Detecting and Neutralizing Mini-Drones

Detecting and Neutralizing Mini-Drones Sensors and Effectors against an Asymmetric Threat By Daniela Pistoia, Corporate Chief Scientist, ELT Group Introduction Small (15–150 kg), mini (<15 kg), micro (<66 J energy state) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)1 will drastically proliferate in the near future with rapidly advancing performance and functionalities. Progress in power storage, avionics miniaturization, materials…

Unmanned Aerial Systems Miniaturization

Unmanned Aerial Systems Miniaturization Chances and Risks of an Irreversible Trend By Major Michel Busch, DEU Army, JAPCC Introduction The design of the first-ever Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that appeared in the late 1970s and early 1980s was determined, and limited, by the payload size and weight of the sensors available. During that time the…

Unintentional Air Strikes during Dynamic Operations

Unintentional Air Strikes during Dynamic Operations NATO Views and Possible Fixes By Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Olivieri, ITA AF, JAPCC By Lieutenant Colonel Michele Ferrari di Valbona, ITA A.Avn., JAPCC Introduction Images of bombed hospitals stunned participants of the 2016 JAPCC Conference1, as a Panellist raised the unsettling and poignant issue about how operations sometimes transcend…

Future Options for Surface-Based Air and Missile Defence?

Future Options for Surface-Based Air and Missile Defence? By Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Schmidt, DEU AF, JAPCC Introduction France, in 1794, was the first nation to use aerial balloons for reconnaissance purposes. Subsequently, it took almost 100 years for the German military to realize that small cannons could be used to intercept those balloons. The ‘Ballonabwehrkanone’…

Maritime Rotary Wing

Maritime Rotary Wing The Importance of Helicopters for both Naval and Joint Operations By Commander Paolo Florentino, ITA N, JAPCC Introduction Spurred by a desire to extend their influence in the world through sea power, many nations recognized in the early 1900s airborne assets would become a fundamental component of maritime warfare. Consequently, many traditional…

Ensuring Military Cross-Border Air Operations in Europe

Ensuring Military Cross-Border Air Operations in Europe Civil-Military Air Traffic Management in a ‘Single European Sky’ By Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Reuber, German Air Force, EUROCONTROL Official Introduction In 1999, the European Commission (EC) launched the ‘Single European Sky’ (SES) initiative to solve the European Air Traffic Management (ATM) system’s inability to deal with increasing congestion…

NATO E-3A and AGS Interoperability

NATO E-3A and AGS Interoperability Calibrating the Alliance for Multi-Domain Command & Control By Major Jay B. Vizcarra, NATO E-3A Component ‘Information is only of value if you give it to people who have the ability to do something with it.’1 General Stanley McChrystal Introduction Military success rests on effective Command and Control (C2). It…