Within the Central and Eastern European region, the land forces environment continues to receive renewed attention, the likes of which have not been seen since the end of the Cold War. This has been reflected in large scale international exercises to boost readiness, as well as the individual efforts of NATO member states to enhance their respective capabilities, through procurement and training.

As a key enabler of manoeuvre, protection, fire support and C4I and the mainstay of any future ground operation, the combat vehicle must be kept front of mind. This focused meeting for the mechanised community and broader land domain, will aim to proactively discuss the tactics and technologies that will enhance future combat vehicle effectiveness.


With particular focus on the collaboration between military, research and industry, Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe invites not only programme managers, capability directors and operational commanders from the armed forces, but also ensures the lead engineers, chief scientists and platform managers from the leading solution providers are present.

This technical focus will aim to further cover the core areas of the combat vehicle, ranging from survivability, armour and active protection to anti-armour weapons, communications and systems integration. In addition, key updates from military programme managers, operational commanders and land force planners will provide an overview of the current operational environment, training, areas for capability development and practices for test and evaluation.

• Hear from Central and Eastern European land forces and MoDs’ that are leading combat vehicle development, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Austria, Latvia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Slovenia
• Network with and meet industry leaders who are developing the latest combat vehicle solutions for the platform and mechanised personnel
• Gain an update from defence research and areas under examination, including the latest survivability technologies and un-manned ground vehicles


• Operational commanders
• Armoured capability development
• Combat vehicle programme managers
• Heads of protected mobility

Industry and Research

Manufacturers and developers of the vehicle’s…

• Passive and reactive armour
• Situational awareness systems
• Signature management and active camouflage
• Defensive aids and soft kill
• Active protection and hard-kill

Previous organisations have included:

ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH ; AOBP; Austrian MoD; BAE Systems International.; Curtiss-Wright Drive Technology; Czech Army; Czech MoD; Defence Express; DSIA; DSTL; Estonian Defence Forces; IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH; Inform Avia Center, JV; Interlink cs; ISOCLIMA; KraussMaffei Wegmann GmbH & Co KG; Lockheed Martin; Ministry of Defence Czech Republic; MoD Czech Republic; National Armaments Office; Nexter Systems; Omnipol A S; Pap Tecnos Innovacion; Pearson Engineering; Plasan Sasa Ltd; Ray Service S R O; Review for Defence and Security Industry; Rheinmetall Chempro GmbH; Rheinmetall RWM GmbH; Spanish Army; ST Engineering; St Kinetics; Tower Automotive Belgium bvba; Tower International Limited; University of Defence, Czech Republic; US Army; Vojensky Technicky Ustav Pozemniho Vojsak Vyskov; VOP CZ. S.p.;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 Optimising The Deployment and Maintenance of Armoured Vehciles

Major General Jaromir Zuna

Major General Jaromir Zuna, Director of Support Division , Czech Ministry of Defence

9:50 Policy, Plans and Capability Development to Support the Czech Army’s Mechanised Infantry

Colonel Ing Zdenek  Mikula

Colonel Ing Zdenek Mikula, Head of Mechanized & Infantry Section, Land Forces Development Department, Capabilities Development & Planning Division, Czech Ministry of Defence

• The role and structure of the Capabilities Development and Planning Division within the Czech MoD
• The importance of the Land Forces Mechanised Infantry as a flexible and rapidly deployable force
• Doctrine and policy to support the mechanised infantry during modern warfare
• What are the current gaps and areas considered for capability development?
• Working with procurement to set requirements and integrate new equipment

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Capabilities Delivered by the Austrian Armed Forces Procurement of BSV10

Brigadier General Norbert  Huber

Brigadier General Norbert Huber , Director Armament and Procurement , Austrian Ministry of Defence

• Requirements behind BSV10: The need for a highly mobile and versatile vehicle to support operations in challenging terrain
• BvS10 enhanced crew ergonomics, internal volume and advanced protection
• Potential for integration of subsystems and different vehicle variants to support a variety of missions
• Austrian plans and timelines supporting procurement of BSV10

