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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

All timings are in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr John Crozier

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

9:00 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, UK 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’

 

9:30 Achieving and Maintaining a Strategic Advantage for Future Armoured Vehicle Operations Through Optimal SA

Major Robert Atchison

Major Robert Atchison, SO2 Armour, Ground Manoeuvre Capability, 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)

10:00 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
  • 10:30 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    11:00 Feedback from User Trials of 360 Degree Spherical Video on Armoured Vehicles

    Mr Scott Patterson

    Mr Scott Patterson, Defence Director, Petards

  • Trials background and context
  • Enhancing Safety
  • Local Situational Awareness for vehicle crews
  • Local Situational Awareness for dismounts
  • Targeting assistance
  • System Utility
  • Human Factors
  • Other use cases
  • 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
     

    12:00 Lunch Break

    13:00 From Manned to Autonomous – Expanding Traditional SA Capabilities to Guarantee Strategic Overmatch for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle

    Colonel Warren Sponsler

    Colonel Warren Sponsler, Chief of Staff, Next Generation Combat Vehicle CFT, Army Futures Command

    • 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
     

    13:30 Interconnectivity Challenges in Modern LSAS

    Dr Andrea Menconi

    Dr Andrea Menconi, Global Land Defense & Civil Aerospace Manager, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

  • Cables challenges in modern LSAS: performances and integration
  • What has to be considered for the correct selection of cables and minimize uncertainties
  • How to meet integration challenges: dimension reduction, easy installation, connector compatibility
  • How to meet performances challenges: interconnectivity solutions performances after installation, risk mitigation during the design/prototype phase, selection of Future Proof solutions
  • 14:00 The Role of Armoured Vehicle Situational Awareness Capabilities in Future Multi-Domain Operations

    • Incorporating existing and emerging platform integrated C4ISR technologies into wider sensor networks to support Long-Range Precision Fires, covert patrols and other aspects of future MDO
    • Exploring future opportunities provided by machine learning & AI-enhancements for streamlining platform ‘health’ monitoring, sensor data fusion, battlefield management and EW capabilities for armoured vehicles
    • Discussing the role of future Situational Awareness technologies in detecting EMS threats and protecting mechanised units from NavPos spoofing, RF jamming and the interception of vital communications

    Mr Chris Mikulski

    Mr Chris Mikulski, Project Lead, Crew Optimization and Augmentation Technologies, COAT, U.S. Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

    Dr Amar Marathe

    Dr Amar Marathe, Program Manager, Human Autonomy Teaming Essential Research Program, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

    14:30 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

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

    Mr Andreas Ohlin

    Mr Andreas Ohlin, Product Manager Local Situational Awareness Systems, SAAB Tactical Electronics

    • 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
     

    15:30 Thoughts on Future Urban Local Situational Awareness

    • Inputs from the UK UCSA programme,
    • Exploring future considerations for vehicle sensors, sensor fusion and information management
    • Some consideration from UK UC6S programme including use of AI
    • Thoughts on Platform and Vehicle Electronics Architecture trades and some infrastructure considerations for the future.

     

    Dr Iain Carrie

    Dr Iain Carrie, Chief Technologist for Land Autonomy, Thales UK

    Mr Ian James

    Mr Ian James, Chief Technologist Land Systems, Thales UK

    16:00 Industry Panel - How Industry Are Utilising Technology To Optimize Armoured Situational Awareness

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

    • Current technical developments driving situational awareness capabilities within industry
    • Research and development priorities to delivering technological innovation
    • How to work with the end user to develop armoured situational awareness

    Mr Scott Patterson

    Mr Scott Patterson, Defence Director, Petards

    Dr Chris Dent

    Dr Chris Dent, Head of Research Technology, Lockheed Martin Uk (L M U K)

    Mr John Crozier

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

    16:30 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

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr John Crozier

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

    9:00 CARMEL Future Combat Vehicle Technologies - Developing Enhanced Situational Awareness

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Didi  Ben-Yoash

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Didi Ben-Yoash, Head of Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD

    • Results from Phase I of the CARMEL – Challenges and lessons learned
    • Planned situational awareness testing and integration for Phase II
    • Industry engagement for future situational awareness development
    • The next steps in the CARMEL development plan

     

    9:30 BAAINBw K1.2: System Technology, Effectors, Survivability and NEC: Systronics Technology for future AFV and Situational Awareness Requirements - Concepts - Challenges - Demonstrators

