5th - 7th March 2019
Southampton, UK
Focus Day 5th March

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Underwater Defence & Security 2019 Conference Agenda

Global instability is focusing the lens of Underwater Defence and Security operators firmly on the operations of submarines and the risk of mines. The move away from land operations is creating a need for countries to develop their sea basing intent and capabilities. Failing to keep abreast of these developments could have dire consequences.

Underwater Defence & Security returns for its 7th year to Portsmouth, welcoming an international audience of submariners, MCM and ASW operators, ship Captains, pilots, R&D organisations, procurements teams, academia and industry to discuss the key issues affecting this community.

NEW SUBMARINE DESIGNS & PROJECTS

The increasing complexity of the underwater arena has led many countries to address their subsurface capabilities. Several countries are turning to joint programmes to achieve advanced submarines at reduced cost, whilst others at looking at upgrades and acquisition of legacy platforms. The opening section will address the upcoming and ongoing submarine programmes around the world and what technologies are putting them at the forefront of design.

Speakers Include:

Taiwan

MAXIMISING NAVIGATIONAL CAPABILITIES FOR UNDETECTED OPERATIONS

Underwater topography, infrastructure cables, surface vessels and other submarines are all huge threats to safe submarine operations. The solutions demand improved navigation safety, intelligence gathering and mission equipment that aids tactical situation assessments. This section will discuss the current innovations in tactical and navigation technology.

Speakers Include:

France ixBlue

OPTIMISING SUBMARINE SAFETY

Submarine & crew safety is one of the most important aspects of using these platforms, the very nature of the platform itself make rescue and coordination between surface and sub-surface difficult. This area of the agenda focuses on improving human factors and ensuring safety for crews such as understanding the submarines layout to enhance escape and the method of escape itself. This session will pull together the lessons from recent events their impact on current and planned programmes.

Speakers Include:

Spain JFD Nato

UNMANNED SUPPORT IN THE HUNT FOR MINES

As technology moves forward, nations now more than ever are looking towards the viability of using unmanned assets to find and neutralise naval mines, be it legacy or the presumption of a modern threat. By taking the man out the minefield, navies will be able to free up manned assets for other operations. This section of the agenda looks at recent exercises involving man in the loop systems and how they have streamlined the hunt for mines.

Speakers Include:

Italy 2g Robotics nato

PLATFORM DESIGNS FOR MCM

Due to the complexity of designing & constructing MCM vessels, new technologies cannot necessarily be retrofitted to current platforms. Therefore, it is imperative that navies must instead construct new vessels to meet current MCM demands. This section of the focus day sets out to look at the procurement plans for new MCM vessels and how capability gaps have fed into their requirements.

FURTHERING THE DEVELOPMENT OF MCM CAPABILITIES

As the technology in MCM continues, so does the technology and materials used in Naval mines. This creates a dangerous game of cat and mouse where neither side is at the point of winning. Payloads are becoming bigger and the materials becoming less detectable, leading to new techniques that must be used on the hunt for mines. This section of the agenda looks at how manned systems are used in the hunt for naval mines and the steps nations are taking to develop them.

ASW THROUGH AUTONOMOUS SOLUTIONS

As the threat of enemy submarines increase, and the technologies onboard them make them harder to detect, nations are continually developing new ways to conduct effective ASW. Consequently, it is seen that utilising autonomous solutions for ASW will be the way forward, allowing assets to be freed up for operations elsewhere. This section of the agenda investigates autonomous ASW measure and how nations are developing their solutions.

AIRBORNE ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE (ASW)

As naval fleets become larger and therefore more vulnerable to submarine warfare, nations are constantly looking for new ways to combat this underwater threat using assets from the air. This is due to the flexibility and speed that they can react to a threat. This section of the agenda looks at the role aircraft play in ASW and the technology that aids in this.

AIRBORNE ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE (ASW)

As naval fleets become larger and therefore more vulnerable to submarine warfare, nations are constantly looking for new ways to combat this underwater threat using assets from the air. This is due to the flexibility and speed that they can react to a threat. This section of the agenda looks at the role aircraft play in ASW and the technology that aids in this.