11:40 Future Development of the Romanian Land Forces to Ensure Operational Readiness

Brigadier General Mircea Mandrescu

Brigadier General Mircea Mandrescu , Commander, Land Forces Operational Component, Romanian Armed Forces

• Structure of Romanian Land Forces Operational Component
• Romanian requirements for regional security and operations abroad
• Key areas for growth and investment within the Romanian Army
• Timelines and plans for future force development

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 German Army Approach to Training and Doctrine Development of Armoured Forces

Brigadier General Norbert Wagner

Brigadier General Norbert Wagner, Director of the Armoured School, German Army

• An overview of the operational environment and the challenges that armoured operators must train to face
• Some of the key areas to consider: Maneuver, Gunnery and Communications
• Approaches for effective training: Blending synthetic and live training for cost effective and comprehensive learning
• Feedback from joint exercises and potential for collaboration with NATO and regional partners

14:00 Evolution and Enhancement of the Lithuanian Mechanized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf"

Colonel Dalius Polekauskas

Colonel Dalius Polekauskas, Chief of Staff, Land Forces, Lithuanian Ministry of Defence

• Brigade force structure of the 6 battalions and important role in defence of territorial integrity
• Enhancing training and support through international co-operation with NATO partners
• Enhancing brigade mobility, protection and lethality: New BOXER vehicles and advantages delivered over legacy M113 tracked APC
• Current further plans and priorities for development of the brigade

14:40 PEO Ground Combat Systems Development of Stryker: Supporting US Army Europe’s Armoured Capability within the Region

Colonel Glenn Dean

Colonel Glenn Dean, Programme Manager, Stryker, PEO, GCS, United States Army

• The demands of the contemporary operational environment within the Eastern European theatre
• Armament: How the integration of a 30mm weapon system will bridge and fill capability gaps
• Survivability: Upgrades and integration of double v hull to counter mine and IED threats
• C4ISTAR: Mission systems enhancing information gathering, processing and dissemination
• Plans for full introduction and integration

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 The Turkish Land Forces Development of Enhanced Survivability for Armoured Vehicles

Mr Fatih Yakici

Mr Fatih Yakici, Head of Land Platforms , SSM, Turkish Ministry of Defence

• An overview of wheeled and tracked Turkish fighting vehicles currently developed
• An overview of threats to the vehicle that the Turkish Land Forces must be prepared to face
• Signature management: Multispectral Camouflage Systems (Mobile Camouflage)
• Development of Active Protection System Project-AKKOR
• Passive Protection: Flexible Layer Cage Armour System for Armoured Vehicles

16:30 BOXER Vehicle Solutions and Applications for Modern Land Warfare

Mr Andreas Zekorn

Mr Andreas Zekorn, Programme Manager, BOXER, OCCAR

• History of the programme from concept to completion
• Survivability: Proven protection against ballistic threats Integrated state-of-the-art protection against mine/IED
• Lethality: Integration of new weapon systems such as a 30mm capability
• Modularity and Mobility: The advantage of a multi-role vehicle for adapting mission requirements
• Feedback from collaboration with the German, Netherlands and Lithuanian Armed Forces

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 Future Armoured Vehicles - Norwegian Perspectives and Experiences

Brigadier General Morten Eggen

Brigadier General Morten Eggen, Commander Land Systems Division , Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisations/ Main Systems Land

• Current force structure overview of the Norwegian Land Forces
• Combat vehicle capability areas that have recently seen development
• Finding from the recent white paper and subsequent future priorities

9:50 Czech Army Armoured Vehicle Procurement and Systems Integration

Colonel Tomas Dvoracek

Colonel Tomas Dvoracek, Director of Land Forces Armaments, Acquisition Division, Czech Ministry of Defence

• An overview of the fleet structure and management
• Light medium and heavy platforms currently utilised within the land forces
• Key areas within the vehicles for development: C4I, Weapon Systems and Survivability
• Where are the current capability gaps and what are the capabilities under consideration?



