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Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19 this event has now been postponed to June 10th - 11th 2021. Please contact a member of the SMi Team for more information customerservices@smi-online.co.uk

SMi Group present the second annual Future Armored Vehicles Protection Systems meeting, convening on June 10th -11th 2021

As armed forces continue to prioritise dealing with near-peer adversaries, and with passive protection measures reaching their physical limit, integrating advanced vehicle protection systems, and particularly active protection systems (APS), as a means of improving survivability signatures continues to grow in importance.These systems can intercept ballistic weaponry through kinetic methods (Hard-Kill) or by interfering with warhead guidance and tracking systems (Soft-Kill). As the scope of APS and its potential continues to grow, armed forces around the world increasingly pursue the development and application of an integrated, modular mission system, in which best-of-field components can be introduced and selected to meet specific requirements.

As the only conference of its kind, Future Armored Vehicles Protection Systems USA, will provide unique briefings on the development and integration of Active Protection Systems, as well as the wider vehicle protection suites employed by armed forces around the world. These briefings will include insight into Modular Systems and architecture, Hard-Kill and Soft-Kill technology, layered approaches to survivability and battle proven systems.

Discuss a diverse range of topics including hard and soft kill technology, creating a modular and sophisticated open system architecture, platform specific considerations, and more

Understand the progress made, and the lessons learned from integrating cutting edge Active Protection Systems from senior officials from both host nation and international speakers, and the unique requirements specific to different platforms

As the importance of an open market-place and room for competition is stressed, hear from industry leaders testing, developing, and applying the cutting edge technology that will be used by armoured brigades for years to come

 

An unrivalled opportunity to meet and network with the military and industry decision makers in Vehicle Protection Systems, the experts who will define the future of the technology, and the end-user's who will be tasked with operating this technology

ADS - Gesellschaftfuer Aktive Schutzsysteme GmbH; AFV; Armoured Trials & Development Unit (ATDU); Army Futures Command; Artis, LLC; Aselsan; Australian Army; Australian Department of Defence; BAE SYSTEMS; Bay Shore Steel Works; BEI Precision Systems & Space Company; Canadian Army; Combat Development Centre for Ground Manoeuver; Corfin Industries LLC; Curtiss Wright; Defence Science & Technology Laborator; Diehl Defence; DSTL Porton Down; Elbit America; ELBIT/MI; ELTA Systems; Embassy Of Slovenia; FFI - Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; GDLS; General Dynamics Land Systems; General Dynamics Land Systems Australia; General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems; General Dynamics-OTS; GM Cap, Army HQ; Ground Vehicle System Cente; Honeywell; IMI Services USA Inc; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate ; Janes Missiles & Rockets; JPEO CBD ; Leonardo DRS; Leonardo DRS Company; Lexington Institute; Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control; Maneuver Requirements Division; Maneuver Requirements Division, Maneuver CDID ; MASS XV; MBTS / PEO GCS; Microflown AVISA; Northrop Gruman; Northrop Grumman; Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company; PEO Ground Combat Systems; Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems; RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems LTD; Raytheon; Redstone Test Center; Rheinmetall Active Protection GMBH; Saab Defense and Security USA; Soucek; SRC Inc; Swedish Armed Forces/Land warfare Centre; Tactical Defense Media; TenCate Advanced Armor; TNO; UAE Military Attache Office; Undersecretariat for Defence Industry ; Unified Business Technologies; United States Marine Corps; US Army; US Army Futures Command; US Army Research Laboratory ; US Army, Engineer Research and Development Center; UTC Aerospace Systems; WL Gore;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (ret'd) John Charlton

Major General (ret'd) John Charlton, Senior Director, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

9:10 Supporting Army Modernization through the Development, Demonstration and Integration of the Kinetic Energy Active Protection System Program

