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unnamed (32)Collaboration key for the European subsea sector ahead of UDT 2015

Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) 2015 conference and exhibition is expected to attract over 2000 military personnel, industry leaders, researchers and academics. It will also provide a world-class platform to discuss technology developments, understand the latest requirements and present innovative solutions that can be exploited in the underwater domain. UDT 2015 will take place at the Ahoy Convention Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 3 – 5 June 2015.

Opening plenary and keynote presentations

Attendees will gain valuable experience from UDT 2015. On each day there will be a panel and keynote by senior officers which can be attended by all visitors

The opening keynote speakers and panel for UDT 2015 present a range of views from thenaval customer community at the most senior levels. UDT 2015’s keynote address will be delivered by Vice Admiral M.J.M. Borsboom – Director of the Defence Material Organisation; and Mr Wim Bargerbos – Principal Director, Principal Directorate of General Policy Affairs, Netherlands MOD, The Hague.

The keynote presentation on ‘Collaboration and Cooperation in future Underwater Defence Programmes’, will be followed by a panel discussion/Q&A session. The panel includes; Captain Arnth Lien, Commander Submarine Forces, Norway; and Rear Admiral Andreas Olsson, Director Naval Systems, FMV. The panel will speak to their national priorities, but also reflect on the challenges of an uncertain global climate and new technologies – such as the rise of autonomous systems – will have on their service’s approach to the future.

The second day of UDT will open with a focus on the theme of this conference: ‘Underwater Capability for an Uncertain Future’. A panel drawn from industry, users, and those engaged in the critical aspects of R&D will debate the issues that are confronting the underwater technology community and causing a global proliferation of subsea systems. There are a range of issues from global tensions and technological innovation to regulation that will affect the development, deployment and employment of new underwater systems in the civil, military and security spheres. As the premier forum for technological exchange the panel at UDT will explore the contemporary context of increasing subsea systems procurement and the growth in autonomous systems. The panel will include, Rear Admiral Matt Parr, Commander Operations, UK Royal Navy; Rear Admiral (Ret.) Hank Ort, Director,  NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation; and Rear Admiral Dario Giacomin, Chief of Submarine Forces, Italy.

Day three’s speakers include; Commander Henk Boomstra, Weapon System Manager,  Defence Materiel Organisation, Netherlands; Commander Rick Fransbergen, Defence Materiel Organisation, Netherlands; and Mr Albert Juergens, Manager of Projects, Nevesbu BV.

Conference themes

The 2015 conference will be particularly relevant given the current strategic context. UDT is the most comprehensive and interactive conference in its field. It will bring together delegates, senior naval officials and R&D Departments to discuss current and future operational needs and move forward their undersea defence and security strategies. In particular, this year’s discussions will focus on the overall conference theme: ‘Underwater Capability for an Uncertain Future’.

The conference streams are:

  • Sensors and Processing – One of the major topics of conversation within the conference. These sessions build upon previous editions of UDT and examine a range of new ideas in the acoustic and non-acoustic environments.
  • Platform Design – Naval architecture, construction, and platform system integration are the key themes of this stream, with an emphasis on submarine platforms.
  • Weapon and Payload Systems – These papers focus on the developments in both weapons and the increasingly diverse family of other autonomous, semi-autonomous and command guided payload systems launched from surface or submarine platforms for use in the undersea environment.
  • Escape, Search & Rescue Systems – This theme will seek to explore optimising and developing technical systems within the sphere of escape and search and rescue systems Ranging from closed~ circuit breathing apparatus to submarine mower escape systems.
  • Operational Drivers & Imperatives – Operational performance is critically influenced by the effectiveness of the combination of both the equipment and the operator. This session looks at a number of issues related to operator/system performance and utilising both virtual simulation and modelling techniques to improve and predict overall performance.
  • Autonomous Systems – This theme is focused on the development of autonomous vehicles for use across the spectrum of civil, security and military operations that service the underwater environment. 

Comment: European collaboration in subsea defence

Given budgetary pressures and European tensions, collaboration on subsea defence and procurement is of growing prevalence. European nations increasingly must act collectively on matters of defence in the underwater domain. This has led to the highest level of cooperation since the Cold War with nations working together on procurement and at a tactical and strategic level.

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