The 11th annual Close Air Support Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London on the 23rd - 25th October 2013. The aim of the Close Air Support Conference is to provide an opportunity for military, government and industry personnel involved with Close Air Support and Close Air Support programmes to share programme updates, future requirements, new technologies and Lessons Identified relating to Close Air Support and contemporary operations.
The Close Air Support Conference will be attended by requirements and acquisition officials from the Land and Air Systems divisions on national procurement bodies, as well as senior military Officers from nations across the world. Also present will be the senior management of the leading industry contractors providing relevant technologies.
The conference will be held at The Old Royal Naval College, London. The Old Royal Naval College is conveniently located in Greenwich and is easily reached from London airports and rail stations. The conference will follow the format of previous conferences namely a Studay day followed by 2 days of presentations looking at contemporary national CAS programmes. The presentations are interspersed with generous breaks to allow private discussion and viewing of the exhibition area. A lunch will be provided each day as well as refreshments during breaks.
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2013 Lead Sponsors:
Omega Conferences are delighted to announce that MetaVR, Inc. will be lead sponsors of the 2013 Close Air Support Conference.
MetaVR develops commercial PC-based software for the military simulation and training markets, featuring high-speed visualization of 3D content and rapid creation of networked virtual environments using real-world data. MetaVR's goal is to provide the fidelity of geospecific real-time visual simulation systems with the visual quality of game-style graphics.
Using continuous feedback from Joint terminal Air Controllers (JTACs) MetaVR and Battlespace Simulations, Inc. (BSI) have teamed to provide a comprehensive Close Air Support (CAS)/Joint Fires training system. Multiple desktop-based JTAC simulators based on this joint partnership have been fielded for the Air Force Special Operations Command and Air Combat Command (AFSOC), Air Combat Command, and Air National Guard units in 2013. The combined training system, comprised of MetaVR’s Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG) and BSI's Modern Air Combat Environment (MACE) scenario/entity generator, was accredited in 2012 by the Joint Fire Support (JFS) Executive Steering Committee (ESC) for Types 1, 2, and 3 control, day and night control, and laser target designation, in accordance with the JTAC Memorandum of Agreement.
Recently, Immersive Display Solutions (IDSI), BSI, and MetaVR were chosen for the Air National Guard AAJTS prototype immersive dome-based system. The MACE/VRSG solution enables users to perform training missions in an immersive virtual battlefield with CAS-specific interfaces such as 9-Line, 5–Line, and Call for Fire, using authentic or notional emulated military hardware. Features that support such missions include, a physics-based flight model role player station for CAS fixed/rotary-wing aircraft and UAVs, physics-based weapons performance, laser target designation, full-motion infrared video feeds, human-level behaviors, pathfinding, blast effects calculations, complex weather system control, and a substantial weapons and entity library that supports Combat Air Forces Distributed Mission Operations (CAF DMO).
For more information, see MetaVR’s website at http://www.metavr.com
2013 Associate Sponsors:
Fidelity Technologies Corporation: With over two decades in the Simulation and Training industry, Fidelity drives operational success through dynamic and interactive skill building experiences that bridge the gap between mission actions and training rehearsal systems. Today’s battlefield is a living, breathing, complex and ever-changing front whose challenges and targets adapt as rapidly as the tactics developed to combat them. Through a true modular and scalable baseline architecture, Fidelity’s FidEX Product Line provides the warfighter with increased operability for long term solutions, allowing the training environment capability to evolve alongside the training curriculum. Give your warfighters the solutions they deserve with Fidelity Technologies. www.fidelitytech.com
Teleplan Globe AS is based in Norway. FACNAV is a Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) and Special Operations Forces (SOF) kit. With a strong focus on ease of use, FACNAV has been designed to meet the changing requirements of ground troops, while CAS functionality provides JTACs with the most advanced data link capabilities available today. Providing excellent sensor and weapon systemsintegration with ground based and airborne assets, FACNAV can help minimize third party collateral damage and avoid blue-on-blue incidents. Enhanced situational awareness allows for more accurate decision making, based on near real-time information and analysis. FACNAV has been deployed in various international operations since early 2007. For more information see www.teleplanglobe.no.
Black Diamond Advanced Technology, designs, engineers and manufactures wearable C4I Systems and accessories for multi-mission military applications. Black Diamond Advanced Technology provides the Modular Tactical System (MTS), a lightweight, wearable electronic platform which is optimized for foot-mobile precision targeting, C4ISR, situational awareness, and other mission specific applications. MTS is employed by USAF, USMC & NATO programs of record for dismounted Close Air Support (CAS). MTS allows a warfighter to transition from tactical computing operation to direct combat engagement in seconds with a wearable system that is incorporated into a plate-carrier system, an assault pack or carry bag. MTS provides interoperability with equipment found on the battlefield today and is highly adaptable for specialized missions, including precision targeting, combat medic, explosive ordnance disposal, unmanned systems control, combat weather and military intelligence. MTS with its flexible built-in power management system can often reduce the equipment load for these missions by eliminating redundant batteries and displays. www.bdatech.com
SAAB VRICON SYSTEMS Rapid 3D Mapping The Vricon system is unique in its ability to rapidly and automatically produce high resolution geospatial 3D data for large areas of interest based on aerial imagery from manned aircraft, UAVs or satellites. The scalable and automatic system produces data of exceptional photorealism and accuracy. Vricon is built for integration and provides geospatial exploitation capabilities to existing systems. http://saabgroup.com/vricon
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon family of software-defined tactical radio systems addresses network-centric tactical communication requirements worldwide. Offered in manpack, handheld and vehicular configurations, Falcon radios provide next-generation voice and wideband networking capabilities. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets, with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single and multiband radios.