Mr Wayne Beutler

Mr Wayne Beutler, Associate Director, GVSP, DEVCOM CCDC, GVSC, GVSP

• Providing comprehensive testing to guarantee system combat-readiness
• Comprehensive survivability through hard-kill integration
• Introducing low SWaP-C radar technology that is fully interoperable, scalable, and standardised
• Focus on ground system survivability and the future of protection

9:50 Evaluating the US Army Armored Vehicles Active Protection Systems Portfolio

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos, PM, Vehicle Protection Systems, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, US Army

  • Balancing the need for different systems to overcome different threat profiles
  • Data and cyber implications of target identification and response
  • Managing interoperability considerations and ensuring different systems on different vehicles work coherently and efficiently
  • 10:30 Collaboration in Platform Protection between Government and Industry

    Mr Aaron Hankins

    Mr Aaron Hankins, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Land Systems, Leonardo DRS

    • How industry and government communicate effectively to secure maximum platform protection
    • What works well
    • What are our opportunities for improvement

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Assessing the Role of the Maneuver Centre of Excellence in Developing Doctrine and Capabilities for the Future of US Armor Platforms

    Colonel Sean Fisher

    Colonel Sean Fisher, Director of Training and Doctrine, Maneuver Center of Excellence, US Army

    • Analysing the changing operational environment of today and the complex threats faced by armored personnel
    • Developing agile and adaptive armor personnel and platforms and the integration of APS to guarantee mission success
    • Maximising the operational capacity of US armor and APS as a force enabler

    12:20 If You Emit, You Can be Hit

    Mr Stefan Haase

    Mr Stefan Haase, Head of Product Unit Active Protection Systems, Rheinmetall Protection Systems Gmbh

  • The downside of high powered APS radars in a peer-to-peer conflict (instead of counterinsurgency)
  • What passive sensor technologies do we have available, what’s their requirements
  • How low can active sensors get powered in order to still fit-for-APS-purposes
  • Further trends in APS integration on platforms
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    13:00 Assessing the Importance of an Open Architecture for Ease of Application Across Platforms

    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Johnson

    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Johnson, Product Manager, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, US Army

    • Applying Iron Fist to the Bradley Fighting Vehicles and the specific platform requirements this brings
    • Evaluating the data management implications of applying active protection to armoured vehicles
    • Balancing ‘cost-effectiveness’ with ‘mission-readiness’ to ensure best use of US tax dollar
    • The future of armored fighting vehicles and the protection implications facing platforms

    13:40 Networking Lunch

    14:40 Optimising Israeli Armoured Platforms through Bespoke Active Protection Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel

    Lieutenant Colonel, , Israeli Defence Forces (name withheld for security reasons)

    • Reviewing the demands on the Israeli Defence Forces during deployments
    • Developing, testing, and applying rugged, proven active protection systems to enhance capacity
    • Operational takeaways and lessons learned
     

    15:20 Assessing the Application and Integration of Vehicle Protection Systems on UK Armoured Vehicles

    Lieutenant Colonel Edward Sutthery

    Lieutenant Colonel Edward Sutthery, SO1 Heavy Forces, Capability Ground Manouevre Branch, British Army

    • Integrating APS into an existing battle management system to ensure connectivity and interoperability
    • Connecting different systems of vehicle protection for comprehensive survivability and incorporating these into the Challenger II life extension programme
    • The future of UK armoured vehicle survivability

    16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Supporting the US Warfighter and Guaranteeing Mission Capability by Providing Essential Information to Decision Makers and Comprehensive Evaluation of Survivability Components and Requirements

    Mr Christopher Barrett*

    Mr Christopher Barrett*, Executive Director, Army Evaluation Center, US Army

    • Findings from the live-fire evaluations of APS and effects on mission capacity
    • Challenges from the integration of an advanced vehicle protection suite and the uplifts gained from application
    • Enhancing the use of sensors and situational awareness for optimal survivability
    • Proposing a path ahead for U.S. armor and the importance of vehicle protection systems more widely

    17:10 The Future of Survivability – What will Active Protection Consist of Beyond the Short-Term?

