12th Annual Military Radar Conference
Military Radar 2014 promised a highly valuable opportunity to learn about the latest military radar systems and subsystems, their integration onto platforms and military applications.
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28 - 30 October, 2014
Kensington Close Hotel, London, United Kingdom
12th Annual Military Radar Conference
Defence IQ’s Military Radar Conference returns on the 28 - 30 October in London for its 12th annual installment. Always a firm fixture for leading international military, industry and research institutes, Military Radar 2014 promises a highly valuable opportunity to learn about the latest military radar systems and subsystems, their integration onto platforms and military applications.
Discussing key issues at the forefront of the military radar community, the conference will investigate achieving a multi-mission capability, advancing signals processing with more powerful and compact radar systems, and the technological developments necessary for operating in new challenging environments such as A2/AD, congested/contested scenarios. Emerging technologies such as cognitive radar will also be explored.
With a holistic insight into the military radar space, presentations will be given by prime contractors, military end users and research scientists to help you gain a full understanding of the up-to-the-minute technologies and requirements.
Top Reasons to Attend:
- Hear directly from HQ NORAD about the operational requirements of a multi-system radar, and weigh up its benefits in comparison to deploying multiple integrated platforms
- Develop adaptive and autonomous systems that are rigorous enough to meet the minimal fail rates required by military operators, and continue to work towards the application of a truly cognitive radar system
- Explore how QinetiQ are leveraging advances in signal processing that can help to reduce clutter and identify emerging and low-frequency threats in a congested air space
- Discover the critical advances in ELINT and Electronic Warfare, and analyse how advances in MIMO radar can be used to safeguard your capabilities against jamming and stealth technologies
- Understand how the Fraunhofer Institute is working to implement a networked radar system, which takes maximum advantage of multiple capabilities to enhance domain awareness and increase the range of coverage
- Establish an effective procurement strategy by exploring the latest innovations in radar technology and research
Pricing & Discounts
|Platinum Package (2 day conference Workshop Post event presentations and audio on b2bshop.com)||£2499|
|Silver Package (2 day conference Workshop )||£2299|
|Bronze Package (2 conference days)||£1999|
End user: Military / Government
|Platinum Package (2 day conference Workshop Post event presentations and audio on b2bshop.com)||£1099|
|Silver Package (2 day conference Workshop )||£899|
|Bronze Package (2 conference days)||£699|
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My partner works as a radar algorithm systems engineer for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS), the leading provider of radar sensor systems. He attended the 2014 Military Radar Conference in London while I was planning a move from Philadelphia to El Segundo, CA where Raytheopn has its corporate offices. I was going to miss my work at room service 360 where for the past three years I assisted both individual customers and interior design firms in their selection of stunning contemporary Italian furniture and room accessories. Sure, it's easy to look at designer Italian furniture online, but when you want to make a $10,000 investment is a Rigoletto leather sectional sofa by Cierr, or a $5000.00+ Ramos extension dining table by Bontempi Casaor, or a $7000.00 Sayonara leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti, I believe it is better to go to the store's showroom to see the actual piece. My partner returned from the conference excited about the Selex ES range of fire control, surveillance and multi-role AESA airborne radar systems that were discussed. He was particularly enthusiastic about a pre conference workshop he attended that gave a broad overview of the mathematical and practical aspects of multi-channel radar signal processing and radar tracking overview. I was glad he had such a great conference, but I needed him to return to the mundane world where some practical answers regarding the move were required!
Pre Conference Workshop
The aim of this workshop is to give a broad overview of the mathematical and practical aspects of multi-channel radar signal processing and radar tracking. It starts with a brief review of the basic concepts of linear algebra, stochastic processes that are needed to fully understand much of the literature in the field. Wiener filter theory is then used to study problems in adaptive array processing and space-time adaptive processing and multichannel SAR-MTI. The important problem in practice is the estimation of the interference covariance matrix, which is discussed next. This is followed by a discussion of salient aspects of detection theory, parameter estimation, and radar tracking. We conclude with a brief summary of some of the recent research directions in the field.
