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Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19 this event has now been postponed and the new date is 12th - 13th October 2020. Please contact a member of the SMi Team for more information customerservices@smi-online.co.uk

SMi Group are proud to announce that the 6th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe Conference will convene in Prague on 12th and 13th of October 2020.

Building on the enormous success of SMi’s previous five annual meetings; Future Armoured Vehicles – Central and Eastern Europe 2020, will be an extraordinary international gathering of senior military officers from the region. This forum offers an unparalleled regional platform for programme managers and experts from within the defence industry, to share insight with one another.

Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe 2020 strives to enhance the learning and development of armoured vehicle programme managers and practitioners through briefings and panel discussions. As the only conference dedicated to Czech and regional vehicles, we endeavour to deliver genuine insight and learning through the expertly selected participants who run our discussions and panels, ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered in great detail.

This conference will provide an enormous range of insight from many different nations and bring together many senior leaders from within the Czech Armed Forces. Briefings during the two-day conference will examine what these nations are doing to enhance and overhaul their fleets of armoured vehicles.

As a crucial modernisation goal for many nations in the region, Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe 2020 will provide a critical insight into what capabilities are being pursued by regional armed forces, reinforcing interoperability and cooperation. In addition to this, the forum provides an unparalleled interface for decision makers to share their goals with industry, and enhancing engagement in national defence projects.

  • Hear invaluable keynote briefings delivered by senior military officers in national modernisation programmes
  • Learn about the regional focuses for adopting and integrating new capabilities
  • Listen and engage with high level panel discussions from senior officers
  • Interact with senior industrial leaders to encourage cooperation and engagement
  • Make use of our networking lunch and coffee breaks to gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing armoured vehicle programmes 

71st Mechanized Battalion; Austrian MoD; BAE Systems Hagglunds; Cielo Inertial Solutions Ltd; CMI Defence; Collins Aerospace; Croatian Defence Academy; Czech Armed Forces; Czech MoD; Defense Express Media & Consulting Company LLC; Dept of Defense / Army; Diehl Defence; EnerSys Ltd; European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel; Faculty of Military Leadership, University of Defence; FMV; General Dynamics; General Dynamics European Land Systems; German Army; GMRE Inc; Hemi S.R.O; Horstman Defence Systems Limited; Hungarian Defence Forces Command; IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH; Interlink CS; IRTS; Janes Missiles & Rockets; Kidde-Deugra Brandschutzsysteme GmbH; Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS; Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG; Lockheed Martin U K; Microflown AVISA; MILMAG The Military Magazine; MSI-Defence Systems Ltd; Nammo Raufoss; NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA); Nexter Systems; Northrop Grumman Corporation; OCCAR-EA; Parker Hannifin Ltd.; Parker Hannifin Plc; Patria; Pearson Engineering; Plasan Sasa Ltd.; PRAMACOM-HT; PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH; Rafael; Ray Service S R O; Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH; Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles; Slovenian Armed Forces; Soucy Defense Division; Spanish MoD; ST Engineering; Stryker Brigade Combat Team; SVOS Spol s.r.o; The Army of the Czech Republic; U.S. Army ; Ultra; US Army Europe;

Conference programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Developing the Future of Czech Land Force Strategy

Major General Ivo Strecha

Major General Ivo Strecha , Director Force Development Division , Czech Armed Forces

  • Utilising modern IFV capabilities to evolve the Czech Armed Forces into a highly lethal and manoeuvrable fighting force
  • Progressing Czech armoured vehicle programmes for maximum force efficiency
  • Modernising Czech Land Force doctrine to fully exploit armoured assets on the battlefield
  • 9:40 Enhancing Armoured Vehicle Capacity and Interoperability to Provide a Flexible Combat Fleet for Future Polish Forces

    Brigadier General Dariusz K. Parylak

    Brigadier General Dariusz K. Parylak, Deputy Commander, 11th Armoured Cavalry Division, Polish Land Forces

  • Outlining the armoured capacity of the Polish Armed Forces
  • Developments in manoeuvre capabilities of Polish armoured platforms
  • Ensuring flexible and adaptive systems and approaches to armoured combat with allied nations
  • Developing systems and doctrine to enhance interoperability
  • 10:20 Speaking Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor, Rheinmetall

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Enhancing Romanian Armed Forces Ground Manoeuvre Capability for Advanced Interoperable Capability

    Brigadier General Claudiu Mihail Sava

    Brigadier General Claudiu Mihail Sava, Deputy Chief Land Forces for Operations, Training and Doctrine, Romanian Land Forces

  • Discussing the current priority programmes for the Romanian Land Forces in modernizing its armoured vehicles fleets
  • Examining which areas of capability for enhancement: Survivability, lethality and mobility
  • Analysing technologies that are being pursued in the future to address manoeuvre threats
  • The role of interoperability in defining the future of ground manoeuvre for the Romanian Land Forces
  • 12:10 Speaking Session Reserved for General Dynamisc Land Systems

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 The Future of the 7th Mechanized Brigade in the Czech Armed Forces

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula, Deputy Commander 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech Armed Forces

