SMi reports (2016.09.29, Prague, Czech Republic): Leading air missile defence experts from Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia,

  • Posted by Yulia Rotar
  • September 29, 2016 11:52 AM BST

Military forces are looking to combat the complex threats posed by a wide range of missiles and ensure the security of their own territory. Currently, this is perhaps more prevalent in Eastern Europe than anywhere else with rising tensions being met with a demand for advances and developments in Air Missile Defence Technology.

SMi’s highly anticipated conference on Air Missile Defence Technology will be taking place in Prague on the 24th and 25th of October 2016. This unique conference will explore the strategies and technologies required to develop next generation capability in this vital area of national defence.

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Through highly focused expert-led presentations, panel discussions and case studies, the 2-day conference programme has been tailored to provide updates on capabilities and requirements from national militaries on their Air Missile Defence programs, challenges associated with developing those programs, as well as the importance of interoperability between nations to ensure a cost efficient and effective Air Missile Defence strategy.

Air Missile Defence Technology 2016 will bring to Prague those leading and developing their capabilities in the region, including the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands and US. Our attendees also include the most advanced solution providers such as Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, Thales Raytheon Systems, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and many others.

Confirmed attendees include key decision makers representing U.S. Air Force, Czech Air Force, Ministry of Defence, US Army Europe, Slovakian Armed Forces, Hungarian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Army, University of Defence (Czech Republic), Lithuanian Air Force, NATO International Staff, FMV, HQ U.S European Command, Omnipol, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, Thales Nederland, Lockheed Martin UK, Weibel: Doppler Radars, Northrop Grumman, Tetraedr, GM Spazio and many more.

The complete event programme is available at

Unrivalled speaker line up for 2016 includes:

  • Colonel Jaroslaw Ackermann, Chief of the Air Defence Branch , Czech Armed Forces

  • Colonel Janell Eickhoff, Commander 10th Army Air and Missile Defence Command, US Army Europe

  • Colonel Wolfgang Rasquin, Deputy Commander GE SAM WING 1, German Air Force

  • Colonel (Retd) Gil Shalev, Business Development & Marketing Manager, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.

  • Colonel Ladislav Dovhun, Ground Based Air Defence Brigade Commander, Air Force, Slovakian Armed Forces

  • Colonel Vladimir Barca, Commander 25 Air Defence Missile Regiment, Czech Air Force, Ministry of Defence

  • Colonel Jill Long, Commander of 603 AOC/CC, US Air Force Europe

  • Colonel (Retired) Jimmy Jenkins, Director, IAMD and Land C4I Systems, Missile Defence and Protective Systems, Northrop Grumman

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frank Zwarts, Head of the NLD GBAMD Knowledge Center, Royal Netherlands Army

  • Lieutenant Colonel Ferenc Konczol, SAM WING 12 'Arrabona', Hungarian Air Force

  • Mr Andrey Vakhovsky, Director , Tetraedr

  • Mr Peter Woodmansee, Chief, Integrated Air & Missile Defence , HQ US European Command

  • Major General (Retd) Punch Moulton, Former Director of Operations, US European Command

  • Mr Joakim Lewin, Manager Army Programmes, FMV

  • Dr Flippo Gemma, General Manager, GM Spazio

  • Major Ovidijus Pilitauskas, Chief of Staff of Air Defence Battalion, Lithuanian Air Force

  • Mr (Col Retired) Alan Burke, Chief, IAMD Division, Directorate of Operations and Strategic Deterrence, HQ U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Africa, USAF

  • Mr Karl Hebert, USEUCOM OPIR/MW Executive Agent, A3Z- Integrated Air and Missile Defense Division, United States Air Force Europe (USAFE)

  • Dr Thomas Karako, Senior Fellow, International Security Program/Director, Missile Defence Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • Mr Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder, Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance

  • Mr Lars Krogh Vammen, Business Development Manager, Weibel Scientific A/S

  • Mr Ian Spillane, Business Area Chief Engineer, Mission Support, Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill Ltd

  • Mr Jakub Cimoradsky, Staff Officer, Integrated Air and Missile Defence Section, NATO International Staff

  • Mr Bart van der Graaff, Capabilities Manager TBMD/MD and Senior Operational Advisor for IAMD, Thales Nederland Air Missile Defence Technology 2016 is proudly sponsored by Rafael, GMSPAZIO, TETRAEDR and Weibel Scientific.

The event programme for 2016 also featured an exclusive post-conference workshop on “The Benefits of a Truly Integrated Air and Missile Defence System.” The workshop host is Colonel (Retired) Jimmy Jenkins, Director, IAMD and Land C4I Systems, Missile Defence and Protective Systems, Northrop Grumman. The workshop attendees will discuss how this new architecture can help your country integrate legacy and new air and missile defence (AMD) systems; Learn about the advantages of MOSA; Discuss and learn about the significant training advantage afforded by an integrated AMD battle command system; Share ideas about how this technological advancement can change over the next 10-20 years

Further information on the conference and workshop can be found at A special rate is available for military and government personnel.

For sponsorship and delegate en queries please contact Drew Miller at

For media queries please contact Julia Rotar at

Air Missile Defence Technology 24 & 25 October 2016 Dorint Hotel Don Giovanni Prague, Czech Republic

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