After col. Malec’ speech, second panel was open, titled Silent Wars: Will Submarines Become the Decisive Tool in Gaining Control Over the Seas and Oceans?, featured Mr. Roger Berg from SAAB Kockums and Philipp Schön from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The topic discussed by the panelists, naturally moved to the Polish program of acquiring submarines called Orka. Panelists noted that financing of modern armament programs leads to economic growth and every one billion spent on technologically advanced defence systems equals two billions in real economic growth. Speaker also pointed the importance of having appropriate combat capabilities by the submarines and the need for technology transfer, which is crucial for the buying country to exploit possessed equipment to the fullest.
In the last presentation before coffee break, held by the Philipp Schön of the TKMS, titled ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems: Submarines and Surface Vessels – Proven Technology and Unique Partnership for Poland’s Security, Mr. Schön elaborated on some issues he briefly touched in the previous session. He evoked model of cooperation between TKMS and companies from various countries, which, in turn, unequivocally benefitted from such cooperation and are today capable of independent production of submarines. Schön also described present situation of TKMS in the field of orders for submarines and he underlined the need for cooperation with the PGZ in regard to the program “Orka”. Mr. Schon exposed the fact, that the company he represents is one of the few manufacturers of submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems, which, among NATO states, achieved biggest export success.
After a brief recess, Security Beyond the Horizon returned with second presentation of a representative of the Polish Armed Forces. Col. Robert Łukawski, Deputy Director of the Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies took the stage with his speech Future of Military Technologies – How Can Poland Become a Regional Leader?. He spoke of the Inspectorate’s approach toward identification and selection of modern technologies for Polish Armed Forces. He pointed to the need of putting the whole development of military technology, including economic aspects, into a broader scope. He also presented military perspective on new technologies. In another part of his presentation, he introduced Inspectorate’s perspectives and ways of proceeding and assessment of military technologies. Finally, col. Łukawski highlighted possibilities for international cooperation in the field of arms technology development.
Next presentation, titled Transforming Governmets to a National Advanced Security Operating Centre (ASOC) Strategy, conducted by Mr. Brett Taylor from BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, focused on the subject of transforming governmental and military information and communications (IC) networks for their greater security. He pointed to the problems related to the currently existing systems and Security Operating Centres (SOC) and BAE Systems solutions for their reinforcement and rise to a more advanced level (ASOC). As crucial, he identified looking into a broader national context of ASOC’s technology implementation and the need for trained personnel, which should originate from nationals of a given country.
After the conclusions of BAE Systems presentation, the last discussion panel began, titled What Are the Actual Boundaries of the Sky? Future of Airborne Warfare Systems. It hosted representatives of companies producing aviation platforms: Mr. Zack Sherman of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Mr. Mark Supko of BAE Systems Electronic Systems. Answering question of the moderator, panellists claimed that the development of unmanned aircraft will still go on, but the future does not belong solely to autonomous systems and humans are not going to be replaced – future of aviation belongs to both, drones and manned systems. From the topic of autonomous aircrafts, the discussion moved to the modern fighters produced by represented companies and both representatives got the chance to point their products advantages – F-35 and Eurofighter
Along the conclusion of the panel about modern aviation systems, the topic did not disappear as the last presentation was run by Mr. Tony Ogilvy – representative of the SAAB company, who delivered a speech titled Saab Gripen – The SMART Fighter. In the presentation he emphasised valour of Swedish construction (i.e. balance between combat abilities and requirements for the final user), international export success and multirole features of the construction. Moreover, from the Polish perspective, it was surely interesting to see the presentation of Gripen’s evolution and the Brazilian contract on multirole aircraft – in this part SAAB’s representatives stressed benefits for the local arms industry.
The final moments of the Security Beyond the Horizon were concluded with the appearance of two distinguished guests of the Warsaw Security Forum 2016, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove and Gen. Sir Richard Shirref – respectively former SACEUR and former deputy SACEUR. They both focused on threats coming from Russia and the requisite of rebuilding forces of the Alliance, so that it can defend its Member States. After the summits in Wales and Warsaw, NATO – in their opinion, should concentrate on reinforcing the deterrence capabilities to cause hypothetical attack on allied states costly and entail appropriate response.