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Airborne ISR - 11/10/2016

ISTAR Leaders, RAF Waddington Confirmed to join Airborne ISR in London this October

The list of attendees for Airborne ISR 2016 has been released online for download.

There are now less than 3 weeks to go until London’s Airborne ISR conference, taking place on the 26th and 27th October.

Sponsored by Harris Corporation & Galleon Embedded Computing, the exclusive event will give attendees the chance to meet and network with leading military organisations from around the world. SMi Group are thrilled to announce that alongside recently confirmed attendees from the Australian Air Force and USAF, a delegation of senior members from RAF Waddington will be participating at this month’s event.

RAF Waddington is the centre of excellence for UK ISTAR capability, operating the latest technology and supporting operations around the world. Recently, this base has been preparing for an exciting future: “Capability enhancement will be a major eventual beneficiary from SDSR 2015, in relation to the planned ‘Future Force 2025’, RAF Waddington is upping its game as it prepares itself for an even busier future” (source: CHW June 2016*).

But Waddington are not the only major ISTAR military members in attendance. SMi have released for a limited time, the opportunity to download the preliminary list of attendees by organisation, job title and country for October 2016’s event. Visit the website’s download centre to view list.

The 2016 agenda also features strong support from its hosing nation, the UK. Keynote speakers include:

  • Wing Commander Keith Cranswick, ISR Capability Planning Group Manager, Joint Forces Command
  • Wing Commander Al Walton, SO1 Air C2 Capability Development, HQ Air Command, RAF
  • Wing Commander John Williamson, Officer Commanding 1 ISR Wing, 1 Group ISTAR Force, RAF
  • Squadron Leader Andy Bain, Officer Commanding QWI and Sentinel Training, 54R Squadron, RAF
  • Squadron Leader Steve Knight, Officer Commanding Rivet Joint and SHADOW Training, 54R Squadron, RAF
  • Dr Stephen Helsdon, Principal ISR Consultant, Cyber and Information Systems, DSTL

Along with many more international expert speakers:

  • Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander, AEW&C Force Command, NATO
  • Colonel Andrew Dippolito, Commander, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, USAF
  • Colonel Enrique Martinez Vallas, Chief of the Strategic Projection of Force Programme, Air Systems Programme Management Division, Armaments Directorate, MoD Spain
  • Commander S.G Jens Kristian Terp Petersen, Head of Strategic Concepts and Capability Development Branch, Policy and Concept Department, Defence Command Denmark
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Mary, Deputy Commander, RPA Squadron 1/33 Belfort, French Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Webster, Commander, 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, USAF
  • Lieutenant Colonel Peter Illmann, Staff Officer, Plans, German Air Force, Forces Command
  • Major Stuart Lorraine, Senior Staff Officer, ISTAR, Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Mr Rob Munday, Unified Vision 2016 Deputy Trial Manager, ISR Section, NATO
  • Mr Darren Gould, International New Business Lead, Space & Intelligence Systems, Harris Corporation
  • And many more

All 2016 event speakers, presentation summaries and the 2-day conference schedule are also available on the conference website. The final seats available are filling fast, SMi strongly urge those wanting to book to do so before it’s too late.

Further information on the two-day conference or to book, visit:   

Airborne ISR
26th - 27th October 2016
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London, UK  

Sponsorship enquiries, contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6748 or

Delegate enquiries, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054 or

Media enquiries, contact Shannon Cargan on +44 20 7827 6138 or

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