    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski (SES)

    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski (SES), Director, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, CCDC Army Research Lab, US Army

  • Developing and integrating cutting-edge technology as a means of staying ahead of the threat-curve
  • Directed energy weapons as a survivability and mobility enhancer
  • Directed energy weapon technology, and solid-state architecture and components for high energy lasers
  • Advanced computing to enhance threat detection and response
  • 17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (ret'd) John Charlton

    Major General (ret'd) John Charlton, Senior Director, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (ret'd) John Charlton

    Major General (ret'd) John Charlton, Senior Director, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

    9:10 Maximising Long-Term Platform Survivability Against Evolving Threats While Maintaining Combat Effectiveness

    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Colonel Kevin Chaney, Project Manager, PMO ASE, PEO IEW&S

    • Lessons to be learned from active protection in the air domain
    • Integrating multiple soft-kill measures to combat a variety of threats
    • The importance of an open digital architecture to allow for use across platforms and across domains with advanced hard-kill response systems

    9:50 Assessing the Ability of US Armed Forces to Effectively Develop and Integrate Innovative Technologies to Maintain Long-Term Operational Overmatch

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Hix

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Hix, Former Director of Strategy, Plans & Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7, US Army

    • Assessing the development arc for the Modular Active Protection System program
    • Challenges to integrating new systems into existing platforms and lessons learned
    • Maintaining US armor overmatch through driving technological developments

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 PANEL DEBATE: The Path Ahead for Vehicle Protection Systems

  • Assessing the current and future operating climates for armored vehicles driving capability requirements
  • Overcoming passive protection system limitations through enhanced software developments
  • Industry collaboration to create an open architecture, modular system of systems
  • Developing APS to create a comprehensive integrated mission system
  • Major General (ret'd) John Charlton

    Major General (ret'd) John Charlton, Senior Director, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

    Colonel Sean Fisher

    Colonel Sean Fisher, Director of Training and Doctrine, Maneuver Center of Excellence, US Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos, PM, Vehicle Protection Systems, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, US Army

    Mr David W. Marck

    Mr David W. Marck, Project Director Main Battle Tanks Systems MBTS, MBTS / PEO GCS

    Mr Wayne Beutler

    Mr Wayne Beutler, Associate Director, GVSP, DEVCOM CCDC, GVSC, GVSP

    11:40 Assessing the Vehicle Protection Systems Considerations of the Australian Land Forces and Improving Operational Effectiveness through the Integration of APS

    Mr Rob Baker

    Mr Rob Baker, Discipline Lead, Advanced Vehicle Protection, Defence Science and Technology Group

    • Assessing the research and development of the Australian DoD in applying APS and the findings from testing
    • The Australian approach to APS, wider vehicle protection system considerations and integrating enhanced situational awareness components for greater survivability
    • The future of APS on Australian armor platforms and developing a coherent integrated mission system

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Implementing a Mission-Ready Vehicle Protection Suite and the Operational Uplifts Resulting

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Kerim Serkan Simais

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Kerim Serkan Simais, Specialist, Presidency of Defence Industries

    • Turkish APS Development Phase
    • Assessing the integration of the PULAT APS
    • Increasing survivability through applying and integrating multiple vehicle protection systems; from reactive to active.
    • APS as a means of enabling greater mission focus for end-users.
     

    14:00 Assessing the Performance of the Explosively Formed Axe (EFA) and the Developments made in Applying and Integrating APS

    Dr Stanislav Rolc

    Dr Stanislav Rolc, Chief of Division, Material Engineering and Active Protection Lead, Czech Military Research Institute

    • Findings from operational testing of the EFA hard-kill system
    • Overcoming passive protection limitations through integrating advanced APS
    • Data and power management implications of EFA and optimising systems
     

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Assessing the Challenges to the Integration of a Modular APS and the Wider Considerations for a Kinetic Hard-Kill System

