More than 40 international company in the field of electronic warfare showcased their latest products and projects in areas of security, defense, satellite technology, military aviation systems, vehicles and individuals tracking systems, radio frequency (RF) jamming and deception systems, land and air defense systems, explosives and land mines detection, neutralization, and dismantling and destruction on their stands in the exhibition accompanying the symposium.
The exhibition was teem with the latest inventions and state-of-art equipments and sophisticated in fields of EW, information security, and securing technological support and logistics for military and security operations, which would contribute to enhancing and accelerating decisive action mechanism while minimizing individuals loss to the minimum.
Among the most prominent exhibits that attracted the attention of the exhibition: visitors were the Typhoon and Tornado aircrafts of the Royal Saudi Air Force fleet, mine- detection mechanisms, neutralizing Improvised explosive device (IED) using water capsules and canons in addition to the unmanned aerial vehicle. Saqar (Falcon) 4 developed by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), frequencies-deceptive missiles as well as individuals and mechanized equipments detecting systems showcased by various Australian and Turkish companies.
International prestigious companies side by side national centers enriched the exhibition including National Robotics and Intelligent Systems Center, the National for sensors and defensive Technology systems Center, the National Aviation Technology Centre along with other international specialized companies in areas of aviation, space telecommunications, military, security, information security and military science including Airbus, BAE Systems, ASELSAN besides well-established companies from Britain, Turkey, Australia, the United States, and Sweden.
Within the same context, activities of the 4th Electronic Warfare Symposium 2015, organized by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the Association of Old Crows (AOC), under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, in the Conference Hall at KACST’s at headquarters in Riyadh, were concluded today.
Dr. Waleed Alomar, Director of the Radar Department, KACST, chaired the first session titled “EW Advanced Technologies” and covered six scientific papers. Dr. Munir Eldesouki, Executive Director of the Materials Science Research Institute, KACST, presented the first paper in the session that spotted on the advances in electro optics in support of next generation EW system development, then, Andrew Beck, EW Capability Manager, QinetiQ Ltd – UK, focused on the challenges and opportunities for achieving network enabled electronic surveillance in the second paper, while Captain Johnny Moreton, Chief of Air Staff Liaison Officer (CASLO), UK, stressed the importance of surviving in congested, contested and complex airspace group.
General (R) Abdullah Alhawas, Chief of EW Department in ASED, KACST, presented the fourth scientific paper of the session tackling the EW pre-emptive employment, then, Andrew Gray, EW Operation Support Technical Head, MASS, UK, discussed the countermeasures support for integrated defensive aid systems. Next, Shane Rogers, Deputy Director – International Experimentation, Boeing – Australia, presented the sixth and last paper of the session where he portrayed an EW focus on defense experimentation.
Dr. Ahmed AlAmoudi, Research Assistant Professor, KACST, chaired the second session held under the title “EW integrated systems for platform protection” where Brian Burmeister, Principal Engineer, CSIR, South Africa, presented the first paper spotting the light on establishment of an EW test and evaluation capability in support of training and indigenous product development requirements. Major General (Rtd) Dr. Hamad Alyousefi, CEO, Defense and Security Taqnia Company, KSA, presented the second paper highlighting the need for a Joint EW range; while Dr. Khaled Nabil Salama, Associate Professor, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) called in his paper for digitally controlled randomness.
Prof. Saleh Alshebeili, Professor at Elect. Eng. Dept and Director of KACST-TIC, KSU, presented the fourth paper underlining the compressive sensing and photonics memory for next generation EW; Dr. Hazza Alharbi, Consultant of EW & Signals Analysis, Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces, took the podium next shedding the light on automatic modulation classification techniques and their applications in Electronic Warfare.
Dr. Abdulrahman Alarifi, Head of Defense Information Systems Department, , KACST, concentrated in his paper on electronic warfare management systems, while Eng. Enis Doyuran, Director, EW Systems Engineering, ASELSAN , Turkey, detailed on C-IED perspective on system solutions. Mohammad Algassim, Scientific Researcher, ASED, KACST, presented the ninth scientific paper in this session concentrating on EW training and planning using Modeling and simulation while Professor Muhammad Taher Abuelma’atti, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. presented the tenth paper explained the memristor-based chaotic circuit for data encryption. The session was rounded off by the paper presented by Abdullah Al-Gathami, EW Instructor, BAE Systems, EW School, King Fahad Air Base, and Taif who detailed on small unmanned aerial vehicles as new arms for EW.
The Symposium concluded its activities through holding 3 specialized workshops organized by international companies, in fields of electronic warfare and attended by a large number of Saudi specialists, experts and researchers as well as others from countries participating in this remarkable symposium and the exhibition held on its margin.
The series of EW international symposiums and conferences hosted by Saudi Arabia come out of its strenuous scientific efforts to own its national EW capabilities. This will result in developing EW know-how and skills to protect itself from threats in the electromagnetic sphere which is a strategic priority for the Kingdom.