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Maximise your combat engineering output and delivery…

With research taking up valuable time and money, what better way to ensure you are up-to-date with developments in battlefield engineering than to attend SMi's forthcoming Combat Engineering conference.

In response to the demand for an international perspective on bridging and mine clearance, this conference will provide a comprehensive overview of these areas through case studies and industry presentations. As an attendee at Combat Engineering, you will gain valuable insights into the latest technological advancements in this field. And the international panel of military and industry experts will provide you with in depth knowledge on the current engineering, mobility and counter-mobility techniques and technologies available today and in the future. Other topics to be addressed include:

  • Assault and mobile bridging technology
  • Mobility & counter-mobility systems
  • Anti-vehicle mine clearance and humanitarian mine action
  • Battlefield vehicle recovery
  • Operational analysis of the combat zone
  • Mobile communications
  • Cost reduction techniques
  • Future engineering vehicles
  • Future technological developments

With representatives attending from the major players in this industry, this conference will meet all your networking requirements in just 2 days! And with our lunches promoting open debate, you will have the perfect opportunity to build these relationships and exchange industry specific knowledge. So register now to benefit from our experience in bringing together the key players from this specialised area of defence.

Conference programme

9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Christopher Foss

Christopher Foss, Editor, Jane’s Armour and Artillery

9:40 FRENCH ARMY PERSPECTIVE

Col Denis Parmentier

Col Denis Parmentier, Chief of Battlefield Arrangement, Cell of Combat, French Army

10:20 ENGINEER BATTLEFIELD FUNCTIONS

Lt Col Anderson

Lt Col Anderson, Chief of Engineer Division, Danish Army Engineer School

  • Moving personnel and equipment without delays to terrain or obstacles
  • Enhance manoeuvres during combat operations
  • Benefits of overcoming limitations of natural terrain/enemy action
  • Analysing mobility missions - Countermine, counterobstacles, river and stream crossing
  • Lesson learned from missions in combat roads, and trails
  • Impact for future combat engineering tasks
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DEMINING

    Brigadier Paddy Blagden

    Brigadier Paddy Blagden, ( Retd Royal Engineers), Technical Director, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

  • Why discuss Humanitarian Mine Action?
  • What is Mine Action?
  • What is the difference between minefield breaching and minefield clearance?
  • What do military organisations need for humanitarian-type mine action?
  • What will be the main problem areas?
  • 12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Panel chaired by: Christopher Foss

    Panel chaired by: Christopher Foss, Editor, Jane’s Land Based Air Defence

  • LTC Denis Parmentier, Chief of Battlefield Arrangement, Cell of Combat Developments Office, French Army
  • LTC Anderson, Chief of Engineer Division, Danish Army Engineer School
  • Dr Gary Phetteplace, Research Mechanical Engineer, US Army Research and Development Center Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TECHNOLOGICAL DEMINING

    Rafael Rodriguez

    Rafael Rodriguez, Project Manager, GTD

  • Human activity
  • Demining activity
  • Angel approach
  • Human role
  • Future of the Angel project
  • 14:40 BATTLEFIELD RECOVERY SYSTEM

    Renaud Mouterde

    Renaud Mouterde, E-Force Product Manager, Giat Industries

    15:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks & Close of Day One, Followed by Afternoon Tea

    9:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:40 A SPECIAL ADDRESS

    General Sir Hugh Beach (retired)

    General Sir Hugh Beach (retired), Former Master General of the Ordnance, British Army (Army Board Member responsible for Procurement)

  • The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) of 1980
  • Amended Protocol II on Anti-Personnel mines
  • The Ottawa Convention
  • Alternative technologies to replace Anti-Personnel Mines
  • The review Conference on the CCW Convention, December 2001
  • A comprehensive approach to Explosive Remnants of War.
  • 9:55 Chairman's Opening Remarks:

    Brigadier Paddy Blagden

    Brigadier Paddy Blagden, ( Retd Royal Engineers), Technical Director, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

    10:20 A GERMAN PERSPECTIVE

    Col GS Roland Von Reden

    Col GS Roland Von Reden, Chief of Combat Support, German Army

  • An overview of German Engineers
  • Mobility support
  • Innovation for breaching, road clearing
  • Support of counter mobility operations
  • The Future of German Combat Engineering
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 OVERVIEW OF BREACHING

    Col Michael Asada, Project Mngr for Combat Mobility Systems, US Army TACOM

    Col Michael Asada, Project Mngr for Combat Mobility Systems, US Army TACOM, and, Lt Col Ted Jennings Jr, Product Mgr.GRIZZLY, US ARMY TACOM

    12:00 FORCE PROTECTION

    Garth Whitty

    Garth Whitty, Head of Security and Protection Division, Trading Force

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 WEAPON MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN COMBAT ENGINEERING

    Martin Pearce

    Martin Pearce, Marketing Manager LINAPS, BAE Systems

  • Operational Requirements
    User requirements
  • Technology Tradeoffs
    Operational advantages
  • Gun Crews
    Tactical
  • Battlespace Management
  • Today - Laser Inertial Navigation & Artillery Pointing (LINAPS)
  • Future- Artillery Pointing & Weapon Management Systems (APWMS)
  • 14:40 THE USE OF ANTI-ARMOUR WEAPONS IN COMBAT ENGINEERING

    Leif Jilsmo

    Leif Jilsmo, Product Director, SAAB DYNAMICS

  • A new (?) war theatre
  • An analysis of the weapons for Fighting in Built Up Areas (FIBUA)
  • New Stand Off weapons for FIBUA
  • The next generation
  • 15:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference, Followed by Afternoon Tea

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