- Mathematical Preliminaries
- Adaptive Array Processing
- Space-time Adaptive Processing and SAR-MTI
- Covariance Matrix Estimation
- Detection and Parameter Estimation
- Nonlinear Filtering and Radar Tracking
- Miscellaneous Topics
13:30 Small Target detection techniques and applications: An overview
Detection of low Radar Cross section (RCS) targets (e.g small boats)immersed in Sea clutter has always been a challenge. But there is a criticalrequirement to detect intruders (slow moving small boats) entering into theterritorial waters, UAVs and also detection of submarine periscopes exposedjust above the water surface. Of recently, birds flying at critical lowaltitudes above the ground, have become potential aviation hazards too. Allthese targets have considerably small RCS with weak reflected power and maskedby strong sea clutter (at high sea states) /ground clutter returns.
They exhibit low Doppler frequencies and conventional Dopplerdetection processes used in surveillance system may not always be used due todwell length limitations to get sufficient Doppler information and sea returnshaving the same velocity range as that of the targets. Other options open to usare various Track-before-detect methods like Dynamic programming, ParticleFilters, MHT (Multi-hypothesis Tracking) etc,.pulse-to-pulse and scan-to-scanintegration techniques coupled with distribution-free CFAR supported byK-distributed clutter modelling research outcomes.
Als oin recent times, several research outcomes have shown considerable improvementin the detectability of weak targets in heavy sea clutter with netted radarbased detection processes featuring dataanalysis at varied aspect angles of the same target, thanks to the availabilityof low cost marine radar systems in the market.
This tutorial will provide an overview of the detection theory andalgorithms related to small target detection with illustrations and models. Itwill also highlight further studies and research tasks undertaken withpotential applications that are envisaged by the radar community in this area.The delivery of the tutorial is aimed for 3.0 hours with a brief interactivesession.
Topics covered will include:
SmallTarget Detection Techniques
Recentadvanced STD techniques
STD withdistributed sensors
H/Wrefinement for optimum detection performance
Simulation/Modellingand algorithm development environment
Conference Day One
8:30 Coffee & Registration
9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks
9:10 AESA based multi-function RF system design to operate within an anti-access/area denial contested/congested environment
- AESA MFRFS developments
- Challenges of operation within an anti-access/area denial contested/congested (AA/AD CC) environment
- Cognitive RF system R&D overview and next steps
9:50 The latest advances in the Selex ES range of fire control, surveillance and multi-role AESA airborne radar systems
- An outline of the key technologies that form the basis of the ES range of fire control, surveillance and multi-role AESA airborne radar systems
- Offering a new level of situational awareness with the Raven ES-05
- Selex ES vision for the future development of AESA radar
10:30 Coffee & Networkin
11:00 AESA Technology Trends and Evolution
- Introducing Northrop Grumman’s family of AESA multi-mission radar solutions from sea to outer space
- Mission processing, ground systems and datalink interfaces to link the various domains
- Developmental themes for AESA architectures in the near future
11:40 The TRACER radar: high resolution, penetrating radar detects, geo-locates and communicates threats
- An overview of TRACERL a lightweight, low-frequency synthetic-aperture radar (SAR)
- How the dual band (UHF/VHF) SAR can peer through foliage, rain, darkness, dust storms or atmospheric haze to provide real-time, high-quality tactical ground imagery, anytime it is needed, day or night
- Incorporating data link technology to allow airborne processed results to be down-linked to ground stations immediately
- How does Lockheed Martin see the future of radar technology?
12:20 Holographic RadarTM –Target Centric Surveillance
The presentation describes Holographic Radar (HR), a new paradigm in persistent wide area surveillance. By using a modular, static, staring array to create a continuous, concurrent 3D surveillance volume, it eliminates the need to interrogate targets in sequence, enabling more intelligent characterisation and classification of targets of interest.
The inherent information content provided by HR has opened up new capabilities in situation awareness and describes how an HR sensor can be used for multiple, previously separate functions.
Operating in L Band and with the ability to use the same operating frequency for networked surveillance solutions, HR also meets future Spectrum Release requirements. The presentation will conclude with a review of how a networked HR installation offers an extended but cost effective solution for a variety of wide area military surveillance requirements.
12:50 Networking Lunch
13:50 Belgian ground surveillance radar programme: present and future
- Realised radar upgrade projects (PSR and SSR)
- Wind farm mitigation techniques
- Future implementations and radar development plans for the Belgian Defence
14:30 From military operational requirements to technical achievements, the Ground Master and the Multi Function Radar families, a global success
- The operational basis: What have been the French Air Force operational requirements that have led to the SR3D platform technology
- The development of the SR3D platform. How THALES defined this new technology, what is this technology made and how did we develop a new line of products?
