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Undersea Defence Technology 2010: New Technologies For Emerging Threats

Europe's only conference and exhibition dedicated to technologies for underwater defense, Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) 2010, is scheduled to take place from June 8 to 10 in Hamburg, Germany, at Congress Centre Hamburg.

The event, now in its 23rd year, brings together naval procurement specialists, defense scientists and leading technology providers for three days of discussion, networking and examining new technology, organizers said.

This year's conference emphasizes preparing for the future by identifying factors that are shaping tomorrow's landscape, the organizers continued.

Some topics planned for UDT 2010 include network-centric warfare and communication, maritime security and force protection, unmanned vehicles, environmental effects and monitoring, ship design, and signature management. An exhibition will run concurrently with the conference in the same venue.

Undersea Communication
In an age where information superiority is key, undersea assets can often remain disadvantaged by their inability to readily exchange and share information with surface units and shore bases, the organizers said. However, navies, research laboratories and industries are exploring a series of techniques and technologies that may meet the broadest range of submarine connectivity requirements.

Conference organizers said no single technology presents an answer to the underwater connectivity problem—rather a range of solutions are being developed, including recoverable communications buoys, two-way expandable communication buoys, gateway buoys, tactical paging devices, laser communications and acoustic modems.

Communication topics will be covered in a number of sessions at this year's conference. Papers will include 'Gateway Buoy Technologies: Providing Low-Cost Global Communica-tion to Submerged Assets' and 'Laser Communication Above and Under Water.'

Maritime Security, Force Protection
The defined defense responsibilities of countries, states and smaller communities have changed substantially in recent years, organizers said. In particular, the seas around Europe are areas of significant uncertainty and vulnerability, they continued.

As a result of these defense changes, nations and vital economic international networks must reshape their defense and civil security forces to meet today's threats, the organizers said.

Conference sessions on security and force protection will appeal to nondefense sectors, such as port authorities, ministries of transportation, main seaport authorities, coast guards and police, and to military delegates, according to the organizers.

Papers will include 'Maritime Port and Coastal Security System,' 'Growing Threats to Military Shipping and Oil and Gas Industries' and 'Rapidly Deployable Underwater Surveillance System.'

Unmanned Vehicles
Hampshire, England-based Saab Seaeye Ltd.'s Double Eagle MkIII ROV on the exhibition
floor at UDT 2009.
Organizers said continued development and exploitation of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) represents a critical thread in the future of the undersea plans of many navies. Leveraging UUV expertise already established in commercial, scientific and academic communities, military users have recognized the contribution that autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can make in missions such as mine reconnaissance, route survey, port surveillance and rapid environmental assessment, conference organizers said.

UDT 2010 conference sessions will include discussions on the merits of AUVs versus remotely operated vehicles (ROVs); the lessons learned from oil, gas and mining subsea operations; and the technological challenges associated with new extended-reach military operations.

Some specific papers include 'Harbor Reconnaissance Trials with UUV' and 'Underwater Improvised Explosive Device Clearance in Harbors Using Wirelessly Controlled AUVs.'

Environmental Effects, Monitoring
Organizers said monitoring and assessing the impact of naval operations on the environment is a high priority of many, if not all, navies.

Simulation is often an effective way of assessing the efficiency of naval forces, they continued.

Environmental effects and monitoring conference sessions are dedicated to exploring factors affecting the undersea community, including the impact of sound on marine life, acoustic modeling and rapid environmental assessment.

One paper will address the acoustical effects of an operating anti-submarine warfare force on a group of beaked whales that were coincidentally present in the area.

The conference organizers explained that the data for the study were gathered using the time-event simulation engine Atelier de Simulation Technico-Operationnel Naval (ASTON). ASTON enables kinematics and acoustics modeling, while a Petri place/transition net was used to model pseudorandom animal behaviors, they continued.

Ship Design, Signature Management
Ship design and signature management will also come under the spotlight at UDT 2010.

Conference organizers said a number of authorities are seeking to replace diesel-electric submarines with types that deliver higher capabilities and flexibility, reducing through-life costs. These changes will place demands on power and propulsion, platform design and signature management, the organizers said.

With emphasis on the littoral environment, the conference session on ship design and signature management will address such areas as rescue systems, life-support systems, platform design and energy and propulsion.

UDT Exhibition
Running concurrently with the conference in the same venue, the UDT exhibition will feature a diversity of products, technologies and services for the undersea defense sector, organizers said.

EuroTorp (Sophia Antipolis, France) will display both their MU90 and A244/S Mod. 3 torpedo mock ups.

First-time exhibitor Gate Elektronik Inc. (Ergazi, Turkey) will display their range of unmanned water systems, including an AUV, an ROV and their single-shot ROV.

Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (Northampton, Massachusetts), the sole designer and manufacturer of all periscopes and optronic systems for the U.S. Navy, will display two of its international systems: a periscope system with search, attack and infrared capabilities, and a nonhull-penetrating sensor system.

Kongsberg Maritime (Kongsberg, Norway) said it will be showing its latest high-performance underwater camera and lighting systems, including the upgraded OE14-502 high-definition television camera with direct high-definition serial digital interface connectivity, its latest OE13-124 low-light navigation camera and the new OE10-102 pan and tilt unit and OE10-103 multipurpose rotator unit. It also will showcase a selection of new general-purpose halogen and light emitting diode lamps.

Visit www.udt-europe.com for detailed information about the conference and exhibition.

Exhibitors List
The following list of exhibitors was updated as of press time:

  • ABEKING & RASMUSSEN Schiffs-und Yachtwerft AG
  • Aeromaritime Systembau GmbH
  • Amesys
  • Ametek SCP Inc.
  • Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd.
  • ATLAS Elektronik GmbH
  • Babcock Marine Ltd.
  • BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies
  • Bartington Instruments Ltd.
  • BMT Defence Services Ltd.
  • Bowtech Products Ltd.
  • Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH
  • Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters
  • Centrum Techniki Morskiej (CTM)
  • DCNS
  • Diehl BGT Defence GmbH & Co. KG
  • DSIT Solutions Ltd.
  • EdgeTech
  • EnerSys Ltd.
  • EuroTorp
  • Fischer Connectors GmbH
  • Gabler Maschinenbau GmbH
  • Gate Elektronik A.S.
  • General Dynamics Canada
  • GO Science Ltd.
  • Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH
  • ITT Corp.
  • IVS 3D
  • Jane's Navy International
  • JOWO-Systemtechnik GmbH
  • Kamatics/RWG
  • Kollmorgen Electro-Optical
  • Kongsberg Maritime AS
  • L-3 Communications ELAC Nautik GmbH
  • Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors
  • Monch Publishing Group
  • MSI Materials Systems Inc.
  • MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH
  • Navantia SA
  • ODIM Brooke Ocean
  • OSI Geospatial Inc.
  • Perry Slingsby Systems Ltd.
  • Precision Strike Technologies
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
  • Raytheon
  • Rheinmetall AG
  • Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
  • Rotinor GmbH
  • Saab AB
  • Sagem Défense Sécurité
  • Scorpion Oceanics Ltd.
  • Seacon (europe) Ltd.
  • SeeByte
  • Siemens AG
  • Society for Underwater Technology
  • Sonardyne International Ltd.
  • Systems Sunlight S.A.
  • Szenaris GmbH
  • Teledyne D.G. O'Brien
  • ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG
  • TNO Defence, Security and Safety
  • Tods Defence Ltd.
  • Truflo Marine Ltd.
  • Ultra Electronics Holdings Plc
  • Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei
  • Wireless Fibre Systems Ltd.

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