13-14 December 2017 | Central London

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Countering Drones Agenda 2017

Keeping up with technology in an industry in perpetual development

The drone industry is booming! Underneath the optimism however, concerns continue to emerge about the risks that UAVs pose to public safety and security. Drone technology has developed at a faster rate than many of us could have ever imagined, leaving regulation and counter-drone capability far behind.  

It is now critical that governments work with regulators and industry to develop an effective C-UAV framework, and correctly understanding the multitude of challenges that drones present is central to this. Sites of critical national infrastructure, prisons, airports, sporting venues and other stadia are at serious risk, constrained by embryonic regulation and undefined remits for threat engagement. This December, we will provide a unique platform where security professions can share their challenges with governments, regulators and industry, to assist in developing a lens for threat assessment and a framework for progression.    

It is in this context that Defence IQ will host its 2nd Countering Drones Global conference this December. We look forward to seeing you in London for Europe’s number one countering drones conference, as we seek to develop complete solutions to this emerging threat. 

Exclusive Content

Global market report 2017: where are we now?

In this exclusive infographic, discover what has changed for your peers since last year, ahead of the second annual Countering Drones Global conference (12th - 14th December 2017). What stage are they now at regarding the engagement and counter-drone technology currently available on the market? What is their opinion on their country's legislation's response to the threat? Has the communication between the government and the public improved since last year?

Drones regulations and incidents worldwide: 2017 update

While regulations emerge in more countries, the number of incidents that could potentially create serious damage keeps increasing at a rate too fast to keep up. More civilian drones than ever are being used illegally or above sensitive areas and could threaten national security. In this updated map, discover which new countries have implemented regulations and what incidents have happened in the past year.

[Disclaimer: This information is provided for guidance and comparison only. Information is subject to change. Defence IQ accepts no responsibility for the use of this information.]


No Drone Zone: When ignorance becomes a threat to security

While this year’s Countering Drones forum will be providing a dedicated focus on the technologies and legal implications surrounding drone countermeasures for at-risk sites, it will also be offering scope on the efforts to raise public awareness on drone regulations so as to lessen the risk of negligent incidents. After all, massive financial and physical disruption can occur even when an operator is not actively trying to cause chaos, as some of these latest cases can attest.

In this exclusive article, Nathan Wall, Airside Safety Lead at Cork Airport and one of this year's speakers, explains how the NO DRONE ZONE campaign has launched and why it is so vital in preventing incidents around our airdromes...

Stopping drones from entering a country: The Estonia - Russia border conundrum

Drones can be damaging for borders, whether they smuggle illicit or counterfeit products, provide intelligence to an adversary or pose a physical threat through bombs or chemical warfare. How are border forces dealing with this increasing problem? in this exclusive interview with Colonel Tarmo Kohv, Border Delegate and Liaison Officer to Poland, Lithuania and Latvia of the Estonian Border Force, discover how Estonia is getting ready to counter the drone threat on its doorstep.

Are we prepared for the threat of drones? [INFOGRAPHIC]

"Of those industries that are seen as particularly at-risk of unlawful drone use, 83% claim they require counter-drone solutions and are yet to fulfill this requirement..."

Estimated at around $127 billion, the 'drone revolution' is booming. But amongst the optimism is a creeping concern about the security and safety threat that this technology presents to critical national infrastructure, homeland security and a range of commercial sectors.

Defence IQ surveyed over 430 people with an interest in unmanned aerial vehicle/counter-drone technology developments. We asked them whether they believed the threat is really as serious as many suspect and if the commercial sector is ready for major security incidents resulting from drone-use. Download the infographic for the full results...

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) hurdles higher than they appear

The NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme remains of critical importance to the alliance and to the future shape of unmanned aviation in Europe. But the problems facing both the platform and the general sector aren’t quite as close to being solved as appearance suggests judging by reports from the rollout event for the first AGS airframe.

Sandia Report on the Counter UAV Market

The purpose of this document is to briefly frame the challenges of detecting low, slow, and small (LSS) unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

US grappling with counter-UAS technology challenges

As Defence IQ has recently reported, the rising number of criminal and negligent incidents involving civilian unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is pushing harder on the need for a greater awareness of the potential dangers to the public. However, in many cases, awareness is just not enough. The progress of UAS technology requires a tandem attention to the progress of counter-technology – effective and safe methods of neutralising these vehicles when they become a threat, particularly to vulnerable civil sites.

Much of this process is being made in the United States, where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has, as of August 29, released a rule to allow for the use of small UAS within national airspace. To get a better perspective on how this technology is moving forward, we caught up with Andrew Lacher, UAS Integration Lead and Research Strategist at technology R&D centre the MITRE Corporation, ahead of his brief at the Countering Drones conference...

Countering Drones Attendee List 2016

See who attended in 2016

Registration Form 2017

Book your place at the Countering Drones conference today simply fill out this form and email a scanned / photocopied version to enquire@defenceiq.com


RAND Report on Drones

Drones—or as they are also known, armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—are in the headlines and provoking debates, especially for their use in U.S. targeted killings. They are spreading across the globe and others are beginning to use them. How dangerous is the proliferation of armed UAVs and what effect will they have on U.S. security?


Are Unmanned Aircraft Systems needed for logistics operations?

Would the military really benefit from the procurement of an unmanned aircraft system specifically designed for delivering supplies to troops in remote and dangerous locations? More than a decade of continuous combat on noncontiguous battlefields has revealed shortcomings and inefficiencies in the U.S. military’s set of vehicles, organizations, and doctrine.

Explaining the alternatives for UAV navigation

ArticlesUAVs use a number of navigation systems to fly a path to an assigned area. The generated coordinates are also used to geo-locate the UAV position and its imagery, making it a very important part of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

UAVs: The future of irregular warfare

What role is the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) currently playing in providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to ground troops in irregular warfare environments? How will this function evolve over time? That was the central theme I posed to Dr. Earl William Powers, a Research Fellow at the United States Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, in an interview with Defence IQ.

Will UAVs be game changers in future peacekeeping?

With the conflict in The Democratic Republic of the Congo nearing 10 years of almost non-stop fighting, and with political relations between the government and rebel groups - and more recently Rwanda - at a stalemate, focus has shifted to the UN peacekeeping force, MONUSCO, in a search for solutions to the ever-worsening humanitarian situation.