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Following on from the success of our previous armour conferences, SMi have produced this latest event to examine the recent and future developments that are driving R&D armour and anti armour technologies. It will be informative, stimulating and focused.

As a senior industry executive, you will be aware of the importance of this field. We would therefore like to invite you to register for SMi’s Armour and Anti Armour. Presentations will be delivered by key personnel from both the armour developers / researchers and anti armour manufacturers and users.

Key presentations include:

VEHICLE SURVIVABILITY - OVERCOMING THE SMART MUNITION THREAT
Dr Bill Carson, Technical Director, Land Systems Sector, DERA

CASE STUDY - THE MOKOPA MISSILE
André J Labuschagne, Systems Engineer - Anti Armour Missiles, Kentron

ANTI ARMOUR IN-DIRECT FIRE
Colonel Peter Marwood, Project Manager, Field Artillery Weapon Systems, Defence Procurement Agency

Last years delegates included representatives from the following organisations

  • TARDEC, TACOM, US Army
  • UK Ministry of Defence
  • RAFAEL (Israel)
  • Hagglunds Vehicles
  • Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
  • Kentron
  • Textron Systems
  • Raytheon Systems Company
  • Matra BAe Dynamics
  • Royal Ordance
  • United Defense
  • Euromissile Dynamics

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel David Lewthwaite

Colonel David Lewthwaite, SMO, Centre for Defence Analysis, DERA

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS - ARMOUR & ANTI ARMOUR

Lieutenant Colonel Alan Roland-Price

Lieutenant Colonel Alan Roland-Price, S01 Tactics, Centre for Defence Analysis, DERA

  • Balance of investment
  • ISTAR and targeting
  • Direct and indirect fire systems
  • 9:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - VEHICLE SURVIVABILITY

    Dr Bill Carson

    Dr Bill Carson, Technical Director, Land Systems Sector, DERA

  • An analysis of the threats posed by precision guided munitions
  • Lethal mechanisms and the extensive threat they pose to modern day armour
  • Differing threats from horizontal and vertical attack
  • A discussion on the advantages and usage of a system of countermeasures:
  • Defensive aid suites - Reactive armour - Passive armour - Stealth
  • Future developments to countermeasures that will ‘outsmart’ the anti-armour munitions
  • 10:20 ARTILLERY WEAPON SYSTEMS

    Colonel Peter Marwood

    Colonel Peter Marwood, Project Manager, Field Artillery Weapon Systems, Defence Procurement Agency

  • Overview of the Strategic Defence Review anti armour study
  • Outline of capabilities, constraints and requirements
  • Systems approach to attack of armour by indirect fire (targets/STA/platforms/munitions)
  • Options for attack of armour by indirect fire
  • Procurement issues including interoperability and collaboration
  • Summary
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 ARMOUR AND ELECTRONIC WARFARE

    Rainer Ackermann

    Rainer Ackermann, Marketing Manager Subsystems, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace

  • The importance of integrating defence systems for armoured vehicles
  • Using missile countermeasures devices as a tool in theatre
  • Using decision aids during combat
  • The development of ground to air missile defence systems for armoured vehicles
  • Future initiatives
  • 12:00 MAN PORTABLE ANTI TANK MISSILES

    Dr David Halido

    Dr David Halido, Program Manager, SPIKE Family, RAFAEL (Israel)

  • An overview of the features of the system
  • The status of the program to date
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 CASE STUDY - BRIMSTONE

    Cliff Waldwyn

    Cliff Waldwyn, Business Development Manager - Anti-armour, Alenia Marconi Systems - Dynamics Division

  • Background
  • Weapon description
  • Operational modes
  • Program update
  • Adaptability
  • Summary
  • 14:40 TOW IMPROVED TARGET ACQUISITION SYSTEM (ITAS)

    Rick Beacham

    Rick Beacham, Director of International Programs, Raytheon Systems

  • Program overview
  • System description
  • FLIR performance
  • Development and operational test results
  • Training and support
  • Summary / export opportunities
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 VEHICLE UPGRADES

