The conference “Anti-drones fight (including swarm case): where do we stand?”

September 19th 2024, Blagnac

The “Drone countermeasures: where do we stand?” conference focuses on exploring strategies and technologies for combating drones, particularly in the context of swarm attacks. A swarm attack refers to a scenario in which several drones are used simultaneously to carry out a coordinated and potentially malicious activity.

The primary objective of this conference is to examine the various countermeasures against drones and to understand their potential impact in thwarting swarm attacks. The conference aims to bring together experts, researchers and industry professionals to share their knowledge and insights in this rapidly evolving field.

Through presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions, participants will gain valuable insights into the following:

Anti-drone technologies: The conference will present the latest advances in anti-drone technologies, such as radar systems, radio frequency (RF) sensors and optical detection systems. These technologies aim to detect, track and mitigate the threat posed by drones.

Legal and policy considerations: The conference will also address the legal and policy implications of countering drones. Participants will explore the regulations governing the use of counter-drone technologies and the ethical considerations related to privacy and safety.

Case studies: The conference will feature real-world case studies of swarm attacks and the anti-drone efforts employed to mitigate them. Experts will analyze the tactics and strategies employed by swarm attackers and discuss the effectiveness of different countermeasures.

Collaboration opportunities: Participants will have the opportunity to engage in networking sessions and meet industry-leading organizations specializing in anti-drone technologies. This will foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among participants to collectively combat the evolving threats posed by drones and swarms.

Overall, the conference aims to equip attendees with cutting-edge knowledge and practical insights to develop comprehensive anti-drone strategies and technologies. By exploring the means to counter swarm attacks, the conference aims to contribute towards fostering a safer and secure environment in the face of emerging drone threats.

The HELMA-P anti-drone laser weapon has proved its effectiveness time and again in test campaigns in France and abroad.
HELMA-P hits its target with 100% success, neutralizing a drone at a distance of 1 km in a matter of seconds.
The DGA has acquired a copy for deployment at the Paris Olympics, as part of the Provisional Air Safety System set up by the French Air and Space Force.
The development work on this model focused on operational safety, which will be inherited by the production product available in 2025.
At the same time, thanks to the characteristics of this laser weapon, which is capable of concentrating all the beam’s energy onto a pellet the size of 2 euros, it has been possible to define the conditions for safe operational use.
During the conference, Laurent TARD will give a detailed presentation on the safe implementation of this weapon and the feedback from its use.

Laurent TARD is a former officer in the French Army, where he served for 27 years.
Sales manager for 4 years at CILAS, he is responsible for marketing the HELMA-P anti-drone laser weapon.
In particular, he deals with the security issues linked to its use in an operational environment and operational risk management.

Confirmed speakers (list to be completed soon): Yves Robins, SKYSHELF director and Laurent Tard, CILAS sales manager.