Joint Capability Group Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The JCGUAS is the source of technical and operational UAS information for NATO and addresses UAS issues including acquisition design, employment, the demonstration of UAS System capabilities, identification of a common approach to airspace management, complementary use among UAS Categories, operator training and standards, and doctrine including tactics/operational procedures. The Group also looks to enhance and facilitate interoperability, develop a common standard of data transmission and address the provision for complimentary uses of different fleets, tactics, techniques and procedures.

The overall aim of the group is to improve the operational effectiveness of UAS in NATO and coalition environments by ensuring availability, interoperability, utility and operational integrity of UAS.

JCGUAS Conference Mission

  • Explore developments, plans and current thinking
  • Seek innovative input for futures thinking
  • Provide thought leadership on current hot issues
  • Demonstrate level of collaboration with allies and partners
  • Enable meetings between nations to enhance dialogue

Corporate Partners

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General Atomic

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is the leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, including the Predator aircraft series and the Lynx Multi-mode Radar. The company has delivered more than 1,000 aircraft in its 30-year history. GA-ASI’s UAS family includes MQ-9 Reaper, Gray Eagle 25M, Avenger, and the MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian. The company provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with the integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent situational awareness and rapid strike capabilities. GA-ASI aircraft have flown more than 7 million flight hours.


Radionor Communications supplies tactical data links for high-mobility applications. This disruptive technology is designed for manned and unmanned vehicles, aircraft, vessels, and man-carried systems. The CRE2 family connects tactical units with robust and jamming resilient, broadband communications that reach beyond 200km range @15Mbps and support GNSS denied navigation.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems Air is at the heart of the UK’s sovereign combat air capability, delivery combat air readiness and ensuring our Air Force customers have the equipment, services and skills they need to protect to maintain security and economic prosperity. As a world-leader in defence exports, we play a crucial role in internationally collaborative programmes that enhance local industrial capability and support strategic partnerships overseas. Our goal is to accelerate the innovation of future air power through the development of technology, skills and collaborative ways of working that enable our customers to stay ahead of evolving threats.

Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace is a business of RTX, the largest aerospace and defence company in the world. Our global team of 80,000 employees, work side-by-side with our customers and partners to dream, design and deliver smarter, more connected solutions for the battlespace, mission success, space exploration, and operational efficiency and sustainability. By reaching across the markets we serve and drawing on our vast portfolio of expertise, we are making the most powerful technological concepts a reality. Explore all the ways we’re redefining aerospace with one of the deepest capability sets and broadest perspectives in the industry: visit

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Our businesses deliver tactical airlift and combat air solutions; integrated air and missile defense; rotary wing capabilities; maritime sensors, radars and command and control capabilities; and human and scientific space exploration and satellite technology. We are dedicated to solving complex challenges and advancing scientific discovery to ensure those we serve always stay ahead of ready.


With facilities in Broughton, Waddington, Glenrothes, Harlow, Gloucester and Manchester, Raytheon UK is invested in the British workforce and the development of UK technology. Across the country the company employs 1,700 people. As a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence, Raytheon UK continues to invest in research and development, supporting innovation and technological advances across the country. Raytheon UK is a landed company, part of the RTX organisation and sits within the Raytheon business unit.


Thales is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. Thales provides its customers – businesses, organisations and governments – in the defence, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions.


Babcock is an international defence company operating in our focus countries of the UK, Australasia, Canada, France and South Africa, with exports to additional markets with potential to become focus countries. We meet our customers’ key requirements of affordability, availability, and capability by delivering engineering, support and critical systems to defence and civil markets.


Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organised into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland, the USA and Israel, where it also operates through subsidiaries that include Leonardo DRS (defense electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber & Security Solutions and Space).


uAvionix is a leading provider of innovative Command, Navigation, and Surveillance solutions for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS). Our ZPX systems for Defense UAS enable secure platform identification with Mode 1,2,3/A,C,S, and 5 interoperability at a Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) suitable for large and small UAVs.

Eagle Eye Innovations

Eagle Eye Innovations (EEI) is a UK-based organisation specialising in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) training, turn-key operational services, enhanced security services, independent consultancy including T&E, trials management and regulatory support, and R&D for commercial and defence customers globally, across weight classes; from sub-25kg through to Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) systems.

Elbit Systems-UK

Elbit Systems UK is an innovative Defence Technology company employing over 680 people across sixteen sites in the UK. Manufacturing and integrating advanced technology for the UK Armed Forces and our allies, our extensive portfolio provides cutting-edge capabilities for the British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force, protecting the UK at home and abroad.