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SMi Group are proud to announce that the 4th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe Conference will convene in Prague on 21st and 22nd of May in Prague.

The conference will see developments and updates to armoured vehicle programmes from around Europe discussed with presentations from leading figures and networking sessions throughout the 2 day event. Key themes and challenges at the core of the European Vehicle Armoured Community will be the basis of discussion and will include the need for resiliency and robustness within land systems, interoperability and flexibility within platforms, as well as the key importance as the Iron Triangle (lethality, survivability, manoeuvrability).

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  • Meet the people directly in charge of modernising and upgrading land capabilities across Central and Eastern Europe, including the Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, and many others
     
  • Benefit from insights in to armoured vehicle technologies delivered both by the military (end users) and the industry (manufacturers)
     
  • Meet and network with service providers as well as military and government end-users from around the world that will make up the attendees at this year’s conference and exhibition
     
  • More than three and a half hours of networking during the conference days

Military:

  • Operational Commanders
  • Armoured Capability Developers
  • Combat Vehicle Programme Managers
  • Heads of Protected Mobility

Manufacturers and developers of the vehicle’s:

  • Platforms
  • Armour
  • Mobility systems
  • Communications and C4I
  • Situational awareness systems
  • Armament and weapon systems
  • Signature management and active camouflage
  • Defensive aids and soft kill
  • Active protection and hard-kill

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

9:10 Seeing Logistics As a Land Force Enabler

Major General Jaromir  Zuna

Major General Jaromir Zuna, Director of Support Division , Czech MoD

9:50 Developing Czech Land Capabilities to Optimise its Defensive stature and Achieve its Strategic Objectives

Brigadier General Ivo  Strecha

Brigadier General Ivo Strecha , Deputy Director, Capabilities Development Division, Czech MoD

 

·         A focus on land capabilities: optimising the Czech armoured vehicle
·         Integrating the new Infantry fighting Vehicle into the existing Armed Forces: challenges and opportunities
·         Overcoming the foreseeable interoperability challenges in land-air cooperation
·         Elaborating and implementing the Defence Strategy of the Czech Republic into the Czech military: a stronger and faster land force
·         How a modernised armoured vehicle fleet will contribute towards achieving Czech strategic objectives in Europe and globally

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Modernising the Polish Armed Forces Through the Acquisition and Procurement of the New Generation High Mobility Jelcz 442.32 Vehicles

Colonel Maciej  Zajac

Colonel Maciej Zajac, Deputy Chief of Land Forces Directorate, Armament Inspectorate , Polish MoD

 

·         An update on the modernisation and acquisition planning in the Polish Armed Forces
·         Integrating the Jelcz 442.32 platform into the legacy equipment of the Territorial Defence Units
·         Enhancing operational effectiveness through maximised mobility (on hardened surface as well as off-road)
·         How optimised modularity facilitates the accomplishment of multi-purpose missions
·         Future acquisition and development prospects in the Polish Armed Forces

11:40 CARAVAN, Comprehensive Acoustic Situational Awareness for Networked Vehicles

Mr. Alex Koers

Mr. Alex Koers, Managing Director, Microflown AVISA

 

  • Acoustic Multi Mission Sensors
  • Self protection of the vehicle/ convoy/crew
  • Mobile sound ranging
  • Fire control

12:20 The Croatian Armoured Vehicle Fleet and Material Procurement Processes

Colonel Slobodan Bandalo

Colonel Slobodan Bandalo, Head of Acquisition and Modernization Department , Croatian MoD

 

·         The hardware currently at use in Croatia: update and experiences with the Patria 8x8x armoured vehicle
·         An overview on the planning, coordination, And execution of national armament projects
·         Responding to the Armed Forces’ needs and meeting new requirements
·         Maximising life-cycle management and enhancing operational effectiveness
·         Prospects of modernisation and acquisition of new materials

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Presentation by PEO Ground Combat Systems - Stryker Platform

14:40 Upgrading Spanish Armoured Vehicle Capabilities, Modernising Hardware, and Adapting to Changing Threat Environments

Captain Engineer Mario Lozano Benito

Captain Engineer Mario Lozano Benito, Pizarro Programme Technical Director, Weapons and Material Armament Directorate, Spanish MoD

