Now in its 12th year, the Counter Terror Expo (CTX) is the UK’s leading networking event for security professionals from industry, infrastructure, government and policing.

It’s where they come to discover new ideas and technology to improve security and aid in the fight against terrorism. In partnership with its sister events the World Counter Terror Congress, Forensics Europe Expo and Ambition, CTX brings together the world of security, preparedness, resilience and response under one roof.

The key themes of CTX are:

  • Protecting People
  • Protecting Infrastructure
  • Policing and Specialist Operations

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Networking at CTX



Benefit from the CPD accredited conferences running alongside the main exhibition covering topics from national infrastructure protection to border security.

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WCT Congress

Over 200 internationally recognised security experts will gather at the World Counter Terror Congress to debate the threats we face today, define operational strategies and help shape future policy.

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Demo Zone

The demo zone offers visitors an opportunity to engage in immersive showcases of the latest security innovations. Combining new technologies and live demonstrations, it is a critical learning platform for all security professionals.

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CT Awards

The Counter Terror Awards will be staged to recognise the efforts of organisations in both the public and private sectors and their contributions to counter terror strategy in the UK and overseas.

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  • Counter Terrorism Responsibilities

    25 Feb 2019 6ECURITY
      I believe communication and creating good partnership is essential to reach favourable results in the mutual fight against terrorism. We have to increase the theoretical background needed for any pa ...
  • Countering Drones at Airports

    14 Jan 2019 Robin Radar

    The growth in drone use has caused an upsurge in near-miss reports and increased the risk of drones disrupting or even colliding with air traffic.  

    Consumer and commercial drones typically weigh under 10kg and mostly less than 2kg. Quadcopters with four horizontal rotor blades are most common but there are also small fixed-wing drones. 
    Drones are able to stay in the air for up to 30mins at a time, with quick battery changes and/or multiple drones able to cause persistent disruption. Regulations notwithstanding, drones are certainly capable of flight up to 6000m altitude and up to 8km from their operator and controller, which easily brings them into the same airspace as passenger aircraft approaching or taking-off at airports.  

    Studies have shown that a drone collision with an aircraft is more damaging than an equivalent energy bird strike, and that drones colliding with aircraft can damage the structure to cause a crash. 
    Besides the unintentional disruption or collisions caused by drone operators who either don’t know, or choose to ignore, drone safety regulations around airports, there is another risk. From those who intentionally choose to cause disruption.  

    Consumer drones are capable of lifting small payloads of 500g and commercial drones can carry upwards of 6kg. If a terrorist wants to blow up a passenger plane, delivering the explosives by drone is probably more likely than through airport security on the ground.  

    There are different technologies available for both monitoring and countering-drones. Monitoring is allowed and recommended. Neutralising drones is still (in most countries) not legally permitted.  
    Typical monitoring technologies include Radio Frequency (RF) Analysers, Acoustic Systems, Cameras, and Radar. Each has their individual pros and cons and it is recommended that systems purchased for airport drone monitoring are an integration of: 

    • RF, for identification and triangulation of both drone and controller (if radio signals present);

    • Cameras, for visual identification and understanding of threat and intent; and

    • Radar, for long range detection, accurate localisation and tracking (also from drone swarms), and drone classification even from autonomous drones not sending any radio signals. 

    When using radar for drone detection, be it stand-alone or part of an integrated system, it should be micro-doppler radar. Specially designed micro-doppler radars are available that can differentiate birds from drones. This avoids drone alarms caused by birds; a common issue with radar. 

    Typical countermeasure technologies include, RF Jammers, GPS Spoofers, High Power Microwave (HPM) Devices, Nets and Net Guns, High Energy Lasers, and Birds of Prey. None are allowed due to regulations, but should an exemption be approved, Net Guns have a low collateral damage risk at an airport.  

    RF jamming, GPS spoofing and Electromagnetic Pulses (EMPs) generated by HPM Devices have an increased electronic collateral damage risk at airports but could be used successfully if coordinated and managed correctly. 

  • The events in Paris on 13 November 2015 completely shook the status-quo of domestic security, and what means are sufficient and suitable to protect the general public. The efforts of French domestic f ...

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