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Scott Coulson

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Scott Coulson, Owner and Founder, Mass XV LLC

  • Maintaining US Armor superiority through the application of multi-layered protection systems
  • Creating a comprehensive modular survivability suite for varied requirements
  • The future of APS and creating an integrated mission system
  • 15:50 Modernization in the U.S. Army – Integrating Cutting Edge Platforms and Systems to Secure Long-Term Operational Overmatch

    Mr Bradley Bowman*

    Mr Bradley Bowman*, CMPP Senior Director, FDD

    • Assessing the operational environment into which U.S. Armor now finds itself and the survivability requirements
    • Promoting early co-operative research and development with allied partners to encourage knowledge transfer and minimise potential capability gaps
    • Looking to the future – prioritising inter-state competition and the path ahead for Futures Command

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (ret'd) John Charlton

    Major General (ret'd) John Charlton, Senior Director, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems

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    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Project Manager, PMO ASE, PEO IEW&S
    Colonel Sean Fisher

    Colonel Sean Fisher

    Director of Training and Doctrine, Maneuver Center of Excellence, US Army
    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski (SES)

    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski (SES)

    Director, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, CCDC Army Research Lab, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel

    Lieutenant Colonel

    , Israeli Defence Forces (name withheld for security reasons)
    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Kerim Serkan Simais

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Kerim Serkan Simais

    Specialist, Presidency of Defence Industries
    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Scott Coulson

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Scott Coulson

    Owner and Founder, Mass XV LLC
    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

    PM, Vehicle Protection Systems, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Edward Sutthery

    Lieutenant Colonel Edward Sutthery

    SO1 Heavy Forces, Capability Ground Manouevre Branch, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Johnson

    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Johnson

    Product Manager, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, US Army
    Major General (ret'd) Bill Hix

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Hix

    Former Director of Strategy, Plans & Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7, US Army
    Mr Rob Baker

    Mr Rob Baker

    Discipline Lead, Advanced Vehicle Protection, Defence Science and Technology Group
    Mr Wayne Beutler

    Mr Wayne Beutler

    Associate Director, GVSP, DEVCOM CCDC, GVSC, GVSP

    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Project Manager, PMO ASE, PEO IEW&S
    Colonel Kevin Chaney

    Colonel Sean Fisher

    Director of Training and Doctrine, Maneuver Center of Excellence, US Army
    Colonel Sean Fisher

    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski (SES)

    Director, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, CCDC Army Research Lab, US Army
    Dr Jeffrey Zabinski (SES)

    Lieutenant Colonel

    , Israeli Defence Forces (name withheld for security reasons)
    Lieutenant Colonel

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Kerim Serkan Simais

    Specialist, Presidency of Defence Industries
    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Kerim Serkan Simais

    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Scott Coulson

    Owner and Founder, Mass XV LLC
    Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Scott Coulson

    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

    PM, Vehicle Protection Systems, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Ramos

    Lieutenant Colonel Edward Sutthery

    SO1 Heavy Forces, Capability Ground Manouevre Branch, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Edward Sutthery

    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Johnson

    Product Manager, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Matt Johnson

    Major General (ret'd) Bill Hix

    Former Director of Strategy, Plans & Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7, US Army
    Major General (ret'd) Bill Hix

    Major General (ret'd) John Charlton

    Senior Director, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems
    Major General (ret'd) John Charlton

    Mr Aaron Hankins

    Senior Vice President/General Manager, Land Systems, Leonardo DRS
    Mr Aaron Hankins

    Mr Rob Baker

    Discipline Lead, Advanced Vehicle Protection, Defence Science and Technology Group
    Mr Rob Baker

    Mr Stefan Haase

    Head of Product Unit Active Protection Systems, Rheinmetall Protection Systems Gmbh
    Mr Stefan Haase

    Mr Wayne Beutler

    Associate Director, GVSP, DEVCOM CCDC, GVSC, GVSP
    Mr Wayne Beutler

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