Last day to register for MAST Asia 2015 “earlybird” discount

Thu 12 Feb 2015 @ 11:00

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

Today is the last work day to book your delegate place in the MAST Asia 2015 conference sessions at the heavily discounted “earlybird” fee. (From 1st March the rate will increase to the “pre-show” registration rate.)

With five parallel streams of conference sessions, this year’s programme is as comprehensive as you would expect from MAST, with top level presenters from 20 countries’ navies, marines, government agencies, R&D organisations and industry.

The Japanese authorities will extend every possible courtesy to delegates at Japan’s first ever international defence conference and exhibition:

  • V.VIPs will be invited on an exclusive dinner cruise on board a ship formerly owned by Japan’s Emperor, and now used only for the most senior-level state visitors
  • The Ministry of Defence will host two tours of its Naval Systems Research Centre at Technical Research and Development Institute exclusively for MAST delegates and exhibitor
  • The Japanese Defence Minister himself is expected to address a select gathering of VIPs during one lunch and will be one of several guests of honour at the Annual MAST Party
  • Japan Maritime Self Defence Force in coordination with US Navy 7th Fleet will host two ship tours at the ‘shared’ naval base in nearby Yokosuka
  • The Ministries of Defence; Economy, Trade, and Industry; and Foreign Affairs will co-host a unique Government briefing on how exhibitors, delegates and visitors alike can now work closer with Japan thanks to evolving defence R&D/trade policies and bilateral agreements
  • Special feature sessions include one to unite Dr. Watanabe, Head of Technical Research and Development Institute, Ministry of Defence, Japan, Dr. Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defence Scientist, DSTO, Department of Defence, Australia and Dr. Patricia Gruber, Technical Director, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global, USA to discuss International Naval R&D Programmes
  • An integrated Future Submarine Forum will draw thoughts from leading operators and technologists from UK, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, USA, and (poignantly) Australia.

NB: Places on the ship tours and MOD facility visits will be offered to delegates on a first-come, first-served basis, and (for security reasons) need to be reserved by the end of April 2015.


MAST Asia 2015 trade-show: THE complete showcase of global defence suppliers and buyers, doing business into and out of Japan

Sat 7 Feb 2015 @ 11:00

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

With more than 120 global government agencies and commercial organisations signed up to sponsor and/or exhibit/present at MAST Asia this May, the event will present you with a definitive “who’s who” of active organisations in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

As well as all of Japan’s top domestic defence exporters, you will meet smaller SMEs (from Japan and the broader Asian region) and, of course, the major global defence contractors currently offering platforms, systems and technologies that address specific Japanese/regional defence capabilities/operational requirements.

Given that MAST Asia is Japan’s first international defence exhibition/conference (following the announcement of its new defence export policy) take up at the first biennial trade-show is staggering, and visitors can expect to discover a huge array of innovative undersea, surface, air & space, and cyber solutions.

Ship tours in the nearby navy bases in Yokosuka will give visitors/delegates the chance to see technologies on show in the exhibition active on state-of-the-art Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and US Navy platforms.

Exclusively to MAST attendees, the Japanese Ministry of Defense will open its doors at its Technical Research and Development Institute for Tours of The Naval Systems Research Centre.

NB: For security reasons pre-registration for both ship visits and the NSRC tours is essential (details to follow) and guests must be in possession of both their MAST badge and photo ID during the tours. Registration will available online soon.


Oversubscribed call for papers makes for MAST’s most comprehensive conference

Sat 7 Feb 2015 @ 11:00

MAST committee
Members of MAST Conference committee plus VADM Robert L. Thomas, Commander 7th Fleet US Navy

With submission levels not seen since MAST Europe 2007 (Genoa, Italy), the MAST conference committee had a challenging task to adjudicate the high volume, high quality of abstracts sent in.

Even allowing for many rejected submissions, the resulting timetable is absolutely packed with presentations – on current and future operational issues and state-of-the-art/developmental technology solutions – from global speakers at highest level of defence operations and technology.

With 117 presentations in 39 Sessions, by 62 organisations, from 16 countries delegates paying to attend MAST Asia 2015 will get optimum return for their registration investment.

Alongside, MAST ‘traditional’ sessions include:

  • Opening and Keynote addresses: “Security at Sea in a Dynamic World”
  • Plenary session: “Maritime Security: Securing the Sea Lanes of Communication”
  • and five parallel streams of technical sessions…

…MAST Asia will also host an exclusive “Future Submarine Symposium” and featured sessions including “International Naval R&D Programmes” and the highly topical “Amphibious Operations”.

The major highlight of the conference week – not to be missed by any international organisation (government or commercial) looking to partner Japan in defence R&D or business – will be the “Government briefing – Japanese Defence Trade and Research & Development policies and opportunities”, hosted by senior Japanese government officials.