    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
     

    10:00 AI Camouflage

    Part 1: WTD 52:
    • Comparison of human observation and automated target recognition
    • Utilisation of automated target recognition tools to enhance camouflage efficiency
    Part 2: Fraunhofer IOSB:
    • Utilising video processing and machine learning capabilities to evaluate AI Stimuli-Signatures on objects and vehicles

    Mr Thomas Honke

    Mr Thomas Honke, Project Manager Camouflage and Signature Management, WTD 52, Oberjettenberg, Section 310 – Indirect Protection, Bundeswehr

    Dr Markus Mueller

    Dr Markus Mueller, Video Exploitation Systems, Fraunhofer IOSB

    10:30 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    11:00 Exploring future concepts to optimize Situational Awareness for the British Army’s mechanized combat units

    • 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

    Major Joseph Needham

    Major Joseph Needham, SO2 Land Systems, DSTL, UK MoD

    11:30 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
     

    12:00 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, PEO Maneuver Combat Systems, 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
     

    12:30 Lunch Break

    13:30 FNSS Approach to Vetronics, Situational Awareness Concepts and Latest Applications

    • Improving operational capability using extended situational awareness technologies
    • Near Field Motion Detection in battlefield / Vision and Latency Challenges
    • Flexible and secure comms combined with video management
    • Vehicle Modernization Strategies

    Mr Mustafa Selim Can

    Mr Mustafa Selim Can, Senior Lead Design Engineer, FNSS Defense Systems

    Mr Emre Camasircioglu

    Mr Emre Camasircioglu, Test&ESIP Unit Manager, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S.

    14:00 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 Maintaining Overmatch for Armoured Units in GPS Denied Environments

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Rasmussen

    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Rasmussen, Product Manager Mounted Position Navigation & Timing, PEO Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors, US Army

    • Mission of the Mounted PNT Project
    • Utilising multi-mission sensors to provide accurate and trusted PNT data for battlefield commanders
    • Challenging environments threatening PNT capabilities – Electronic Warfare & Cyber Environments
    • Updates on developing “Fight Tonight” and Advanced MAPS Solution Capabilities

    15:00 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

    15:30 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
     

    16:00 Enhancing Situational Awareness: A Focus on Simulation 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
     
  • 16:30 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

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

    Product Manager Robotic Combat Vehicle, PEO Maneuver Combat Systems, 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, UK MoD
    Mr Marc Krause

    Mr Marc Krause

    Project Manager Vehicle Optronics, Hensoldt Optronics GmbH

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Didi Ben-Yoash

    Head of Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD
    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Didi  Ben-Yoash

    Colonel Warren Sponsler

    Chief of Staff, Next Generation Combat Vehicle CFT, Army Futures Command
    Colonel Warren Sponsler

    Dr Alexander Wolf

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

    Dr Amar Marathe

    Program Manager, Human Autonomy Teaming Essential Research Program, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
    Dr Amar Marathe

    Dr Andrea Menconi

    Global Land Defense & Civil Aerospace Manager, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Dr Andrea Menconi

    Dr Chris Dent

    Head of Research Technology, Lockheed Martin Uk (L M U K)
    Dr Chris Dent

    Dr Iain Carrie

    Chief Technologist for Land Autonomy, 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 Alexander Rasmussen

    Product Manager Mounted Position Navigation & Timing, PEO Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Rasmussen

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Orlowski

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

    Major Joseph Needham

    SO2 Land Systems, DSTL, UK MoD
    Major Joseph Needham

    Major Robert Atchison

    SO2 Armour, Ground Manoeuvre Capability, British Army
    Major Robert Atchison

    Mr Andreas Ohlin

    Product Manager Local Situational Awareness Systems, SAAB Tactical Electronics
    Mr Andreas Ohlin

    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Director, Thinke Company Ltd
    Mr Andy Fawkes

    Mr Chris Mikulski

    Project Lead, Crew Optimization and Augmentation Technologies, COAT, U.S. Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)
    Mr Chris Mikulski

    Mr Dieter Fasol

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

    Mr Emre Camasircioglu

    Test&ESIP Unit Manager, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S.
    Mr Emre Camasircioglu

    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, 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, UK MoD
    Mr Keith Smith

