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8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Christopher Foss

Christopher Foss, Editor, Jane's Armoury and Artillery

9:10 MULTI-ROLE ARMOURED VEHICLE

Martin Sheppard, MRAV Integrated Project Team Leader, Defence Procurement Agency

Martin Sheppard, MRAV Integrated Project Team Leader, Defence Procurement Agency, and, Major Kim Mason, MRAV Requirements Manager, Defence Procurement Agency

  • Overview of programme
  • International collaborative organisation
  • How differing national requirements are fulfilled
  • Capabilities – Capacity coupled with armour against direct and indirect threats and high mobility
  • Suitability for wide range of operational tasks
  • Future developments
  • 9:40 ABRAMS’ RECAPITALISATION PROGRAM

    Colonel Donald P. Kotchman

    Colonel Donald P. Kotchman, Project Manager, Abrams Tank System, U.S. Army

  • System overview and program history
  • Legacy System investment strategy in support of transformation
  • Impact of end state program on system mobility, lethality and survivability for the Abrams’ fleet
  • Conclusions- implementation process, challenges and resultant program future opportunities
  • 10:20 THE VICKERS RG-32M MINE PROTECTED VEHICLE

    Tim Burleigh

    Tim Burleigh, Engineering Sales Manager, Vickers Defence Systems

  • RG-32 vehicle family pedigree
  • RG-32M design philosophy
  • Key vehicle characteristics: - Mobility - Capacity and Payload - Survivability
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SWEDISH ARMOURED VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

    Lieutenant Colonel Gunnar Ivarsson

    Lieutenant Colonel Gunnar Ivarsson, Study and Development Section, Army Command, Swedish Army

  • Impact of recent changes in world situation on IAV employment
  • Composition of armoured forces
  • Operational use – Swedish Rapid Reaction Units
  • A multi-role armoured platform
  • The need for high survivability and mobility
  • Changing future requirements for armoured vehicles
  • 12:00 CLOSE COMBAT MISSILE SYSTEMS AND THE ARMY TRANSFORMATION

    Lieutenant Colonel Craig G. Langhauser

    Lieutenant Colonel Craig G. Langhauser, Product Manager, Advanced Target Acquisition Systems(ATAS),Close Combat Missile Systems (CCMS) Project Office, PEO Tactical Missiles & Smart Munitions, U.S. Army

  • Army transformation overview
  • CCMS weapons overview
  • CCMS operational capabilities - today (light & heavy forces) - near term (medium force)
  • CCMS evolution to meet future requirements
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 FINNISH REQUIREMENTS FOR ANTI-ARMOUR WEAPON

    Colonel Leo Ukkonen

    Colonel Leo Ukkonen, Chief of Ammunition Division, Defence Forces Material Command, Finland

  • Procurement of new anti-tank guided weapon
  • Meeting requirement for medium range ATGW systems to equip high readiness brigades
  • Finnish requirements – manageability, training, suitability to overall anti-tank system and capacity of sensors
  • Methods for use - ‘fire and forget’ mode - ‘fire and observe’ mode
  • Capacity to defeat tanks fitted with explosive reactive armour
  • Future plans
  • 14:40 ADVANCED COMPOSITE ARMOURED VEHICLE PLATFORM PROGRAMME

    Dr. Mark A French

    Dr. Mark A French, Principal Engineer, QinetiQ

  • Impact of changing demands of the military – need for lighter weight, air deployable vehicles
  • Feasibility of using composite materials for ballistic protection and as a primary load-bearing structure
  • How solutions were developed - affect of eliminating need for separate composite spall liner
  • Development into full working vehicle
  • Results of full scale trials of vehicle
  • Utilisation of carbon fibre materials and dynamic vehicle modelling

    How its success reflects on the British defence industry – at forefront of technology developments

  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MOBILE GUN SYSTEM

    Lieutenant Colonel Jack Reiff

    Lieutenant Colonel Jack Reiff, Product Manager, Mobile Gun System, PEO GCSS, U.S. Army

  • Background to advancements
  • General description of operational capability
  • Impact of changing threats - adaptability
  • Operational system performance
  • Force structure
  • Future developments
  • 16:20 CLOSING ADDRESS

    Rainer Ackermann

    Rainer Ackermann, Director Marketing and Sales Selfprotection, EADS Germany

  • Developing defensive aid suites for EW systems
  • The importance of integrating defence systems for armoured vehicles
  • Using missile countermeasures devices as a tool in theatre
  • Using decision aids during combat
  • Using sniper location/detection systems
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Richard M. Ogorkiewicz

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

    9:10 THE COMMON MISSILE PROJECT

    LTC Stephen Lee / Dr. Alan L. Moore Jr.

