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Commander of the US Air Force’s U2 Wing to Present at the 5th Annual Airborne ISR Conference

By Eric Van Rees - 16th August 2019 - 07:53

SMi Reports: Colonel Andrew Clark of the US Air Force to give a keynote address on the U-2 at the Airborne ISR Conference, this October in London

Conference organisers, SMi Group, are delighted to have Colonel Andrew Clark, Commander 9th Reconnaissance Wing, United States Air Force deliver a keynote presentation at this year’s Airborne ISR conference, taking place on 23rd and 24th October in London.

One of the United States’ most secret aerial reconnaissance platforms for more than half a century, the U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, nicknamed the U-2 Dragon Lady still flies some of the U.S. military’s most sensitive spy missions worldwide. The design of the aircraft has remained essentially unchanged over decades of operational deployment, but the reconnaissance systems are constantly upgraded with state-of-the-art and classified systems.

The U-2 continues to meet the ISR needs of combatant commanders every day while helping to meet the Air Force’s vision for the Advanced Battle Management System.

With this is mind, Colonel Andrew Clark will present a keynote address on ‘The U-2 Today and Tomorrow: The Future of High-Altitude Reconnaissance’. His presentation will focus on:

  • The resurgent roles of the U2 in USAF ISR operations
  • Discussing the unique modular payload approach for enhancing the U2’s ISR capabilities
  • The advantages of high-altitude reconnaissance
  • Designing operations for optimal data collection

The event brochure with the full agenda and speaker line-up is available to download online at

At the two-day event, delegates will hear the latest developments in 5th generation platforms and ISR infrastructure from a diverse range of nations including US, UK, Canada, Germany, Portugal, NATO and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with the military and industry to discuss the most crucial topics today, including:

  • Delivering interoperability in unmanned systems
  • Advancements in manned ISR platforms
  • Maritime patrol and ISR
  • Utilising data dissemination technology to maintain information dominance
  • Automating and Federating data dissemination systems

There is an early bird saving of £200 available for bookings place before midnight on Friday 30th August 2019. Register online at

Airborne ISR Conference

23rd – 24th October 2019

Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK

Gold Sponsor: Leonardo

Sponsor: Airbus & Horizon Technologies

For sponsorship and exhibitor enquiries, contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6130 or [email protected]

For delegate enquiries, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054 or [email protected]

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