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SMi Group are proud to announce that the 6th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe Conference will convene in Prague on 18th and 19th of May 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 

Past attendees have included:

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; 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 Electronics Precision Control Systems; US Army Europe;

Conference programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Generating Effective Mass for the Future of Hungarian Armed Forces in 2026

Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi, Deputy Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces

  • Zrinyi 2026 Development Programme and the implications for armoured vehicle capability in Hungary
  • Working with international partners to deliver modern combat capabilities
  • Survivability and lethality concepts for the Zrinyi armoured vehicle platforms
  • Acquisition of Leopard 2A7 Platforms to enhance armoured fighting vehicle capabilities
  • 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 Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 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
  • 12:10 Speaking Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:50 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
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 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
  • 15:10 Speaking Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 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
  • 17:00 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
  • 17:40 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 Generating Multinational Interoperable Capability for Regional Security and Deterrence

    Brigadier General Karel  Rehka

    Brigadier General Karel Rehka, Deputy Commander of Multinational Division North-East, Poland, NATO

  • Outlining the armoured capacity of the Multinational Division
  • Methods and systems for ensuring armoured vehicle readiness and interoperability
  • Ensuring flexible and adaptive systems and approaches to armoured combat with allied nations
  • Lessons learned from exercises and divisional deployments
  • 12:10 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
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 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
  • 14:30 The Evolution of the German Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Main Battle Tank Platforms

    Colonel Hans-Joerg  Voll

    Colonel Hans-Joerg Voll, Branch Chief, Armoured Corps, Army Concepts and Capabilities Centre, German Army

  • 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
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 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
  • 16:20 Discussing Power Management Systems for Enhanced Platform Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Christian Schöning

    Lieutenant Colonel Christian Schöning, Commander 414 Tank Battalion, German Army

  • Outlining the trajectory for platform life extension and power consumption
  • Generating silent-watch capabilities for combat vehicles
  • Making power available for surge delivery
  • Minimising system impact on power generation
  • 17:00 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
    Brigadier General Karel  Rehka

    Brigadier General Karel Rehka

    Deputy Commander of Multinational Division North-East, Poland, NATO
    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 Hans-Joerg  Voll

    Colonel Hans-Joerg Voll

    Branch Chief, Armoured Corps, Army Concepts and Capabilities Centre, German Army
    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 Christian Schöning

    Lieutenant Colonel Christian Schöning

    Commander 414 Tank Battalion, German Army
    Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

    Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

    Deputy Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces
    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

    Brigadier General Karel Rehka

    Deputy Commander of Multinational Division North-East, Poland, NATO
    Brigadier General Karel  Rehka

    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 Hans-Joerg Voll

    Branch Chief, Armoured Corps, Army Concepts and Capabilities Centre, German Army
    Colonel Hans-Joerg  Voll

    Colonel Jan Drozd

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

    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 Christian Schöning

    Commander 414 Tank Battalion, German Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Christian Schöning

    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

    Product Manager Vehicle Protection Systems, Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems
    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

    Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

    Deputy Commander, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

    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 Norbert Huber

    Director Armament and Procurement , Austrian MoD
    Major General Norbert  Huber

    Mr Robert Elvish

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

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