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map6th European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons

May 16-18, 2011

Venue: Stadthalle Ettlingen, Ettlingen, Germany

organized by Fraunhofer ICT

6th European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons

NLWsi have been available for use over the last two decades. Media and academic discussions have often focused on the dangers and problems associated with these technologies, but it is also important to consider the benefits. Part of the objective of this conference will be to identify tangible benefits and outcomes from the use of NLWs.

The NLW Symposium, first held ten years ago, is a welcome opportunity to take stock of significant developments in this period in the NLW community, draw conclusions and develop requirements and ideas in order to advance NLW technology and encourage its use by the military and police.

With regard to military scenarios, the last few years have seen a shift in the use of NLWs from police operations like crowd riot control to military missions such as the protection of fixed military installations and mobile military equipment, or of the operations themselves. In practice this means, for example, camp or convoy protection or control of check points.

Current non-lethal weapons have been developed to work at ranges typical for crowd riot control situations; the new operational challenges indicate a need for non-lethal capabilities with much longer ranges. Besides this, accuracy and effectiveness at such distances pose a significant challenge.

The availability of NLWs has increased, resulting in greater choice but also a need to carry more equipment to exploit this capability. The current challenge is to continue offering these options - or even to improve and expand them - and provide scalable effects within one weapon. Emerging trends in development include adaptive NLWs, platforms, handheld weapons and munitions.

There are still situations in which NLWs are inadequate to fill the capability gap, for example in preventing suspected suicide bomber attacks.

The Symposium includes topics on current and advanced technologies, operational and tactical aspects, required capabilities, legal and public acceptance, effects on target as well as the evaluation of effects. The listed topics should only be considered as guiding principles.

NATO and EDA activities since the last Symposium have focused intensively on the use of NLWs in the battlefield. Papers on discussions from these groups are also welcome.

Chairman of the Symposium
Klaus-Dieter Thiel
Fraunhofer ICT, Germany


Programme Committee

The European Working Group on Non-Lethal Weapons (EWG-NLW) serves as the Programme Committee:

Helmut Oppenheim
Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport (Ministry of Defence and Sports), Vienna, AT

Chris De Cock
Ministry of Defence, Brussels, BE

David Humair
armasuisse, Thun, CH

Milan Bezdek
VOP-026 Sternberk, s.p., Vyskov, CZ

Ilkka Höysti
Police Technical Centre, Kuusankoski, FI

Willy Lamal
DGA, Bagneux, FR

Norbert Eisenreich
Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, DE

Paolo Giannetti
Segredifesa, Rome, IT

Igor Plaksin
University of Coimbra, Coimbra, PT

J.J.M. (Pascal) Paulissen
TNO Defence, Security and Safety, Rijswijk, NL

Victor Selivanov
Baumann University, Moscow, RU

Sofia Hedenstierna
Swedish Defence Research Agency, Tumba, SE

Graham Smith
Home Office Center for Applied Science and Technology (formerly HOSDB),
St. Albans, UK