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Unmanned Vehicle Systems 2005

11 July 2005, 23:00

Unmanned Vehicle Systems
A Military Sciences One-Day Conference

Tuesday 12 July 2005
0900 – 1800

Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) are now an integral part of military operations, not only in the form of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) but increasingly as ground and maritime combat vehicles. The challenges associated with UVS now facing the UK Armed Forces are not only their use in the battlespace but equally their successful integration and the subsequent exploitation of their capabilities.

This one-day conference will look at how UVS are increasingly able to take on tasks that are ‘high risk’ yet critical to modern day operations. It will also discuss why development of the necessary UVS capabilities demands a high level of responsiveness to technological change and to evolving requirements in the Armed Forces. We will hear how the exploitation of innovation and the ability to integrate capability amongst already established combat systems and units is crucial to the continuing development of UVS in the military.

Important themes will include legal issues arising from their use, lessons learnt by use of UAV on operations, exploitation of new technology, the effective integration of UVS into combat, future areas of UVS potential and procurement and development policy.

Sessions include:

Session One (Keynote): Use of UVS in Modern Military Operations

The inclusion of UVS into the military demands a thorough knowledge of their capabilities and limitations. Although they will not replace the human element of the military they must be successfully integrated with that element both tactically and strategically.

Session Two: Panel: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - An Industry Perspective

This session aims to illustrate the continuing advancement being achieved by industry in the area of UAV. With speakers from Thales (WATCHKEEPER), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (PREDATOR) and Boeing we will learn how the capabilities are expanding and how the military drives this process.

Session Three: Recent Operational Use of UAV

This session will hear from three speakers giving their actual experience of the use of UVS in Iraq between 2003 and the present. It will highlight not only the actual and sometimes improvised exploitation of UVS capabilities but also their limitations and areas for improvement as discovered under operational pressure.

Session Four: The Future of UAV

The successful deployment of UAV in several operational areas has guaranteed their place as a permanent tool of the armed forces. This session will look at the UK Armed Forces' strategy toward the future operation and integration of UAVs, including their now integral part of the ISTAR chain.

Session Five: Evolving Areas for Tactical Unmanned Vehicles

Although UAV are the most developed area of UVS there is now an emerging requirement for Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicles (TUGV) to take on the high-risk tasks that are necessary in today's military operations. This session will look at the deployment of TUGV by the United States Marine Corps in Iraq and whether it is addressing the problems identified. Maritime UVS are therefore the next area to be developed and we shall hear about the early stages of their concept development. 

Speakers will include:
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge KCB CBE ADC RAF, Commander in Chief Strike Command
  • Air Vice Marshal Chris Moran OBE MVO RAF, Senior Responsible Owner UAV
  • Mr Martin Hemming CB, Director General Legal Services, UK MoD
  • Air Brigadier General Roberto Corsini, Italian Air Staff Representative in Iraq
  • Air Commodore Stu Butler, Director Equipment Capability, ISTAR
  • Commodore Peter Eberle, Royal Navy, Directorate of Joint Capabilities, UK MoD
  • Colonel Terry W Griffin, Project Manager of Robotic Systems, US Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Mr Barry Trimmer, Engineering Research and Technology Director, UK, Thales Aerospace Division

If you would like to participate in this event please do not hesitate to contact..
Sabrina Downey
T:+44 (0) 20 7747 2640
E: sabrinad@rusi.org 

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