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SMi Reports: Rising Threat of UAVs in the European Airspace

SMi Group reports: Join leading UAS experts from OECD, SESAR Joint Undertaking, Eurousc, European Defence Agency and Danish Army Intelligence Centre at the Unmanned Aerial Systems conference taking place 19th – 20th November in London, UK.

London, United Kingdom, August 18, 2015 --( With the increasing use of UAVs, experts see a growing threat in the safety of the European airspace. Two aircraft proximity events in July highlight the growing problem, with incidents involving UAVs reported by commercial airline pilots on approach to both Warsaw International and London Heathrow airports. SMi’s 15th Annual conference on Unmanned Aerial Systems will provide you a platform to discuss solutions for a safe air traffic integration and review the current state of it from the national and international perspective. In addition, it will highlight the challenges in civilian versus military UAV airspace management and evaluate the procedural standards on construction, reliability and safety of unmanned aerial vehicles. For more information on the conference programme, please visit

Benefits of Attending:
• Discuss the influence of commercial tech developments and give a critical analysis of the ramifications of these on the military
• Evaluate the importance of scale and the impact of small and nano-sized UAVs on training and operations
• Debate the use of autonomous UAVs in ISR, combat support and law enforcement
• Explore the measures being taken to counter UAS strikes

Expert Speaker Line-Up Includes:
· Squadron Leader (ret'd) Keven Gambold, CEO, Unmanned Experts
· Alain Lumbroso, Economist, International Transport Forum, OECD
· Andre Clot, Centre Director, Eurousc
· Captain Flemming Olstroem, Branch Chief IMINT&UAS, Danish Army Intelligence Centre
· Captain Nicklas Fredriksson, Squadron Commander 2iC, TUAV, Swedish Armed Forces
· Colonel Birger Mejlholm, Commander, Danish Army Intelligence Centre, Danish Army
· Colonel Enrique Martinez, Chief of the Acquisition Programs Section, Spanish Air Force
· Colonel Robert Kiebler, Commander, 49th Wing, Holloman AFB, United States Air Force
· Denis Koehl, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, SESAR Joint Undertaking
· Dr Donough Wilson, Innovation Lead, Aviation, Defence and Homeland Security Innovation, VIVID/futureVision
· Dr Hans Heerkans, Assistant Professor, Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences, University Of Twente
· Dr Stephen Prior, Reader in Unmanned Air Vehicles, Aeronautics, Astronautics & Computational Engineering, University Of Southampton
· George Gonsalves, Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Aviation Analyst, HQ TRADOC, United States Army
· Intendant Carlos Henrique Madureira Ribeiro, Head of Operations, Portuguese Police Force
· Jean-Youri Marty, Deputy Director, Capability, Armament & Technology Directorate, European Defence Agency
· Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, Chief Unmanned Ground Systems/Lethality Branch, HQ TRADOC, United States Army
· Louisa Brooke-Holland, Defence Analyst, House of Commons
· Tom Buckner, RPAS & Airworthiness Staff Officer, NATO HQ

This conference is kindly sponsored by Strat Aero International.

Attendees of the 15th annual Unmanned Aerial Systems conference includes, but are not limited to Military and civilian personnel, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Director, Partners, Heads and Managers working in the following roles: ISR, ISTAR, NATO, Command, Control Communications and Computers, Airborne Network, Global Information Grid, Combat Air Patrol, LEMV, NAVAIR, Operation Systems Developments, Defence Common Ground System, Remotely Piloted Air Systems and Alliance Ground Surveillance.

The Most Popular Package: 2-day Conference + half-day pre-conference Workshop (“Counter-UAS: The Next Arms Race?” led by Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Keven Gambold, CEO, Unmanned Experts). For more information on the interactive workshop, please visit

For bespoke sponsorship enquiries please contact Sadia Malick on +44 020 7827 1748 or email

Early Bird Discount: Early bird places are strictly limited! To take advantage of this, please register today.

For more information on the event, please visit or contact Frederick Agboletey on +44 020 7827 1070 or email

About SMi Group:
Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at
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To register: Fateja Begum - (0) 20 7827 6184 To sponsor: Alia Malick - +44 (0) 7827 6168

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