UDT 2014 Set for Liverpool, June 10-12

Posted by Irina Tabakina

“UDT is a key event for us in this year’s exhibition calendar, drawing together global customers and suppliers involved in undersea defence technologies,” said Iain Kennedy, Strategy Director at QinetiQ. “The opportunity to network and arrange multiple meetings in one place is extremely valuable to us.”
His thoughts were echoed by Richard Morgan, Managing Director at DSG Technology: “UDT is an excellent event, focused and well organized … UDT is always the first event in our diary and we look forward to another successful exhibition and conference this year.”. Similarly Jan Gogstad Thorsen, Marketing Manager Submarine Systems at Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace AS had nothing but praise for the show:“We have always considered the event to be the right place for promotion of all our underwater products. The combination of the Conference and the Exhibition has shown to be a good way of attracting the right people from the worldwide underwater community.”
The strength of these testimonials is part of the reason why Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) will celebrate its 26th anniversary from June 10-12, 2014, at the ACC Liverpool. The underwater defence and security event has traditionally brought together senior military officials, preeminent academics and key industry decision makers to focus upon innovative developments in the undersea sector. 2014 is set to build upon this unique pedigree as the event welcomes a significant number of first-time exhibitors and takes part in the International Festival for Business.
This year’s cohort of new exhibitors includes, but is not limited to; Analox, ASCA, Copper Alloys Ltd, Drumgrange, Fugro, Holland Hydraulics, QinetiQ, Seatechrim and Sensor Technology Ltd. They will join long-term supporters of the show such as; Atlas Electronik, Babcock International Group, BAE Systems, Bartington Instruments, Cassidian Optronics, DCNS, EdgeTech, INDAL Technologies, Kongsberg Defence Systems, Lockheed Martin, Saab Dynamics and many more. Consequently the exhibition floor will feature a comprehensive display of thought-leading concepts and technologies.
An example of the innovation on display will be present at the Cassidian Optronics stand.
This year the company will showcase a number of products from its marine product portfolio, including some of its latest periscope and optronic mast systems (OMS). The company will exhibit examples from its two periscope families – the SERO 250 and the SERO 400; its latest innovation, the OMS 200, will also be on display. The product uses newly developed passive sensors to improve surveillance capabilities. The optronic mast also features optimised stealth characteristics on account of its integrated and compact design. Consequently the OMS 200 provides a single system with which to carry out the attack and reconnaissance tasks previously assigned to separate systems.
Meanwhile EdgeTech will showcase recent advances within its smaller-sized AUV system portfolio. Alongside a number of other products, the company will field the 2205 AUV-based sonar system.
The 2205’s classification frequency of 1,600 kHz is capable of producing images of photographic quality, making MLO target classification trouble-free. It also requires a relatively low operational power input; drastically reducing the mass of electronics compared to legacy systems, whilst compressing the size of transducers. The result is a system that costs less to operate in the long-run, requires less maintenance relative to other products and offers rapid sensor integration.
RTsys will showcase its AS3I Analog Surface Ship Sonar Improvement, which improves current sonar performances and usability without the need to replace the Hull Mounted and/or Variable Depth Sonar, whilst Teledyne RD Instruments will launch two new Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) product lines – Pathfinder and Pioneer.
“In conjunction with the exhibition, UDT’s engaging conference program will provide the annual symposium for the undersea defence community,” said Event Director Anna Campagnoli. “This year’s overall conference theme of Autonomy has been specifically chosen to explore the advances in autonomous and semi-autonomous operations of both manned submarines and unmanned platforms; reflecting the most recent technological developments to affect underwater operations and improve cost-effectiveness”.
 “The event will attract high-caliber stakeholders associated with the undersea community. Philip Dunne MP, Minister for Defense Equipment, Support and Technology, will be giving this year’s keynote address and his presence symbolises the fact that the U.K. Government has delivered an unprecedented level of support for UDT 2014. Consequently I have no doubt that this year will be the most successful edition of the event to date”.
UDT 2014 takes place from June 10-12, 2014, at the ACC Liverpool.

UDT 2014 Exhibitor List

ACSA - Alcen Group    A51
Aish Technologies Ltd    C14
Ametek SCP Inc    A65
Analox    D11
Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd, UK    D54
Atlas Elektronik UK Ltd    A30
Babcock International Group    A40
BAE Systems    A52
Bartington Instruments Ltd    A55
Blueprint Subsea    D20
BMT Defence Services    C54
COFI    A1
Copper Alloys Limited    C12
DCNS    B20
DGA    D48
Divex Ltd    B1
Drumgrange Ltd    A70
DSG Technology AS    D21
DSIT Solutions Ltd    C34
EdgeTech    A25
EvoLogics GmbH    C40
FSSL Robotic Technologies    D14
Hale Hamilton    B71
Holland Composites BV    C22
Holland Hydraulics    C10
Imtech Marine Netherlands    C60
Indal Technologies    B3
James Fisher Defence Sweden AB    B1
L-3 CALZONI    D55
Lockheed Martin    A43
MacTaggart Scott and Co Ltd    C71
Marine Innovation Centre with Plymouth University    B19
MEDAV GmbH    D44
Mikel Inc    A61
Morgan Technical Ceramics    A19
Norbit US Ltd    C10
QinetiQ    A2
Rolls-Royce    A11
Rotinor Gmbh    C44
RTsys    D23
Saab Dynamics AB    A50
SAB Georg Schuenemann    C50
SEA(Group) Ltd    A15
SeaBotix    C73
SeeByte    C30
Sensor Technology Ltd    D13
Shipham Valves     A71
Subsalve USA Corporation    B12
Survitec Group Ltd    D58
Systems Sunlight S A    A32
Teledyne Gavia    D32
Teledyne RD Instruments    D32
TNO Defence, Safety and Security    C60
TODS Defence Ltd    C28
Trelleborg AEM    B2
Truflo Marine    B70
UDT 2015   
Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems    B60
Valeport    C20
VideoRay LLC    D30

(As published in the May 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazine)

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