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4th Annual Airborne ISR Conference - 09/07/2018

Leonardo, Intelsat General & Rafael announced as latest sponsors at the Airborne ISR conference

Leonardo, Intelsat General, and Rafael have joined this year’s 4th annual Airborne ISR conference as sponsors, which is taking place this October in London.

SMi Group has recently announced Leonardo as the Gold Sponsor, and Intelsat General and Rafael as the newest sponsors of the 4th annual Airborne ISR conference, returning this autumn to London, UK on the 24th and 25th October 2018.

The two-day event is set to feature leading ISR platform programme managers, technical experts involved in BLOS data links, officers delivering new optronics and sensor suites as well as providing insight into the latest power and engine performance. In addition to two full days of presentations and panel discussions from expert speakers, the event will also feature a half-day pre-conference workshop on 23rd October 2018.

Gold Sponsor Leonardo’s Airborne and Space Systems provide the sensors and electronic systems that sit under the skin of the world’s most advanced aircraft, effectively acting as their brains, senses and nervous systems. Protecting pilots, alerting air crews to threats and providing crucial intelligence back to observers on the ground, the technology we offer can make the difference between life and death for our customers. In the UK, Leonardo are proud to provide the latest technology to the UK Armed Forces, as well as exporting it around the world. Leonardo will be speaking and exhibiting their products at the conference over the two-days.

Intelsat General is a trusted partner to the U.S. and NATO governments. Their newest generation of high-throughput satellites, Intelsat EpicNG, enables links to/from these airframes that are two to three times more efficient than on traditional wide beam satellites using antennas as small as six inches (UAVs).

Mr Simon Hoey, Director of Business Development, Global Government at Intelsat General will be speaking on day one of the conference on Satcoms – Enabling Future Multi-Domain ISR Operations:

  • Commercial satcoms as a force multiple enabling all aircraft to be multi-mission sensor platforms
  • Extend the life and enhance the operational options of current large UAV platforms
  • Make front end ISR collection more customizable to commander’s actual, immediate needs or plug and play sensors development

Rafael develops and manufactures advanced defense systems for the Israeli Defense Forces and the defense establishment, as well as for foreign customers around the world. The company offers its customers a diversified array of innovative solutions at the leading edge of global technology, from underwater systems through naval, ground, and air superiority systems to space systems. Mr Zvi Yavin, Head of Airborne ISR & Mapping Systems Business Line, Electro-Optical Systems Directorate at Rafael will be speaking on day one on Extending IMINT Efficiency:

  • Focused operational ISR methods that save time and manpower
  • The contribution of advanced technologies for real-time analysis
  • The technology that enables one solution for a variety of operational challenges

This year’s insightful event will include 14 additional thought-provoking speakers, with over 5 hours of networking, bringing together a global audience of senior ISR decision makers from the military, research, and industry sectors. In addition, attendees will receive the guidance of technical leaders from research and industry, whose insight into the latest platforms, systems and sub-systems will deliver greater awareness of existing and future capability for the modern operator.

Interested in sponsoring, exhibiting or speaking at this event?
Sadia Malick, Director on: +44 (0) 207 827 6130 or email

Download the newly released brochure, as well as other exclusive content on the download centre, view the full 2018 agenda and register your place as a delegate on the website at:

Book by 31st August and receive a £200 discount

For media enquiries, contact Simi Sapal on +44 (0) 20 7827 6000 or

Airborne ISR
24th – 25th October 2018
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London, UK

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