MilSatCom Asia-Pacific: industry updates from Philippine Navy, New Zealand Defence Force, Royal Thai Navy, US Air Force, Canadian Armed Forces, French Ministry of Defence

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SMi Group announces a new keynote speaker at MilSatCom APAC - 2014: Captain Jirapol Wongwit, Director of Policy and Plans Division, Naval Communications and Information Technology Department, Royal Thai Navy.

4th annual MilSatCom Asia Pacific

The SMi Group’s MilSatCom Asia-Pacific Conference will be taking place on the 27th-28th of May 2014 in Singapore.

Given Singapore’s launch into the space and satellite industry with the new Singapore Office for Space Technology & Industry announced this summer, we decided to hold our conference again in the Asia hub Singapore. This initiative is made up of many different organisations including the Singapore Armed Forces and according to various sources, will have a profound impact on Singapore’s satellite industry. As well as exploring the new satellite opportunities in both the civil and defence sectors, this year’s conference will be focusing particularly on the implications of the US forces moving out to Asia, new technological advancements such as picosatellites and maritime security and other issues facing the industry such as cost-effective usage of satellites.

Key Speakers Include:

  • Captain Jirapol Wongwit, Director of Policy and Plans Division, Naval Communications and Information Technology Department, Royal Thai Navy
  • Colonel Mark Patterson, J6 Division Chief, US PACIFIC COMMAND HQ
  • Lionel Frion, Engineer Spectrum, French Ministry of Defence
  • Captain Anthony Rommel SD Reyes, PN GSC, Global Satellite Communications, Philippine Navy
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Dryburgh, JS01 CIS J6, New Zealand Defence Force
  • Brigadier General (Rtd.) Pitre, Director General Space, Canadian Department of Defence
  • Lieutenant Commander Georgios Mantzouris, University of the Aegean, Ph.D, Hellenic Navy
  • Deanna Ryals, Chief International Military Satellite Communication Division, MilSatCom Systems Directorate, US Air Force (subject to a final confirmation) and many more.

For more information about this industry leading event, to download the event’s brochure including complete list of speakers and their presentations, or to register, please go to

Reasons to Attend:

  • Hear from a technical expert about emerging satellite programmes in Asia
  • Learn about the US Forces pivot to the Pacific and implications for the SatCom industry in Asia from US representatives
  • Explore picosatellites and their implications for the future of Maritime from the Hellenic Navy
  • Hear from the Philippine Navy about their future plans for MilSatCom
  • Discuss the future of SatCom in Asia and other issues facing the region such as cost-effective use of SatCom
  • Gain an insight into the legal aspects of satellite certification in Asia and satellite filing requirements from the French MoD
  • Meet and network with satcom solutions providers, top military representatives and satcom experts in this field

Plus Interactive Post-Conference Workshop:
Friday, 16th May 2014, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore

What is protected military satellite communications?
Workshop Leader: Mr. Rick Skinner, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Register online at

For further details contact James Hitchen on +44(0) 207 827 6054 or e-mail jhitchen(at)smi-online(dot)

Media-partners contact: Julia Rotar - jrotar(at)smi-online(dot), Daniel Lee - dlee(at)smi-online(dot)

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