Naval Air Command; Hellenic Air Force; Hensoldt Sensors GmbH; IHS Jane's; IHS Markit; Intelsat; Joint Forces Command ; Kroll-Computer; Leonardo; Leonardo Company; Lockheed Martin UK; Ministry of Defence, The Netherlands; MOD; NATO; NATO Industrial Action Group (NIAG); New Org; RAF Reserve; RAFAEL (30); Rafael Advanced Defence Systems; Royal Netherlands Air Force; RSAF; Saab; Saab AB; Satcom Direct; Shephard Media; Spacemetric; Transport Canada; UAE GHQ; USAF; Xi Systems Consultancy Ltd; XTAR; XTAR, LLC;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander, NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

9:00 Managing NATO’s C2 Capabilities with the E3 AWACS Fleet to Monitor Air and Land Threats

Major General Jörg Lebert

Major General Jörg Lebert, Commander Headquarters, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force

  • The AWACS fleet today: capabilities and new domains
  • Enhancing multidomain C2
  • Building resilience and deterrence through interoperability
  • 9:40 Preparing for Protector: Challenges of Developing for Ops, Whilst Simultaneously Delivering on Ops

    Wing Commander Mark Jackson

    Wing Commander Mark Jackson, Officer Commanding No. XIII Squadron, Royal Air Force

  • The future role of the Protector in RAF ISR
  • Managing the preparation of integrating new ISR assets into existing C2 infrastructure
  • The UK's roadmap for operationalising the Protector and the future conduct of ISR operations
  • 10:20 Advanced ISR Sensor Capability for Tactical Platforms

    Mr Wayne Smith

    Mr Wayne Smith, Head of Advanced Targeting Campaigns, Leonardo

  • Rapid, effective, multi-domain ISR capability for non-traditional platforms
  • ISR and DAS sensor mix
  • Platform case study
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Delivering an Integrated System for NATO Ground Surveillance to Produce Common Intelligence

    Brigadier General Volker  Samanns

    Brigadier General Volker Samanns, General Manager, NATO Airborne Ground Surveillance Management Agency

  • Examining the importance of common surveillance platforms
  • Working with industry to deliver a three-dimensional system for ground surveillance
  • Capability requirements for a modern ground surveillance platform
  • Discussing the road ahead for system verification and evaluation
  • 12:10 Network for the Sky: Airborne ISR Solutions

    Gary Bannister

    Gary Bannister, Network for the Sky Solutions Manager, Airbus

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Delivering Enhanced ISTAR Capability with Airseeker through Collaborative Operations

    Wing Commander Philip  McConnell

    Wing Commander Philip McConnell, Officer Commanding No 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force

  • Integrating the Rivet Joint into the RAF: Lessons learned and the future trajectory
  • The role of the 51st Wing in delivering ISR for the RAF
  • Working with allied nations to conduct ISR operations and training
  • 14:30 High Data Rate Airborne Communications

    Mrs Charlie Clark

    Mrs Charlie Clark, Manager, Regional Sales, Satcom Direct

    15:10 The U-2 Today and Tomorrow: The Future of High-Altitude Reconnaissance

    Colonel Andrew  Clark

    Colonel Andrew Clark, Commander 9th Reconnaissance Wing, United States Air Force

  • The resurgent roles of the U2 in USAF ISR operations
  • Discussing the unique modular payload approach for enhancing the U2’s ISR capabilities
  • The advantages of high-altitude reconnaissance
  • Designing operations for optimal data collection
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Discussing German ISR Capabilities in the 51st Tactical Air Wing

    Colonel Kristof Conrath

    Colonel Kristof Conrath, Commander 51 Tactical Air Wing, German Air Force

  • Supporting operations with enhanced tactical ISR capabilities
  • Adapting capabilities for mission specific roles
  • Engaging in international training partnerships to adopt new technologies
  • 17:00 Optimising Air Fleets for 5th Generation Maritime Patrol

    Group Captain David Titheridge

    Group Captain David Titheridge, Air Force Adviser, Royal Australian Air Force

  • Plan Jericho: a small Air Force’s approach to 5th Generation concepts
  • The Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon: platform technology, integration and networking and its impact on maritime patrol concepts of operations
  • 5th generation systems and expeditionary needs: security and connectivity in “austere” environments
  • Sensors and Shooters: Integration of P-8A Poseidon and MQ-4 Triton in the kill-chain
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander, NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander, NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO

    9:00 Leveraging System Capabilities to Produce Actionable Intelligence in Operations

    Colonel Jason Lamb

    Colonel Jason Lamb, Director, Intelligence Analysis and Innovation, United States Air Force

  • Pivoting toward modern threats: retooling ISR to deter near peer adversaries
  • Leveraging the intersection of ISR, cyber and EW capabilities to create proactive operations
  • Engaging with industry to inform future ISR capability enhancements
  • The ABMS system of systems approach to future ISR operations
  • 9:40 The future capabilities of AWACS and the transition towards its successor

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley

    Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley, Executive Officer to the General Manager of NAPMA , NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAMPA)