- The success of the GM family which is THALES answer with its SR3D technology to current and future operational requirements in many countries
- The way ahead: MFR radars. Where do we want to go to?
15:10 The Alarm Radar, a unique automated staring array radar for detection of low flying rockets, low trajectory rounds and difficult air targets such as micro UAVs
Introduction and outline of the initial concept of operation of this unique radar
Application of the radar for micro UAV detection
Selected performance results for low flying rockets, low trajectory rounds and micro UAVs data
15:50 Coffee & Networking
16:20 Canadian Forces Imaging Radar System
- Updates from the recent procurement of Canada’s imaging radar system
- The technical challenges faced, and how they were overcome
- The future development of the Canadian Forces radar systems
17:00 Airborne Radar Signal Processing: A Multisensor Data Fusion Perspective
- Outlining the challenge and complications in providing situational awareness from a multi-sensor suite
- The possibilities offered by modern phased array radar systems for improved situational awareness
- The inevitable need for multi-source data fusion forcing the need for a new approach to radar signal processing and outputs
- A discussion of the practical issues that arise in multi-sensor data fusion
17:40 Chair's Close and End of Day One
Conference Day Two
8:30 Coffee & Registration
9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks
9:10 The current radar systems and requirements for the UK’s Type 45 Destroyer
- An overview of the Type 45’s advanced radar and sensor suite, including the SAMPSON AESA multifunction radar and the S1850M long range radar as part of the sophisticated PAAMS air defence system
- How does the Type 45’s radar system provide tactical advantage?
- Current requirements and areas for development to advance the Type 45 surveillance, target detection and fire control capabilities
9:50 MESAR, Sampson and Radar Technology for BMD
- 30 years of UK advanced radar development
- Sampson’s recent trials successes
- Land based MFR’s for BMD
10:30 Coffee & Networking
11:00 Military radar challenges in Norway: aspects of new capabilities and technological achievements
- Military radar challenges as seen from Norway, across platforms and branches
- Current research areas and capabilities being advanced by FFI with a focus on surveillance radar
- Working with the Norwegian Forces for upcoming radar requirements and procurement plans
11:40 The introduction of new technologies and design for SAAB’s five new radars for total domain awareness across land and sea
- An outline of the technologies being introduced for the new family of radar systems, including for the new AESA radar variants for land and sea
- Using leap-ahead design techniques to extend performance and capability
- Advancing SAAB’s surface-based radars to be highly-effective against multiple ‘difficult’ air targets in the most dense and challenging operational environments
12:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: SPECTRUM RELEASE
Spectrum is a critical and fundamental requirement, not only in supporting technology across the range of industrial and commercial sectors, but also in enabling the infrastructure of the social framework of modern life. As a finite resource it has been managed through an institutional approach based on custom and practice within an international regulatory framework. However, as the speed of technological advance and the rate at which systems can be deployed continues to increase, coupled with the growing demand for mobile communications and social media, the need to find new ways of managing spectrum and making it available for commercial and social exploitation has been heightened. In 2005 the Treasury sponsored an independent audit of spectrum holdings and the subsequent recommendations led to an action plan across Government Departments and Regulators to make spectrum management more efficient. However, it was recognized that there was significant opportunity to do more and, following a similar initiative in the US, the Government instigated work to reinvigorate effective spectrum management to help boost the UK economy.
In March 2011, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) published a paper entitled “Enabling UK growth – Releasing public spectrum” which set out the Government’s aspiration of making 500MHz of spectrum below 5GHz available by 2020 to meet the growing demand, particularly for mobile broadband. As the public sector was a significant user of spectrum with approximately 50% of spectrum below 15GHz allocated to aviation, defence maritime and emergency services, the paper set out a strategy to identify key bands for release. This initiated work to deliver the release target through a series of work streams involving MOD, DfT, CAA and MCA to consider the identified bands and address the specific issues relating to their potential release.
In taking forward release proposals, there are significant challenges to be addressed which include the need to continue meeting the operational requirements for the services and organisations for which the bands were originally allocated. In addition, in many sectors, especially aviation and maritime, there are binding international agreements and obligations concerning spectrum use. Finally, creating an opportunity to release spectrum is not simply a database exercise to re-assign allocations to create capacity – the characteristics of systems in use are governed by many design factors constrained by the laws of physics and making changes will be technically challenging and potential very costly. Decisions cannot be taken lightly and significant work is necessary to ensure the release can be delivered safely and cost effectively. That said, the potential rewards are significant and change is needed if we are to ensure we have really effective spectrum management to meet the demands of the future.