  • Discussing the role and capabilities of the 7th Mechanized Brigade
  • Examining the role of a future reconnaissance vehicle in the Czech Armed Forces
  • C4I and interoperability considerations for future combat vehicles
  • Ensuing key capabilities: mobility and lethality in brigade level operations
  • 15:10 Analysing the Current and Future Role of Infantry Fighting Vehicles in the Czech Armed Forces

    Colonel Jan Drozd

    Colonel Jan Drozd, Dean University of Defence Brno, Czech Armed Forces

  • The role of the IFV on the battlefield and how these capabilities are critical to the Czech manoeuvre force
  • Approaches to IFV integration and future concepts for consideration
  • Principals informing IFV deployment and tactics
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Modernisation Developments for Spanish IFV Combat Capabilities

    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez  Casado

    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez Casado , Head of Pizarro Program, Procurement and Weapon Directorate, Spanish MoD

  • The Pizzaro programme updates
  • Examining the capability scope of ground manoeuvre for Spanish mechanized vehicles
  • Integrating mechanised vehicles into a wider combat vehicle doctrine
  • 17:00 The Evolution of the German Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Main Battle Tank Platforms

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne, Branch Chief, Armoured Corps, Army Concepts and Capabilities Centre , Bundeswehr

  • The current and planned capabilities of the Puma IFV including integrated active protection systems
  • Networking C4I systems with dismounted soldiers for enhanced battlefield situational awareness
  • Enhancing the Leopard 2 to improve resilience and battlefield lethality
  • Priorities for the armour branch in future vehicle concepts
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 Enhancing Ground Maneuver Capability through Successful Integration of Combat Systems

    Major General Gary Brito

    Major General Gary Brito, Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence

  • Discussing MCOE mission and the pursuit of manoeuvre excellence
  • Maneuver Center of Excellence approaches to incorporating advanced combat systems
  • Making formations battle ready through continued capacity growth
  • Reducing cognitive load: Addressing the key challenges to advanced technology adoption
  • 9:40 Ensuring Regional Security with Interoperable and Capable Ground Platforms

    Major General Norbert  Huber

    Major General Norbert Huber , Director Armament and Procurement , Austrian MoD

  • Discussing the security context of the Austrian Armed Forces in central Europe
  • Lessons learned during introduction of combat vehicles
  • Austrian combat vehicle updates and development
  • Outside the Vehicle: See through armour – situational awareness for dismounted soldiers
  • 10:20 Speaking Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 The Role of the Infantry Combat Development Section and the Wider Outlook for the Slovenian Armed Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Vojko Sotlar

    Lieutenant Colonel Vojko Sotlar, Chief of Infantry Combat Development Section, Slovenian Army General Staff

  • Infantry Combat Development Section (SAF GS)
  • Tactical study Infantry Medium Batalion Group - modernization imperative
  • Future procurement priorities for the Slovenian Armed Force
  • 12:10 Developing Mechanised Capacity for the Estonian Scouts Battalion

    Major Eero Aija

    Major Eero Aija, Commanding Officer Scouts Battalion, Estonian Defence Forces

  • Outlining the roles and concepts of the Scouts Battalion
  • Developing independent operational capability
  • Operational concepts for fighting in restrictive terrain
  • Operating mechanised formations in A2/AD environments
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Evolution of IFV Training for Czech Land Forces

    Colonel Jaroslav Kozubek

    Colonel Jaroslav Kozubek, Head of Department, Land Force Training Development, Czech Armed Forces

  • IFVs Construction Schools
  • Conceptually establishing the system of training for the crews of the newly acquired combat (support) vehicles
  • Ensuring force interoperability with allied nations
  • 14:30 Developing German Combat Vehicles for Enhanced Mechanized Manoeuvre Capability

    Colonel Bernd Prill

    Colonel Bernd Prill, Chief of Armoured Forces Training Division, Munster Training Center, German Armed Forces

  • Discussing the priorities for the German Armour Training Corps for land platforms
  • The successes of developing well trained and developed units
  • Analysing where technology is being exploited to enhance combat capabilities
  • C4I and future areas for digitisation in German armoured manoeuvre
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 The Digitization of German Armored Brigades

    Colonel Frank Pieper

    Colonel Frank Pieper, Chief Digital Officer Army, Directorate Head, German Army Headquarters

  • Operational Requirement
  • German C2 – principles
  • The TEN Programme (DEU-NLD)
  • Tactical Mesh Networks
  • Spiral Development
  • Test- and Evaluation structures
  • Digitization Strategy
  • 16:20 NATO Support and Procurement for Armoured Vehicles

    Mr Robert Elvish

    Mr Robert Elvish, Programme Manager, Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

  • The role and foundational principles of NSPA
  • How NSPA is able to support national procurement operations
  • Pooling resources as a method of enhancing regional capability
  • NATO methods and practises for sustaining armoured fleets
  • 17:00 Deliberating New Trends and Challenges in Armoured Vehicle Interoperability

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Mario Blokken, Director, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel

  • Fostering regional interoperability, strengthening Euro-Atlantic security
  • Developing insights for force cohesion
  • Providing critical knowledge to allies through mutual discussion and cooperation
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Claudiu Mihail Sava

