UDT 2024 Returns to London

The latest developments in undersea defence capabilities will be displayed at UDT 2024, 9th - 11th April at ExCeL, London By Sarah Simpson / 08 Apr 2024
Undersea Defence Technology 2024 Returns to London
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Returning to London for the first time in 15 years, the highly anticipated Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition and conference is set to explore the latest developments and trends in undersea defence capabilities.

Bringing together researchers, military end-users and professionals across the supply chain, the three-day event will explore how technological advances are contributing to the reinforcement of undersea defences, ensuring that nations can maintain the strategic edge at sea.

In the backdrop of an increasingly contested maritime environment, coupled with the commodification of high-tech maritime technology, nations need to constantly adapt and evolve to ensure preparedness for the challenges of tomorrow.

Ukraine’s claim that it has sunk yet another Russian warship in the Black Sea with a maritime drone attack demonstrates not only the effectiveness of small, versatile technologies against larger, more equipped targets but also, the dangers this technology poses for allied nation’s fleets.

Now more than ever, it is critical to develop new forms of defence to guard against these forms of attack, particularly in the context of increased utilisation from non-state actors.

The need to advance knowledge, develop policy and expand undersea defence technology awareness has never been greater.

As an event tailored towards the advancement of undersea defence technologies as well as progressing thought on the opportunities and challenges, they present, UDT is well-positioned as the leading event in this sector.

This year the theme of UDT is centred around overcoming the difficulty of navigating the underwater landscape, with six further focus areas to be explored including platform design, sensors and processing, weapons and countermeasures, uncrewed, remotely piloted and autonomous systems, operational drivers and AI along with Big Data and Advanced Analytics.

The event will provide a platform for various perspectives from a range of countries and expertise. Senior military personnel, alongside top representatives from the defence industry are expected to discuss how recent geopolitical events have heightened the need for innovation in the maritime sector and how industry can help create opportunities to directly tackle threats to protect critical undersea assets.

The theme and content of the event is shaped by the UDT committee which represents the users, industry and academia of the undersea defence community. UDT’s technical planning committee provides unique advice to organisers regarding the needs of their audience and the upcoming trends being explored across the research base.

The UDT conference also has an enticing keynote lineup with a range of topics set to be discussed including:

  • The Royal Navy and Autonomy
  • AUKUS Pillar 1 Update
  • The Relevance of additive manufacturing for submarines
  • and many more

Who attends?
A variety of people will be in attendance including military, defence media, defence academics and defence company representatives. Defence companies will be in attendance from across the supply chain. Prominent manufacturers such as Babcock, L3Harris, Hensoldt, and Saab will exhibit alongside a variety of smaller specialised companies.

There will be a large UK and US presence at the show in addition to companies from Canada, Norway, Australia, France, and many more.

Visit the event website to secure your registration pass.

Posted by Sarah Simpson Connect & Contact