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SMi’s 6th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability Conference and Active Protection Systems Focus Day will return to London between the 15th - 17th November 2021.

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As the only armoured vehicle conference dedicated to the area of survivability, the 2021 event will gather programme managers, capability directors, commanders from the military, senior engineers, chief scientists and platform managers from leading solution providers to discuss what nations are doing to protect their armoured vehicles and personnel.

Building on the successes of 2019, SMi will once again host a dedicated pre-conference Active Protection Systems Focus Day on the 15th November 2021 which will provide detailed and exclusive insight into how leading nations are integrating APS into their existing vehicle fleets. Leading technical experts and militaries from the most forward-thinking nations will cover the:

  • Latest hard/soft kill systems
  • Modular Architecture
  • Sensors
  • Data Processing
  • Munitions and counter-measures
  • Capability Concerns
  • Technology demonstrations
  • Systems Testing and Trialling
  • and much more

On the 16th - 17th November 2021, the two-day conference will aim to further address all layers of the survivability spectrum including:

  • Armour
  • Situational Awareness
  • Concealment
  • Signature Management
  • IED Protection Systems
  • CBRN
  • Mine Resistance
  • Armour material technologies
  • Stealth
  • Active Protection Systems

Unlike any other event, the survivability conference is a meeting for the international armoured vehicle community designed around a series of focused discussions on the strategies and technologies being adopted to enhance crew and platform survivability. As seen in recent operations, threats to the vehicle are increasing in both scope and size. Traditional lightly armed combatants now have access to an increasing array of lethal anti-armour capabilities. With the continued proliferation of advanced anti-tank weaponry around the world, and as armed forces pivot to addressing near-peer adversaries, armored vehicle survivability remains as important as it ever has been.
 

This conference is a focused study on how to enhance survivability and addresses all layers of the survivability spectrum. Key capabilities that will be covered are signature management, situational awareness, armoured and blast protection, C-IED, vehicle obscuration systems, and an overall picture of integrated survivability.

  • Hear the latest survivability updates from the current and future armoured vehicles that will drive manoeuvre options for years to come
  • This will include platform specific briefs on the: Boxer, Challenger II, CV90, Ajax, Puma, and more
  • Benefit from briefings on armoured vehicles defensive capabilities, bringing together those at the heart of systems operation, training, development and integration
  • Gain an update on strategic partners’ respective armoured vehicle programmes
  • Benefit from this platform to advance armoured vehicles active defense capabilities and network with those at the heart of protective technology design, development, and integration
  • Discuss key requirements for the countering of threats during contemporary/future operations such as IEDs, UAS, EW, ballistic threats, antitank guided missiles to name a few!

 

Advanced Blast and Ballistic Systems; AeroGlow International; Armoured Trials & Development Unit (ATDU); ASELSAN; Australian Army; BAE Systems Hägglunds; British Army; British Army - Capability Directorate; CES Advanced Composites and Defense Technologies Inc.; Collins Aerospace; Czech Military Research Institute; DE&S; Defence Science & Technology Agency; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl); DELL; Department for International Trade; Dstl; DSTL, UK MoD; ELTA Systems; Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Embassy of Ukraine; FFI - Norwegian Defence Research Establishment; FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency; Frost and Sullivan; General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag GmbH; General Dynamics Land Systems; General Dynamics Land Systems - Mowag; Ghana High Commission; Hensoldt GmbH; IMI; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Instro Precision Ltd; Italian Embassy; Janes Missiles & Rockets; KCD Resources Ltd; KME; Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG; Leonardo; Leonardo Defence Systems; Leonardo DRS; Lockheed Martin U K; Ministry of Defence Singapore; MOD; NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Staff; NP Aerospace Ltd; Pardus Defence & Security Ltd; Parker Hannifin Ltd.; Patria; Pearson Engineering Limited; Permali Gloucester Ltd.; Plasan Sasa Ltd; QinetiQ; Rada Industries; Rafael; Rheinmetall Active Protection GMBH; Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles; Rheinmetall Protection Systems Gmbh; Soucy Defense Division; Swedish Defence Research Agency - FOI; Swedish Land Warfare Centre; Thales UK; The Royal United Services Institute; Thinke Company Ltd; TriCIS Ltd; Tubitak Sage ; UAE GHQ; UK Armed Forces; UK MoD; Undersecretariat for Defence Industry ; US Army; Vetronics Research Centre;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, British Army
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9:00 The Position of British Armour Mobility in the Future Theatre

Brigadier Jon Swift

Brigadier Jon Swift, Head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability , UK MoD
View Bio

• Modernising and Acquiring to sustain capability dominance
• Responding to future threats
o Cyber security, electronic-warfare, and assuring operational effectiveness in degraded environments
• Creating mobile C2 nodes for enhanced multinational and multi-domain operational reach

9:30 The Future of US Armor: Evaluating the Survivability Priorities for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle

  • Overview of the NGCV CFT’s overall survivability priorities
  • Cultivating industry relations to foster an active marketplace and develop cutting edge technology before drafting the formal requirements for the OMFV
  • Leveraging AI to enhance situational awareness and enhance survivability.
  • Integrating advanced armor solutions and active protection systems
  • Major General Richard 'Ross' Coffman

    Major General Richard 'Ross' Coffman, Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    View Bio

    10:00 Benefits of a Modular Open-Systems Approach for the Integration of Active Protection Systems

    Mr Guy Davies

    Mr Guy Davies, Capability Manager Vehicle Systems, Electronics, Leonardo

  • Modular Integrated Protection System (MIPS) - Outcomes from the Icarus TDP
  • Operational, acquisition and support benefits to be derived from a MIPS approach
  • MIPS capability integration into service and the challenges ahead
  • Broader utility of MIPS as a modular integration approach
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 CASTLE Acoustic Subarray Enabled Capabilities for Vehicle Crew Survivability

    Mr Alex Koers

    Mr Alex Koers, Managing Director, Microflown AVISA
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  • The CASTLE
  • Overview of software defined capabilities
  • The need for further testing
     