ROCKWELL COLLINS is a world leader in the design, manufacture and integration of advanced communications, data links and navigation systems for Armed Forces world-wide. Rockwell Collins also provides precision military targeting and weapon laying systems including the ADS Stingray Attitude Determination System and the widely deployed GPS Gun and Mortar Laying Systems. Rockwell Collins is a market leader in the supply of integrated targeting capabilities based upon the Rockwell Collins FireStorm Joint Fires system that has been supplied to NATO and PFP (partners for peace) nations.
FireStorm is a turn-key Joint Fires system for both Artillery Observation Officers and Forward-Air-Controllers, enabling unique (Cat 1) targeting accuracy, combined with digital transmissions of both Artillery Calls for Fire and CAS 9-line messages to deliver effect.
Saab is a high-technology company which delivers capability in defence, aviation, command and control, electronic warfare, signature management, communications, simulation and training, space, underwater security, precision engagement and a wide range of supporting services.
Drawing upon 75 years of developing cutting edge training products across these domains, Saab Training Systems has created JFIST, our Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer simulation system. JFIST is not only a procedural and targeting trainer, it is also a single-role and collaborative mission trainer which takes training as close to real life as possible, complying with NATO standards to train all roles within the complex joint fires environment.
3SDL is a leading provider of Acquisition Services to Defence & Security clients around the world. We have an airborne capability that can emulate most of the roles performed by CAS aircraft. The fully-equipped aircraft is manned by experienced ex-military fighter pilots who were all CAS Combat-Ready. The aircraft can emulate targeting pod imagery and is equipped with military-compliant communications and data links. Additionally, 3SDL Airborne Services are accredited by the UK Joint Air Land Organisation (JALO) which enables FAC/JTACs to claim controls conducted be counted towards continuation training and ensures that the service provided is professional, accurate and appropriate.
Discovery Air Defence Services - Experience Matters at Discovery Air Defence Services. We deliver live Combat Airborne Training with modernized fighter aircraft and veteran pilots in challenging environments. Our specialties include: Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training, Practice Munitions drop, Red Air Threat Replication, Air-to-Air Gunnery towed target training and Naval Target EA profiles. We are Night Vision Goggle with fully certified NVIS compatible cockpits. With over 40,000 accident-free hours, Discovery Air Defence Services has the experience and expertise to meet your needs.
Our Team is committed to providing JTAC Training Solutions which meet or exceed customer requirements and expectations. Experience Matters!
Close Air Solutions Ltd (CAS) provides a single access point for end-to-end training and consultation in all fields ofAir-Land Integration, specifically Close Air Support.Weoffer tailored training services to meet the exact training objectives of the customer using adaptive, immersive and individualised training technologies. These technologies are combined with the best proven effective training methods delivered by recognised training experts. We understandthat ourcustomers have unique requirements;wewill not employ a one size fits all methodology. Our vision is clear: listen to,understand, meet or exceed the needs ofourcustomers.
CAS has teamed with MetaVR, Immersive Displays Inc and UMEX to deliver bespoke FAC training packages combining refresher instruction, simulation and live air. Our aim is to service the maximum FAC currency controls permitted under ATP 80 and JTAC MoA regulations, we are able to achieve this by combining the low cost training effectiveness of simulation with EO/IR sensor equipped air support. Website: http://www.closeairsolutions.com
Vectronix AG is an established leader in the development and manufacturing of integrated handheld, mounted, module, and precision systems for observation, detection, geo-positioning, and targeting solutions. The Swiss tradition of excellence in optics and precision engineering characterizes our products - handheld laser rangefinders, day and night vision devices, multifunctional devices, tripod-mounted observation and positioning systems and sensor modules. Leveraging core competencies in electro-optics, laser range finding, and north-finding technologies, Vectronix supports the requirements of defense and law enforcement as well as industrial and commercial markets. Headquartered in Heerbrugg Switzerland, Vectronix AG is owned by Sagem (Safran group) and maintains two subsidiaries with four branches in the US.
Companies interested in sponsoring or exhibiting should contact digby.williams AT omconf.com or +44 (0)1227 763322 for further details at any time.
Further details including agenda & prices will be published in May/June time frame.
Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, is an international leader in electronic and information solutions for defence, aerospace, space, security, high-integrity surveillance, network management, information security and mission-essential services. The company’s experience includes tactical ISTAR systems, C4I infrastructures, electronic warfare equipment and mission critical systems for situational awareness, self-protection and surveillance. Bringing similar technologies and skills to the security, route management and mission-critical service sectors, Selex ES also develops robust cyber security, secure communication networks and ’smart’ solutions. Entrusted by its customers and partners, the company delivers solutions across the lifecycle for a safer, smarter and more secure society.
Thales Optronics: Thales is a world leader in the supply of hand-held surveillance and target locator systems, with its Sophie family of products, and laser target designators such as its TYR see-spot system. Thales latest product, Sophie LITE, has a class-leading weight of only 1.6kg with a full-feature set including an uncooled high-resolution long-wave Thermal Imager , TV / NIR sensor, Laser Rangefinder, GPS, orientation sensor, image fusion of visible and NIR, advanced target management, classification and image storage capability. Use of standard batteries eases the logistics burden. TYR is in production and operates in standalone mode or with forward observation sensor equipment such as Sophie, either configurations providing a high performance and reliable target designation capability.
Military Government Delegate (Focus Day & Conference) £650 + VAT
Military Government Delegate (Conference Only) £450 + VAT
Industry Delegate ((Focus Day & Conference) £1480 + VAT
Industry Delegate (Conference Only) £1010 + VAT
Book & Pay before 31st July 5%
3 or more delegates 10%
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