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A variety of major advances over recent years have transformed the battlespace. From specific in-theatre threats to changes in the way that wars are fought and won. Modern militaries require continual development in technologies and strategy; impacting on forward planning, budget, training and securing future capabilities.

SMi’s Land Systems for the Digitized Battlespace Conference has been specifically designed to examine the recent trends, integration of emerging technologies and the capability requirements of future land systems.

Our international panel of expert speakers includes:

  • Ingénieur Général, Dr Jacques Vermorel, OTAN Head, Research Technology and Industrial Outreach Section, NATO HQ
  • Colonel Charles Coutteau, Project Manager, Manned Systems Integration, Future Combat System, US Army
  • Colonel Crispian Beattie, Commander, Command and Control Development Centre, Land Warfare Centre, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Major Wendell B Leimbach Jr, PM-Tanks, Marine Corps Systems Command, US Marine Corps
  • Hans-Josef Maas, Project Manager, Systems Technology International Systronics Vetronics, Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement, Bundeswehr
  • Major Frank Lozanski, Coyote Project Director, Canadian Army
  • Mark J McNeil CD, Project Director Armour Patrol Vehicle, Director Land Requirements, Canadian Army
  • Dr Roland Decuypere, Ecole Royal Militaire, RTA/AVT - NATO
  • Gustaf Olsson, Assistant Director of Research, Department of Electronic Warfare Assessment, Division of Command and Control Warfare Technology, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
  • Dr Anthony Mc Donagh-Smith, Executive Director and General Secretary, Society of Automotive Engineers, UK

A number of opportunities exist for practitioners from the international arena to speak on the conference programme or to sponsor this conference. If you would like more information, please contact Fiona Punter on Tel: +44 (0) 20 7827 6098 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7827 6099 or e-mail: fpunter@smi-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Elias  Stipidis

Elias Stipidis, Director, Vetronics Research Centre, School of Science and Technology, The University of Sussex and Vice Chairman, MilCAN

9:10 SPECIAL ADDRESS: DIGITIZATION OF THE LAND BATTLESPACE

  • C4ISTAR and the Effects Based Approach (EBA)
  • The challenges of Information Management and Exploitation (IM / IX)
  • Developing Joint, Interagency and Multinational (JIM) interoperability
  • Implications for the "Human in the Loop" of equipment capability design trends
  • Force Protection - enhancing survivability whilst delivering operational success
  • Crispian Beattie

    Crispian Beattie, Commander, Command and Control Development Centre, Land Warfare Centre, British Army

    9:50 VEHICLE ARCHITECTURES THAT ENSURE NEC COMPATIBILITY

    Hans-Josef Maas

    Hans-Josef Maas, Project Manager, Systems Technology International Systronics, K1.2 System Technology, Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement, Deutsche Bundeswehr

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 CASE STUDY: INTEGRATION OF SYSTEMS ON THE COYOTE PROJECT

    Frank Lozanski

    Frank Lozanski, Director Land Requirements (DLR) 3-2, Project Director Coyote Life Extension, Project Director Light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle (LARV), In-Fleet Manager Coyote, In-Fleet Manager LAV 25mm Turret, Canadian Army

  • Sharing data and sensor information to provide situational awareness all over the battlefield
  • Lightweight and efficient power use in reconnaissance vehicles
  • Common crew stations
  • Connecting sensors with ISTAR systems
  • 11:40 CASE STUDY: INTEGRATING NEW AND LATEST DESIGN REQUIREMENTS FOR FUTURE LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLES

    Doug Miller

    Doug Miller, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Advanced Vehicle Systems

  • A-B armoured solutions
  • Modularity
  • Air transportability
  • Deep water fording
  • Logistic support and other elements
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 LAHAT (LAser Homing ATtack)

    Moshe Shavit

    Moshe Shavit, Manager Business Development, Israel Aircraft Industries

  • Providing pin point accuracy at extended ranges against moving targets
  • Meeting budgets for light, medium and heavy AFVs
  • Equipping vehicles for various LIC and high intensity conflicts, urban warfare as well as wide range of operational scenarios
  • Flexible line of Sight and non line of sight operations, with Man In The Loop minimising collateral damage
  • Case study evidence
  • 14:30 VEHICLE SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

    Bob Connor

    Bob Connor, Technical Leader Vetronics, QinetiQ

  • MilCAN Physical Layer
  • MilCAN Data Link Layer
  • MilCAN A Application Layer Spec
  • MilCAN B Application Layer spec
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 USMC FIREPOWER ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

    Wendell  Leimbach Jr.

    Wendell Leimbach Jr., PM Tank Systems, Marine Corps Systems Command , US Marine Corps

  • Unique upgrades to USMC M1A1 Tanks
  • Improved Target Engagement
  • Far Target Location (FTL) sensors
  • 16:20 LIGHT AND MEDIUM ARMOURED VEHICLES IN PERSPECTIVE

    Professor Richard Ogorkiewicz

    Professor Richard Ogorkiewicz, Visiting Professor, Cranfield University

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Anthony Mc Donagh-Smith

    Anthony Mc Donagh-Smith, Executive Director and General Secretary, SAE-UK

    9:10 DEFEATING THE ASYMMETRIC THREAT

    Cobus van der Merwe

    Cobus van der Merwe, Business Development Executive: Land, AVITRONICS

  • The asymmetric environment
  • Legacy impact
  • A new paradigm to survivability
  • 9:50 MILITARY EFFECTS IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT (PILOT STUDY FORCE PROTECTION)

    Thomas Starlinger

    Thomas Starlinger, Capability Directorate, Engagement / Precision Effects, European Defence Agency

  • Lessons identified: enhanced survivability (situational awareness, precision engagement, protection)
  • Translation process of Capability Goals in R&T goals: dialogue between Capability Planer and R&T experts
  • Influence of results to the further development of Armoured Vehicles, Future European Soldier System, Network Enabling Capabilities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:40 AFV VETRONIC SYSTEM OR THE FOURTH CREWMAN

    Dominique Hoslin

    Dominique Hoslin, Advanced Study Engineer, GIAT Industries

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 NEW EQUIPMENT FOR THE SMART TURRET

    Hervé Gombault

    Hervé Gombault, IR Jammer Program Director, EADS

  • BMS computer
  • Remote weapon station
  • Situation awareness sensor and recorder
  • IR Jammer for soft kill defensive kit
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DAS FOR THE FUTURE

    Gustaf Olsson

    Gustaf Olsson, Assistant Director, Research, Department of Electronic Warfare Assessment, Division of Command and Control Warfare Technology, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • Future design for land platforms in a unit
  • DAS in network
  • DAS sensors and sensor interaction
  • Achieving increased effectiveness and survivability
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    Anthony Mc Donagh-Smith

    Anthony Mc Donagh-Smith, Executive Director and General Secretary, SAE-UK

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