  • 11:30 Enhancing Situational Awareness for the Dragón 8x8 VCR to Improve Overall Survivability

  • The importance of modularity and versatility to allow the incorporation of future updates and subsystems into the VCR
  • Increasing Situational Awareness through the use of 360° panoramic cameras and infrared camera systems
  • Upgrading alert systems on the Dragón through laser lighting and acoustic shot detection
  • Enhancements to counter-IED and blast protection capabilities
  • Colonel Adrián Benito

    Colonel Adrián Benito, Chief of 8x8 Dragón AFV Program, Spanish MoD
    View Bio

    12:00 Assessing the Portuguese Intervention Brigade’s Armoured Capabilities and the Survivability Traits of the Pandur 8x8

    Lieutenant Colonel Luís Carlos Gonçalves Rodrigues

    Lieutenant Colonel Luís Carlos Gonçalves Rodrigues, Operations Officer, Intervention Brigade, Portuguese Army

  • The role and structure of the Intervention Brigade
  • The Pandur II IFV: current capabilities and planned upgrades
  • Responding to new and evolving threat profiles to ensure crew and platform protection
  • 12:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor, Pearson Engineering

    Mr Matt Aujla

    Mr Matt Aujla, Business Development Manager, Pearson Engineering

    14:00 Developments made in Developing and Integrating a Modular Integrated Protection System

    • Beyond passive protection – maintaining long-term British armour survivability
    • Modular vehicular architecture to allow for greater adaptability for current and future needs
    • Collaborating with industry to more accurately meet capability requirements

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey, SO1 Heavy Forces, Capability Ground Manoeuvre Branch, British Army HQ

    14:30 Finding the Limits of Mine/IED Blast Protection Capability for Armoured Vehicles

  • The Limits on Blast Protection Systems for Armoured Vehicles
  • Towards 6kg Underbelly on a Toyota Hilux – Limiting Belly Plate Deformation
  • The Blast Protection Capability Scale with Passive Systems Only, and the Effect of Adding Active Countermeasure Systems
  • Shock Attenuation for Rigid V-hull Designs
  • Update on US Army VPS and Pentagon RRTO Activity re VGAM™ Development
     

     

  • Mr Roger Sloman

    Mr Roger Sloman, Managing Director, Advanced Blast and Ballistic Systems

    Mr James Harrison

    Mr James Harrison, Marketing and Business Development Director, Advanced Blast and Ballistic Systems

    15:00 Increasing Protection Capabilities of Next-Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicles: The CARMEL Future Combat Vehicle Program

    Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons), Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD

  • Enhancing armoured vehicle situational awareness through integrated AI and autonomous capabilities
  • Optimising survivability through Elbit Systems’ IronVision Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)
  • Adapting current AFV platforms to achieve new levels of battlefield effectiveness
  • 15:30 Exploiting Developments in Active Protection Systems

    Mr Richard Hooper

    Mr Richard Hooper, Principal Vetronics Engineer, Platform Systems Division, DSTL, UK MoD

  • Migrating the Modular Integrated Protection System (MIPS) architecture from research to service
  • The developing role of APS
  • The way ahead for APS technology developments and implementation
  • The role of APS technologies as parts of an integrated survivability suite and mission system for UK armour
  • 16:00 Assessing the Performance of the Explosively Formed Axe (EFA) and the Developments made in Applying and Integrating APS

    • Findings from operational testing of the EFA hard-kill system
    • Overcoming passive protection limitations through integrating advanced APS
    • A look at the path ahead for APS in the Czech Armed Forces

    Dr Jan Krestan

    Dr Jan Krestan, Materials Engineering Division , Czech Military Research Institute

    Dr Stanislav Rolc

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

    16:30 Afternoon Tea

    17:00 Enhancing Boxer Survivability to Extend Capabilities for German Mechanised Brigades

    Dr Robert Bayer

    Dr Robert Bayer, Head of Department, Protection, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
    View Bio

  •  Assessing the current survivability signature of BOXER
  • Presenting the modular architecture and the possibilities for future upgrades
  • Future developments to increase survivability and maintain long-term operability
  • 17:30 Maximising Boxer Survivability for Enhanced German Armoured Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke

    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke, Authorized Representative for MRAV BOXER, II-Combat, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, Bundeswehr
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    • Modularity as survivability
    • Enhancing situational awareness and signature management capabilities for improved protection
    • Responding to new and evolving threat profiles

    18:00 Enhancing Future UK Armoured Platform Survivability

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Routledge

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Routledge, SO1 Land Systems , Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
    View Bio

    • Improving platform C2 and situational awareness capabilities
    • Enhancing platform signature management
    • Broader S&T developments for future UK armoured platforms

    18:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, British Army
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, British Army
    View Bio

    9:00 SCORPION: Improving Operational Capabilities Through a New Era of French Armoured Vehicles

    Major General Charles Palu

    Major General Charles Palu, Deputy Chief of Staff Plans & Programmes of the Army Staff, French Armed Forces
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  • Scorpion Programme: Modernising and overhauling French armour for a new force backbone
  • Integrating the VBMR Griffon and EBRC Jaguar into mechanised brigades
  • Stressing an open, modular architecture for optimal adaptability
  • Incorporating innovative detection and acoustic localisation technology for maximum situational awareness
  • 9:30 Hide, Survive, Deceive

    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce, Commanding Officer, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    View Bio

  • Enhancing survivability on the current and future battlefield
  • Avoiding detection through enhanced visual, thermal and signature management
  • Deceiving in the electro-magnetic spectrum for greater survivability
  • 10:00 Optimising Vehicle Survivability with Modelling and Simulation

    Mr Jean Beugels

    Mr Jean Beugels, Head of TenCate Technical Center EMEA, TenCate Advanced Armour
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  • Accelerating survivability system design with modelling and simulation
  • Eliminating weak spots in survivability designs
  • Optimising survivability design to meet end user requirements
  • Generating value for customers and end users through increased vehicle performance
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Enhancing Hungarian AFV Survivability under the Zrínyi Force Development Program