    Jim Welsh

    Jim Welsh, Bradley Business Development Manager, United Defense

  • Assessing the need and the requirement for upgrading the Bradley fighting vehicle fleet
  • The current status of the upgrade program
  • Main aims of the program in order to update and upgrade the following:
  • Command and control system - Situational awareness - Lethality - Sustainability
  • Taking the Bradley fighting fleet into the millennium
  • 16:20 ARMOUR SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS

    Dr Mark French

    Dr Mark French, Project Manager, DERA

  • Armoured fighting vehicle
  • Cost and weight advantages of composite materials for AFV’s
  • Technical and production advances that have assisted the development of the composite materials
  • The projects aim to increase battlefield survivability
  • Manufacturing and production considerations
  • Use of modelling to provide tools for concept evaluation
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks reception for delegates and speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Prof Richard M Ogorkiewicz

    Prof Richard M Ogorkiewicz, Visiting Professor, Royal Military College of Science

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Pedro Marrero

    Pedro Marrero, Associate Director, Future Combat Development, TARDEC, TACOM US Army

  • Evolution of the Abrams MBT
  • The changing strategic environment
  • Tomorrow’s technology
  • The Army After Next goals
  • The Future Combat System
  • 9:40 JAVELIN ANTI TANK SYSTEM

    Colonel William Knox

    Colonel William Knox, Javelin Program Manager, US Army

  • Program background and requirements evolution
  • Javelin system description
  • Key operational features and tests
  • User performance in the last 18 months
  • Operation, support and training
  • International potential
  • 10:20 CASE STUDY - THE ASCOD/ULAN

    Dr Bernhard Geringer

    Dr Bernhard Geringer, Head of System Development, Steyr Daimler Puch Spezialfahrzeug (Austria)

  • Actual and future requirements for Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) in view of the manufacturer
  • The ASCOD/ULAN IFV-Program as an example for matching the challenges of the user
  • Examples for protection, mobility and fire power fulfilment through a flexible and open module concept
  • Family concepts for a wide range of different user-tasks
  • Prospects of technical features for next generation
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 MODERNISATION OF THE T-55

    Samo Podgornik

    Samo Podgornik, Program Manager, Arms Directorate, Ministry of Defence - Slovenia

  • The need and requirement for the upgrade
  • An overview of the system and subsystems being upgraded, including the optics and fire control system
  • The implementation of upgraded weaponry including:
  • High explosive anti tank tracer (HEAT-T) - Armour piercing fin stabilised discarding - sabot tracer (APFSDS-T)
  • High explosive squash head tracer (HESHT)
  • 12:00 LIGHT-MEDIUM WEIGHT FIGHTING VEHICLES

    Marc Chassillan

    Marc Chassillan, Marketing Product Manager, Giat Industries

  • Operational requirements
  • The protection against medium calibre kinetic rounds
  • The protection against shaped charges
  • The protection against mines
  • The structure design criteria’s
  • Application to current European and US programs
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 CLOSE COMBAT ANTI ARMOUR WEAPON SYSTEMS (CCAWS)

    Colonel Cecil Webster

    Colonel Cecil Webster, Project Manager, CCAWS Project Office, US Army

  • Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS)
  • IBAS
  • TOW Fire & Forget (F&F) & Common Missile
  • LOSAT & Kinetic Energy Missile
  • TOW 2A/2B
  • 14:40 CASE STUDY - THE MOKOPA MISSILE

    André J Labuschagne

    André J Labuschagne, Systems Engineer - Anti Armour Missiles, Kentron

  • The requirement
  • Market position
  • Application
  • Modes and states
  • Technical description
  • Future upgrades
  • 15:20 SENSOR FUZED MUNITIONS

    Didier Mery

    Didier Mery, Bonus Program Manager, Giat Industries

  • An overview of the smart anti-tank shell
  • Two submunitions
  • A multi-band Infra Red target sensor
  • Destroying stationary and mobile MBT’s, AFV’s and howitzers at long range with an Explosively Formed Projectile (EFP)
  • Firing from 39 to 52 calibre guns
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Afternoon Tea

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