10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Combat Vehicle Modernisation within the Spanish Land Forces

Brigadier General Roberto Soria Martinez

Brigadier General Roberto Soria Martinez , Head of Land Systems, Spanish MoD

• Operational requirements of the Spanish land forces
• A focus on combat vehicle modernisation within key platforms:
 o 8x8 APC
 o Pizarro IFV
 o Leopard MBT
• Future mile stones for capability development

11:40 Plans for Infantry Brigade Mechanisation and Integration of Combat Vehicles into the Latvian Armed Forces

Colonel Ilmars Atis Lejins

Colonel Ilmars Atis Lejins, Commander of Land Forces Brigade, Latvian Armed Forces

• Structure, strategy and doctrine of Latvian army: How must the Latvian Armed Forces adapt to meet existing and future threats?
• Current priorities for capability development: The need for combat vehicles to support land forces in the area of protected mobility and fire power
• Procurement of CVRT and timelines for introduction of the vehicle into the army
• Plans and areas for upgrade of the systems to meet Latvian requirements

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Bulgarian Development of Mechanised Forces Interoperability and Combat Effectiveness

Lieutenant Colonel Miroslav Radoslavov

Lieutenant Colonel Miroslav Radoslavov , Chief, Interoperability and Planning Department, Land Forces HQ, Bulgarian Armed Forces

• Bulgarian land force development plans for the army to meet the challenges of the current operational environment
• A focus on combat vehicles assets within the army:
  o T72
  o BMP-23
  o Mine protected vehicle
• Lessons learnt from mechanised operations in Afghanistan and Iraq
• Plans for enhancing interoperability with NATO partners: Feedback from mechanised exercises and training

14:00 73rd Tank Battalion: Ensuring Operational Readiness and Combat Effectiveness

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Kerdik

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Kerdik, Commander 73rd Tank Battalion, Czech Armed Forces

• Overview of the Battalion structure and force development in recent years
• Feedback from new equipment that has been introduced and upgrades to the T-72 MBT
• Feedback from ongoing joint exercises and collaboration with international and regional partners
• Current training and doctrine utilised to ensure operational readiness

14:40 Armament and Modernization Programs for the Development of Motorised and Mechanised Battalions

Mr Miha Matek

Mr Miha Matek, Head of Armaments Project Management Division , Slovenian Ministry of Defence

• Activities, next steps and future plans
• LMV 4x4
• APC 6x6
• APC 8x8
• IFV 8x8

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Acquisition & Through Life Cycle Support of Armoured Vehicles and Anti-Armour Weapon Systems: Key Aspects from the NSPA Perspective

Mr Giorgio Scappaticci

Mr Giorgio Scappaticci, Head of Weapons Systems and Equipment Support, NSPA

• Acquisition of Armoured Vehicles: Challenges and Lessons Learned
 o Considerations and experiences obtained from  PRV project, Boxer from Production to In-service challenges, PzH modernization for Croatia and challenges on the Portuguese Project
• Integration of Sensors and Weapons: A Supportability Perspective
 o PRV and PzH as examples how we support systems integrated into vehicles (RWS, Surveillance), problem areas, solutions
• Long Term Cooperative Support for Anti-Armour Missiles: Case Studies for new and legacy systems
 o TOW Support case, how we were able to support it for 40 years from basic to ITAS
 o Spike Support: New system with different challenges and support model
• Approaches to Missile’s service life extension
 o Different cases in which life extension worked out (TOW, Stinger, Hellfire, Spike). Advice for new missile acquisition


16:30 Czech Armed Forces Development of Un-Manned Ground Vehicles to Support Land Operations

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Mazal

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Mazal, Chief scientist in Military Management and Tactics Department , University of Defence, Czech Republic

• Czech development of the TAROS V2 6x6 wheeled, unmanned, all-terrain, modular and automated robotic ground vehicle
  o Payload
  o Weapons systems
  o Automation
  o Propulsion
• Technology successes and challenges in the UGV area
• Continued and future development of UGV’s within the Czech Defence University: What are the key areas under consideration?


17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



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