The Directed Energy Systems (DES) conference is the world’s premier international forum for all elements of the DES community, including senior serving officers, technical experts and industry leaders.

This major international event is now in its eleventh year, and will be held in London between 21st and 23rd February 2017.
The focus of Directed Energy Systems is on the development and deployment of these cutting-edge systems including laser, sonic, microwave and other energy systems. At a time of unprecedented technological change and progress, DES 2017 provides our guests with an opportunity to exchange ideas, garner solutions and strengthen capability.

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Key themes this year will include:


Setting the value proposition for Directed Energy Systems: what can these systems do that traditional “powder” guns and high-velocity projectiles cannot, and how can and should this case be made to decision-makers?


Defining the value of High-Powered lasers on the battlefield, both in terms of their utility as - for example - GBAD systems, versus safety concerns in terms of radiation exposure, as well power/weight issues and concerns around “ruggedisation”


How Microwaves continue to have application as non-lethal weapon systems, but also as effective UAS-killers – how and why they may become the energy system of choice versus the laser


How using Lasers and other Directed Energy Systems as close-in weapon systems, in combination with conventional weaponry, can provide forces with greater protection against salvoes and massed attacks


Given the growing investment into Directed Energy Systems and the recognition that these systems will become more and more common on the battlefield, how can and should militaries be integrating these systems into their force organisation and command structures – will they become a feature of the Electronic Warfare branches of the future, or artillery?

Join us in London next February to take part in this well-known international event. Led by senior technical, military and industry personnel, you will have the opportunity to gain both strategic and technical insight from leadership and subject matter experts, including information on long-term plans and goals, allowing you to define best practice and to understand how the application of the latest technologies will enable you to deliver greater effect as a military force, or business.

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