    Brigadier General Claudiu Mihail Sava

    Deputy Chief Land Forces for Operations, Training and Doctrine, Romanian Land Forces
    Brigadier General Dariusz K. Parylak

    Brigadier General Dariusz K. Parylak

    Deputy Commander, 11th Armoured Cavalry Division, Polish Land Forces
    Colonel Bernd Prill

    Colonel Bernd Prill

    Chief of Armoured Forces Training Division, Munster Training Center, German Armed Forces
    Colonel Frank Pieper

    Colonel Frank Pieper

    Chief Digital Officer Army, Directorate Head, German Army Headquarters
    Colonel Jan Drozd

    Colonel Jan Drozd

    Dean University of Defence Brno, Czech Armed Forces
    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez  Casado

    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez Casado

    Head of Pizarro Program, Procurement and Weapon Directorate, Spanish MoD
    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Deputy Commander 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Vojko Sotlar

    Lieutenant Colonel Vojko Sotlar

    Chief of Infantry Combat Development Section, Slovenian Army General Staff
    Major Eero Aija

    Major Eero Aija

    Commanding Officer Scouts Battalion, Estonian Defence Forces
    Major General Gary Brito

    Major General Gary Brito

    Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence
    Major General Norbert  Huber

    Major General Norbert Huber

    Director Armament and Procurement , Austrian MoD
    Mr Robert Elvish

    Mr Robert Elvish

    Programme Manager, Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

    Brigadier General Claudiu Mihail Sava

    Deputy Chief Land Forces for Operations, Training and Doctrine, Romanian Land Forces
    Brigadier General Claudiu Mihail Sava

    Brigadier General Dariusz K. Parylak

    Deputy Commander, 11th Armoured Cavalry Division, Polish Land Forces
    Brigadier General Dariusz K. Parylak

    Colonel Bernd Prill

    Chief of Armoured Forces Training Division, Munster Training Center, German Armed Forces
    Colonel Bernd Prill

    Colonel Frank Pieper

    Chief Digital Officer Army, Directorate Head, German Army Headquarters
    Colonel Frank Pieper

    Colonel Jan Drozd

    Dean University of Defence Brno, Czech Armed Forces
    Colonel Jan Drozd

    Colonel Jaroslav Kozubek

    Head of Department, Land Force Training Development, Czech Armed Forces
    Colonel Jaroslav Kozubek

    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez Casado

    Head of Pizarro Program, Procurement and Weapon Directorate, Spanish MoD
    Colonel Jose Maria Gonzalez  Casado

    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Deputy Commander 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech Armed Forces
    Colonel Zdenek Mikula

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Branch Chief, Armoured Corps, Army Concepts and Capabilities Centre , Bundeswehr
    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Linne

    Lieutenant Colonel Vojko Sotlar

    Chief of Infantry Combat Development Section, Slovenian Army General Staff
    Lieutenant Colonel Vojko Sotlar

    Major Eero Aija

    Commanding Officer Scouts Battalion, Estonian Defence Forces
    Major Eero Aija

    Major General Gary Brito

    Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence
    Major General Gary Brito

    Major General Ivo Strecha

    Director Force Development Division , Czech Armed Forces
    Major General Ivo Strecha

    Major General Norbert Huber

    Director Armament and Procurement , Austrian MoD
    Major General Norbert  Huber

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Director, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel
    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Robert Elvish

    Programme Manager, Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
    Mr Robert Elvish

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    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS)

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    GDELS is the European business unit of the American Company, General Dynamics Corporation. At present, our company employs roughly 2,500 highly motivated workers with excellent qualifications in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Romania and Denmark. Our products include heavy armored wheeled and tracked vehicles, amphibious bridge and ferry systems, as well as repair, maintenance and servicing of military vehicles “made in Europe.” Through our partnership with our sister company General Dynamics Mission Systems, we also offer C4I components, vehicle-supported communications and information systems, as well as complete solutions in the field of digitalization of ground forces (D-LBO). • Cooperation is in our DNA: • We are a reliable business partner for more than 4,500 suppliers, • We employ 2500 people and do business in 45 countries around the globe • 45 nations – 20 NATO / EU – rely on our products and services for their safety and security Our multi-national business structure has demonstrated us that cultural diversity, the different origins, educations and expertise of our employees can create business success. In this regard we commit to a core believe: Willingness and capacity for good, professional cooperation! Political requirements such as “fostering defense cooperation” or “commonality and interoperability” between military partners can, in our view, be achieved successfully if we, as a defense company, develop consistent models for cooperation across borders with other companies - we have taken this step. ASCOD is a versatile and powerful tracked armored land platform for current and future operation theatres, with near 1,000 vehicles deployed and current in-series production within NATO allies. Designed to include all proven technologies and best practices from previous programs; Spanish PIZARRO, Austrian ULAN or British AJAX, the result is a modular platform with open architecture suitable for a wide range of configurations covering all major roles of todays’ large or small tactical groups.


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    Milrem Robotics is an Estonian defence industry company with the primary focus of manufacturing unmanned ground vehicles, developing robotic warfare solutions and performing concept of operations and doctrine level warfare analysis.

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