  • Generating capability into 2035+ with the Final Lifetime Extension Programme
  • Examining manned-unmanned teaming of NATO platforms and future areas of cooperation on the example of AGS and AWACS GMTI data exchange
  • Considerations on keeping the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control ramp up and AWACS capability ramp down aligned
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Sat Phone SIGINT from FlyingFish™ to Amber

    Mr John  Beckner

    Mr John Beckner, CEO, Horizon Technologies

  • Current manned-aircraft Sat Phone SIGINT
  • Adding Sat Phone SIGINT to UAVs via Xtender
  • Cube-Sat based ISR
  • 11:30 Operating with the Distributed Common Ground System to Provide Multi-Branch Intelligence

    Colonel Tracy Ward

    Colonel Tracy Ward, Commander 693rd ISR Group, United States Air Force

  • Discussing the role of the DCGS in collating and distributing collected data
  • Utilising enhanced PED infrastructure to disseminate globally sourced data
  • Operating a global network of assets to collect and manage data
  • The role of automated systems in the future of ISR data analysis
  • Integrating enhanced data suites from a range of platforms into the DCGS infrastructure
  • 12:10 French Air Force approach to Unmanned ISR

    Major Nicolas Marche

    Major Nicolas Marche, Director of operations, French Air Force

  • 4 crews to gather, process, exploit and disseminate efficiently intelligence
  • MQ-9 crews co-located with manned assets within or near the JOA
  • Merge of real time joint intelligence within the cockpit
  • Getting ready to assume C2 responsibilities
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Upgrading Legacy Platforms to Provide Enhanced ISR Capabilities for the Royal Canadian Air Force

    Colonel Brendan  Cook

    Colonel Brendan Cook, Commander 14th Air Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force

  • Discussing the Role of the CP-140 for Canadian ISR
  • AIMP block III: Working with enhanced capabilities
  • Rigorous testing of platforms to ensure IOC
  • Looking beyond the CP-140 toward future platforms
  • 14:30 Integrating the Merlin Airborne Surveillance and Control System for Superior Naval ISR

    Commander Colin McGannity

    Commander Colin McGannity, Programme Manager Military Capability, UK MoD

  • The role of the Merlin and Crowsnest in delivering situational awareness for the Royal Navy Carrier groups
  • Managing the merging of SKASaC systems with ASaC
  • Discussing the modular ISR capabilities of the Searchwater radar
  • Analysing the advantages of rotary aircraft in ISR operations
  • 15:10 Utilising the Orion for Diverse Maritime Missions

    Major Bruna Oliveira

    Major Bruna Oliveira, Commander 601 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force

  • The Orion’s capabilities and recent enhancements
  • Examining the role of the 601st Wing in conducting a range of maritime operations with the Orion
  • Working with legacy systems to deliver modern capabilities
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Using Pattern Recognition Technologies for Intelligent Imagery Analysis

    Mr Pieter  Elands

    Mr Pieter Elands, Programme Manager Intelligent Imaging Expertise Group, TNO

  • Automatic detection of objects and events in airborne imagery
  • The role of AI, possibilities for machine learning, new AI techniques
  • The possibilities of on-board ‘edge’ computing
  • Automatic interpretation of data: from data to information to intelligence
  • The role of context
  • Ethical aspects and meaningful human control
  • 17:00 Federalising Intelligence in Data Rich Environments for Agile Intelligence Dissemination

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Rob Munday

    Wing Commander (Ret'd) Rob Munday, UNIFIED VISION 2018 Deputy Trial Manager, NATO

  • NATO cooperation on JISR data and intelligence sharing
  • Federated PED concept supporting analytical burden sharing
  • Working in an alliance to share and distribute JISR products
  • NATO’s plans for ISR development and cohesion in the future
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle

    Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander, NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO


    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    2017 - 2018 Past Attendees List




    Speaker interview with Colonel Andrew Clark, United States Air Force


    Airborne ISR 2019 Short Programme


    Airborne ISR 2019 Full Programme


    Airborne ISR 2019 Brochure


    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Airbus are world leaders in providing global fixed and mobile secure communication services to governments, militaries and security forces. Indeed, as the world’s number one private-sector military communications provider, we deliver the flexibility, resiliency and security required by demanding governments and militaries . And we do this for all communications applications, whether they’re land, airborne or naval. As a truly global organisation, we at Airbus understand local markets, allowing us to support our customers wherever they are. With regional strategic sales and support services in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, our presence on the ground where our customers need us most is bolstered by our global reach

    Horizon Technologies

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Horizon Technologies is the world leader in airborne satellite phone monitoring systems for ISR applications. We help equip governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities in this spectrum. Horizon Technologies is the OEM for the FlyingFish™ SIGINT system which is flying on almost 100 platforms worldwide. We participate daily in SAR missions via NATO and FRONTEX. Our new Xtender product allows FlyingFish™ capability to be installed on many of the smallest UAVs.

    Under a public/private partnership with the UK Government, Horizon Technologies was selected to design, and will soon launch, our Amber maritime intelligence SIGINT payload into space on CubeSats. Data from this these CubeSats called Amber will be available to the MoD and other government end-users starting in 2020.


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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.

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