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Apr 26, 2018

Close Air Support Conference

Enhancing Joint Fires in Support of Ground Operations 6 June, 2018 - 7 June, 2018, London, United Kingdom

Our 4th annual Close Air Support conference will take place on the 6th and 7th June in London, United Kingdom. Close air support (CAS), air action by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets in close proximity to friendly forces, has been and will always be an integral element to land-air operations. Over the past century, CAS has gone from light air strafing on muddy battlefields to intricate C2 coordination of targeted air strikes and support via advanced technological systems and platforms.

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The June 2018 conference aims to bring together military and government personnel and key industry figures to discuss the latest developments in CAS operations and systems. Topics to be discussed include air-to-ground operations, personnel training and mission simulation, digitally aided close air support (DACAS), joint fire targeting and delivery, battlespace management, and national programme updates.

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Benefits of Attending

  • Provide a platform for the advancement of close air support, both in the air and on the ground, with an intent to further bridge the gap
  • Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry that are enhancing combat effectiveness and connectivity
  • Gain updates on strategic partners' respective CAS programmes and the work of leading industry OEMs
  • Deliberate key requirements for targeting, processing, and delivery of close air support
  • Network with and build co-operation between strategic partners, and educate industry on the unique needs of the operator and end user


Who should attend


  • Combat air
  • Joint fires and targeting
  • Joint air land organisations
  • Targeting and ISR
  • Joint forward air control
  • Joint terminal attack control
  • Joint forward air component commander

Industry/Developers of next generation:

  • Close air support platforms
  • Avionics and sensors
  • Smart and guided munitions
  • Air and ground based targeting
  • Command and control
  • Mobile deployable communications

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  • Air Commodore (Ret'd) Paddy Teakle, Former Deputy Commander NATO AEW&C Force Command, NATO
  • Air Vice-Marshal Raimundo Nogueira Lopes Neto, Brazilian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force
  • Brigadier Richard Haldenby, Programme Lead, Command and Control Force Development Programme, Niteworks
  • Captain Oscar Delgado, 48th Fighter Wing Ground Liaison Detachment, Department Of The Air Force
  • Captain Ringo Smits, Staff Officer, Air Land Integration, Land Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Colonel William Kirby, Commander, 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, US Army Europe
  • Dr John Mahaffey, Senior Scientist, NATO C3 AGENCY
  • Group Captain Mark Manwaring, Chief of Staff, Joint Air Land Organisation , Royal Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Frederic Dalorso, Commanding Officer, French & German Air Ground Operation School, French Air Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Aguilar, Head, Close Air Support Digitalisation, French Air Force
  • Major Jan Smerda, JTAC SME, Czech Air Force
  • Major Nader Samadi, Commander, German Air Ground Operations School, French/German Air Ground Operations School, German Air Force
  • Mr. Paul Kloot, VP Marketing and Business Development, Orion
  • Warrant Officer Clay Cochrane, Assistant Senior Instructor, JTAC-E, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Wing Commander (Ret'd) Ryan Mannering, Chief Pilot, Voodoo Air

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