    Colonel István Ocskay

    Colonel István Ocskay, Research and Development Director, DCOM, Hungarian Defence Forces Modernization Institute
    View Bio

  • Modernisation as the number one goal for the HDF
  • Update on current HDF Armoured Vehicle Platforms
  • Procuring more survivable AFVs – the Lynx and the Leopard
  • Planned armour upgrades to existing platforms protect against modern threats
  • 11:30 Outlining the Roadmap to Maintaining the Combat Effectiveness of Future Romanian Armour

    • Main battle tank survivability priorities for the Romanian Armed Forces
    • Maximising the Romanian armed forces strike capabilities through survivable platforms
    • Examining future systems integration into the Romanian Armed Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Badea Silviu-Cristian

    Lieutenant Colonel Badea Silviu-Cristian, Commander 631st Tank Battalion, Romanian Land Forces

    12:00 Supporting the US Warfighter by Providing Comprehensive Evaluation of Survivability Components and Requirements for Current and Future US Armor

    Mr Christopher  Barrett

    Mr Christopher Barrett, Executive Director, Army Evaluation Center, US Army Test and Evaluation Command

  • Challenges from the integration of an advanced vehicle protection suite and the uplifts gained from application
  • Findings from the live-fire evaluations of APS and effects on mission capacity
  • 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
  • 13:30 Developing Holistic, Adaptable, Survivability

    • Holistic - CV90s layered approach
    • Adaptable - What base capabilities do you have to nourish to be able to adapt?
    • The key to successful development
     

    Mr Dan Lindell

    Mr Dan Lindell, Director Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds
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    Mr Stefan Thelin

    Mr Stefan Thelin, Head of Technology, Engineering, BAE Systems Hägglunds
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    14:30 Enhancing Threat Detection, Stealth and Protection Within the Mechanized/Motorized Brigades of the Royal Netherlands Army

    Captain Mark Hoving

    Captain Mark Hoving, Staff Officer Armored Vehicles Desk, Combat Development Centre for Ground Maneuver, Royal Netherlands Army
    View Bio

  • CV90, Boxer, Fennek
  • Enhanced situational awareness
  • Enhanced threat detection, stealth and protection
  • Challenges regarding integrated C-UAS
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Survivability – Dependence upon Time and Synchronisation

    Professor Bryn James

    Professor Bryn James, Senior Fellow - Dstl Physical Sciences Group, DSTL
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    • Applications and equipment that are dependent upon time, e.g. Navigation, ECM, C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance)
    • Some of the issues regarding resilience and effects upon survivability
    • Techniques for time distribution and synchronisation
    • Recommendations for increasing robustness and resilience

    16:30 Research Perspective: Swedish Armed Forces’ Protection Planning

    Dr Martin Hagström

    Dr Martin Hagström, Programme Manager Weapon and Protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency
    View Bio

  • How can we measure survivability?
  • Contextual and capability dependent measures
  • Measures dependent on technologies
  • Challenges faced
  • 17:00 Understanding Vehicle Survivability through the use of Modelling, Simulation and Operational Analysis

    Mr Dan Hankin

    Mr Dan Hankin, Land Survivability Project Technical Authority , DSTL

    • Investigating the optimum survivability mix through the use of Modelling, Simulation and Operational Analysis
    • Understanding how to assess the best vehicle survivability fits for different theatres
    • How to assess the linkages between different survivability technologies working alongside each other to understand a platforms true capability

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Three

    Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, British Army
    View Bio

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Brigadier Jon Swift

    Brigadier Jon Swift

    Head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability , UK MoD
    Colonel Adrián Benito

    Colonel Adrián Benito

    Chief of 8x8 Dragón AFV Program, Spanish MoD
    Colonel István Ocskay

    Colonel István Ocskay

    Research and Development Director, DCOM, Hungarian Defence Forces Modernization Institute
    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    SO1 Heavy Forces, Capability Ground Manoeuvre Branch, British Army HQ
    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

    Commanding Officer, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke

    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke

    Authorized Representative for MRAV BOXER, II-Combat, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, Bundeswehr
    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Routledge

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Routledge

    SO1 Land Systems , Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
    Major General Charles Palu

    Major General Charles Palu

    Deputy Chief of Staff Plans & Programmes of the Army Staff, French Armed Forces
    Major General Richard 'Ross' Coffman

    Major General Richard 'Ross' Coffman

    Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Mr Christopher  Barrett

    Mr Christopher Barrett

    Executive Director, Army Evaluation Center, US Army Test and Evaluation Command
    Mr Rob Baker

    Mr Rob Baker

    Discipline Lead, Advanced Vehicle Protection, Defence Science and TechnologyGroup

    Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Former Head of Force Protection, British Army
    Brigadier (ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat works as an independent consultant in vehicle systems, electronic countermeasures, surveillance and counter-terrorism technology; he is also a founding director of CSB Defence, a consultancy company operating across a number of technology sectors in defence and security. In both roles, he helps companies to find opportunities and win business. He has spoken at or chaired conferences on vehicle survivability and situational awareness, robotics and autonomous systems, counter-drone and counter-IED.

    Ian went into officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1983. As a Russian graduate, he had a busy Cold War. After that unexpected success, he alternated between mainstream Royal Signals appointments and posts in equipment capability, security and counter-terrorism in the UK and with the United Nations. Highlights of his earlier career including waking up on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall the morning after it came down, and spending his birthday with his Regiment up to his chest in the cold, muddy River Ouse when it flooded York in 2000.

    His final seven years in uniform were spent, first as a colonel and finally as a brigadier, heading Special Projects and Force Protection teams in the UK MOD’s procurement organization, Defence Equipment and Support. Among other areas he was responsible for the UK’s counter-IED systems, force protection surveillance and active protection systems for armoured vehicles.

    Outside work, his interests are fairly standard – travel, languages, military history, archaeology, dogs, shouting at the television, all that sort of thing.

