Directed Energy Systems Conference

June 26-27, 2023- London, United Kingdom

The Leading International Forum For The DES Community

Over the past 18 years, the Directed Energy Systems forum has become the most internationally focused and innovative DES forum worldwide. This year, the theme is "FROM LAB TO LETHALITY: INTEGRATING DIRECTED ENERGY FOR USE BY THE WARFIGHTER" - drawing on directed energy solution providers with the military capability leads, directed energy researchers and users who are rapidly seeking to unlock the military utility of directed energy.

While these weapons have been in development for decades, it is only in recent years that they have started to become a viable option for military forces. We will explore how the industry is helping to make DEWs a reality by addressing key technical challenges, such as beam quality, power management, atmospheric compensation, and much more.

The conference is an opportunity to hear from senior scientists and engineers who are at the forefront of this exciting field. These experts will share their insights into how they are improving the performance of directed energy weapons, and discuss the latest research findings and trends in this area.

Another key focus of discussion will be the SWaP-C trade-offs involved in directed energy weapons. As we all know, the size, weight, power, and cost of these weapons are critical factors that can have a significant impact on their effectiveness in the field. The conference explore the latest developments in these areas, and discuss how industry is working to balance these trade-offs to produce weapons that meet the needs of military end-users.

Of course, this conference is about more than just learning and knowledge-sharing. It is also an opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, forge new relationships, and strengthen existing ones. We encourage you to take advantage of the many networking opportunities available, including the welcome reception, coffee breaks, and other social events.

Attend DES 2023 to:

  • Better understand how DEWs can reduce casualties and collateral damage and how that will change future CONOPS and TTPs
  • Receive the latest market intelligence on adaptive optics, tracking technology, atmospheric compensation and HEL beam control
  • Solve your integration and affordability challenges via standardisation, miniaturisation and improved modular designs
  • Solve the issue of battle-hardening through test and evaluation of systems in the field and by understanding the effect of human factors under operational conditions
  • Master SWaP-C trade-offs across air, land and naval platforms as these systems earn their way into operations
Join us in June to gain both strategic and technical insight from military leaders, research scientists and industry experts, including roadmaps, goals, and the art of the possible. This will allow you to define future operational concepts, understand militarily useful applications of the latest technologies and help deliver the latest technology to the warfighter.

The Joint Forum

The forum is co-located with our Military Radar Conference and Full Spectrum Air Defence Conference. Although the conference sessions will run independently, this will provide additional networking possibilities as well as an opportunity to sit in on sessions dealing with new technologies to counter the cost asymmetry on the battlefield in addition to incapacitating hypersonic threats.

Excellent Summit as it brings together experts from around the world. The planning and management of your events & conferences is always top-notch and excellent.

Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology

I got a good picture of where the laser weapon field is at the moment

System Engineer, FMV

It was first time attending and it was certainly valuable to get an overview, plus an outlook on the history, present and future thoughts and direction

Business Delopment Manager, TNO


  • Mr. Rich White, Program Manager for Analysis and Assessment, Innovation S&T Directorate, Missile Defense Agency
  • Mr. Corry Cox, Director, Research and Technology, US Army SMDC Tech Center
  • Mr. Adam M. Aberle, Director for Directed Energy, US Army Space & Missile Defense Technical Center
  • Mr. Keith Rigby CEng FIET, Principal Technologist - Weapons Integration, Future Combat Air Systems, BAE Systems
  • Dr. Jeffrey Boulware, Technical Director, Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO)
  • Mr. Creid Johnson, Divisional Director, ACC/A5X Futures Division, US Air Force
  • Dr. Fumio Wani, HEL Program Manager, Kawasaki Heavy Industries
  • Dr. James Davis, Senior Executive Advsior, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Professor Michalis Zervas, Professor of Optical Communications, University of Southampton
  • Mr. Tony Mrozicki, Head of Innovation, UK Defence Solutions Centre
  • Dr. RĂ¼diger Schmitt, Senior Scientist, French-German Research Institute of Saint Louis (ISL)

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Hilton London Syon Park
Park Road, TW8 8JF
London, Brentford Middlesex, UK

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee.