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Both within the conventional and asymmetrical environments, armoured vehicle lethality has always (and continues to offer), a vital means of boosting the combat effectiveness of ground forces. However, it is our belief that this conference is particularly timely. As the US Army increases its presence of heavy armour in Europe to the highest levels seen in years, there is a need to develop offensive assets and the deterrence capabilities that the armoured vehicle provides. In recent years hostile actors have increased their own combat vehicles protection, armament and fires to near peer status. There is therefore a need to re-examine and access the effectiveness of NATO fighting vehicle offensive capability and means of countering threats.

As the only conference of its type dedicated to this area, Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems will discuss the doctrine, concepts of operation, training and technologies at the heart of armoured vehicle lethality.

Drawing on experiences from previous operations and ongoing activity in the capability development space, future requirements will be presented and discussed. Importantly, to increase awareness of the technologies and capabilities that might be leveraged, an examination of the latest weapon systems, vehicle configurations, smart munitions, fire control, targeting, simulation and autonomous technology, shall be just some of the areas covered.
 

• Provide a platform for the advancement of armoured vehicles offensive capability, bringing together those at the heart of systems operation, training, development and integration
• Hear the very latest technological developments from research and industry, that are enhancing combat effectiveness
• Gain an update on strategic partners respective armoured vehicle programmes
• Deliberate key requirements for the countering of threats during contemporary/future operations
 

Military

• Armoured and mechanised infantry commanders
• Armoured capability development
• Heads of lethality
• Heads of mounted close combat
• Weapon system programme managers
• Armoured vehicle programme managers
• Weapon system support and engineering
• Ammunition technicians

Industry and Research

• Weapon systems
• Smart and programmable munitions
• Fire control, range finding and battle management systems
• Optronics and target acquisition

Previous Attendees Include:

Armoured Trials and Development Unit (British Army); Army HQ;; Brazilian Army; Brazilian Army Materiel Directorate; British Army; Canadian Armed Forces; Curtiss Wright; DE&S; DGA; DSTL; DSTL, UK MOD; FN Herstal; HM forces; Kongsberg; Lockheed Martin; Meggitt; Microflown Avisa; Nexter Group; Nexter Systems; NSPA; OCCAR; Orbital ATK; Ordnance Test Solutions Ltd; OTS Ltd; Pearson Engineering; Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH; Thales Communications & Security; The Armoured Trials and Development Unit; The Shephard Group; Turkish MOD; UKTI DSO Export Support Team; US Army; Vetronics Research Centre; Wittenstein Motion Control Gmb H;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson, Former Head of Combat Wheels Group, DE&S, UK MoD, UK Ministry of Defence

9:10 Progress Update on US Army Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy

Lieutenant Colonel Amado Sanchez

Lieutenant Colonel Amado Sanchez, Chief, Manoeuvre Branch, Manoeuvre, Aviation, and Soldier Division, Army Capabilities Integration Centre, United States Army

• U.S. Army evaluation of trends in the current operational environment and projection of effects in the future
• The place of land fires and manoeuvre in the multi-domain battle space
• Key areas prioritised for development to counter hostiles near peer status
• Plans for collaboration with procurement to fill capability gaps

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Developing Versatile Offensive Capability to Overcome Future Threats to Mounted Forces

Dr Mike Dalzell

Dr Mike Dalzell, Capability Advisor, Mounted Close Combat , British Army

• An overview of the changing threat environment
• Areas of focus for the British Army
• Future plans for armament and lethality development for mounted close combat

11:40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:20 Fire Support Advantages Delivered by the CV90: Weapon Systems and Sub-Systems

Major Per-Arne Bjørklid

Major Per-Arne Bjørklid, Team Leader, Cavalry Weapon Systems, Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation

• The CV90’s role in providing fire support to mechanised forces: How the infantry and vehicle support one another
• Feedback from upgrades to the platform and recent trials and development
• Advantages delivered by the cannon and the ammunition types utilised
• Sighting system and target acquisition/sharing capabilities
• Future plans for enhancing combat effectiveness and preparing for the operational environment

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Capability Development Requirements for Future Armoured Fires and Manouvre

• Lessons learnt from the counter insurgency environment of the past 10 years
• Resurgence of the need to prepare for conventional armoured warfare
• Future capability areas for development to ensure a versatile armoured fighting force
• Informal question and answer session

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson, Former Head of Combat Wheels Group, DE&S, UK MoD, UK Ministry of Defence

Colonel Jim Jenkins

Colonel Jim Jenkins, Director of Science, Technology and Experiment Division, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, United States Marine Corps

Dr Mike Dalzell

Dr Mike Dalzell, Capability Advisor, Mounted Close Combat , British Army

Lieutenant Colonel Mika Tauru

Lieutenant Colonel Mika Tauru, Deputy Director of Artillery, Plans Division, Finnish Army

14:40 Composite Rubber Track: Operate at Reach, Lower Logistic Need and Fight for Longer

Major (ret) Kevin Sloan

Major (ret) Kevin Sloan, Former British Army, International Business Development Manager, SOUCY DEFENSE

• An overview of the composite rubber track system
• Survivability benefits:
  o Noise & vibration (troops fight for longer)
  o Durability & maintainability
  o Vehicle weight & manoeuvrability 
  o Ammunition & electronics
  o Low logistic support & life cycle costs
• Challenges for integration and maintainability

