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Countering Drones Middle East Conference

8 May, 2018 - 9 May, 2018, Amman, Jordan

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Responding to an evolving and growing security threat across the Middle East

Countering Drones Middle East is a cross military and civilian conference which looks to provide solutions to one of the region's fasting growing threats. Taking place in Amman, during the SOFEX exhibition week, this conference provides the region's only platform for military personnel, governments, CAAs, law enforcement agencies and industry to interact to deliver actionable strategies to counter enemy and criminal drone usage.

The conference will also feature a Live Demonstration taking place at the JAF ISR wing, 30 minutes drive east of Amman.

Malicious drone usage is rapidly changing the security environment across the Middle East- threatening the safety of armed forces personnel and citizens alike. The increasing frequency of these attacks and the technological advancement of the vehicles being used is truly a cause for concern. Whilst developing and implementing counter drone systems is an immediate requirement, it is imperative that strategies are adopted to stem the flow of shop bought and military specification drones to malicious parities.

In the civilian context, the uptake in drone usage by hobbyist, and in some places the continued hostilities of civil war has dramatically changed the security environment for civil aviation, policing and facility protection. Government agencies have plenty of work to do with regulators and industry experts to develop an effective counter drone framework and, as the drone threat continues to evolve and multiply, discussions must continue in an effort to stay ahead of malicious pilots.

It is in this context that we will host the Countering Drones Middle East conference in May. We look forward to seeing you in Amman as we seek to develop complete solutions to this emerging threat.

Join the Countering Drones conference to:

  • Safeguard the public against malicious use of drones by terrorist and rebel groups
  • Close the capability gap to counter the new threat on the battlefield
  • Explore opportunities to procure purpose made counter drone solutions andavoid an expensive reliance on missile defence systems
  • Adopt the detection, electronic and physical countermeasure systems needed to assure critical national infrastructure protection
  • Maximise the effectiveness of your new counter drone systems by participating in operational and training scenarios
  • Protect the perimeter of your stadium or venue against drone incursion and attack
  • Develop practical approaches to preventing drone-incursions at your airport facility

Countering Drones Middle East - Live Demonstration

Following the main conference, this live demonstration will be a rare opportunity to watch counter-drone capability in action. Located at a Jordanian Armed Forces facility, just outside of Amman, the visit will feature technologies capable of enhancing the detection, tracking and engagement of unmanned aerial systems. After the live display, participating industry will join security professionals for a summative panel discussion, where they will discuss the hurdles that must be overcome if these counter-drone solutions are to be safely and legally deployed in a variety of military and civilian environment.

Who Should Attend Countering Drones Middle East

  • Military & Government Security Agencies
  • Airports, sea ports, borders and railways
  • Civil Aviation Authorities and Air Traffic Managements
  • Counter-terror agencies, law enforcement and emergency services
  • Government buildings, military bases and sensitive installations
  • Major broadcasters, film and television studios
  • National space agencies and major industrial complexes
  • Critical infrastructure including nuclear power stations, grids and utilities
  • Public buildings, embassies and consulates
  • International organisations including the UN, NATO and WTO
  • Sporting arenas and major venues event venues
  • Prisons & Correctional Facilities

"Most focused and successful event I have found"
Program Manager, Robin Radar Systems

"Very good to get the wider perspectives on a complex topic"
Technology Manager, Thales UK

"Great for networking"
Area Manager, PARC, a Xerox company


Armed Forces Hotel
Tabarbour, Tareq, 11947 Amman
Phone: +962 6 563 30 50


Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have put together a HotelMap that displays discounted accommodation for hotels in the area near to Countering Drones Middle East 2018. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel:

Please note: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the Hotel's website link provided.Main Conference Day One - May 8th, 2018

Live Demonstration - May 9th, 2018

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

2018 Speakers

  • Major General Masood Ahmad Azizi, Deputy Minister of Interior, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Dr. Omar Kaddouha, Director Flight Safety, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Lebanon
  • Colonel Amine Elkai, Chief of JOIC. (Joint Intelligence Information Center), Lebanese Armed Forces
  • Shamel Alshishani, Regional Director, Airport, Passenger, Cargo, and Security / MENA, IATA
  • Guram Jalaghonia, Director, Georgian Civil Aviation Agency
  • Dr. Hussain Alhallaf, AVSEC Manager, flyadeal
  • Johan Obdola, Founder and President, International Organization for Security and Intelligence
  • Almukhtar Al-Hoqani, Head of Licensing & Oversight (AVSEC Field), Public Authority for Civil Aviation, Oman
  • Dr. Ali Nouh, Head of GIS and Remote Sensing Office, National Center for Security and Crises management (NCSCM), Jordan
  • Colonel Fabian Ochsner, Vice President Business Development and Marketing, Rheinmetall Air Defence
  • Ziad Abuain, CEO, Jordanian Aeronautical Systems Co
  • Col (R) Thafar Maaitah, Ph.D,, Security Advsior, Road and Transport Authority, Road and Transport Authority, Dubai
  • Wing Commander Dave Crook, Capability Development, Royal Air Force
  • Wing Commander Angus MacIntyre, Policy, Royal Air Force


  • Tony Reeves, Director, Level 7 Expertise


Event details

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8 May, 2018
9 May, 2018
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