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Air Missile Defence Technology - 12/07/2016

Thales to present developments in Radar Technology and C2 Mission Systems at AMDT 2016

Thales Senior Operational Advisor for IAMD to speak at Air Missile Defence Technology 2016 this Autumn.

Thales, global technology leader in the Aerospace, Defence & Security markets, have joined the expert speaker line-up for Air Missile Defence Technology 2016. After recently launching the ground master 60 mobile radar, the company will be presenting radar technology developments at the conference which takes place on the 24th & 25th of October in Prague.

Mr Bart van der Graaff, Capabilities Manager TBMD/MD and Senior Operational Advisor for IAMD, will be speaking on Day 1 of the conference and will discuss "Progression at Thales: Maximising Developments in Radar Technology and C2 Mission Systems". The presentation will cover:

  • Advances on the BMD Early Warning Radar Smart-L ELR and an update on its targeted operational implementation in 2018
  • Operational feedback and the latest results from the Live at Sea Demo demonstrating the SMART-L Radar's capability to defend against a US AEGIS Destroyer with SM-3
  • Critical developments in tactical unit size AMD-capable surveillance sectors
  • Incorporating the latest radar technology into C2 mission systems to provide a reactive and fully integrated BMD strategy

Mr van der Graaff joins other AMDT experts from military forces and the defence industry including:

  • Colonel Jan Sedliacik, Chief of the Air Defence Branch, Czech Armed Forces
  • Colonel Janell Eickhoff, Commander 10th Army Air and Missile Defence Command, U.S. Army Europe 
  • Colonel Wolfgang Rasquin, Deputy Commander GE SAM WING 1, German Air Force 
  • Colonel Ladislav Dovhun, Ground Based Air Defence Brigade Commander, Air Force, Slovakian Armed Forces 
  • Colonel Vladimir Barca, Commander 25 Air Defence Missile Regiment, Czech Air Force, Ministry of Defence 
  • Major Ovidijus Pilitauskas, Chief of Staff of Air Defence Battalion, Lithuanian Air Force
  • Mr (Col Retired) Alan Burke, Chief, IAMD Division, Directorate of Operations and Strategic Deterrence, HQ U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Africa, USAF
  • Mr Ian Spillane, Business Area Chief Engineer, Mission Support, Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill Ltd
  • Colonel (Retired) Jimmy Jenkins, Director, IAMD and Land C4I Systems, Missile Defence and Protective Systems, Northrop Grumman

Air Missile Development Technology 2016 is tailored to provide updates on capabilities and requirements from national militaries on AMD programs. A detailed programme, as well as registration details, can be viewed on

For sponsorship and delegate queries please contact Drew Miller at For media queries please contact Honey de Gracia at

Air Missile Defence Technology
24 & 25 October 2016
Dorint Hotel Don Giovanni Prague, Czech Republic

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