    Brigadier Jon Swift

    Head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability , UK MoD
    Brigadier Jon Swift

    After Commissioning into The Fusiliers in 1995, Brigadier Jon deployed as a Platoon Commander to Bosnia and Northern Ireland. After further time in the Province as a company operations officer, he moved to 2RRF as an armoured infantry company second in command. This was followed by two memorable years as an instructor at the RMA Sandhurst.

    On returning to 1RRF he completed tours as the Operations Officer and officer commanding the Recce Group in 2002, deploying in that role for Op TELIC 1. Moving from one desert to another, this was followed by a year as the British exchange officer at the US Army National Training Centre in California. He was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal in 2004. 

    In 2006 he was posted to Afghanistan to command A Company 2RRF on Op HERRICK 4; he was Mentioned in Despatches in 2007. Company command was followed by two appointments in capability development in the MOD, including as MA to Director Battlespace Manoeuvre and SO2 Protected Mobility.

    On promotion, he deployed as Commander BASTION Training Centre. Subsequent command of 1RRF included Op OLYMPICS and Op HERRICK 18 in 2013, deploying as Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Saraj for which he was awarded the OBE. In 2014 he returned to capability development, first as the senior requirements manager for armoured vehicles in the DE&S and then as the Assistant Head for Capability Plans in Army HQ. He commanded 38 (Irish) Brigade from 2017-2019 and was appointed Head of Ground Manoeuvre capability in Army HQ in October 2019. In September 2020, he was appointed Colonel of the Regiment of The Fusiliers.

    Captain Mark Hoving

    Staff Officer Armored Vehicles Desk, Combat Development Centre for Ground Maneuver, Royal Netherlands Army
    Captain Mark Hoving

    Captain Mark Hoving is staff officer at the Manoeuvre Centre of Knowledge of the Royal Netherlands. Hismain task is being a user representative for
    the Fennek users. Sharing information from the users to the decision makers and vice versa is essential.
    Captain Hoving's experience in the RNLA includes:
    Platoon commander mechanized infantry (CV9035NL)
    Platoon commander anti-tank (FENNEK LRAT)
    Forward Observer Artillery (FENNEK FO)

    Colonel Adrián Benito

    Chief of 8x8 Dragón AFV Program, Spanish MoD
    Colonel Adrián Benito

    CAREER PATH
    2003-2008: Staff Officer at the Medical Directorate of the Army, Madrid, Spain.
    2008-2010: Staff Officer at the Logistics Division of the Army Staff, Madrid, Spain.
    2013-2017
    2010-2013: Chief of Staff of the Army Medical Brigade, Madrid, Spain.
    2017-2019: Plans Branch Chief of the main Operational Logistics Force HQ Mayor Staff,
    A Coruña, Spain.
    2019- : Chief of 8x8 AFV Dragón Programme, SP MOD, Madrid, Spain.
    MISSIONS ABROAD
    2003-2004: Restructuring officer at the SFOR HQ, Sarajevo, BiH.
    2014-2015: CJ Operation Centre Director, at ISAF and Resolute Support missions HQs,
    Herat, Afghanistan.
    2017: Malian Armed Forces Training officer at EUTM, Bamako, Mali.
    ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
    General Officer training course.
    Staff Officer Graduated.
    Logistics High Management Course.
    Mastering In Management of Defense Acquisitions.
    Mother tongue. Spanish.
    English, NATO SLP 3.2.3.2.
    French, NATO SLP 4.3.3.3.
    German, NATO SLP 2.2.2.2.

    Colonel István Ocskay

    Research and Development Director, DCOM, Hungarian Defence Forces Modernization Institute
    Colonel István Ocskay

    Col Ocskay has served in Hungarian Defence Forces for over 35 years. He started his carrier as a weapon repair battalion, armour and vehicle repair platoon commander in 1988. He served as an engineer at Army General Staff for more than 6 years, and fulfilled his first mission in Balkan, IFOR/SFOR. He continued his carrier at Joint Force Command as engineer of Armour and Vehicle Technical Branch of G4. He served under NATO HQ in Naples as a logistic officer of Hungarian National Support Element. He fulfilled many different logistic related positions at HDF J4 Directorate, and later he was pointed out to be the liaison officer at US Joint Force Command in Suffolk, Virginia. In 2014 he was deployed to Afghanistan as head of logistic at Hungarian Military Advisory Team-3 in Masar-e Sharif. Currently he is director of HDF Research and Development Directorate under HDF Modernization Institute, and he is DCOM of this organization. Since 2017 he is deeply involved into “Zrínyi” National Defence and Armed Forces Development Program, as armour and vehicle specialist, logistic expert.

    Dr Martin Hagström

    Programme Manager Weapon and Protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency
    Dr Martin Hagström

    Martin Hagström is a Deputy Research Director at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). Martin is the programme manager of the Weapons and protection area and responsible for the support to the Swedish Armed Forces’ weapons and protection research planning. He has served in several different positions at FOI and participated in a number of national and international research projects. Martin has a background in systems and control and his latest research includes work on regulation and legal aspects of autonomous weapon systems.

    Dr Robert Bayer

    Head of Department, Protection, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Dr Robert Bayer

    Dr. Robert Bayer was born near Augsburg (Germany), is married and has 2 children.
    He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and made his Dissertation at the Aerospace Department
    of the Technical University of Munich.
    He worked at the Pre-development of the vehicles Dingo and Boxer at Krauss-Maffei Munich und as Senior Systems Engineer at
    ARTEC (Consortium for Boxer).
    Currently he is working as Departement Manager in R&D Mechanical Design at Krauss-Maffei Wegmann in Munich.

