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Glenair, Orion and Viasat Sponsor the 4th Annual Close Air Support Conference in London

SMi Group Reports: SMiís 4th annual Close Air Support conference announces its newest sponsors: Glenair, Orion and Viasat.

London, United Kingdom, April 24, 2018 --( As a key action that reinforces ground troops in close proximity to enemy fire; it is imperative that Close Air Support for both conventional and asymmetric operations is maintained and built upon. SMi’s 4th annual conference on Close Air Support, taking place in London, UK on the 6th and 7th June 2018, will be exploring how joint fires can be enhanced to support ground operations.

Glenair have recently signed up to sponsor and exhibit at the conference. They will be exhibiting their multiport STAR-PAN™ USB hub and power distribution systems, as well as other small form factor rugged miniature connectors and cables. Glenair operations started in 1956 as the first company specifically founded to produce electrical connector accessories. They interconnect technology for high-reliability applications and their lightweight/miniature connectors are used on fixed wing and rotor aircraft, ground vehicles and every class of unmanned air vehicle.

Orion, a world leader in the design and manufacture of fuzes for aerial munitions, and Viasat, a global communications company, have also been confirmed to sponsor, present and exhibit at the conference.

Orion began in the 1970s as the GED in Motorola Israel. Since then, they have amassed over 40 years’ experience in Electronic Fuzes / Safe and Arm Units (SAU) for aircraft bombs and guided munitions. Orion is constantly integrating the latest technologies to their robust, combat-proven platforms to deliver the most advanced fuzes.

Viasat are a company driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node on the battlefield, powering millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections that have the capacity to revolutionize the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea.

This year’s two-day conference will have a key focus on operations in an increasingly demanding environment and the collaboration between military, research and industry; 2018’s agenda will include over 5 hours of networking time, 14+ expert senior presenters and leading nations represented such as: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and USA.

Visit the website to download the newly updated brochure, view the full speaker line up and book your place:

Bookings made by 30th April will be eligible for a £100 early bird discount, visit the website for more details.

Close Air Support Conference
6th-7th June 2018
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London, UK

For sponsorship and exhibition queries, please contact: Sadia Malick at

For delegate queries, please contact: Andrew Gibbons at

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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