The 2018 Defence, Security & Space Forum

Wednesday 26 September, 08:30 to 18:30

The Defence, Security and Space (DSS) Forum is jointly organised by the European Microwave Association (EuMA) and Microwave Journal, to complement European Microwave Week’s activity in the defence, security and space sector. This year, local input has been welcomed from: Fundación Círculo (Circle of Technologies for Defence and Security Foundation), TEDAE (Spanish Association of Technological Defence, Aeronautics and Space Companies) and UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid).

Each year the DSS Forum focuses on a hot topic that is engaging industry, academia and organisations/agencies to develop, test and implement leading edge technology. In 2018 the topic is: Integrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into Defence and Security Scenarios. 

The popularity of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is growing due to a reduction in costs and the increasing capabilities and benefits provided by such systems. Currently, the estimated number of existing UAVs is believed to be a few million, with that are estimated to grow exponentially in coming years. From a Defence and Security perspective, there is the need to provide UAVs with innovative technologies enhancing performances for safe and secure systems, and to defend against threats posed by terrorists and insurgents utilising UAVs to achieve their own objectives.

Microwave technologies are essential to meet these challenges by providing UAVs with new and more advanced sensors and communications equipment. However, going forward the development of such systems also anticipates the use of new technologies such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence which will result in a high level of autonomy that, using the data obtained by the sensors, will provide the ability to learn from the environment and their own errors, eventually facilitating autonomous decision making in a constantly evolving environment.

Keynote speakers will consider the state of the art of leading technologies and systems for unmanned operations, the estimated evolution of technologies and trends and consider expected capabilities and functionalities to address future conflicts. The efforts made by the main players in the sector will be analysed and their views on new trends and technological developments will be offered.

The industry session will reflect the effort and investment that is being made to innovate, develop and bring UAV technologies to market. Specific areas of activity include radar systems being developed for UAV security – detection, identification and denial and obstacle detection for autonomous driving and crash avoidance. From an industry perspective, the emphasis will be on development at system and sub-system level, with particular focus on sub-system integration, not forgetting the significant role that test and measurement has to play in moving the sector forward.

The Executive Forum will present the points of view of the different established and regulatory bodies that allow coexistence between the different aerial platforms and describe the activity of the different players already established and emerging in the field.




Click on the Title of the individual presentations for the Abstract and Speaker Biography

08:30 - 10:10 EuRAD Opening Session

10:10 - 10:50 Coffee Break

10:50 - 12:30 New Concepts, Technologies and Systems for UAV Integration and Their Role in Future Hybrid Scenarios.
 Moderator: Alfonso Farina, IEEE Fellow. Italy
Technological Demonstrator of Enhanced Situation Awareness in Naval 
Environment with the Use of Unmanned Systems – Dr. Tony Arecchi, Ocean 
2020 Project Coordinator, Leonardo S.p.A. Italy. 

UAV Integration: European and Spanish Situation, Challenges and Potential 
Solutions – Isabel Maestre, Executive Director of Spanish Aviation Safety 
and Security Agency (AESA). Spain. 

Anti-UAV Defence Systems – Miguel Acitores, Director of Security Business 
Development, Indra. Spain.

12:40 - 13:40 Strategy Analytics Lunch & Learn Session
The Implications of Expanding the UAS Mission Envelope in Military and Civilian Airspace – Asif Anwar, Strategy Analytics. UK

Offering an economic perspective, the session will address the questions that will be faced when expanding the ‘UAS Mission Envelope’ including: What will be the challenges for suppliers of systems and subsystems across radar, EW, communications and EO-IR sensors? How will AI and Big Data be leveraged? Also, as the expansion of commercial UAS use brings to the fore disruptive potential, intentional or otherwise, as well their implementation in the asymmetric threat arsenal, is the threat being recognized, and more importantly budgeted for? 

13:50 - 15:30 Microwave Journal Industry Session 

This session offers a perspective on the endeavour, innovation and investment that industry is committing to the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the defence and security sector. Speakers will offer an insight into such areas of activity as microwave sensors/sub-systems, the test and measurement challenges that are being addressed and the issue of UAV identification and detection.

- Improving the SWAP-C Advantage in UAVs for Defense & Security - Dean White, Qorvo

- Designing systems and sensors for Counter Drone Operations – Tobias Willuhn, R&S

- Radar Systems for UAV Detection - R. Cardinali, A. Di Lallo, A. Farina, G. Palumbo, L. Timmoneri and D. Vigilante, Leonardo, Land & Naval Defence Electronics/Security and Information Systems


- Detect and Avoid: An Industrial Perspective Technical and Certification Considerations for UAVs - Andrea Maccapani and Maurizio Goiak, Leonardo S.p.A., Airborne and Space Systems Division

15:30 - 16:10 Coffee Break 

16:10 - 17:50 Round table: Efforts & Investment Needs to Drive UAV Technologies to Market

High level speakers from key governmental agencies and commercial companies involved in the development of UAV Systems and Technologies and their implementation and integration into security and defence markets will offer their opinions and outline the opportunities and challenges that can be expected in the coming years. Speakers will also focus on the research needs and technological trends that will de ne the architectures and technical characteristics of future unmanned systems. Among others, the following topics will be analysed: Emerging technologies, operational and military visions, architectures and regulatory aspects together with the threat of hostile drones.

Moderator: Ignacio Montiel, Project Officer Information Technologies. European Defence Agency (EDA). Belgium 

Paolo Salieri, Principal Scientific and Policy Officer in the Directorate General for 
Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission. Belgium 

Fernando Mijares, Head of Future Projects of AIRBUS Defence & Space. Germany 

Juan Besada, Professor, Information Processing and Telecom Center, Universidad 
Politécnica de Madrid (IPTC-UPM). Member of SESAR Scientific Committee. Spain 

Fernando Arias, Senior Expert, ISDEFE. Spain 

17:50 - 18:30 Cocktail Reception
The opportunity to network and discuss informally the issues raised throughout the Forum.


Registration fee is €20 for those who registered for a conference and €60 for those not registered for a conference.  


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