 

·         International cooperation in the armoured vehicle- the case of ASCOD AFV
·         Focus on combat vehicle modernisation with key platforms:
              o   8x8 APC
              o   Pizzaro IFV and its derived developments
              o   Pizarro Combat Engineer Vehicle, the next breakthrough.
·         Achieving capability superiority in land deployments with the Pizarro platform
·         Maximising effectiveness of land operations through enhanced situational awareness, lethality, and command and control
·         Prospects of development and future modernisation of the Pizarro platform as well as projects of overall procurement in the Spanish MoD
 

15:20 Afternoon tea

16:20 Panel Discussion - Factors Driving Procurement in Central and Eastern Europe and Meeting Army Requirements

 

 
·         Adapting to the changing security environment along NATO’s eastern borders
·         Meeting army requirements: Planning, Coordinating, and Executing national armament projects
·         Interoperability? – What acquiring new cutting-edge technology and platforms mans for military alliances
·         Foreseeable regional challenges to stability and  remedying them  
Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

Brigadier General Ivo  Strecha

Brigadier General Ivo Strecha , Deputy Director, Capabilities Development Division, Czech MoD

Colonel Maciej  Zajac

Colonel Maciej Zajac, Deputy Chief of Land Forces Directorate, Armament Inspectorate , Polish MoD

 Brigadier General (ret'd) Milan  Celko

Brigadier General (ret'd) Milan Celko, Former Director General, National Armaments Director Ministry of Defence Slovakia, The Slovak Republic MoD

Colonel Slobodan Bandalo

Colonel Slobodan Bandalo, Head of Acquisition and Modernization Department , Croatian MoD

17:00 An Independent View on Procurement Processes: Planning, Coordination, And Execution of National Armament Projects

 Brigadier General (ret'd) Milan  Celko

Brigadier General (ret'd) Milan Celko, Former Director General, National Armaments Director Ministry of Defence Slovakia, The Slovak Republic MoD

 

 
 
·         An overview on the procurement and armament process in the Slovak Republic
·         Responding to the Armed Forces’ needs and meeting new requirements
·         Maximising life-cycle management and enhancing operational effectiveness
·         Overcoming the challenges that arise in expensive and extensive procurement projects
·         A personal insight into the current armaments and procurement projects of the Slovak Republic

17:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks

Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

9:10 Maximising the Effectiveness and Reach of the 7th Mechanised Brigade through Enhanced Capabilities and Adapted Strategy

Colonel Jiri David

Colonel Jiri David, Commander 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech Armed Forces

 

·         Enhancing the 7th Mechanised Brigade’s lethality, survivability, and manoeuvrability through the integration of upgraded IFV
·         Maximising Effectiveness: acquiring new hardware to replace the BMP-2 armoured vehicles
·         Update on the competition and the potential vehicles selected; what each IFV would mean for the 7th Mechanised Brigade
·         Implementing new strategies around the newly integrated IFV and the vision for the future of the Brigade

9:50 Latest Updates on Austria’ Armoured Vehicles Fleet

Brigadier General Erich Weissenboeck

Brigadier General Erich Weissenboeck, Head of Force Development Division, Austrian MoD

 

·         Completion of the protected vehicle fleet – GD PANDUR, IVECO GMF, KMW DINGO
·         Implementation of Bv S 10 to support operations in challenging terrain

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Presentation reserved for the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation

Brigadier General Morten Eggen

Brigadier General Morten Eggen, Commander Land Systems Division , Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation

11:40 Presentation by Lockheed Martin

12:20 Modernising the Czech Armoured Vehicle Fleet: an Acquisition and Armaments Division Perspective

Colonel (ret'd) Tomas Dvoracek

Colonel (ret'd) Tomas Dvoracek, Director, Land Forces Armaments Department, Armaments and Acquisition Division Czech MoD, National Armaments Office

 

·         Increasing defence spending, maximising effectiveness of land deployments and enhancing security in Central Europe
·         Replacing the ageing BMP-2s fleet and procuring 210 new Armoured Fighting Vehicles to achieve strategic superiority
·         The acquisition programme requirements and planned procurement timeline
·         Overcoming the challenges of acquiring new technologies: interoperability and sustainability

