Registration Opens for SMi’s 5th Annual Airborne ISR 2019 Conference

Published: 14 May 2019

Registration is now open for the Airborne ISR conference, returning to London on 23-24 October for its fifth year running.

In the complex and ever-changing strategic landscape, the demand for increased situational awareness continues to grow. As a decisive and indispensable tool, air-based ISTAR is increasingly relied upon to deliver tactical data and intelligence for commanders, as well as deliver effective strategic deterrence.

The role of ISR in national defence has undergone a remarkable expansion lately, with the UK recently delivering the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and announcing future acquisition of the E-7 Wedgetail.  For nations such as the US and Australia, ISR continues to be an investment priority and networking these capabilities is a crucial competence.

With this in mind, SMi Group are pleased to host the 5th annual Airborne ISR conference, taking place on the 23th and 24th October 2019 in London, UK. The event will cover a range of crucial topics involving manned and unmanned platforms, data management and dissemination tools, as well as the extraordinary capabilities of the systems.

 The 2019 agenda features a series of presentations by experts who will explore the requirements of the contemporary operational environment and the latest technological developments in research and industry that are enhancing ISTAR.


Confirmed 2019 speakers include:

  • Major General Jörg Lebert, Commander NATO Early Warning and Control Force
  • Brigadier General Volker Samanns, General Manager NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency
  • Colonel Andrew Clark, Commander 9th Reconnaissance Wing, USAF
  • Colonel Jason Lamb, Intelligence Analysis and Innovation AETC, USAF
  • Colonel Brendan Cook, Commander 14 Wing, RCAF
  • And more…


The brochure with the full agenda and speaker line-up will soon be available to download. Visit the event website to request a copy at


With senior international representation from NATO, Canada, UK, US, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, and many more, Airborne ISR 2019 will provide an in-depth exploration of key capabilities.

This year’s delegates will have the chance to explore how nations are engaging with one-another to disseminate and analyse information, the latest developments from leading international programmes from maritime and land domains, how nations are adopting and adapting technology to gain greater intelligence resolution, and secure information and decision dominance.

The biggest early bird discount of £400 is expiring on Friday 31st May 2019. Register online at

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.