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Day 1

08:00 AM - 08:45 AM REGISTRATION & COFFEE

08:45 AM - 08:50 AM WELCOME FROM DEFENCE IQ

08:50 AM - 09:00 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

09:00 AM - 09:40 AM DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS AS A NEW WEAPON FOR THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE’S PLATFORMS

Daniel Wolf, CAF SAPMO Air Combat Command, United States Air Force
  • Exploring the feasibility of lasers mounted on AC-130 style gunships and used as ground-attack weapons
  • DES on UAV’s and fighters – a new precision strike weapon for use against materiel?
  • The advantages of adopting DES from the perspective of the Materiel Command

Daniel Wolf

CAF SAPMO Air Combat Command
United States Air Force

09:40 AM - 10:20 AM JAPAN’S VISION FOR DIRECTED ENERGY SYSTEMS, AS FORCE MULTIPLIERS AND AS A LOGICAL NEXT STEP IN DEVELOPMENT

Shingo Maeda, EW research section, EW research division, Japanese Ministry of Defense
  • An overview of Japan’s current strategic threat landscape, with regard to missile/air/naval threats, and how and why this underlines the importance of DES development
  • Future DES vision – from GBAD to naval capability enhancement
  • Challenges and lessons from Japan’s own laser programme, and what opportunities exist for international development and coordination In this field


Shingo Maeda

EW research section, EW research division
Japanese Ministry of Defense

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM HOW DEW CAN POTENTIALLY BOOST EXISITING CAPABILITY, AND WHAT WILL LIKELY DETERMINE THEIR ADOPTION BY THE NETHERLANDS AND ELSEWHERE

Peter Gielen, Chief of GBAD, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Why DEW are of interest to the Netherlands in terms of the capability they will add – response time, accuracy, performance etc.
  • An overview of the issues holding back the adoption of these systems – reliability, legislation etc. and how these could and should be addressed
  • Likely applications of DEW by the Netherlands, and how this compares with other armed forces considering these technologies

Peter Gielen

Chief of GBAD
Royal Netherlands Army

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM THE LASER AS A GBAD ASSET, AND ITS ROLE IN CONCERT WITH CONVENTIONAL SYSTEMS

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  • Among the advantages of this device versus projectile weapons is the low cost per shot, as each firing of the weapon requires only the minimal cost of generating the energetic pulse
  • Lasers in the GBAD role allow much higher damage-per-second than conventional led-firing systems, meaning more targets are engaged than would otherwise be possible
  • Scalable power levels allow it to be used on low-power to dazzle a person's eye to non-lethally make them turn away from a threatening posture, and increase to 30 thousand watts (30 kW) to fry sensors, burn out motors, and detonate explosive materials. Against a vital point on small UAVs, one can be shot down in as little as two seconds


12:20 PM - 1:00 PM AT THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM: HOW MILITARIES CAN AND SHOULD BE PLANNING COUNTERMEASURES TO LASER SYSTEMS

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  • We must remember that future adversaries are also making strides in the field of DES. Therefore, what can we be doing to mitigate the dangers of DES being used against our own forces and munitions?
  • The importance of ceramic nose cones on missiles and munitions, and why ceramics may become an increasingly important feature of armour on other systems
  • EW/unconventional methods for countering laser systems and targeting the laser at its source


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM INSIGHTS FROM RESEARCH INTO THE EFFECTS OF HIGH-POWER WEAPON LASER RADIATION ON THE BATTLEFIELD

Rüdiger Schmitt, Senior Scientist, French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis (ISL)
  • The impact of the laser system itself on the target, in terms of effectiveness (burn time), accuracy, range etc.
  • The effects of radiation on crew members – how these are already minimal, can be reduced further, and why it is key to inform public perception accordingly
  • What the impact of HP laser radiation means for this system’s future use on the battlefield

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Rüdiger Schmitt

Senior Scientist
French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis (ISL)

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM RECENT SUCCESSES IN LASER SAFETY, AND HOW THESE COULD CHANGE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF LASER SYSTEMS

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  • Safety has been an inherent part of laser development since it’s invention
  • How high-energy lasers used in a weapon application present a challenging operational issue
  • High-energy laser systems typically refer to lasers with several tens to several hundreds of kilowatts of power (or higher). At these power levels, even a very small percentage of absorption will result in a substantial amount of energy being deposited into the tissue and thus damaging the tissue, even if the laser wavelength is one traditionally deemed as eye safe

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM A POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVE TO DES? THE UTILITY OF HIGH-VELOCITY PROJECTILES

Laurian Gherman, Vice Rector for Research, Romanian Air Force Academy
  • The argument for DES is strong, however at a time of constrained funding high-powered projectiles provide a similar capability, at a lower cost and minimum of disruption in terms of refit
  • Should we be researching HPP in isolation, or could they be deployed in concert with DES?
  • How coil/rail gun and DES development represent an important force-multiplier in the GBAD realm

Laurian Gherman

Vice Rector for Research
Romanian Air Force Academy

4:40 PM - 5:20 PM WHY WE NEED TO STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE IN DES DEVELOPMENT

Elizabeth Quintana, Senior Research Fellow, Air Power and Technology and Director of Military S, RUSI
  • Current DES development in the US, Germany and other “Western” states is currently World-leading, giving us an important edge in terms of future strike capabilities, and GBAD
  • An overview of the progress being made in China and Russia in this field, and why this should concern us – we risk facing a peer-to-peer threat in this domain unless we maintain the current pace of development
  • DES’ have applications outside of GBAD/Crowd-control – there is also an argument for their applicability in targeting an adversary’s infrastructure and we must own this capability


Elizabeth Quintana

Senior Research Fellow, Air Power and Technology and Director of Military S
RUSI

5:20 PM - 11:59 PM CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE