'Underwater Capability for an Uncertain Future' is the overall theme of the UDT 2015 conference, which takes place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 3 - 5 June 2015.
The conference is renowned for its responsiveness to significant developments in the subsea domain, not least in countering the evolving threat environment. This fact is reflected in the 2015 agenda which encompasses submarine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, mine warfare, hydrography/environmental assessment and maritime security.
Prominence is given to autonomous vehicles in a conference stream that includes mine counter measures; multiple vehicle operations; countering UAVs; and operational, legal and ethical issues. Critical technologies in the areas of communications, command & control and endurance will also be examined.
Operational drivers and imperatives are always a high priority and the issues under the spotlight include future requirements, command & control, navigation, network centric operations and communications. Separate streams will examine the latest developments in sensors and processing and weapon and payload systems
Escape, search and rescue is another crucially important subject area and examples of current technology will be on display in the UDT exhibition that runs alongside the conference.
UDT's platform design content is widely recognised as an authoritative source of learning and this year's agenda will look at energy, power and propulsion, signature management, performance modelling and safety.
Simon Williams, Chairman, Clarion Defence & Security at Clarion Events, says; "Our 2015 conference will be particularly relevant given the current strategic context. Against an uncertain backdrop of a growing number of varied and evolving undersea threats, a number of countries are engaged in renewing major elements of their underwater capabilities; while in the security space, international organised criminals are exploiting the underwater environment. In light of this, UDT is the centre point, showcasing innovative technologies that will be used to mitigate such threats, and providing a framework for discussion towards a viable strategy in an underwater domain fraught with risks."