NATO Senior officers to discuss the future of NATO AGS Platforms at Airborne ISR 2019

  • Posted by Maria Ardael
  • September 18, 2019 11:29 AM BST
SMi Reports: Three senior officers from NATO will be presenting at the Airborne ISR conference, in London next month

SMi Reports: Three senior officers from NATO will be presenting at the Airborne ISR conference, in London next month


With just over a month to go until the highly anticipated 5th Annual Airborne ISR Conference taking place on 23rd-24th October in London, there is a newly updated brochure, encompassing new speakers, sponsors and a more focused two-day schedule.

For those interested in attending, the full event details are available to download online. Register at


In recent news, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) will likely finalise a $750 million contract with Boeing by the December of 2019 to extend the life of 14 ageing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft through 2035.


NATO’s E-3 AWACS fleet is currently undergoing a final, comprehensive enhancement programme to prolong its’ service into the 2030’s. These future enhancements will look to leverage the extraordinary capabilities of the NATO AGS platforms and provide next generation capabilities for years to come.

With this in mind, SMi are delighted to have three senior officers from NATO who will be presenting their unique perspectives on the future of NATO ISR.

Presentations include:

Major General Jörg Lebert, Commander Headquarters, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force will be presenting on ‘Managing NATO’s C2 Capabilities with the E3 AWACS Fleet to Monitor Air and Land Threats’ discussing:

  • The AWACS fleet today: capabilities and new domains
  • Enhancing multidomain C2
  • Building resilience and deterrence through interoperability

Brigadier General Volker Samanns, General Manager, NATO Airborne Ground Surveillance Management Agency will be presenting on ‘Delivering an Integrated System for NATO Ground Surveillance to Produce Common Intelligence’ discussing:

  • Examining the importance of common surveillance platforms
  • Working with industry to deliver a three-dimensional system for
  • ground surveillance
  • Capability requirements for a modern ground surveillance
  • platform
  • Discussing the road ahead for system verification and evaluation

Lieutenant Colonel Jens Mieckley, Executive Officer to the General Manager, NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAPMA) will be presenting on ‘The Role of AWACS in the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control’ discussing:

  • Generating capability into 2035+ with the Final Lifetime Extension Programme
  • Considerations on keeping the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control ramp up and AWACS capability ramp down aligned
  • Examining manned-unmanned teaming of NATO platforms and future areas of cooperation on the example of AGS and AWACS GMTI data exchange

The two-day agenda includes 19+ thought provoking speakers and over 5 hours of networking, making this the leading meeting for exploring how information and decision dominance can be ensured with airborne assets.

The brochure with the two-day agenda and full speaker line-up is available at


Airborne ISR Conference
23rd – 24th October 2019

Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK


Sponsored by:

Gold Sponsor: Leonardo

Sponsors: Airbus, Horizon Technologies, Intelsat General Corporation



For sponsorship and exhibitor enquiries, contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6130 or


For delegate enquiries, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054 or


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