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ERA Played Main Role in ISR & EW Capabilities Development Workshop in HQ NATO in Brussels

ERA Played Main Role in ISR & EW Capabilities Development Workshop in HQ NATO in Brussels

ERA Company, in cooperation with the Czech Armed Forces and the Permanent Delegation of the Czech Republic to NATO, organized ISR & EW workshop in HQ NATO in Brussels, Belgium at the end of November 2017, with the participation of more than 70 guests. The workshop focused on one of the most important capabilities for modern warfare: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance & Electronic Warfare (ISR&EW).

The main aim of the event was to initiate discussion about challenges and possible approaches in favour of modern Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) activities between NATO experts. Specifically reflecting new type of sensors, like Deployable Passive ESM Tracker (DPET) VERA-NG fulfilling dual role for Electronic Warfare and Air Defence. Czech Armed Forces together with partners presented applied effective way of integration for both end users. DPET users presented and shared their experience.       

ISR &EW capabilities are closely interlinked with other aspects of adapting NATO to the requirements of current strategic security environment, Joint Intelligence, the Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) concept, Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) and Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD). “The workshop focused on radar structures built on the two platforms that constitute a standard for air defence – conventional radar and PET,” as was stated by the Czech ambassador to NATO Jiří Šedivý in his opening address.

ERA Company, as the PET developer and worldwide supplier, not only co-organized and supported the event but also sent several of its experts. They lectured on passive radar systems, namely DPET VERA-NG. Vojtěch Stejskal from the ERA Strategy department introduced the issue in two lectures called “DPET NATO Asset” and “Multisensor Surveillance Future”. The workshop chairman, Colonel Vladimír Lang from the Czech General Staff, lectured on ISR & EW concept by the Czech Armed Forces and Lieutenant Colonel Petr Šnajdárek on complexity, integration and usefulness of the joint architecture of ISR & EW. ERA advisors, Major General Bohuslav Dvořák and Colonel Vladimír Lang, chaired the panel discussions. Richard Mácha, CZ NADREP from HQ NATO enthusiastically served as moderator for this two day event.

There was also an exhibition of two Czech companies related to the workshop topic on site. ERA had its exhibition stand with its mock-up Vera-NG antenna alongside the JISR Institute, another important and valuable participant in the workshop programme. The international audience could visit their exhibition booths during coffee and lunch breaks and ERA thus had an opportunity to introduce itself to a variety of guests, mainly NATO specialists from NCIA, project managers, SHAPE, DACCC, NIAG, the NATO Defence Investment division, the NATO Intelligence and Security Division and other NATO permanent delegations from HQ NATO. This specialised workshop also had an open format with the presence of defence industry representatives from Leonardo, Airbus, Boeing and Elettronica.

The workshop was very highly and positively evaluated by all participants.