    LTC Stephen Lee / Dr. Alan L. Moore Jr., Assistant Project Manager, Common Missile, Common Missile Project Office, PEO Tactical Missiles / President, U.S. Army / AMCO International Inc.

  • How the programme was structured – lessons learned from past co-operative endeavours
  • Impact of other US Services involvement
  • Intentions – replacement for Raytheon BGM-71 TOW and Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire
  • Issue of meeting all requirements - US - UK
  • Questions being raised over capability - use of common modules - missile range - adaptation for fixed-wing aircraft
  • Full scale developments expected? – Improvements – low cost, reduced logistics footprint and maintain lethality
  • 9:40 NORWEGIAN REQUIREMENTS FOR ANTI-TANKS WEAPONS

    Colonel Harald Einar Sveen

    Colonel Harald Einar Sveen, Chief Technical Materiel Development Division, Norwegian Army Materiel Command

  • An overview of current Norwegian requirements
  • Importance of training suitability to overall anti-tank system
  • Capability to destroy modern tank from distance
  • Operational considerations
  • Functionality to simulate and control indirect fire events
  • Future upgrades and change
  • 10:20 PROVIDING SUITABLE RESPONSE TO ISRAEL’S DEFENCE NEEDS

    Arik Largman

    Arik Largman, Head, Survivability Systems Branch, Directorate of Defence Research & Development, State of Israel, Ministry of Defence

  • Background
  • Operational considerations
  • Effect of long military history
  • Providing suitable response to Israel’s defence needs
  • Modernisation and improving existing Armour and Protection systems
  • Future developments
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 ADVANCEMENTS IN ARMOUR PENETRATION

    Colonel Michael G. Padgett, Commander, Close Combat Armaments Center, U.S. Army

    Colonel Michael G. Padgett, Commander, Close Combat Armaments Center, U.S. Army, and, Henry Opat, Chief, Heavy Armament Division, CCAC, TACOM-ARDEC

  • Overview of current developments
  • Increase in smaller and more lethal weapons
  • Capabilities – effect against light and heavy targets
  • Countermeasure warhead developments
  • Adaptability – greater penetration ability
  • Future programs
  • 12:00 GIAT INDUSTRIES LATEST DEVELOPMENTS FOR AFV SURVIVABILITY

    Marc Chassillan

    Marc Chassillan, Armoured Systems Concept Manager, GIAT Industries

  • The system approach
  • Leclerc new armour protection
  • The stealth technology demonstrator
  • Mine protection technology
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 SOUTH AFRICAN ANTI-TANK WEAPON REQUIREMENTS

    Lt Col Shaun Patrick Carroll, MMM

    Lt Col Shaun Patrick Carroll, MMM, SO1 Research and Development, South African Army Armour Formation, South African National Defence Force

  • An overview of current South African requirements
  • Operational considerations and capabilities
  • Functionality
  • Future Developments
  • 14:40 COMPOSITE ARMOUR

    Dr. Moshe Ravid

    Dr. Moshe Ravid, Scientific Advisor, Plasan Sasa

  • Background to development
  • Range of protection levels
  • Ballistic performance – high strength multifunctional composites for integral armour
  • Results of performance testing – damage tolerance
  • Future developments
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CLASS 4 TITANIUM ARMOR ALLOY

    Larry Martin

    Larry Martin, Development Manager, Allegheny Technologies

  • Overview of Titanium (Ti) Armor Alloys
  • Comparison of Class 4 vs. Other Ti Alloys
  • Class 4 Applications
  • Future Titanium Armor Solutions
  • 16:20 DEFENSIVE AIDS SUITES (DAS)

    Dr Jean Fortin

    Dr Jean Fortin, Leader, Concepts and Integration Group, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier

  • Overview of Canadian DAS projects
  • Background
  • Current DAS developments
  • Future improvements
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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