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The SMi Group are pleased to present the next annual conference in the sell-out portfolio of Armoured Vehicle events: Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness (FAVSA) 2021, taking place on the 12-13 April 2021 virtually as an online event.

As the focus of modern warfare continues to shift from asymmetric counter-insurgency operations towards near-peer conflict, military and defence organisations worldwide are increasingly focused on retaining and maintaining overmatch capabilities to ensure success on future battlefields. In order to secure this strategic advantage in the age of increased technology and domain convergenceit remains essential that allied militaries discuss existing and future developments within their armoured capabilities in order to match and overcome future threats from peer and near-peer adversaries.

In an age where technological dominance reigns, the on-board sensor suites, optics, mission systems and vehicle architectures become the eyes and ears of the crew members, as well as the soldiers on board. It is vital therefore that armoured units have an intimate understanding of their surrounding terrain as well as the capabilities to deal swiftly with incoming threats, whatever the conditions. Furthermore, this data is fundamental in creating and mapping the battlefield, delivering vital information to command for effective use of assets at greater speeds.

Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness returns for its 5th year to proactively discuss crucial developments, calling on the experience of military programme managers, operational commanders and leading engineers in the market. FAVSA 2021 will also crucially delve deeper into the role of industry, inviting technical leads, platform managers and programme directors to share their insights on the latest systems and sub-systems, providing greater awareness of existing capabilities and future requirements.

The key topics for 2021 include: Vetronic Architectures, Communications, CIS capabilities, Battle Management Systems, Acoustic Sensors, Optronics, Crew Displays, Active Protection, Defensive Aid Suites, AI-Enabled Sensors, Mobile Camouflage Systems, and more!

 

 

  • Hear the latest host nation capability updates from the British Armour Centre, Joint Forces Command, DSTL and DE&S
  • Network with key OEMs and System Integrators such as General Dynamics European Land Systems, Patria Land, Thales, Diehl Defence, SAAB Barracuda, BAE Systems and General Dynamics UK
  • Deliberate key technological requirements in order to complete the ‘Situational Awareness Jigsaw’, including; vetronic architectures, communications, CIS capabilities, battle management systems, acoustic sensors, optronics, unmanned & autonomous vehicle capabilities, crew displays, active protection, AI-enabled sensor arrays, defensive aid suites and mobile camouflage systems
  • Explore land force interoperability and training requirements for enhanced joint fires and cooperation in the context of future Multi-Domain Operations.

With particular focus on the collaboration between military, research and industry, Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness invites not only the key programme managers, capability directors and operational commanders from the armed forces, but also ensures the participation of senior engineers, chief scientists and platform managers from the leading solution providers are present.

ABAL Insight; Alan Bolster Consulting Inc.; Algerian Embassy; ASELSAN; BAE Systems; BAE Systems Hägglunds; Battlespace Publications; Brazilian Army; British Army; Canadian Armed Forces; CeramTec-ETEC GmbH; Department for International Trade; Department Of Defense; DSTL; ELTA Systems; Embassy of Ukraine; ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH; Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology; FLIR UAS; FNSS Defense Systems; Galleon Embedded Computing Limited; German MoD; Hensoldt Optronics; High Commission of India; IMP Castle Associates Limited; ISDEFE; KME; KONGSBERG Protech Systems; L3 ASA Ltd; Litef Gmbh; Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems Uk Limited; METRAVIB; Microflown AVISA; MILVA; MoD; MoD DE&S; Moog Inc.; NATO; New Zealand Defence Staff; Nexter; Nexter Group; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI); Observis; OPTSYS; Patria; Petards Joyce-Loebl Ltd; Plasan Sasa Ltd; Pleora Technologies; Pleora Technologies Inc; QinetiQ; Rafael LTD; RFEL Ltd; Rockwell Collins; Royal Netherlands Army; Saab AB; Secomak Ltd; Sekai Europe Gmbh; Shephard Media; Spanish MoD; SSM; Thales UK; UAE GHQ; UK MoD; Ultra Electronics ; US Army; Vetronics Research Centre; Vitavox;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr John Crozier

Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, Urban Canyon Sixth Sense (UC6S), DSTL, UK MoD

