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UAV Technology Central and Eastern Europe - 24/05/2017

Military UAV insights from US, Canada and German Armed Forces

Military leaders from US, Canada and German Armed Forces to discuss UAV’s roles from an operational perspective and explore current and future challenges.

In order to resolve common security concerns and enhance situation awareness, Central and Eastern European nations are actively acquiring and upgrading their UAV capabilities.  The Czech Armed Forces, Slovenian MoD and Macedonian Armed Forces are looking to learn from players who are already experts in the fields.

Speaking at SMi’s UAV Technology Central & Eastern Europe 2017, military leaders from the US, Canada and German Armed Forces will discuss UAV’s roles from an operational perspective and explore current and future challenges.

Major General Scottie D Carpenter, Incoming Deputy Commanding General Operations, US Army Reserve will lead a presentation to discuss how UAV can be used for disaster response and for providing important reconnaissance information to support national and border defence.

Lieutenant Colonel Krista Bouckaert, Commander 4th Artillery Regiment, Canadian Army will provide an overview on the 4th Artillery Regiment activities and structure and discuss how “big” and “small” UAV are being deployed. Collaborating with partner nations to foster relationships and improve overall know-how will also be an important discussion topic.

Lieutenant Colonel Roland Runge, Head ISR & UAS Division, German Air Force will provide information on the role of Germany in the development of the Heron TP and  discuss the importance of achieving a highly developed European UAV systems.

The 2-day conference will provide progress updates on procurement and development of UAV capability in Central and Eastern Europe as well as enable attendees to explore the current needs and challenges facing the region and gain an understanding of UAV’s role in optimising command and control. Meet senior representatives from leading CEE nations that are actively acquiring and upgrading their UAV capability and hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry that are enhancing operational deployment of UAV.

Other notable presenters include: Bundeswehr, Canadian Army, Croatian Ministry of Defence, Czech Armed Forces, Czech University of Defence, Estonian MoD, Formion SA, Hellenic Army General Staff, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Latvian MoD, Lockheed Martin Canada CDL Systems, Macedonian Army, Ministry of Transport Czech Republic, NSPA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PA Consulting, Slovenian MoD, Swedish Defence University, US Army Europe and much more...

In addition, the conference also feature an exclusive pre-conference workshop on “Proposal of UAS Training Programs for Territorial Defence Forces” hosted by Justyna Zdanowska, President, GEO-UAV taking place on the 26th September 2017.

For those who are looking to attend, there is a £300 early bird offer available online ending on the 31st May 2017.

Further information is available at online at:

UAV Technology Central and Eastern Europe
27th-28th September 2017
Hotel International, Prague, Czech Republic

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