Both Developing and Developed nations have growing interest in the use of radar to monitor large areas for diverse purposes in both the civilian and military domains. New and emerging threats such as piracy, poaching and assymetric warfare require improved radar technology to allow border protection, prevention of human trafficking, wildlife preservation, facility protection, and so on. To achieve this radar systems must deliver new levels of rich information whilst being operationally effective, even in harsh conditions. In 2014 South Africa celebrated 75 years of indigenous radar research, development and production. The first IEEE Radar Conference in Africa will bring together colleagues from all over the world, and all corners of the radar enterprise, to share, learn, and foster our global community. Join us to engage and debate new ideas, applications, techniques, technology and solutions through which radar can impact global challenges. The 2015 IEEE Radar Conference will be hosted in the strategically located Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The conference venue is conveniently located near Johannesburg’s Oliver Reginald Tambo (JNB) International Airport, with a frequent 15 minute high speed train connection to the venue and associated hotels. Johannesburg is a hub of Africa with direct air links to the USA (Atlanta, JFK, Washington), Europe (most capital cities), China, Japan and Australia. Be sure to look at all of the activities being coordinated on behalf of conference attendees and their companions in one of Africa’s most sophisticated cities, only hours away from excellent wildlife parks. The IET Radar, Sondar and Navigation journal will invite submissions of expanded papers from this conference for a special issue.