9:00 Maximising Tactical Awareness through Comprehensive Armoured Crew Training

Colonel Jonathan Brooking

Colonel Jonathan Brooking, Commander HQ Armour Centre, British Army

  • British training in the discipline of communications and the importance for all round situational awareness
  • Increasing the rate as which threats are perceived and engaged
  • Matching the necessities and aptitudes of modern recruits with the latest developments in technology
     
  • 9:40 Exploiting the Generic Vehicle Architecture approach to optimise Crew Situational Awareness in all operations environments

    Mr Keith Smith

    Mr Keith Smith, GVA Manager, DE&S - MoD

    • Analysing how GVA DS 20-009 on Open Systems Architecture and Model-Driven Architecture has transformed on the development and implementation of new missions’ systems and vetronics in the British Army’s vehicle fleet
    • Maximising modularity and facilitating integration of new COTS technologies to ensure effectiveness across diversified armoured vehicle fleets
    • Utilizing Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) to ensure the development of ‘interoperable and vendor independent systems’

     

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Achieving and maintaining a strategic advantage for future armoured vehicle operations through optimal SA

    Major Robert Atchison

    Major Robert Atchison, Armoured Desk Officer, British Army

    • Reviewing the efficacy of current optics/optronics within the Army’s current armoured vehicle fleets and exploring future operational requirements to identify key upgrades and maximise target acquisition capability
    • Improving sensor networking and C4I systems to optimise sharing of targeting data between armoured platforms and other branches/units to ensure optimal joint-fires capabilities
    • Exploring the rising importance of multispectral signature management in enhancing survivability and increasing first-hit likelihood
    • Preparing future armoured units to counter and overcome the new threats posed by near-peer hostile forces, including C-UAS/C-UGV capabilities and EW threats to Situational Awareness (i.e. NavPos spoofing, RF jamming)
     

    (Speaker: Major Robert Atchison)

    11:30 Advantages of a Multipurpose High-Performance Situational Awareness System

    Mr Marc Krause

    Mr Marc Krause, Project Manager Vehicle Optronics, Hensoldt Optronics GmbH

  • Threat detection in the nearfield of an armoured vehicle to increase protection of the crew
  • Individual multi user operation, sharing existing information to give advantage to every team member by one SAS
  • How to adapt a situational awareness system to mission critical requirements (incl. easy use, easy maintain, ready for the future)
  • Information fusion of various types of sensors/systems to support missions by exceeding single sensor/system performance
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:10 From manned to autonomous – Expanding traditional SA capabilities to guarantee strategic overmatch for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle

    Brigadier General Richard R. Coffman

    Brigadier General Richard R. Coffman, Director - Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army Europe

    • Assessing how computer-enabled autonomy will help vehicle operators organize incoming sensor data from disparate nodes and increase performance of advanced ISR functions of different mission profiles
    • How man-in-the-loop and semi-autonomous C2 technology such as the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) and Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) will have a transformative impact on future Situational Awareness and Survivability
    • Creating resilient C4ISR architectures to ensure reliable system control and consistent ISR capabilities in Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) contested environments in peer-to-peer conflict
     

    13:50 The role of Armoured Vehicle Situational Awareness capabilities in future Multi-Domain Operations

    14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Solutions to current and future Local Situational Awareness challenges for Armoured Vehicles

    Mr Andreas Ohlin

    Mr Andreas Ohlin, Product Manager Local Situational Awarness Systems, SAAB Vehicle Systems

    • Improving local situational awareness capabilities through enhanced HMI and video display technologies to ensure reliable dissemination of data to system operators
    • Optimising vetronics architectures and sensor networking to reduce latency from platform integrated optics and optronics
    • Developing future optical networks to ensure high bandwidth, low-latency and power efficiency in future vehicular situational awareness systems
     

    15:40 Thoughts on Future Urban Local Situational Awareness

    • Inputs from the UK UCSA programme, various actual vehicle LSA fits plus some consideration from UK UC6S programme
    • Exploring future situational awareness considerations for vehicle sensors and sensor fusion
    • Evolution of the ANTARES LSA system and potential improvements for future optical sensor arrays
    • Vehicle Electronics Architecture infrastructure considerations
     

