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Registration opens for the 4th annual Close Air Support conference London


SMi reports: The 4th annual Close Air Support conference agenda has been released

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, February 28, 2018 / -- SMi Group presents the 4th annual Close Air Support (CAS) conference, taking place in London on the 6th and 7th June 2018. CAS is proven to be a key action for reinforcing ground troops close to enemy fire. It’s important that CAS is improved for both conventional and asymmetric operations as it can work to deliver operational superiority through effective joint fires for ground forces.

The two-day conference will include essential briefings from key military, government and industry figures from the RAF, US Air Force, French Air Force, Canadian Armed Forces, German Air Force, NATO and JAPCC. Speakers will be discussing the latest technology and strategic developments, as well as mission updates from real-time operations.

Event highlights include Keynote Guest Speaker Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto, Deputy Head of the Military Evaluation and Doctrine at Preparation Command, Brazilian Air Force, providing updates on: ‘Employing light attack aircraft platforms to enhance wider mission support’ and Group Captain Mark Manwaring, Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation, Royal Air Force, presenting on: ‘Driving increased digitalisation of CAS within the Royal Air Force’.

The conference will give an exclusive focus on CAS operations in an increasingly demanding environment, with emphasis on joint fire and air-land integration, platforms and avionics, targeting and delivery, DACAS, C2 and JTAC Training.

Expert Speakers also include:

• Colonel William Kirby, Commander, 19th Battlefield Detachment Commander, US Army Europe
• Lieutenant Colonel Brett Waring, A-10C Instructor Pilot, US Air Force
• Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar, Digitally Aided Close Air Support Program Officer, Defence Programs/Fighters Equipment, French Air Force
• Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Dalorso, Commander, French-German Air Ground Operations School, French Air Force
• Major Nader Samadi, German Commander, French-German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force
• Major Jan Smerda, HQ A7 JTAC Senior Specialist, Czech Air Force
• Captain Ringo Smits, Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army
• Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane, Assistant Senior Instructor JTAC, Canadian Armed Forces
• And many more!

Bookings made by 29th March 2018 will be eligible for a £200 early bird discount.
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Close Air Support Conference
6th-7th June 2018
London, UK

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About SMi Group:

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