    Lieutenant Colonel (Name withheld for security reasons)

    , IDF
    Lieutenant Colonel (Name withheld for security reasons)

    Lieutenant Colonel Badea Silviu-Cristian

    Commander 631st Tank Battalion, Romanian Land Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Badea Silviu-Cristian

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    SO1 Heavy Forces, British Army HQ
    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    SO1 Heavy Forces, Capability Ground Manoeuvre Branch, British Army HQ
    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

    Commanding Officer, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce

    Lieutenant Colonel James de St John-Pryce commissioned into the Blues and Royals with a passion for reconnaissance, he served in the Household Cavalry Regiment before stints in training, at mounted duty and in media operations; also as the Operations Officer for the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Iraq.
    After Staff College, he served in the Permanent Joint Headquarters J3 (Operations) before commanding C Squadron HCR. He has also worked in Military Strategic Effects, for the European Training Mission in Mogadishu and on the AJAX programme. More recently he has been in the Joint Force Headquarters.
    Foremost are his passion for flying (fixed winged aircraft), skiing (generally with a small parachute - speed riding) and reforming the Army's least useful anachronisms.
    He assumed command of the Armoured Trials and Development Unit in August 2021.

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Commander, Combat Development Centre for Ground Manoeuver, Royal Netherlands Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke

    Authorized Representative for MRAV BOXER, II-Combat, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, Bundeswehr
    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke

    OTL Boenke, Karlheinz was born on the 7th of July 1963 in MUENCHEN, Bavaria, Germany.
    In 1984 enlisted in the German Army and started his military career in the Maintenance Corps. OTL Boenke attended the officer training from 1986 -1987 in ULM and HANNOVER. After having completed his engineering studies at the University of the Bundeswehr he served as a firing safety officer at the main training area GRAFENWOEHR from 1991 till 1992.
    Further on, amongst other posts, he served as logistics expert in the Army Material Office in BAD NEUENAHR, as a technical officer the Infantry Battalion 322 and as a commander of a training unit at the Technical School in AACHEN.
    He was deployed in the SFOR mission in 1998 as the technical officer of the Field Hospital RAJLOVC (BIH) and in 2006 in the HQ KFOR (KOS) as deputy JOC director.
    Since 2012 OTL Boenke is assigned to the Army Concepts and Capabilities Development
    Centre in KOELN as the authorized army representative for the MRAV BOXER.

    Lieutenant Colonel Luís Carlos Gonçalves Rodrigues

    Operations Officer, Intervention Brigade, Portuguese Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Luís Carlos Gonçalves Rodrigues

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Routledge

    SO1 Land Systems , Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Routledge

    Lt Col Simon Routledge is the Military Adviser to the Land Systems Programme, Dstl’s S&T integration hub undertaking and
    exploiting analysis and research, ensuring UK Land Forces maintain the technical advantage to achieve success on operations. Prior
    to this he served in the Programme Office for the Soldier, Training and Special Programmes Team at DE&S Abbey Wood, focussed
    on dismounted close combat, light mobility, training simulation and specialist user capability procurement. He has light role and
    armoured infantry command experience, has served on the staff and alongside NATO and coalition allies on operations worldwide,
    including the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Major General Charles Palu

    Deputy Chief of Staff Plans & Programmes of the Army Staff, French Armed Forces
    Major General Charles Palu

    Born on 1 October 1964 in Pau (64), he attended the ‘École spéciale militaire’ in Saint-Cyr, « Général Monclar » intake (1984-1987), then chose the Armoured Corps.
    After a year of initial trade training (Troop Leaders’ Course) at the Armoured Corps centre / ‘École d’application de l’arme blindée cavalerie’ in Saumur (EAABC), he served as a Section Commander in the Divisional Reconnaissance Squadron of the ‘7e’ Armoured Division (EED7)’ from 1988 to 1990. His next posting was to the 4th Foreign Legion Regiment ‘4e régiment étranger’ in 1990 where he served initially as a Troop Leader and thereafter, on promotion to Captain in 1991, as Squadron Second in Command. In 1992, he moved to the 1st Foreign Legion Cavalry Regiment / ‘1er régiment étranger de cavalerie’ (1er REC) in Orange (84), initially as Squadron Second in Command then as Squadron Leader of the ‘3e escadron’ between 1993 to 1995. He deployed to Cambodia (UNTAC) in 1992 then the former republic of Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR) in 1995.
    Posted to the joint operations centre in Paris (EMA/COIA), he held a duty officer position whilst preparing for the advanced military scientific and technical studies (EMSST) assessment. He promoted to the rank of Major in 1997 and attended the Advanced Land Weapons Systems course (COSSAT) between 1997 and 1999, prior to completing the Advanced Command and Staff course (CID), 7e intake / promotion from 1999 to 2000.
    He moved to the Army Trials and Development Unit (STAT) as the programme officer responsible for the capability development of « all arms reconnaissance ». He promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel on 1 December 2001 and returned to the EAABC in 2003, where he was responsible for analysing future trends and specifically in relation to armoured warfare. He was then posted to the Ivory Coast in the J5 department of the UNOIC Headquarters between November 2005 and April 2006.
    In the summer of 2006, he moved to Mourmelon (51) to assume command of the 501e – 503e tank regiment (501e-503e RCC) which he commanded until the summer of 2008. He promoted to the rank of Colonel on 1 October 2006 and commanded the DAMAN 2 Battle Group in the Lebanon between February and June 2007.
    He then moved to the Headquarters of the North-East Region as the Head of recruiting, then assumed command of the North East recruitment and selection centre between 2009 and 2010.
    Posted back to the Joint Staff, he returned to the capability department and took responsibility for the “missile and UAV” future development programme until 2013, prior to taking over as the Assistant Head of the Army Headquarters Capability Plans bureau, also responsible for Ground Combat coherence until 2017.
    Promoted to Brigadier on 1 August 2017 he assumed command of the ‘7e’ Armoured Brigade in Besancon until July 2019 prior to moving to the Army Inspectorate as “Inspector General Officer” on 31 July 2019.
    Promoted to Major General on 1 July 2020.
    On 31st July 2020, he was appointed DCOS Plans & Programs of the Army Staff.
    Awarded the ‘croix de la valeur militaire’, Major General Charles PALU is an officer of the ‘Légion d’honneur’, and commander of the National order of Merit / ‘l’ordre national du Mérite’.
    He is married with 6 children.