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 OCAR - An Update on the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) BOXER Programme: Enhancing European Land Warfare Capabilities

 

·         A European success story: feedback from Lithuanian, Dutch, and German experiences
·         Enhancing lethality, survivability and mobility: integrating new weapon systems, protecting against ballistic threats, and adapting to mission requirements through modularity
·         Future acquisition programmes of the BOXER vehicle in Europe
 
Mr. Tomas Eismontas

Mr. Tomas Eismontas, Vehicle and Trials Officer, OCCAR-EA

Mr. Geradus Lijten

Mr. Geradus Lijten, ILS Section Leader, OCCAR-EA

14:40 The RNLA’s Armoured Vehicle Fleet: Modernisation and Deployments

Colonel Dick van Broekhoven

Colonel Dick van Broekhoven, Head of the Material Logistics Branch, Royal Netherlands Army

 

·         Hardware and platform currently in use in the Royal Netherlands Army
·         Deploying the Dutch Boxer IFV in Lithuania and strengthening European security
·         Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania
·         Enhancing mobility and lethality through upgrades of the CV9035NL IFV
·         Current developments leading the RNL’s procurement strategy
·         Foreseeable prospects of modernisation and acquisition in the RNLA 

15:20 Afternoon Tea

16:20 Panel Discussion: Integrating New Equipment and Systems Into AV Programmes and Platforms: The Need For Optimised MRO

 

·         Deciding the new requirements and integrating them into AV platforms
·         Optimising repair, maintenance, and operations
Colonel Dick van Broekhoven

Colonel Dick van Broekhoven, Head of the Material Logistics Branch, Royal Netherlands Army

Colonel Jiri David

Colonel Jiri David, Commander 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech Armed Forces

Mr. Tomas Eismontas

Mr. Tomas Eismontas, Vehicle and Trials Officer, OCCAR-EA

Captain Engineer Mario Lozano Benito

Captain Engineer Mario Lozano Benito, Pizarro Programme Technical Director, Weapons and Material Armament Directorate, Spanish MoD

17:00 Designing the Future Combat Tracked Armoured Vehicle to Maximise Mobility and Lethality

Major Dr. Vlastimil  Neumann (SFC)

Major Dr. Vlastimil Neumann (SFC), University of Defence, Czech Republic , Czech MoD

 

·         New generation armoured vehicles: construction requirements and system integration
·          How simulating technologies enhance survivability, manoeuvrability, and lethality on the battlefield
·         Overcoming the current challenges in armoured vehicles design and construction and meeting the Czech Republic’s defence requirements
·         Update on research and developments in simulating technologies in the Brno University of Defence

17:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks

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Microflown AVISA (www.microflown-avisa.com) from the Netherlands is a trusted partner of several NATO countries in the field of acoustic situational awareness. Enabled by its revolutionary acoustic particle velocity sensor, the MEMS technology based Microflown transducer, AVISA delivers sensor nodes that are very low: • Size, less than 30 cm diameter • Weight, less than 2 kg • Power, around 2 W Because of this small footprint the intrinsically directional sensor nodes can be mounted on any vehicle deck. As these sensor nodes: • are acoustically speaking broad banded • have 3 D elevation capabilities they are able to detect, locate, track and classify all sorts of audible events, such as: • Small Arms Fire • RPGs • Mortars/ artillery • Drones and attack helicopters Hence, Microflown AVISA’s sensor nodes combine the traditional: • vehicle mounted gunshot localization systems • ground based sound ranging systems and they can be used (simultaneously!) for: • self protection: o of the vehicle itself o and because of its wide diameter “Acoustic Umbrella”: ? of the other convoy vehicles ? of dismounted soldiers • mobile sound ranging • cueing: o remote weapon stations o board canons o cameras o fire control purposes Two sensor nodes configured as a subarray on a vehicle deck are denoted CAMEL. Various vehicles networked create the CARAVAN then. Arrays of AMMS can be easily deployed from a vehicle standing still in a silent watch or firing mode.

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