Returning after thirteen years SAE Media Group's Night Vision 2013 conference is the latest addition to an already strong Defence and Security portfolio. 2013 will see the first conference on this thread to appear on the roster, this is being brought into the market to fulfil the needs and requests of both end user and industry alike.

Join key decision makers and technical leads in the world of night vision for this market leading two-day specialist conference. Over the 2 days speakers will deliver topics ranging from cooled and un-cooled thermal imagery, COTI, long range v short range capabilities, Visual Enhancement devises implementation of systems, operational needs, and maintenance challenges.

During the conference delegates will learn from experts military speakers the challenges of flying in low light conditions whilst using night vision goggles and situational awareness systems. Military led discussion sessions will tackle the question of renewing current capability completely or opting for a system upgrade such as COTI (clip on thermal imagery). Be involved in the debate and put your opinions forward to expert panels and leading defence industry representative.

Night Vision capability, including military thermal imagery (cool and un-cooled TI) is now at the forefront of Global Military requirements, and, as a result demand has grown for a definitive information led conference.

Night Vision from SAE Media Group is the essential information and networking source for the night vision community including both military and civilian users around the world.
The event will be held over a two-day period providing, valuable, and educational presentations to supplement and develop any industry or military personnel’s knowledge.

Night Vision 2013 will provide the ultimate platform for feedback and education.  Opportunities to network and liase with end users and top level academics working within the night vision sector.

This unique opportunity to hear about Night vision systems is  expressed from the views of military personnel currently dealing with procurement needs for night vision technology in land sea and air, with the added potential focus on how night vision sits on the commercial world this is not an oportunity to be missed.

Speakers will all be leaders in their feilds and will create a solid foundation for what looks to be a fantastic inagrual conference for 2013.  


  • Discover how you can provide solutions for those in government procurement positions
  • Understand future requirements and trends for the night vision community - learn how you fit into the roadmap
  • Listen to feedback from end users of the night vision products and the opperational performance in theatre
  • Discover the latest technology advances, including COTI, what is on the horizon
  • Understand current export regulations and how to make sure you are compliant  



SMi's Night Vision 2013 will provide the ultimate opportunity  for networking  with an audience of military, government, academic, and private sector leaders with Team Leaders, Program Manager and Project Manager, Branch Head, Project Lead, Chief, Commander, Scientist and Engineer with the following responsibilities:

  • Night flying operations in Afganistan
  • Imagage Intensification
  • Driver Visual Display technology
  • IR technology
  • Surveillance and target acquisition
  • Electro-Optics
  • Systems Integration
  • COTI
  • Vehicle Situational Awareness

A T S A Director Of Engineering Malvern; ADD Paris Office; Aerospatiale Matra; Alenia Difesa; Amerada Hess Gas Ltd; Armymat Comnor; B A R C O Display Systems; BAE SYSTEMS; Belgian Army Aviation; CAMBER CORPORATION; Celsiustech Vetronics; CSIR Defencetek; Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA); Delft Electronics Corporation; Diehl Gmbh & Co; DRS Technologies; EL-OP Electro Optics Ltd; F L I R Systems International; FOA; French Air Force; GBE; GM Defense Delco Systems; Helicopter Wing - Military; HQs, US Marine Corps; Human Factors Res Institute; HUNTING DEFENCE ENGINEERING; Hymatic Engineering Co Ltd.; I N O; Kollsman Inc; Leica Geosystems AG; Lockheed Martin; Marconi Applied Technologies; Marconi Avionics; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence, UK; MoD; MoD, Czech Republic; Netherland MOD; None; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Officine Galileo SpA; Oxley Development Co Ltd; Photonic Science; Pilkington Optronics; Planar Systems Inc.; QinetiQ; QWIP Technologies; Raggruppamento Addestrativo RSTA; Raytheon Systems Company; Republic of Singapore Airforce; Royal Navy; RTV Stonadsavd; S&W International; SaabTech Electronics; Sagem S A; Signaal U S F A; Sira Test & Certification; Sofradir; TGDA; Thales; Thales UK; Trudeetater; US Army; Us Army Tradoc Analysis; XenICs;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mark Tovey

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mark Tovey, Optronics and Sensor Technology Expert,

9:10 UK Military Night Vision - Strategy or Happenstance

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mark Tovey

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mark Tovey, Optronics and Sensor Technology Expert,

  • The History and Where it started
  • Decision Making - Programmes and Developments
  • Procurement Strategies or Lack of
  • What is Next?
  • 9:50 Vehicle Mounted ISTAR: Thermal Imagery Focus

    Major Simon Hall

    Major Simon Hall, SO2 Manoeuvre Support, Equipment Directorate, UK MoD

  • Background to VMI – the need
  • Challenges faced with integrating the system onto the vehicle platform
  • Capability Planning post the Cap Branch closure
  • The importance of the Front Line Commands in procurement
  • Tips for working with Defence
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Multinational Logistic Support to Night Vision equipment – burden sharing towards higher operational readiness

