Pre-Conference Workshop Day

1:00 PM - 5:45 PM IDENTIFYING THE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF A MULTI-SYSTEM 'SUPER RADAR'

Mr Brian Lihani, Deputy Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch, HQ NORAD
As ISR continues to prioritise integration between different kinds of sensor, military radar operators have begun to explore and to realise the potential for multi-system solutions, capable of combining multiple capabilities within the confines of a single platform. By streamlining and internalising several requirements, these platforms have critical implications for cost, coverage and threat detection.

Multi-system radars, whilst already operationally deployable, continue to pose considerable challenges. The technical specifications of missile defence radars differ markedly from those of conventional air defence platforms and, as a result, HQ NORAD continues to rely on an integrated family of systems, which requires a costly though tested approach to data fusion.

This workshop will look to establish the critical operational requirements of an effective multi-system radar, the role of which would certainly include counter-battery and air defence, but which might also integrate communications, EW and ELINT capability. Led by a senior AEW commander at HQ NORAD, participants will have a unique opportunity to establish the specifications of a platform which would increase coverage, speed up response and streamline reconnaissance and surveillance.

Key questions for the session will be:

•How can the technical specifications of different radars be fused within a single multi-platform system?
•In what ways should legacy platforms be upgraded to include a multi-system component?
•Do the limitations of a networked family of systems justify the future procurement of more capable unified platforms?

By attending this interactive session, you will be able to:

•Identify the critical operational requirements of a multi-system platform, and understand the challenges that must be overcome if such a system is to take the place of networked, but separate systems
•Hear directly from an operational commander about the limitations of current capability, in order to ensure that research and development results in a mission-ready platform
•Explore how radar can network more effectively with other sensors to increase surveillance coverage

Itinerary

13:00 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
14:00 Opening Remarks – Objectives and Challenges
14:15 Session 1: Understanding the current barriers to multi-system platforms
15:00 Group Discussion
15:30 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 Session 2: Working towards a mission-ready multi-platform system
16:45 Group Discussion
17:30 Closing Remarks: Summary and Recommendations
17:45 END OF SESSION

About the Workshop Leader:

Mr Brian Lihani, Acting Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch, HQ NORAD

Mr John Brian Lihani is a senior air defence operations analyst and, as Acting Branch Chief, directs, organises and exercises management over employees assigned to the Aerospace Warning Branch. He manages the branch tasking processes and enforces command directives, providing oversight for operational integration of existing and new surveillance systems, to accomplish NORAD’s aerospace control and warning mission.

Mr Brian Lihani

Deputy Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch
HQ NORAD