SMi Group are proud to announce that the 5th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe Conference will convene in Prague on 20th and 21st of May 2019.

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The Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe conference is designed to bring together military officials, international agencies and industry leading experts to discuss the vital importance of future armoured capabilities and allied interoperability. With the role of the main battle tank in decline, it is crucial that regional forces are increasingly investing in updating their legacy armoured fighting vehicles with modernised equipment as well as procuring the latest vehicles with the most up to date capabilities available on the market today.

Regionally focused key note briefings from senior military figures across the V4 Nations as well as briefings from Estonia, Slovenia and Austria

Engage with a broad spectrum of topics, including mobility, survivability, lethality and situational awareness.

Unparalleled networking opportunities with leading technical experts from industry as well as international armoured vehicle programme and product managers

• The opportunity to view the latest combat vehicle survivability, C4I and weapons systems technology in our exhibition hall 


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

Manufacturers and developers of the vehicle’s:

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

Armas Doo; Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Center; ARTEC GmbH; Austrian MoD; Babcock International; BAE Systems Hägglunds; BAE Systems International.; BEST Communications; Burgess Consulting; Business New Europe; Czech Armed Forces; Czech Army; Czech MoD; EnerSys - Hawker GmbH; EnerSys Ltd; Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft GmbH; General Dynamics European Land Systems; German Army; Hungarian Armed Forces; IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH; IHS Janes; Indra; Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS; L3; Leonardo; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin UK; Microflown AVISA; Mittler Report Verlag GmbH; Nammoá; National Armaments Office; NATO HQ; Nexter Systems; Norwegian Defence Material Agency; OCCAR-EA; Parker Hannifin Ltd.; Patria Land Systems Oy; Patriaá; Pearson Engineering Limited; Plasan Sasa Ltd; Precision Control Systems; PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH; Rafael; Raytheon UK; Rheinmetall Industrie; Rheinmetall Landsysteme Gmbh; Rockwell Collins UK; Rohde & Schwarz Praha Sro; Romanian Army; Romanian Land Forces; Royal Netherlands Army; Singapore Tecnologies Engineering; Slovenian Armed Forces; Soucy Defence; Spanish MoD; Swedish Armed Forces HQ; Thales; UAE GHQ; Ultra Electronics ; US Army; US Army Europe; US Embassy Prague; VTÚ s.p., Odštepný závod VTÚPV;

Sponsors and Exhibitors



Angelo Hotel

Radlicka 1g, 150 00, Prague, Czech Republic

The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left bank of the Vltava river in the modern quarter of Andel, angelo’s by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and Andel metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.


Sponsors and Exhibitors

Lockheed Martin UK

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lockheed Martin works with partners in more than 70 countries to deliver innovative, affordable solutions which solve both national and regional defence needs. Lockheed Martin UK - Ampthill is a leading provider of mission systems for armoured fighting vehicles and their integration onto a range of platforms. Lockheed Martin turret solutions integrate a range of lethal effects from the highly versatile and effective Case-Telescoped 40mm ‘fire-on-the-move’ cannon, to more traditional 30-40mm solutions. The company’s billion-dollar contract to deliver the turret for the British Army’s Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle Capability Sustainment Programme underlines how strategic investments in technology are allowing Lockheed Martin to engineer a better tomorrow.

Microflown AVISA

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Microflown AVISA (www.microflown-avisa.com) is a trusted partner of several NATO countries in the field of acoustic situational awareness. Based upon the Microflown, a unique sensor that measures acoustic particle velocity, the company provides unique low SWaP sensor nodes that provide acoustic directionality over the entire audio bandwidth. Loaded with proper firmware, these sensor nodes 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 For the vehicles themselves, several capabilities are provided. Stand alone, a state of the art acoustic gunshot localization system is offered that also works when the vehicle is: • driving • providing outgoing fire It allows the cueing of: • remote weapon stations • on board cameras In a local network, a small array can be used for: • tracking heavy ground vehicles and helicopters • localizing hostile mortar positions • own fire control For the entire ground forces, above all counter battery, the networked mesh network array provides the vehicle mounted Mobile Sound Ranging Array capability, in essence similar to an active weapon location radar, but then: • passive • distributed • low power • unattended

Soucy Group

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The Soucy Group, a private corporation established for 50 years with more than 1,700 employees over 13 subsidiaries located in North America and Asia, specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of Composite Rubber Tracks (CRT) and associated systems. It supplies a variety of components and parts for leading manufacturers of power sport, industrial, agricultural and defense vehicles around the world. Soucy has also developed its own manufacturing equipment and facilities to meet the specific requirements of each application – from ATVs to military vehicles up to 90,000 lbs.

A world leader in Composite Rubber Track (CRT) systems and products, Soucy International Inc. with his Defense Department brings its expertise and partnership to all major manufacturers (OEMs). Soucy Track™ line of products for agricultural vehicles benefits from a global distribution network with more than 400 dealers in 30 countries and on all continents. In the industrial market, Soucy is the exclusive supplier to two of the three largest manufacturers of tracks for skid-steer loaders. This Group is also renowned as a leader in design and development of parts and accessories for power sports.

As the leading manufacturer of CRT for Defense purposes, Soucy products meet the highest requirements and are approved by military forces around the world, offering the following advantages and benefits:

  • • Increased durability over conventional steel tracks.
  • • Increased durability over conventional steel tracks.
  • • Reduced vibration (up to 70%), noise (up to 13dB), thermal signature, braking distance, vehicle weight (up to 50%) and fuel consumption (up to 30-35%).
  • • Reduced vehicle crew fatigue.
  • • Significant reduction in life cycle costs and virtually maintenance free.
  • • Elimination of damage on paved surface.

Media Partners

Asian Military Review


Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.

IHS Janes


With a legacy of over 100 years as Jane's, IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security delivers the world’s leading defence and security insight to help you make critical decisions. Our renowned open-source intelligence and powerful analytical tools encompass data on equipment, technology, parts, standards and logistics, as well as objective analysis of markets, programmes and budgets, risk and capabilities assessments, training and consulting services. Government, military and defense organizations gain insight into, plan for and act upon critical threats in the current global national-security environment. Businesses leverage tools and resources for more cost-effective defense-system design, delivery and support. Over 3000 thought leaders provide you with actionable intelligence for expedited and improved decision making. Customers, prospects and the media outlets alike rely upon IHS thought leaders for analysis, forecasts, and perspectives on topics, events, and issues that impact the global business landscape.

Armada International


ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


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Angelo Hotel

Radlicka 1g
150 00
Prague 5
Czech Republic

Angelo Hotel

The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left bank of the Vltava river in the modern quarter of Andel, angelo’s by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and Andel metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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