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ROME CHAPTER CHAPTER - Apr 28, 2022

Technologies for Defense Radar Systems Presented at Conference

In April, the chapter organized the conference, "Technologies for Italian Defense Radar Systems.' The conference was held in Rome and examined the evolution of radar systems in a national context by highlighting that the developments are dictated not only by technological evolution but also by the emergence of new operational scenarios that make features such as scalability, versatility, reliability and adaptability to different platforms and environments imperative.

Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, and Maj. Gen. Angelo Gervasio, Italian Army, Teledife, welcomed all attendees.

Maj. Andrea Ventimiglia, ITAF, Defence General Staff, gave the first speech on "Space Situational Awareness (SSA): Defense Space Surveillance," illustrating the defense approach to building up an SSA capability.

Lt. Col. Stefanino Montecuollo, ITAF, spoke on "Modernization/Acquisition Programs for Air Defense Sensors" and provided a summary of the current status of the existing air defense instruments and programs planned in the near term, particularly the digitization of air defense FADR systems and the creation of a ballistic missile defense capability.

Domenico Vigilante, Leonardo, presented "Technologies and Architectures in the Service of Space Situational Awareness: The New Paradigm of Integrated Air, Missile and Space Defense," illustrating what strategy Leonardo has developed at integrating capabilities in the areas of air, missile and SSA defense.

With "Evolution of Defense Radar: Current Acquisitions by Teledife," Col. Giovanni Resta, ITAF, Teledife, explained the innovations that the newly acquired systems will be able to guarantee, in terms of performance, function, reliability and cyber protection, in all operational domains (land, maritime, air and space).

Cmdr. Leonardo Lembo, Italian Navy, Navarm, in his speech "Naval Radar Systems: History and Future Developments,' illustrated a comprehensive overview of new operational scenarios and technological evolution of radar systems.

Dr. Fabio Sterle, Leonardo, presented "The Evolution of Naval and Land-based Radars: From Technologies to Architectures," highlighting how modern radar systems, in addition to advanced technologies for discovery and tracking, must employ architectures that foster the ability to automatically adapt to the operational scenario and fulfill different missions.

In "Satellite Technologies and Radars: COSMO SkyMed Second Generation and Future Solutions," Diego Calabrese, Thales Alenia Space, talked of COSMO SkyMed's second generation, which is state-of-the-art in space SAR systems, and pointed out it can be a bridge to new technologies based on complete digitization of the receiving signal.

Dr. Daniela Pistoia, Elettronica, in "Collaborative Threat Engagement: A Brick in the Future of Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations," provided an overview of the operations peculiar to the electromagnetic spectrum, where a collaborative approach across capabilities and technologies is critical to responding to threats.

Raffaele Fiengo, National Instruments, presented "Digital Transformation in Test and Evaluation of Phased Arrays Operating in New EMSO," and highlighted how modern radar systems operating in a new electromagnetic spectrum require an evolution of test and evaluation principles and architectures.

Giuseppe Savoia, Keysight Technologies, presented "Mixed-signal Solutions for Testing Digital T/R Modules," illustrating a new methodology for testing D-TRM modules and their characterization.

Pelayu Cadenas Buelga, Weibel-Milano System, presented "WIEBEL Radar Doppler Technologies for Counter UAV" to conclude the day and the speeches.

Event Photographs:

In April, Cmdr. Leonardo Lembo, Italian Navy, Navarm; Brig. Gen. Aldo Giannatiempo (Ret.); and  Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, present at the technology conference in Rome.
In April, Cmdr. Leonardo Lembo, Italian Navy, Navarm; Brig. Gen. Aldo Giannatiempo (Ret.); and Lt. Gen. Antonio Tangorra, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, present at the technology conference in Rome.
In April, the chapter hosts an in-person technology conference in Rome.
In April, the chapter hosts an in-person technology conference in Rome.

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