    Major General Richard 'Ross' Coffman

    Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Major General Richard 'Ross' Coffman

    Major General Ross Coffman is married to Jacqui Coffman, and together they have three daughters: Lindsey, Lauren, and Katelyn.
    Upon graduating from Centre College and completing the University of Kentucky's ROTC program, he was commissioned in to the Armor Corps.
    His company grade years were spent with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, and the NTC Operations Group.
    BG Coffman served as a Field Grade Officer in the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S), the 1st Armored Division, the National Training Center, and twice with the 3rd Infantry Division.
    Prior to his current position, MG Coffman served as the Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver in the 1st Infantry Division with duty in Eastern Europe. He now serves as Director, Next Generation Combat Vehicle - Cross Functional Team (CFT).
    His civilian education includes a Bachelor degree from Centre College, an MBA from Embry Riddle University, and a Graduate Fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

    Mr Alex Koers

    Managing Director, Microflown AVISA
    Mr Alex Koers

    Mr. Alex Koers (1962) obtained his Master degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (1985) and Business Administration (1989) from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
    In his professional career, he worked, among others, for Unilever in Rotterdam and McKinsey & Company in Hamburg and Vienna.
    In 1998, he cofounded Microflown Technologies, focusing on vibroacoustic testing methods for the automotive industry.
    In 2011, he cofounded Microflown AVISA, focusing on 3 D acoustic situational awareness for the defense & security markets.

    Mr Christopher Barrett

    Executive Director, Army Evaluation Center, US Army Test and Evaluation Command
    Mr Christopher  Barrett

    Mr Dan Hankin

    Land Survivability Project Technical Authority , DSTL
    Mr Dan Hankin

    Mr Dan Lindell

    Director Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds
    Mr Dan Lindell

    Mr Lindell holds a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Örebro, Sweden. He has been working with BAE
    Systems Hägglunds since 2004, in 2008 he was appointed Platform Manager for Combat Vehicles. As Platform Manager he is
    responsible for all strategic decisions regarding the CV90 Platform, research and development related to the CV90 and its future
    development.
    Previous positions for Mr Lindell at BAE Systems includes leading the survivability development of the CV9035 for the contract to
    the Netherlands as well as being Head of Technologies.

    Mr Guy Davies

    Capability Manager Vehicle Systems, Electronics, Leonardo
    Mr Guy Davies

    Mr James Harrison

    Marketing and Business Development Director, Advanced Blast and Ballistic Systems
    Mr James Harrison

    Mr Jean Beugels

    Head of TenCate Technical Center EMEA, TenCate Advanced Armour
    Mr Jean Beugels

    Jean Beugels has a chemical engineering background and worked for 20 years in the automotive industry with engineering plastics. In 1996 he entered the ballistic business at DSM Dyneema and developed high end anti-ballistic composites for application in the civil and military vehicles, ships, helicopters and aircraft. In 2006 Jean Beugels started a new challenge at TenCate Advanced Armour, first as new business developer and then built and lead the anti-ballistic Aerospace business with mainly Helicopter and Aircraft OEMs. In de last 3 years he is Head of the TenCate Technical Center Europe for development of cutting edge ballistics solutions for all market segments. Next to the classical anti-ballistic development based on creating and testing of samples, a new supporting tool has been introduced for ballistics “Modelling and Simulation”. With this tool development can be much faster and on a higher level and this will create important advantages for military vehicle manufacturers.

    Mr Matt Aujla

    Business Development Manager, Pearson Engineering
    Mr Matt Aujla

    Mr Rob Baker

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

    Rob Baker completed an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree with honours at the University of Adelaide in 1998 and commenced with Weapons Systems Division at the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) in 2000 into as a Weapons Modeller and Analyst.
    Rob has worked on Army, Navy and Air force programs conducting research and delivering advice and support to acquisition and capability development mainly associated with weapons systems and operational support with a focus on missile systems.
    Rob’s experience and background includes a secondment to UK DSTL in 2007, deployment to Afghanistan as an operations analyst in 2010, probabilistic range safety expertise, and 4 years as an advisor with the Australian Special Forces.
    Since early 2016, Rob has been leading the Active Protection Systems program at DST Group. This has involved conducting research, leading research teams, managing various collaborative programs with partner nations and providing advice to Army and the Land 400 Project on Active Protection systems and Anti-Tank guided missiles.

    Mr Roger Sloman

    Managing Director, Advanced Blast and Ballistic Systems
    Mr Roger Sloman

    Mr Stefan Thelin

    Head of Technology, Engineering, BAE Systems Hägglunds
    Mr Stefan Thelin

    Mr Thelin holds a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from the Mid Sweden University of Sundsvall, Sweden. He has been
    working with BAE Systems since 2001 and in 2008 he was appointed Head of Technology.
    As head of Technology he is responsible for the long term development of key capabilities for our platforms and by that leading
    most of our R&D projects.
    These capabilities is C4I/ISTAR, Mobility, Human Factors, Lethality and Survivability.
    Previous positions for Mr Thelin at BAE Systems includes leading the Electrical system development of the CV9035 as well as being
    Head of Electrical System and Technical Project Manager.

    Professor Bryn James

    Senior Fellow - Dstl Physical Sciences Group, DSTL
    Professor Bryn James

    Professor Bryn James is a physicist. He has spent his career applying knowledge of physics in the field of protection and survivability, in a number of technology areas. He has spent much time investigating the interaction of externally applied forces with solid matter in the field of armour systems, contributing many papers to relevant International Symposia. He has also undertaken significant research and development of precise and accurate timing and frequency technology for defence systems. Bryn is a Senior Fellow in Dstl. He is the Technical Leader for armour research and development, the technical lead for Timing Systems and he is the Head of the Land Integrated Survivability Technology Exploitation Network (LISTEN). He initiated and led the Parsifal programme for operational support in armour and protection for Operation Telic and Operation Herrick. For this he was awarded a MOD Chief Scientific Adviser’s commendation.
     

    Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD
    Senior Official (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Senior Representative

    , FFG
    Senior Representative

    The Flensburg Farhzeugbau Gesellschaft FFG is a leading company in maintenance repair and overhaul, vehicle upgrades, development and production with over 40 years’ experience internationally.
    Headquartered in Flensburg Germany the founding competency of the company was initially in MRO of Bundeswehr vehicles. This sector has expanded with up to depot level maintenance, and customers’ service being available 24/7 all around the world. An example of the multiple international customers served by the FFG include both The United Kingdom and The United States armed forces
    Building on this solid base of MRO experience the FFG began to develop its own upgrade concepts. A prime example is our comprehensive M113 upgrade packages. The FFG can completely rejuvenate and transform this vehicle to meet multiple roles. We have several Powerpack concepts, can stretch the chassis, add additional road-wheels, lift the roof, integrate new Final Drives, new brakes, reinforced suspension, a Composite-Rubber-Tracks, and provide a combat weight of 20 tons (compared to 11.5 tons of the original M113), integrate protection and communication systems and various mission kits FFG has upgraded over 1500 of these vehicles internationally. Other vehicles upgraded include the Wiesel, Pasi and MTLB Our extensive upgrade experience covers both wheeled and tracked platforms of both western and soviet origins.
    The next logical step was to use this experience to create our own vehicle systems: With our Protected Mission Module Carrier PMMC G5, FFG created the first concept of a M113 successor vehicle. This concept was the base for the development of the Norwegian Armoured Combat Support Vehicle ACSV G5. The ACSV G5 is now in serial production with 44 units under contract. In the area of heavy tracked vehicles, FFG produces the WiSENT2 multi-role support vehicle based on the Leopard 2 chassis. The WiSENT2 is already in service with over 5 customers internationally.
    Contact us to explore how The FFG can provide the capability for your missions worldwide.
     

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    ABBS

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.advanced-blast.com

    The ABBS Active Mine Protection System (AMPS™) package is a suite of three systems designed to fully protect the occupants of an armoured vehicle from all the secondary effects of an under-belly mine.

    • Floor Shock. An active system very rapidly removes the vehicle floor from under the seated occupant’s feet, and from under any loose objects on the floor. The floor re-sets to its original position automatically and does not require any maintenance afterwards apart from replacing the energetic cartridges in the actuators.

    • Belly Plate Deformation. A simple passive system using composite reinforcement of a steel belly plate has been developed to minimise the deformation that occurs directly over the mine location. As well as protecting the occupant’s legs by eliminating contact between the belly plate and the floor, this also enables a reduction in the depth of the space that is normally left open between the belly plate and the vehicle floor. Reducing this space claim has significant benefits in terms of vehicle overall height and weight. A 12kg test to AEP55 at 300mm standoff resulted in only 80mm deformation very locally in the belly plate with no deformation at the edges of the belly plate.

    • Global Acceleration. The ABBS VGAM™ (Vehicle Global Acceleration Mitigation) system has been fully proven by testing in the UK during 2017 and in August 2018 by a large-scale test in the USA. The system can completely eliminate Global Acceleration due to the mine blast. The immensely powerful patented, easily fitted, lightweight, Linear Rocket Motor (LRM™) countermeasures initiate in less than 3ms after the mine blast and can deliver nearly all their impulse in another 20 – 30ms to counteract the mine blast lifting forces and keep the vehicle on the ground. The system is being evaluated and developed to TRL6 under a CRADA with TARDEC.

    • New Development – Active Belly Plate System – A new active system designed to counteract the initial high peak of the mine blast force/time curve is being developed. It is anticipated that the system will enable a substantial reduction in belly plate weight which can translate into full 6kg underbelly protection for light commercial vehicles such as a Toyota Land Cruiser at a reasonable weight and cost without the need to use the Linear Rocket Motors to control Global Acceleration.

    • Call Roger Sloman on (+44) 7989381057 or e-mail roger.sloman@advanced-blast.com



    Collins Aerospace

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.kidde-deugra.com/

    Collins Aerospace is a leader in technologically advanced, intelligent solutions that help to redefine the aerospace and defense industry. We dedicate our capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solving customers’ toughest challenges and meeting the demands of the global market. The company employs more than 78,000 people in more than 300 locations worldwide. Kidde Deugra, a part of Collins Aerospace, is an expert in state-of-the-art safety with over 50 years of experience in fire and explosion protection and detection for military vehicles, aircraft technology and aviation. Kidde Deugra is a recognized and reliable partner with the ability to translate individual requirements into efficient solutions. Learn more about our solutions at www.kidde-deugra.com.


    Dyneema

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.dsm.com/dyneema/en_GB/home.html

    Law enforcement, first responders and military service personnel risk their lives every day to keep communities around the world safe. Dyneema® helps protect them while they protect us.

    Dyneema® has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios of any material on Earth, allowing armor solutions to maintain the highest levels of protection without sacrificing user comfort or maneuverability. In fact, DSM works directly with industry-leading armor manufacturers to develop technologies that are fit-for-purpose.

    Beyond continual innovation and collaboration, the lightweight construction of armor made with Dyneema® helps mitigate long-term injuries associated with the cumulative effect of daily armor use – providing protection on the front lines and beyond.



    FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.ffg-flensburg.de

    The Flensburg Farhzeugbau Gesellschaft FFG is a leading company in maintenance repair and overhaul, vehicle upgrades, development and production with over 40 years’ experience internationally.

    Headquartered in Flensburg Germany the founding competency of the company was initially in MRO of Bundeswehr vehicles. This sector has expanded with up to depot level maintenance, and customers’ service being available 24/7 all around the world. An example of the multiple international customers served by the FFG include both The United Kingdom and The United States armed forces.