ENABLING ASW THROUGH MULTI-STATIC SENSORS

Utilising multistatic systems for countering a submarine threat involves the cooperation of all platforms involved. They must share sonar information between ASW assets to improve detection, tracking and classification of a submarine threat. This section of the agenda investigates multistatic solutions and nations are utilising them to build a bigger picture of the underwater threat.

UNDERSTANDING THE COMPLEXITY OF THE UNDERWATER BATTLESPACE

Over 40 different nations utilise some form of underwater vehicle and navies now are in a constant race to match systems with the capabilities of fighting in the underwater battlespace to maintain this domain. This is made difficult due to the properties that underwater warfare brings including working into the 3rd dimension, the effect of water on systems etc. This section of the agenda sets the scene for how underwater warfare is shaping the naval sector and what nations are doing to prepare for it.

AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT

The capability of autonomous systems and their domains of application have advanced significantly in recent years, with successes in both the military and civilian sector. Autonomous systems technology in the naval domain is truly transformational with benefits in both cost and risk reduction. This section of the agenda looks to develop the idea of autonomous systems and how they are utilised in the naval domain.

MAINTAINING THE LETHALITY OF TORPEDO SYSTEMS

Attacking vessels below the waterline presents real opportunities for nations to ultimately destroy vessels. Even when a direct hit is not necessarily scored, pressure bubbles from the explosion can still break a ship’s back, ultimately causing severe damage. This section of the agenda looks at torpedo systems and how nations are looking to develop counter-torpedo methods to increase vessel survivability.

NATIONAL PROGRAMS & TECHNOLOGY ROUNDTABLES:

The roundtable discussion session will take place in the main conference room. Each of our roundtables will drive 90 minutes of thought leading discussion from like-minded individuals. It offers the opportunity for participants to innovate ideas and create new concepts.

USING AIRCRAFT TO ENHANCE MARITIME AWARENESS:

Maritime surveillance can be conducted from land sea and air, with a range of different assets available to enhance maritime situational awareness. With the use of fixed wing aircraft over rotary wing, nations can extend both the range and time they are over a target, allowing for a better real time situation awareness. This section of the agenda establishes how nations are working on improving their long-range aerial assets and solutions available.

IMPLEMENTING COMPLEX AI INTO THE UNDERWATER DOMAIN

As nations move towards autonomy as the future fighting force, it raises questions towards it use. As man in the loop systems become more common, nations are once again looking to reach the next technological step. It is understood that by implementing complex AI, systems become able to learn and communicate with each other to react to different situations, leading to man out of the loop. This section of the agenda sets out to discuss how autonomous systems are changing the naval battle ground.

PROPULSION SYSTEMS FOR SUBMARINE PLATFORMS

There have been multiple efforts towards the development of more powerful and quieter submarines that could help in reducing the risk of being tracked by enemy sonar. Conventional diesel-electric and AIP submarines produce less noise than their nuclear counterparts, but each have options for improving stealth capabilities. This section will compare these different systems and look towards the future development of propulsion systems.

UNDERWATER COMMUNICATIONS

With the various depths that submersibles operate at and how the salinity of water can degrade communications to almost unintelligible levels, submarines must routinely approach the surface to communicate, leaving it vulnerable to attack. Therefore, nations are conducting research to improve this, be it using laser technology, pop up bouys etc. This section of the agenda will be exploring new technologies and future development that will enhance the ability to communicate underwater.

CONDUCTING SUCCESSFUL ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE (ASW) TRAINING

To conduct successful ASW, nations must be well trained and drilled to perfect this difficult part of warfare. Normally, it will consist of a range of assets, working together to shape different scenarios and the responses required to eliminate the threat. In large international exercise, friendly nations can be used as target, but unmanned systems can be used also. This section sets out to look at ASW training and finishes with a panel discussion looking at maintaining maritime dominance.

Underwater Defence & Security 2019 will bring together the underwater defence community for three days of meetings and discussions. Please download the confirmed agenda.

Military, Navy and Government personnel receive free entry.