We are entering a very challenging period for spectrum use and debate on the issues, to increase awareness and understanding, is key in broadening the engagement on this critical finite resource.
13:20 Networking Lunch
14:30 Airbus Defence and Space Passive Radar – Technology Meets Market
- An outline of Airbus DS passive radar capabilities
- Matching of the technology to customer use cases
- Outlook on future passive radar technology enhancements
15:10 NetRAD / NextRAD Maritime Multstatic Radar
- Introduction to University College London Radar research group and background
- The NetRAD system - Its design, capability and limitations
- Introducing NextRAD – system design and specification: what are the advantages of this over the previous system and what planned measurement campaigns are coming up?
- The advantages of multistatic radar from real data generated
- Future direction of multistatic radar and the opportunities presented for military applications
15:50 Transmitter Adaptivity in Space Time Adaptive Processing (STAP)
Present automated extraction and classification of OFDM based reflected communications signals using computer vision and neural network based techniques
Proposing a novel way of extracting the communications signals from a noisy spectrogram using a combination of morphological operations in conjunction with a fuzzy neighbourhood thresholding based bidirectional self-organizing neural network (BDSONN)
Results showing about 98% detection is achieved at 5% false alarm at very low SNR outperforming traditional techniques
16:30 Coffee & Networking
17:00 Advances in radar imaging for military applications
- An analysis of recent advances with: super resolution ISAR, compressive sensing ISAR (CS-ISAR) , 3D-ISAR, polarimetric ISAR imaging (POL-ISAR) and passive bistatic radar imaging P-ISAR
- The opportunities these advances will bring for military applications
17:40 Research advances on radar automatic classification of moving and stationary military targets
- Introducing Cranfield Defence and Space current research projects aimed at improving radar automatic classification of targets
- Target classification of stationary targets and target classification of moving targets by Doppler signatures
- The results of the latest experimental trials and drawn conclusions
18:20 Chair's Close & End of Conference
Lieutenant Commander Sean Travethan
Type 45 Requirements Manager, DE&S;
Major Wesley Oke
Block III System Engineering Manager, Project Management Office Aurora
Department of National Defence
Material Manager Surveillance & Navigation Systems
Belgian Defence Forces
Dr Stephen Moore
Radar Principal Scientist
Head of Research Group
Dr Mark Smith
VP Capabilities and Chief Technology Officer, Radar and Advanced Targeting
Technical Manager (BMD & Sensors)
BAE Systems Maritime Services
Gen (rtd.) Pierre Niclot
Military Adviser/Direction BD & Sales
Thales Air Systems/Thales Raytheon Systems
Radars GM/GMR Management, Surface Radars
THALES AIR SYSTEMS
Passive Radar Team Leader
Airbus Defence & Space
Chief Technology Officer
Dr Stephen Harman
Fellow, ISR Sensors
Professor Fabrizio Berizzi
Associate Professor of Telecommunication Engineering
University Of Pisa
Dr Bhashyam Balaji
Senior Research Scientist
Radar Analyst , Microwave Radar Branch National Security & ISR Division
Defence Science and Technology Organisation
Former Head of Surveillance and Spectrum Management
Dr Mathini Sellathurai
Reader in Digital Communications and Signal Processing
University College London
Radar Lecturer - Sensors
Venue & Accommodation
Kensington Close Hotel
Wrights Lane, Kensington
W8 5SP, United Kingdom
Phone: 0870 751 7770
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Meet the Speakers
Dr Clayton Stewart
Professor, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Mr Asif Anwar
Director, Strategic Technologies Practice
Professor Krzysztof Kulpa
Signal Processing Specialist, Institute of Electronical Engineering
University of Warsaw
Mr Mehmet Ayar
Director, Radar Systems Programmes
Dr Stephen Moore
Principal Radar Scientist, DSTL
Dr Matthew Ritchie
Research Associate, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Mr Krishna Venkataraman
Radar Specialist, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Branch
DSTO, Australian Department of Defence
Dr Bill Dawber
Chief Scientist, Maritime Systems
Dr Alessio Balleri
Sensors Group, Centre for Electronic Warfare
Mr Ilias Konsoulas
Hellenic Air Force
Mr Albert Huizing
Principal Scientist, Radar Technology