    Mr Marc Krause

    Project Manager Vehicle Optronics, Hensoldt Optronics GmbH
    Mr Marc Krause

    Mr Mustafa Selim Can

    Senior Lead Design Engineer, FNSS Defense Systems
    Mr Mustafa Selim Can

    Mr Scott Patterson

    Defence Director, Petards
    Mr Scott Patterson

    Mr Thomas Honke

    Project Manager Camouflage and Signature Management, WTD 52, Oberjettenberg, Section 310 – Indirect Protection, Bundeswehr
    Mr Thomas Honke

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    Galleon Embedded Computing

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.galleonec.com/

    Galleon Embedded Computing is an innovative leader in the development of rugged deployed server and data recorder systems. Galleon offers high-performance, high-quality, rugged storage and data recorder systems, servers and NAS/networked devices and XMC IO modules. Galleon’s offerings span from commercial grade products for benign environments to ruggedized products for deployed systems in severe environments.


    HENSOLDT

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.hensoldt.net

    HENSOLDT is a global pioneer of technology and innovation in the area of defence and security electronics. Headquartered in Munich/Germany, the company is a market leader in civilian and military sensor solutions. It develops new products based on innovative concepts in such fields as big data, robotics and cyber security. With a workforce of some 4,400 employees, HENSOLDT in 2018 generated revenues of more than 1 billion euros.

    As a technology leader, HENSOLDT follows an innovative approach to cyber security. The company develops security-hardened basic IT systems for this rapidly growing area, which are impervious to hacker attacks and inherent hardware weaknesses. Thanks to its long tradition and experience in the field of electronic warfare, HENSOLDT is also optimally positioned as a major player in the cyber warfare environment.

    The company’s main areas of activity include the protection of borders and critical infrastructures, air defence, mission management and aircraft self-protection, vehicle protection, signal intelligence and data links. Its portfolio includes radars, electronic warfare equipment, night vision devices, laser rangefinders and optronic targeting equipment. In addition, HENSOLDT is also offering mission avionics such as avionics computers, mission planning systems and autopilots. With its wide product range, HENSOLDT covers all types of applications in air, sea, land and space missions and enables its customers to maintain superiority when it comes to monitoring the electromagnetic spectrum.

    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.



    Lockheed Martin

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-gb/index.html

    The Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill site is home to the UK’s only state-of-the-art turret production facility which has the technology, capability and specialist skills to design, develop and manufacture cutting-edge modernised turrets. The company has invested millions into upgrading its onsite facilities, machinery and capabilities to support future growth and meet growing customer demands. Lockheed Martin UK is currently contracted to deliver turrets for the British Army’s Ajax reconnaissance vehicle programme (contracted through General Dynamics UK) and is the prime contractor for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP); a development programme introducing major improvements to the British Army’s current in-service Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle. Lockheed Martin’s innovative digitised turret, along with the significant upgrades being made to the legacy platform by the company, will bring enhanced lethality; improved survivability; enhanced fightability; and improved situational awareness to British Soldiers. Supporting the land-based combat capability, Lockheed Martin’s battle management system, SkyKeeper, is central to providing customers with a bespoke and integrated GBAD capability which is truly tailored and interoperable with the UK’s allied nations.

    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.



    Petards

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.petards.com/

    Petards are experts in developing technologies for the defence industry and rail and traffic solutions. Our reputation, which is based on exceptional customer service, cutting edge technical capability and high quality products, has allowed us to build relationships with leading companies and organisations across the world, including Bombardier, Siemens, Stadler, Hitachi, BAE Systems, Leonardo and the UK's MOD.

    Our Defence teams provide world-leading innovation in complex, technology focused defence solutions and software for land, sea and air. The team of experts work for and with national and international military organisations, prime contractors and highly accomplished third parties to design and build ruggedised electronic solutions for a wide range of applications and purposes.

    Petards offer a full range of technical support services for Countermeasures Dispensing Systems (CMDS), including cockpit control, programming, build, installation advice, as well repair and servicing. We are experts in the design, support and repair of ground based RF Threat Weapons Systems.

    Petards are delighted with the successful launch of our newest product - eyeCraft 360™. EyeCraft 360™ is the world’s first 360 degree spherical camera system for armoured vehicles. It dramatically improves local situational awareness for the crew, making them safer and the vehicle more capable. EyeCraft 360™ was launched at DSEI and has already been successfully trialled by the British Army.


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    SEGURANÇA & DEFESA (“Security & Defense”), the recognized leader among South American defense magazines. In the market for 29 years, its staff includes the best experts in the field. Sold on newstands and by subscriptions, it is sent free of charge to key names and addresses in the defense sector.


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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.

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    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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