Commander of the UK ISTAR Force, Air Commodore Nicholas Hay to Present at Airborne ISR 2021 Conference

SMi Group’s sixth Airborne ISR conference taking place on the 20th and 21st October in London seeks to cover a comprehensive overview of Maritime Patrol, Data Dissemination, UAV Technology, International Surveillance Cooperation, AWACS, 5th Generation ISR, Industrial Engagement, Threat Evolution, and much more.

For those interested in attending, there is a £200 early bird discount available until 30th June 2021. Register at

With the Royal Air Force remaining at the forefront of delivering airborne intelligence for UK operations, SMi Group is delighted to announce that this year’s agenda includes three key UK speakers set to deliver insightful presentations, thoroughly covering the intelligence chain.

The host nation speakers include:

• Air Commodore Nicholas Hay, ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force will be presenting on “Enhancing RAF ISR Capabilities through the Acquisition of New Platforms and the Upgrade of Existing Systems”

• Squadron Leader Oliver Fuller, E-7 Wedgetail AEW Mk1 Staff Officer, ISTAR Force Headquarters, Royal Air Force will be presenting on “The Move to Future ISR Platforms: Integrating the E-7 Wedgetail into RAF Operations for Enhanced Capabilities”

• Dr Andrew Bennett, Senior Principal Scientist – ISR Capability, DSTL, UK MoD will be presenting on “UK Science and Technology Opportunities and Challenges for Air ISR”

In addition to the UK, this year’s conference will host an international gathering of high-ranking experts from NATO, the US, Germany, Portugal, Lithuania, and more.

The new brochure including the full speaker line-up, programme details, is available at

Airborne ISR Conference
20th-21st October 2021
London, UK
Gold Sponsors: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Leonardo

SMi Group offer direct access to key decision makers through tailored sponsorship and exhibitor packages. For details contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6748 or email

For delegate enquiries, please contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 20 7827 6054 or email

About SMi Group:
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Canada – New Commander for Joint Task Force IMPACT – Task Force Central

Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today, Brigadier-General (BGen) Timothy Arsenault assumed command of Joint Task Force IMPACT and Task Force Central (JTF-I/TF-C) in Camp Canada, Kuwait. BGen Arsenault took over from BGen Michael Wright, who has commanded JTF-I/TF-C since May 2020.

On March 30, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the extension of Operation IMPACT until March 31, 2022. Operation IMPACT is part of Canada’s whole-of-government approach to the Middle East. As a result of the extension, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) continues to maintain its presence in the Middle East to help set the conditions for security and stability in the region. This includes Canada’s contributions to the Global Coalition against Da’esh, NATO Mission Iraq, and bilateral capacity building in Jordan and Lebanon.

These efforts help set the conditions for the long-term success of regional partners by enabling their security forces to effectively plan and execute military operations aimed at degrading and defeating Daesh. JTF-I focuses on mentorship and training with an overarching goal of enhancing capabilities, capacities and competencies of partnered nations with an emphasis on commanders, leaders and instructors.

As part of Op IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces Training Assistance Teams (CTATs) in Jordan (CTAT-J) and Lebanon (CTAT-L) continue to work with host nation security forces to build their capacity and strengthen their borders.

“As the Acting Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, I am extremely proud of the ongoing successes of Operation IMPACT and the important role our deployed CAF members have in continuing to restore stability and security to the region. This past year has been challenging on so many fronts and the continued effectiveness of this operation is a tribute to the professionalism and dedication of Brigadier-General Wright and his team. I am confident that Brigadier-General Arsenault will build on the mission’s achievements thus far and I thank the outgoing commander for setting the framework for the continued success of Operation IMPACT.”

Major-General Bill Seymour, Acting Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

“It has been an honour to work the Operation IMPACT team over the past year. I want to thank deployed members for their exceptional contributions day in and day out, and for being outstanding ambassadors for the Canadian Armed Forces. Canadians should be proud of the skill and dedication their military provides to enhance stability in the Middle East, especially during a time when the global pandemic and the uncertainty of the region amplifies the challenges of the mission.”

Brigadier-General Michael Wright, Outgoing Commander, Joint Task Force IMPACT – Task Force Central 

“I have recently had the opportunity to meet with and learn from members deployed on Operation IMPACT who have been enabling this mission over the past several months. I look forward to continuing the work that General Wright and the units throughout the joint operations area have done to bolster the Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution in the Middle East, strengthening Canada’s commitment to the region.”

Brigadier-General Timothy Arsenault, Incoming Commander, Joint Task Force IMPACT – Task Force Central 

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