UDT 2015 conference and exhibition kicks off today at the Ahoy convention centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands. The opening keynote speakers and panel will present a range of views from the naval customer community at the most senior levels. Today’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 conference is renowned for its responsiveness to significant developments in the subsea environment, not least in countering the evolving threat environment and this year’s theme is ‘Underwater Capability for an Uncertain Future’.
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 impact that 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.
Conventional submarines often operate in complex environmental conditions and in light of this the opening day’s conference will include sessions on sonar sensors and sonar beamforming chaired by Nick Hardwick, Surface Ships Technical Authority, Thales UK – Underwater Systems and Dr Peter Beerens, Senior Scientist, TNO respectively.
The threat of sea mines in naval operations continues to drive research and development so specifically the application of AUVs in Mine Counter Measures (MCM) will be discussed. Chairs today are Mr Nils Störkersen, Director of Research- Division for Maritime Systems, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and Dr Jan Tadeusz Dobkowski, R & D Director, R & D Maritime Technology Centre. Prominence is also given to autonomous vehicles in today’s agenda.
Jack Green, Head of Defence at Selex ES, will chair a session on Operational Drivers and Imperatives.There is increasing pressure on present day navies to operate ships with reduced crews and part of the discussion will look at training challenges and simulation.
Lastly Platform Design will be discussed with Wendy van de Broek-de Bruijn, Naval Architect, Defence Materiel Organisation; and Peter Hauschildt, Vice President Research & Development, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Virtual reality, safety processes and the increasing demand of modern platforms will all be explored.
The conference will be particularly relevant given the current strategic context. Against the backdrop of growing undersea threats a number of countries are engaged in renewing major elements of their underwater capabilities. Meanwhile in the security space international organised criminals are exploiting the underwater environment. UDT will showcase innovative technologies that will be used to mitigate such threats and provide a framework for discussion towards a viable strategy in an underwater domain fraught with risks.
Over 70 exhibitors are displaying their capabilities, ranging from major players in the subsea domain such as Saab, Damen, BAE Systems, Thales, Sagem, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Kongsberg Defence Systems and Babcock to specialist SME’s with innovative offerings such as Ortega Submersibles, ECA and Blueprint Subsea.
Alex Soar, UDT Event Manager, said “I am delighted to welcome such an impressive array of new exhibitors to this year’s event and, as always, it is good to see such a committed contingent of companies who have traditionally supported the show”.
For more information on UDT visit www.udt-global.com
UDT 2015 will be the 28th edition. UDT is the only dedicated undersea defence technology conference and exhibition, bringing together naval procurement specialists, defence scientists and key technology providers for discussion, networking and the examination of new technology. The event, which is staged in Europe and Asia, covers the entire spectrum of undersea defence and security technology and the emphasis is very much on preparing for the future by identifying today the factors that are shaping the future of undersea security.
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