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UAV Technology Eastern Europe - 01/08/2016

WB Group confirmed to present at UAV Technology Eastern Europe

WB Electronics, part of the WB Group, and Thales have unveiled their tactical unmanned aircraft system for the Polish Gryf requirement at Poland's MSPO exhibition.

The new solution, which is based on an unarmed Watchkeeper system delivered to the British Army, incorporates its surveillance capability with a strike capability of the Thales freefall lightweight multi-role missile (FFLMM). The system's intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability will allow commanders to fully understand and exploit their environment. In addition, it will be able to dynamically re-task to an effects-based capability in order to help making faster, better informed decisions during critical target engagement.

The system will be delivered through a full partnership with the wider Polish industry and is expected to establish a sovereign capability for the Polish Armed Forces. WB Electronics vice-president Adam Bartosiewicz said: "Cooperation with Thales on project Gryf for the Polish Army is the best demonstration that Polish companies have the capacity and expertise to offer the most technologically advanced military systems on a global level. We also expect that as a result of the established close cooperation, our British partners can also expand their trade portfolio on systems designed and developed in the WB Group."
(Source: Army-Technology, "WB Electronics and Thales unveil unmanned aircraft system for Polish Gryf")

Against this backdrop, SMi is proud to announce that Dr Wojciech Komorniczak, Director at WB Group and Vice President at Flytronic, WB Group will be leading a presentation at 14:40 on Day One titled 'Feedback from Research and Development of UAS technology within WB Group'. His session will cover the following points:

  • Motivation for UAS technology in WB Group
  • Customer-driven and technology-driven approaches for UAS in WB Group
  • Experiences gathered through the UAS deployment

As the only meeting of its kind in the region, SMi's UAV Technology Eastern Europe conference, taking place on 21st - 22nd September 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic, will explore the tactics and technologies for advancing capability in this important area. Drawing on the experience and ongoing work of regional military experts and those from across NATO, the forum will deliberate operational lessons learnt, from challenging environments such as counter-insurgency operations in the Middle East to ongoing security efforts across Europe. In addition to strategy for UAV use, military programme managers from procurement shall discuss the requirements and updates for key programmes including:

  • Colonel Attila Szuvak, Head of IMINT Department, Military National Security Service, Intelligence Directorate, Hungarian MoD
  • Colonel Adrian Fischer, Commander, 84th UAV Command, Swiss Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Vlastimil Vasicek, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare Branch, Czech MoD
  • Lieutenant Colonel Petr Stodola, Associated Professor, Department of Tactics, University of Defence, Czech Republic
  • Mr Marko Gruden, Secretary, Directorate of Logistics, Ministry of Defence, Slovenia
  • Mr Janek Mägi, Head of Department, Border Policy Department, Estonian Ministry of the Interior
  • Mr Tomas Pustina, Senior Legal Officer, Department of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic

To view the full speaker line-up and conference programme, visit

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