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 The Advanced Mortar System AMOS-Doctrine-How The Finnish Army uses AMOS

Lieutenant Colonel Mika Tauru

Lieutenant Colonel Mika Tauru, Deputy Director of Artillery, Plans Division, Finnish Army

• Description of the AMOS-FIN system
• An overview of current unit organisation
• Description of tactics and techniques for operating the system
• Operational use of the system

16:30 Future Danish Army Development of Mobile Indirect Fire Support

Major Michael Johnsson

Major Michael Johnsson, Head of Guns and Mortars, Danish Army Combat and Fire Support Centre

• Current capabilities of the Royal Danish Army's existing M109A3 155 mm self-propelled howitzers
• Key areas for development, enhancement of range, precision and lethality
• Requirements and plans for replacement of the M109A3 legacy system

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson, Former Head of Combat Wheels Group, DE&S, UK MoD, UK Ministry of Defence

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson, Former Head of Combat Wheels Group, DE&S, UK MoD, UK Ministry of Defence

9:10 Enhancing Combat Effectiveness through Integrated Human Machine Teaming

Colonel Jim Jenkins

Colonel Jim Jenkins, Director of Science, Technology and Experiment Division, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, United States Marine Corps

• An overview of the USMC’s Unmanned Tactical Autonomous Control and Collaboration Program
• Problems associated with traditional man in the loop systems that require direct control
• Striving toward integrated autonomous systems that can work alongside and support the warfighter
• Potential implications for targeting/lethality and the boosting of combat effectiveness
 

9:50 Ongoing Development of Sensors and Weapon Systems within the Spanish Army's Pizarro Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Colonel Jose María Gonzalez Casado

Colonel Jose María Gonzalez Casado, Head of Pizarro Program, Procurement and Weapons Directorate, Spanish Ministry of Defence

• Role of Pizarro in support of Spanish Army mechanised infantry
• Feedback from operations and recent test and evaluation
• Current targeting, fire control, battle management and armament systems integrated into the vehicle
• Future plans for development and integration of new capabilities into the platform: A focus on sensors and weapon

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Development and Requirements for the US Army’s Planned Mobile Protected Fire Power Capability

Colonel Mike Smith

Colonel Mike Smith , TARDEC Science & Technology Advocate at the Maneuver Center of Excellence , US Army

• Operational requirements behind the need for increased fire power in support of maneuver
• Requirements for the Mobile Protected Fire Power Capability
• Approaches to vehicle configuration and the balance of mobility, fire power and protection within the platform
• Potential lethality options for enhancing anti-amour capability against hostile mechanized forces
• Future plans for development and integration

11:40 The Armoured Centre’s Approach to Weapon System Training for AFV Crews

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Fake

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Fake, Commanding Officer, Armoured Fighting Vehicle Technical Training School, British Army

• Adequately preparing the British Army’s AFV crews for the contemporary operational environment: Strategies and priorities
• Training practices for gunnery, deliberating fusion between both live and synthetic exercises
• Preparation for the integration of complex new platforms and weapon systems into the British Army’s armoured vehicle fleet

12:20 Current Challenges and Future Solutions for AFV Direct Fire Gunnery Training

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jonny Ormerod

Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jonny Ormerod, SO1 Simulation, Training Branch Field Army, UK Armed Forces

• The story so far. The evolution of AFV gunnery training
• Current Challenges and Opportunities
• What might the future look like?

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Acquisition & Through Life Cycle Support of Armoured Vehicles and Anti-Armour Weapon Systems: Key Aspects from the NSPA

Mr Giorgio Scappaticci

Mr Giorgio Scappaticci, Head of Weapons Systems and Equipment Support, NSPA

• Long Term Cooperative Support for Anti-Armour Missiles: Case Studies for new and legacy systems
- TOW Support case, how we were able to support it for 40 years from basic to ITAS
- Spike Support: New system with different challenges and support model
• Approaches to Missile’s service life extension
- Different cases in which life extension worked out (TOW, Stinger, Hellfire, Spike). Advice for new missile acquisition


 

14:40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Army Research Laboratory’s Analysis of Current and Future Combat Vehicle Lethality

Dr Jeffrey Zabinski

Dr Jeffrey Zabinski, Director, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, Army Research Laboratory , United States Army

• An overview of the focus of the ARL Survivability/Lethality Directorate
• Combat systems analyses and modeling analysis support for development of enhanced lethality
• Methodologies for Future Force and Current Operations
• MUVES-S2 for current analyses and development of the next generation SLV model MUVES 3

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson

Brigadier (ret) Ian Simpson, Former Head of Combat Wheels Group, DE&S, UK MoD, UK Ministry of Defence

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SOUCY DEFENSE is a world leader in rubber band track (RBT) technology, which enhances mobility, protection & sustainment for Armoured Fighting Vehicles. RBT are up to 50% lighter than steel tracks and allow the addition of more armour and protection, RBT improve acceleration, top speed and breaking distance and will generate up to 70% less vibration, thus increasing the life of ammunition and electronics and improving troop's readiness. RBT added-values are noise reduction, which in turn improves communication effectiveness and allows the vehicle to be stealthier at the lowest tactical level. The reduction in rolling resistance provides a fuel saving of up to 30%, RBT are designed and developed to be virtually maintenance free and to create considerable Operational and Life Cycle Cost savings.

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

 

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