1st Saudi Symposium for Radar Technology 2014 | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | 9th-10th December 2014 | Chairman’s Report |
This 1st Saudi Symposium for Radar Technology was hosted at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). The event was held in collaboration with the Saudi MOD, with main sponsors Aselsan and Selex ES, and associate sponsorship from Raytheon, THALES, AEC, and Northrop Grumman. CSIR acted as Scientific Research Partner, and the event was organised by Tangent Link.
The Sympsoium was preceded on 8 December by a series of specialist sponsor workshops: Selex ES on Advances and Innovations in Radar Technology; Aselsan on AESA Radar Systems; and CSIR on Non-Cooperative Radar Target Recognition (NCTR).
The Symposium had an elaborate Opening Ceremony on 9 December, with a welcome address by Dr Sultan K M Almorqi, Director of the National Centre for Sensors and Defence System Technology, KACST, followed by Opening Addresses by Lt Gen Abdulrahman Saleh Albunaian, Chief of Staff, Saudi MOD, and HE Dr Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Suwaiyel, President of KACST. This was followed by an awards ceremony to recognise Saudi personnel for their work in enhancing scientific and technology in the Kingdom, followed by the Official Opening of the Symposium Exhibition, which was attended by all the VIPs.
The official opening of the Symposium Exhibition
The first symposium session was preceded by welcome remarks from HH Dr Turki Bin Saud Mohammed al Saud, Vice President for Research Institutes, KACST. The session then covered Future Trends in Radar Technology, before the symposium was split into two tracks for the remainder of the event. Track One focussed on Military and Security Radars led by a comprehensive overview of the Challenges in Military Radar by Professor Hugh Griffiths of UCL, and the remaining sessions of the day included weather effects on wave propagation, AESA surveillance radars and passive radar. Meanwhile, Track Two in another room heard technical briefings on Radar Technology and Research, including cognitive radar, SAR, optical radar, micro-doppler, and waveform design.
The twin track approach continued on Day 2, with Track One presentations including passive bi-static radars, AESA radars, naval radar, and NCTR using radar. Track Two developed the themes of signal and data processing, passive radars, test and evaluation of modern radar systems and land clutter issues. The large audience clearly enjoyed the symposium, with penetrating questions from the audience after each presentation, and the lively interest in the sponsors’ stands in the Exhibition Hall. The polished organisation of the Symposium by Tangent Link was well appreciated by the speakers, delegates and sponsors alike, and this all bodes well for holding future events in the Kingdom.
Air Marshal RAF Retd Philip Sturley
12 December 2014