Director of the UK’s Weapons Science and Technology Centre to Speak at DITEC 2015

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Guy Tomlinson, Director of the Weapons Division, QinetiQ, has been confirmed as a guest speaker at DITEC 2015 – the UAE’s Inaugural Defence Innovation and Technology Conference

Guy Tomlinson, Director of the Weapons Division, QinetiQ confirmed as guest speaker at DITEC 2015

The Defence Innovation and Technology Conference (DITEC) 2015 is proud to announce Guy Tomlinson as a guest speaker for the two-day conference, to be held on 25th and 26th February 2015. DITEC 2015 is the first conference of its kind in the region, and will establish a unique platform for the international defence community to discuss and foster innovation. Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC), DITEC 2015 will be an integral part of the International Defence and Exhibition Conference (IDEX).

During an illustrious military career spanning twenty-three-years, Guy Tomlinson was the Program Director behind the establishment of the Weapons Science and Technology Centre (WSTC). Based in the UK, the WSTC plans, tasks and delivers research into technologies for Complex Weapons, General Munitions and Energetic Materials. The WSTC takes a “best of breed” approach from the 50+ WSTC partners that range from Academia and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to Technology Providers and Weapons Primes. John Devine, First Secretary (Defence & Security), British Embassy Abu Dhabi, UAE remarked today, “Our office is very excited and supportive of having Guy Tomlinson contribute his many years of experience to the DITEC conference where he will highlight how the UK Government and Ministry of Defence works closely with UK industry to provide requirements and funding for advanced research and development. It is a well proven international baseline that we are excited to share with our UAE partners.”

Over the years, the WSTC has delivered a successful program of change, and has created a partnering approach for joint MOD and industry planning, tasking, and delivery of weapons research.

Guy Tomlinson’s career achievements include successful delivery of the CW CDT Initial Operating Capability; leading the team through its transition to the Weapons Technology Centre; and the successful delivery of the first year of Full Operating Capability. In his prolific military career, Guy has been responsible for the airworthiness of VC10-K tankers and HERCULES C130K aircraft.

Enrico Villa, Director of Enterprise Development and Innovation at Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee, commented, “We are extremely pleased that Guy will be speaking at DITEC 2015, and look forward to his valuable insights during the conference. Guy Tomlinson’s experiences and knowledge in establishing the WSTC will be very important in providing a perspective for R&D in the UAE.”

TDC was established to encourage and support the development of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) in Abu Dhabi. It is a multi-stakeholder government body that interfaces between government, business, and academia to realize a sustainable, diversified, and knowledge-based economy.

TDC launched Takamul in 2011 to foster innovation and generate economic and societal value in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The program supports innovation within knowledge-intensive industries, and aims to transform locally generated ideas into multipurpose activities that will seed economic advancement.

Co-located at IDEX, the DITEC 2015 Conference will take place on 25th and 26th February, 2015.

For more information, please visit the DITEC website at

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