Defence and security impact at all levels – international, cross border, regional and on individuals. Those charged with securing the safety of citizens need the tools, the finances and the technology to be able to defend sovereignty, resolve regional conflicts and fight global terrorism, together with the ability to effectively guard against threats that can be enacted by armies, small groups or a single terrorist.

The nature of conflicts has evolved and so too is how they are being addressed. Surveillance, reconnaissance and the use of technology to reduce numbers on the front line and keep human casualties low have come to the forefront. In particular unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are being developed and utilized in all regions of conflict and are increasingly being applied to general security applications.

The EuMW Defence, Security & Space Forum has always endeavoured to reflect and discuss prevalent initiatives, so this year the emphasis will be on RF systems and microwave technology for UAVs, covering specifics such as: synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for UAVs, ESM and EW for UAVs, operational use of integrated RF systems for UAVs, along with airborne SARs.

The forum will feature executives from industry, academia, the military and from space agencies. It will be held in combination with the opening of EuRAD. The technical sessions will conclude with a round-table discussion, followed by a cocktail reception for attendees.


Below is a brief outline of each session. A full listing of the presentations at the time of going to press can be found on pages 94 and 95.

For the fourth year, the EuMW Defence, Security and Space Forum will incorporate the EuRAD Opening Session (10:50 to 12:30), followed by the Strategy Analytics Lunch & Learn Session (12:40 to 13:40), which will add a further dimension by offering a market analysis perspective, illustrating the status, development and potential of the market.

The afternoon will begin with the Microwave Journal Industry Panel Session (13:50 to 15:30) that will offer an industrial perspective on the key issues facing the defence, security and space sector. In accordance with the theme for 2015, the panel will address RF and Microwave Development for UAVs.

Completing the technical sessions the EuMW Defence & Security Executive Forum (16:10 to 17:50) will provide a platform for speakers from leading European defence industries to proffer their views on RF and microwave technology trends for the next generation UAV platforms and systems. The industrial speakers are complemented by speakers from government, agencies and research organizations who will offer their perspective of military and security needs, programmes, budgets and scientific research for next-generation systems.

The event will conclude with a cocktail reception (18:00 to 18:45) that will afford delegates the opportunity to network and discuss the issues raised throughout the forum in an informal setting.


Registration fees are €10 for those who have registered for a conference and €50 for those not registered for a conference. Register online at As information is formalized, the Conference Special Events section of the EuMW website will give further details and will be updated on a regular basis.