Naval Combat Systems Focus Day

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM REGISTRATION & COFFEE

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

  • AEGIS - Premier Combat System in US Navy (USN). Examining how the AEGIS was designed as a total weapon system, from detection to kill through improve centralized, automated, command-and-control (C2) and weapons control system
  • Assessing how the US Navy currently uses Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS), the most open combat system in US Navy to expedite the detect-to-engage sequence to defend against ASCMs
  • Extending operational horizons, distributed lethality and increased offensive fire power using Integrated Fire Control (IFC) as the future of the US Navy combat system

Michael Roberts

Director, Development and Integration Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS
NAVSEA

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW LASER SYSTEMS (LS’s) IN SURFACE WARFARE

Andreas Uhl, Department of Planning, Group Future Development, German Navy
  • Future trend analysis shows increasing conflict scenarios with regard to fight for resources, areas of interest, failing states, asymmetric and hybrid warfare
  • Flexible counter threat is needed while avoiding collateral damage
  • How can Laser Systems offer highly precise and scalable effects, in addition to common artillery?

Andreas Uhl

Department of Planning, Group Future Development
German Navy

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM SCOMBA: COMBAT SYSTEMS PLANS TO IMPLEMENT TRUE C2 INTEROPERABILITY

Commander Antonio Gonzalez Garcia, SCOMBA Program Manager, Spanish Navy
  • Onshore facilities to develop and test the integration of sensors on the mast, new capabilities in the SCOMBA combat system, and control and actuation of missile systems
  • Is an “integrated mast” the key to achieving true interoperability?
  • Delivering multi-mission capability and supporting operational life for 40 years
  • What are the major developments for the SCOMBA Open-Architecture Combat System?

Commander Antonio Gonzalez Garcia

SCOMBA Program Manager
Spanish Navy

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM THE FUTURE OF ITALY’S FREMM FRIGATE IN TERMS OF ASW CAPABILITY, MODULARITY AND USE AS A PLATFORM FOR UNMANNED SYSTEMS

Commander Matteo Falzarano , 7th Department - SHIP Platform Design & Combat System, Italian Navy
  • From the outset, Italy’s FREMM class frigates have been designed with AAW and Anti-Surface Warfare. Given FREMM’s multi-role design, consideration is now being given to expanding FREMM’s role into Anti-Submarine warfare
  • Would such multi-role capability effectively do away with FREMM’s “frigate” designation, and if so what does this mean for ship-classification of other navies?
  • FREMM has been designed with the capability to store and launched multiple unmanned systems - to what extent has this capability been utilised in practice, and on which mission-types?

Commander Matteo Falzarano

7th Department - SHIP Platform Design & Combat System
Italian Navy

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM HOW UNMANNED PLATFORMS MIGHT IMPROVE COMBAT CAPABILITIES FOR THE MODERN NAVY

  • Advancing surveillance capabilities on Type 23 Frigates with the implementation of Scan Eagle
  • How will UAVs offer surveillance and maritime patrol support and the possibility of coordinated on-call strike to minimise personnel and vessel risks?
  • Are fixed or rotary-wing UAVs the future complement to existing combat systems and what additional capability can they offer at relatively small cost, weight or space penalties?

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM THE FREMM PROGRAMME: DEVELOPING THE CMS AND CONFIGURING SYSTEMS TO MEET MISSION REQUIREMENTS, ACHIEVE INTEROPERABILITY AND PREPARE FOR FUTURE TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

  • A brief introduction to CEPN and the FREMM Programme to demonstrate how it has been a unique undertaking for the French Navy, allowing others undertaking multinational development programmes to place FREMM in the appropriate context
  • A Case Study for Developing Multinational Programmes: Critical lessons learned from the French-Italian development of the FREMM frigate programme with a focus on the development on the CMS and the configuration of systems such as the Heracles, the ALTESSE, the Mer-Mer and NATO-standard external communications systems (Link 11, 16, 22; JSAT)
  • An acknowledgement of the challenges experienced at sea by the need to operate with different navies and the problems experienced by crew using systems which utilised incompatible interfaces

1:40 PM - 1:50 PM CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF FOCUS DAY