    Dr Iain Carrie

    Dr Iain Carrie, Systems Design Engineer, Land & Air Systems, Optronics & Missile Electronics, Thales UK

    Mr Ian James

    Mr Ian James, Chief Technologist Land Systems, Land & Air Systems, Optronics & Missile Electronics, Thales UK

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr John Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, Urban Canyon Sixth Sense (UC6S), DSTL, UK MoD

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr John Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, Urban Canyon Sixth Sense (UC6S), DSTL, UK MoD

    9:00 Perception, Comprehension and Prediction: Closing the loop on dynamic SA

    Mr John Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, Urban Canyon Sixth Sense (UC6S), DSTL, UK MoD

    • Planning and designing situational awareness capabilities for 2035 - Exploring the potential for advances in Artificial Intelligence and quantum mechanics to transform local SA capabilities for future combatants
    • Optimising existing SA technology and training to maximise information management and exploitation
    • Discussing the current challenges and threats posed by near-peer technological advances and predicting the necessary countermeasures needed to maintain tactical & strategic overmatch in the near future
     

    9:40 How standardisation of NGVA enables NATO member states to ensure optimal Situational Awareness capabilities for Armoured Vehicles

    Mr Hans-Josef Maas

    Mr Hans-Josef Maas, Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology

    • Analysing the latest developments in the standardisation of NGVA Version 2 and current progress of different Working Groups
    • Exploring how future NGVA iterations and Vetronics architectures can optimise the integration of COTS countermeasures to future threats, including low profile unmanned systems and hostile Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities, into NATO and NGVA compliant vehicle fleets.
    • Discussing how current NGVA AEPs can facilitate ConOps requests, platform MRO operations and accelerate the fielding of emerging and experimental technologies to deployed NATO forces
     

    10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Exploring future concepts to optimize Situational Awareness for the British Army’s mechanized combat units

    Major Joseph Needham

    Major Joseph Needham, SO2 Land Systems, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

    • Exploiting and adapting C4ISTAR and Situational Awareness capabilities to provide effective support in future Multi-Domain Operations
    • Considering the various applications of remotely operated armoured vehicles and tethered UAS/UGV platforms from increased survivability and system redundancy to enhancing mission specific C4ISTAR and reconnaissance operations
    • Enhancing and linking armoured platform and soldier situational awareness to strengthen visibility, manoeuvrability and survivability in future operations
     

    (Speaker: Major Joseph Needham)

    11:30 Analysing the Impact of System Safety on the reliability of Situational Awareness Systems

    Mr Dieter Fasol

    Mr Dieter Fasol, Expert Safety, Weapon System Design Germany / ILS and Safety, MBDA, Deutschland GmbH

    • Reinforcing the importance of the fundamental guidance within the NATO GVA Safety Volume
    • Exploring examples of the NGVA compliant design and development approaches undertaken by MBDA Germany
    • Contemplating the potential risks and safety challenges posed by future SA and remote weapons systems, particularly in EMS contested and high-risk environments
     

    12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:10 Exploring advances in Robotics and Sensor Networking to optimise Situational Awareness for Future Mechanised Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski, Product Manager Robotic Combat Vehicle, US Army

    • Ensuring future RCV platforms possess a modular system architecture to facilitate the integration of different modules and mission-critical systems
    • Optimising visibility and local SA capabilities for RCV operators to using advanced optical capabilities to facilitate traversal of challenging terrain and threat detection at all ranges
    • Developing new forward observation and reconnaissance strategies for mechanised units by exploiting MUMT opportunities with the RCV
    • Maximising sub-system redundancy and network connectivity to ensure RCV operators retain C2 capabilities in EMS contested environments
     

    13:50 Unmanned Ground Vehicles – development status and integration into military environment

    Dr Alexander Wolf

    Dr Alexander Wolf, Head of Technology, Platforms and Unmanned Systems, Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG

    • Presentation of current developments at Diehl Defence in the field of unmanned and remote driving in armoured vehicles
    • Sensor networking between of UGVs/UAVs and Manned-Unmanned teaming strategies
    • Incorporating sensor data and intelligence from UGVs & UAVs into existing Battlefield-Management Systems 

     

