MilSatCom: Middle East and Africa 2013

MilSatCom Middle East & Africa 2013 will launch on the 25 – 27 February 2013 in Dubai, UAE; bringing together the largest gathering of high level government, military and industry SATCOM experts from within the Middle East & Africa region.

Brought to you by SMi Group, the organisers of Global MilSatCom – the world’s leading military satellite communications conference & exhibition; the three day event will feature high level presentations, leading keynote addresses, case studies, interactive panel discussions and an exclusive site visit.

The Middle East & Africa face extensive security challenges. SatCom technology provides enhanced capability for tackling the prevalent issues in the region such as disaster preparedness and management, border surveillance, aerial reconnaissance, deployed operations and multiple maritime, land and air operational requirements. The upgrading, maintenance and coordination of communications systems has therefore become a key objective for contingent states.

According to Dale Butler, SMi Group’s Managing Director, “The Global MilSatCom event has developed into a truly global forum, attracting attendees from over 30 countries and every continent. The success of the London conference & exhibition has led to the launch of regionally focused events including MilSatCom Asia starting three years ago in Singapore and now Dubai. As one of the world’s most forward-moving markets, we are extremely excited by the opportunity to launch this event in the Middle East.”

Thuraya, a leading international provider of mobile satellite communications and related innovative solutions in more than 140 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia will be Lead Sponsor at this inaugural event. MilSatCom Middle East & Africa also enjoys support from AGi, Eutelsat, Harris Caprock, Inmarsat, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Spacex and Space Systems / Loral. Astrium have also signed up and will sponsor a post conference reception.

According to Robert Demers, Thuraya’s Vice President of Government Services, “Thuraya has been a global SatCom technology innovator and provider since 1997. We understand the specific requirements of our Defense and Security clients and work closely with them to provide reliable, dependable, high quality voice and data solutions. By sponsoring events such as Global MilSatCom, we can provide our customers and industry experts with a forum to meet and discuss trends, technological advancements and future requirements. This is in line with Thuraya’s mission to provide the best technologies and services to our customers.”

The latest security and communications challenges faced by one of the world’s most forward-moving markets will be addressed by a stellar line-up of key military figures. Key presentations will be led by representatives from the Qatar Armed Forces, Nigerian Air Force, Pakistan Police Force, UK MoD, National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS) Egypt and European Defence Agency.

The industry’s latest developments and challenges will be addressed with presentations focusing on regional programmes, hosted payloads, MilSatCom solutions, international cooperation, pooling commercial and military assets, SatCom delivery and strategy, SatCom for UAVs and Development of satellite technologies in the MEA region.

Alongside the two day event, attendees will also have the chance to attend a post-conference site visit to Sharjah Primary Gateway and Thuraya HQ, taking place on the 27 February 2013.

For further information and to register your place please visit

Companies wishing to express an interest in speaking or sponsoring at MilSatCom Middle East & Africa should contact Alia Malick on: +44 (0) 207 827 6168 or



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