9-11 October 2018
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 10 October 2018

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration, refreshments and networking

8:50 am - 9:00 am Welcome remarks from Chairman


9:00 am - 9:20 am SPECIAL SESSION: Modernising the Egyptian Navy to tackle current and future threats

Senior Representative - Egypt Navy Egypt
  • Counter terrorism efforts: Acquiring submarines with advanced offensive weapons, a torpedo fire control system, an electronic weapons control system, along with capability of launching anti-ship missiles and planting naval mines
  • Advanced maritime patrolling to the northern approaches of Bab-el-Mandeb Strait
  • Tackling a very complex environment of failed states
  • Managing exploitation of maritime zones, civil wars, insurgencies, terrorism, illegal migration and trafficking, security of energy resources and infrastructures

Senior Representative

Egypt Navy

9:20 am - 9:50 am EXECUTIVE BRIEFING: Enabling C4I via game-changing connectivity across the naval domains

Colonel Ralph Thiele (R) - Member Advisory Board (Germany) European Centre of Excellence for Hybrid Threats
  • How can big data and cyber security centres help in Saudi Arabia’s technological requirements
  • Developing data management centres and integrating them with regional naval C4I capabilities
  • Mitigating ISR and EW threat landscape with cyber defence and network security
  • Lessons learnt: What went wrong in other geographies that can be avoided in the Middle East?

Colonel Ralph Thiele (R)

Member Advisory Board (Germany)
European Centre of Excellence for Hybrid Threats


9:50 am - 10:10 am Maritime law and its impact on inter-agency cooperation and interoperability

Senior Representatives - German Navy Command Germany
  • Overview of the existing international maritime law and its subsequent compliance
  • Discussing policies and training of navies and coast guards and involving them in joint drills and exercises
  • Cooperation between various maritime forces and impact of the maritime law to boost interoperability
  • Using an integrated maritime security and surveillance system for interagency cooperation

Senior Representatives

German Navy Command

10:10 am - 10:40 am Improving wide-area ocean surveillance for early detection of threats using UAVs

  • Detecting and tracking targets with optical sensors, thermal imaging cameras, air-to-air radars with real-time data reporting
  • Development of under sea surveillance networks to detect, classify, track and identify targets of interest
  • Deep sea surveillance: Using UAVs, with real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities


10:40 am - 11:00 am Leveraging high-level maritime communication for efficient mission planning

  • High-level monitoring and sharing of data through essential equipment for marine communication
  • Using cutting-edge GPS, satellite imaging, optical and infrared sensors with tactical and tetra communication systems to gain visibility of the missions in progress
  • Integrating the automatic identification system (AIS), signals intelligence, radar threat detection and communications relay systems to overcome the latency experienced by AIS responders

11:00 am - 11:30 am Networking coffee break

11:30 am - 11:50 am Enhancing interoperability for a better air-land-sea cooperation using efficient C2 battle management tactics

Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti (R) - Former Commander of Training and Doctrine Command Italian Army
  • Contemporary amphibious operations and learning from global case studies
  • How to improve efficiency, quality and consistency of ISR and C2 battle management
  • Delivering information superiority for the contemporary operational environment by using state of the art C4ISR and EW systems

Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti (R)

Former Commander of Training and Doctrine Command
Italian Army

11:50 am - 12:10 pm INNOVATION BRIEFING: How can an integrated naval navigation system help achieve tactical situational awareness?

  • How can commercial off the shelf services (COTS) be integrated without jamming the cyber security of networks?
  • Integrated vessel wide control, monitoring and automation for operational effectiveness – how can COTs be different and cheaper?
  • Integration of COTS routers, encryption devices and the overall enterprise system architecture

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Networking coffee break

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Integrated combat management

Senior Representatives - Royal Saudi Naval Forces Saudi Arabia
  • Overview of the maritime capabilities in the Arabian Gulf
  • Using maritime patrol aircrafts and helicopters with high endurance to support joint naval operations
  • Revising vessel design, conducting repairs, supply equipment and platform integration

Senior Representatives

Royal Saudi Naval Forces
Saudi Arabia

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: What level of information sharing is necessary between military and non-military assets?

Senior Representatives - Royal Saudi Naval Forces Saudi Arabia
Senior Representative - Saudi Border Guards Saudi Arabia
  • Potential communication vulnerabilities across merchant navies, water vessels, ports, export terminals and the coast guards and navies?
  • Can solution providers help build those layers of communication with the right security approach?
  • How do navies work together to achieve a greater integration of information gathering and sharing?
  • Actionable intelligence: How can information sources be made more reliable?

Senior Representatives

Royal Saudi Naval Forces
Saudi Arabia

Senior Representative

Saudi Border Guards
Saudi Arabia

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm Future sea lines of communication (SLOC) and security

  • Outlining the maritime boundary issues
  • Co-relation between sea lane security, SLOC and trade and the need to protect it
  • Next-generation combat boats to patrol shallow littoral areas beyond sheltered harbours using SLOC

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Chairman’s closing remarks and lunch break

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EXECUTIVE THINK TANKS

These sessions will be across 15 round tables for an hour each. 15 pre-decided topics split between the attendees to deliberate current and future defence industry trends.
Attendees will be pre-decided on these tables and solution providers as well as global innovators will be addressing these topics.

These topics are not restricted to:

  • Maritime communication and infrastructure
  • C4ISR integration
  • Satellite communication
  • Anti-missile shields for naval and coastal assets
  • Anti-submarine technologies
  • Navigation and communication software
  • Underwater seabed sensor networks
  • Tactical communication systems
  • Naval ISR for critical infrastructure
  • Sea minesweeping technologies
  • Unmanned underwater vehicles
  • Ship building and technology integration
  • Fleet management of ships
  • Vessel certification, testing and commissioning
  • Ship training and simulation
  • Mobile marine simulators

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm End of day conference day two

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.