    14:30 Concepts of Operation in an EMS contested environment

    Dr Jack Watling

    Dr Jack Watling, Research Fellow, Land Warfare, The Royal United Services Institute

    • Exploring how land units locate and communicate/move mission-critical data on the battlefield
    • Analysing current and future critical threats to C4ISR architectures in EMS contested environments
    • Contemplating future design and development priorities to ensure resilient C4ISR capabilities
     

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Enhancing Situational Awareness: A Focus on Simultion and Training

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Andy Fawkes, Director, Thinke Company Ltd

  • Training Requirements Now and into the Future
  • Trends in Simulation Technology
  • XR and a VR Land Training Pilot
     
  • 16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr John Crozier

    Mr John Crozier , Technical Partner, Urban Canyon Sixth Sense (UC6S), DSTL, UK MoD

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier General Richard R. Coffman

    Brigadier General Richard R. Coffman

    Director - Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army Europe
    Colonel Jonathan Brooking

    Colonel Jonathan Brooking

    Commander HQ Armour Centre, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Product Manager Robotic Combat Vehicle, US Army
    Mr Hans-Josef Maas

    Mr Hans-Josef Maas

    Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology
    Mr Keith Smith

    Mr Keith Smith

    GVA Manager, DE&S - MoD
    Mr Marc Krause

    Mr Marc Krause

    Project Manager Vehicle Optronics, Hensoldt Optronics GmbH

    Brigadier General Richard R. Coffman

    Director - Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army Europe
    Brigadier General Richard R. Coffman

    Colonel Jonathan Brooking

    Commander HQ Armour Centre, British Army
    Colonel Jonathan Brooking

    Dr Alexander Wolf

    Head of Technology, Platforms and Unmanned Systems, Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG
    Dr Alexander Wolf

    Dr Andy Lillie

    Technology Director, Network & Communications, Mission Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems
    Dr Andy Lillie

    Dr Iain Carrie

    Systems Design Engineer, Land & Air Systems, Optronics & Missile Electronics, Thales UK
    Dr Iain Carrie

    Dr Jack Watling

    Research Fellow, Land Warfare, The Royal United Services Institute
    Dr Jack Watling

    Dr Markus Mueller

    Video Exploitation Systems, Fraunhofer IOSB
    Dr Markus Mueller

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Product Manager Robotic Combat Vehicle, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Major Robert Atchison

    Armoured Desk Officer, British Army
    Major Robert Atchison

    Mr Andreas Ohlin

    Product Manager Local Situational Awarness Systems, SAAB Vehicle Systems
    Mr Andreas Ohlin

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Director, Thinke Company Ltd
    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Dieter Fasol

    Expert Safety, Weapon System Design Germany / ILS and Safety, MBDA, Deutschland GmbH
    Mr Dieter Fasol

    Mr Hans-Josef Maas

    Armoured Fighting Vehicles, Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology
    Mr Hans-Josef Maas

    Mr Ian James

    Chief Technologist Land Systems, Land & Air Systems, Optronics & Missile Electronics, Thales UK
    Mr Ian James

    Mr John Crozier

    Technical Partner, Urban Canyon Sixth Sense (UC6S), DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr John Crozier

    Mr Keith Smith

    GVA Manager, DE&S - MoD
    Mr Keith Smith

    Mr Marc Krause

    Project Manager Vehicle Optronics, Hensoldt Optronics GmbH
    Mr Marc Krause

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    The most prominent air and space platforms equipped with HENSOLDT products include the F-16, Eurofighter, Gripen and Rafale combat aircraft, the Tandem-X and EDRS-A satellites, the A400M transport aircraft as well as helicopters of various types. Furthermore, the company provides mission-critical equipment for the Puma and Leopard armoured vehicles, the class 212 and class 209 submarines, the US Navy’s littoral combat ships of the “Freedom” class, and the German Navy’s F125 frigates.



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    The company’s Ampthill facility has a long heritage in supporting strategic and tactical weapons in the UK. With its highly-skilled technical and engineering expertise, Lockheed Martin UK is advancing novel and innovative engineering practices to address complex challenges in civil and military Space.


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    WHAT IS CPD?

    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.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    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.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    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.

    GLOBAL CPD

    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.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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