The 2019 Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) conference will cover key issues faced by global military forces as they tackle new challenges in the global underwater defence and security environment.

Taking place on 13-15 May in Sweden, UDT feature four streams, organised around six themes, with an additional Military Diver Capabilities conference.

Bert Johansson, conference committee chair, said: “Challenges facing the military and commercial underwater domains are driving underwater technology development at a speed and direction we have seldom seen before, with autonomy, endurance and reliability topping the requirements list of operators in this field.”

Utilising technology

The core themes include platform design and maximising capability in the constrained underwater environment; and sensors and processing, covering all sensor-related aspects of the undersea defence technology field.

There will also be the theme of unmanned, remotely piloted and autonomous systems; and weapon and payload systems, looking at requirements and best-practise for the design, deployment, integration and exploitation of weapon and payload systems for underwater operations.

The operational drivers and imperatives theme will include policy constraints and freedoms for AI-based systems and underwater warfare in the information age; while exploitation of commercial and new technologies will address tapping into commercial and novel technologies emerging from mass consumer technology.

By Rebecca Jeffrey