    Building on this solid base of MRO experience the FFG began to develop its own upgrade concepts. A prime example is our comprehensive M113 upgrade packages. The FFG can completely rejuvenate and transform this vehicle to meet multiple roles. We have several Powerpack concepts, can stretch the chassis, add additional road-wheels, lift the roof, integrate new Final Drives, new brakes, reinforced suspension, a Composite-Rubber-Tracks, and provide a combat weight of 20 tons (compared to 11.5 tons of the original M113), integrate protection and communication systems and various mission kits FFG has upgraded over 1500 of these vehicles internationally. Other vehicles upgraded include the Wiesel, Pasi and MTLB Our extensive upgrade experience covers both wheeled and tracked platforms of both western and soviet origins.

    The next logical step was to use this experience to create our own vehicle systems: With our Protected Mission Module Carrier PMMC G5, FFG created the first concept of a M113 successor vehicle. This concept was the base for the development of the Norwegian Armoured Combat Support Vehicle ACSV G5. The ACSV G5 is now in serial production with 44 units under contract. In the area of heavy tracked vehicles, FFG produces the WiSENT2 multi-role support vehicle based on the Leopard 2 chassis. The WiSENT2 is already in service with over 5 customers internationally.



    Microflown AVISA

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.microflown-avisa.com

    Microflown AVISA provides an acoustic layer in situational awareness for defense & security purposes using passive, acoustic distributed sensing (PADS) for:

    • counter battery target acquisition

    • tank hunting

    • ground based air defense

    • vehicle crew survivability

    Flagship is the CASTLE, a hard wired acoustic subarray, comprising of four Acoustic Multi Mission Sensors that should be installed on the vehicle deck or turret. Using advanced software defined radios, the CASTLEs can create an ad hoc mesh network. The sheer firmware defined capabilities, allowing different missions for different end users, are all enabled by the same hardware. The CASTLE provides a passive, all weather and non-line of sight capability.

    As far as vehicle crew survivability is concerned, capabilities include the detection and localization of:

    • incoming supersonic direct fire, hand held weapons but also larger calibers

    • ATGMs and arrow ammunition being fired

    • heavy ground vehicles maneuvering

    To find out more, please contact avisa@microflown.com or follow us on Linkedin and Youtube MicroflownAVISA



    Pearson Engineering

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.pearson-eng.com/

    Pearson Engineering has a world-proven ability to deliver against the most complex defence and security challenges.

    We are expert in battlefield mobility - breaching, detection, defeat and clearance of mines and explosives as well as combat bridge launch systems, non-lethal counter mobility products and specialised counter terror systems. Further, we deliver special project support, assembly, and manufacturing services for defence programmes from our facility in the UK.

    We are a long-standing supplier of combat engineering equipment and through life support to Armed Forces throughout the world and we have contributed to significant armoured vehicle programmes including the British Army’s Trojan and Terrier capabilities, as well as to the U.S Army’s Assault Breacher Vehicle. Our products range from heavy-duty mine ploughs for main battle tanks through to nimble, protective Counter-IED rollers for light weight vehicles.

    Our products are in constant development to meet the needs of the modern Warfighter and our dedicated Research & Development team are currently working on several novel technologies to both anticipate and respond to future requirements.

    Our Engineers and Project Managers are highly trained and have experience in delivering high-specification, complex engineering products, often against demanding programme requirements and deadlines. We can call upon an established local, national, and international supply chain comprising companies which have proven themselves in some of the world’s biggest defence programmes.

    To find out more, please contact pearson@pearson-eng.com or follow us on Twitter @Pearson_Eng_Ltd.



    TenCate Advanced Armour

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://www.tencateadvancedarmor.com/Platform-survivability/Land-system-survivability

    TenCate Advanced Armour is a global strategic partner in survivability solutions. We support platform manufacturers achieve the highest performance levels with the highest level of protection. Our composite survivability systems enable more mobility, greater range, and more payload for your platform.

    Based on decades of experience in developing, integrating, and manufacturing survivability systems, TenCate Advanced Armour can provide extensive support across all phases of vehicle development. We can produce protection solutions in highly complex shapes and in large sizes to integrate directly with the contours of the platform and retain the native structures. An integral part of our service to our partners is survivability engineering where we support with survivability analysis, ballistic simulation, design, ballistic and environmental certification, integration, installation, and logistics support.

    TenCate Advanced Armour is an OEM-independent company that provides survivability systems to private entities and for large government programmes. We support a global and diverse group of platform manufacturers from our offices and plants across UK, France, Denmark, USA, and Singapore. Our experience in anti-ballistic solutions increases daily and we can boast more than 3.000 ballistic solutions developed and tested and more than 25.000 vehicles protected globally.

    See more about our survivability solutions

    https://www.tencateadvancedarmor.com/Platform-survivability/Land-system-survivability


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    Defense Update highlights worldwide defense programs, including; land warfare covering armor and infantry and support elements,aerospace, naval, C4ISR, EW, Cyber Warfare, intelligence and net-centric warfare, unmanned systems and robotics, and homeland defense. Written by experienced defense journalists from different nations, with contribution by analysts specializing in different fields, Defense Update provides comprehensive coverage of specific defense related topics, including Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV), Future Combat Systems, Aerospace – and unmanned systems as well as robotics and Precision Strike weapons. It also covers in-depth analysis of developing trends in Command, Control, Communications and Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR).


    Epicos

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    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.


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    Counter-IED Report is a leading international subscription-based publication, which covers the latest developments in the fight against the IED threat. We aim to identify technological advances as well as strategies and tactics for countering threat networks, reduce IED manufacture and placement, assist post-conflict humanitarian demining and capacity building efforts worldwide. For more information please visit website: www.counteriedreport.com


    Armada International

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    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.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


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    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.


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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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    The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk


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    RoboticsTomorrow.com is an Online Trade Magazine featuring Products, Companies, News, Articles and Events for the Industrial Automation, Robotics and Unmanned Vehicle industries. With an emphasis on the state of the art and on the horizon technologies that have strong prospects of commercialization, our philosophy is to create an outlet where the industry can share information and report on itself.


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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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    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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