    Mr Kubilay Okur

    Mr Kubilay Okur, Technical Officer, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency

    • NSPA (Overview on the Agency)
    • LM Programme Activities
    • Night Vision Project
    • Challenges in night vision equipment support and way forward

    11:40 Live Firing Tactical Training with Night Vision Devices

    Captain Gary Wright

    Captain Gary Wright, SO3 Infantry, Export Support Team, UKTI Defence and Security Organisation

  • Dismounted Close Combat Night Vision Equipment
  • Training the Dismounted Combat Soldier (Marksmanship & Tactics)
  • Introducing Live Firing Tactical Training at Night
  • Transition to the Live Firing ‘Black Attack’
  • Lessons Learned
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Panel Discussion - Land systems

    Captain Gary Wright

    Captain Gary Wright, SO3 Infantry, Export Support Team, UKTI Defence and Security Organisation

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mark Tovey

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mark Tovey, Optronics and Sensor Technology Expert,

    14:10 Benefits of fused technology for the dismounted soldier

    Alistair Brown

    Alistair Brown, Business Development, Thermoteknix Systems Ltd

  • Strengths and weaknesses of image intensification technology
  • Strengths and weaknesses of thermal imaging technology
  • The combined power of fusion technology
  • Upgrade path for fusion technology - the future      
  • 15:00 Night vision under advanced spatial intelligence: A key to battlefield dominance

    Dr. Peter  Sapaty

    Dr. Peter Sapaty, Director of Distributed Simulation and Control, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems

  • Networked solutions for distributed night vision
  • Global awareness, including night tracing of moving ground and aerial objects on vast territories
  •  Global coordination of military operations based on night vision.
  • Distributed control technology that can operate in asymmetric situations and help win both local and global games.


  • 15:40 Nanotechnological enhancement of semiconductor detectors for night vision

    Prof. Zoran Jaksic

    Prof. Zoran Jaksic, Science Director, University of Belgrade

  • Intrinsic semiconductor photodetectors for night vision applications
  • Optimizing specific detectivity at 10.6 micrometres
  • Designer plasmon structures for enhancement of photodetector performance
  • Redshifting applications utilizing transparent conductive oxide nanoparticles
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mark Tovey

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Mark Tovey, Optronics and Sensor Technology Expert,

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine, Night Vision & Human Factors Specialist, Vineyard Consultancy Services

    9:10 The UK’s maritime attack helicopter: the night vision capabilities of the royal navy’s Lynx and Wildcat helicopter force

  • How do the pilot and the observer work as one unit
  • Working towards the Wilcat integration
  • How will the upcoming wildcat upgrade improve the operational effectiveness of flying in low light condidtions
  • Lieutenant Commander Joe Dransfield

    Lieutenant Commander Joe Dransfield, Officer Commanding Maritime Interdiction 815 Squadron, RNAS Yeovilton

    Lieutenant Commander Gary McCall

    Lieutenant Commander Gary McCall, Wildcat Training Officer 700W, RNAS Yeovilton

    9:50 The hazards of spatial disorientation whilst using Night Vision Goggles

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine, Night Vision & Human Factors Specialist, Vineyard Consultancy Services

  • Operations in the Degraded Visual Environment(DVE)
  • Reducing the risk
  • Human Risk factors
  • Management of Risk – Synthetic training devices & benefits  
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Night vision goggle induced training accident of CF-18

    Major Phillip Rennison

    Major Phillip Rennison, Weapons System Manager, Royal Canadian Air Force

    ·          Issues with NVG versus HUD

    ·          Factors Contributing to Accident

    ·          Sensory Illusions in Aviation


    11:40 Panel Discussion: Aviation focus

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine, Night Vision & Human Factors Specialist, Vineyard Consultancy Services

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Through a glass, LESS darkly: An overview of the last 10 years of Night Vision

    Mr Michael J. Gething

    Mr Michael J. Gething, Editor EO/IR Systems for IHS Jane’s C4ISR & Mission Systems, IHS Jane’s


  • Background
  • Sitrep 2003
  • Sitrep 2013
  • Observations
  • 14:20 Night Vision: The Indirect View

    Mr John Staples

    Mr John Staples, Business Development, Defence Vision Systems


    • Review of sensors
    • Single and multi sensor systems.
    • Applications ground and air
    • Passive and active

    15:00 What are the benefits of synthetic training for NVG operations?

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine, Night Vision & Human Factors Specialist, Vineyard Consultancy Services

  • The benefits of fidelity
  • Cost training benfits
  • Mission Preview Capabilities
  • 15:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine

    Squadron Leader (Ret) Douglas Vine, Night Vision & Human Factors Specialist, Vineyard Consultancy Services


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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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