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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

 

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;
 

Focus Day programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Tom Newbery

Mr Tom Newbery, Active Protection Research Technical Authority, DSTL, UK MoD

9:00 Developments made in Developing and Integrating a Modular Integrated Protection System

Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey, SO1 Heavy Forces, British Army

  • 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
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    9:40 Exploiting Developments in Active Protection Systems

    Mr Tom Newbery

    Mr Tom Newbery, Active Protection Research Technical Authority, 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
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Assessing the Vehicle Protection Systems Considerations of the Australian Land Forces and Improving Operational Effectiveness through the Integration of APS

    Mr Rob Baker

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

  • Assessing the research and development of the Australian DoD in applying APS and the findings from testing
  • The Australian approach to APS, wider vehicle protection system considerations and integrating enhanced situational awareness components for greater survivability
  • The future of APS on Australian armor platforms and developing a coherent integrated mission system
  • 12:10 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 Stanislav Rolc

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

    Dr Jan Krestan

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

    12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Session Reserved for Sponsor, Advanced Blast and Ballistic Systems (ABBS)

    Mr Roger Sloman

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

    14:30 Optimising Israeli Armoured Platforms through Bespoke Active Protection Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel (name withheld for security reasons)

    Lieutenant Colonel (name withheld for security reasons), , IDF

  • Reviewing the demands on the Israeli Defence Forces during deployments
  • Developing, testing, and applying rugged, proven active protection systems to enhance capacity
  • Operational takeaways and lessons learned
  • 15:10 PANEL DEBATE: The Future of Active Protection Systems

  • Assessing the current and future operating climates for armoured vehicles driving capability requirements
  • The role of APS in a complete, integrated survivability suite
  • Industry collaboration to create an open architecture, modular system of systems
  • Developing APS to create a comprehensive integrated mission system
     
  • Mr Tom Newbery

    Mr Tom Newbery, Active Protection Research Technical Authority, DSTL, UK MoD

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey, SO1 Heavy Forces, British Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

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

    Lieutenant Colonel (name withheld for security reasons)

    Lieutenant Colonel (name withheld for security reasons), , IDF

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 Evaluating the US Army Armored Vehicles Active Protection Systems Portfolio

    Senior Official

    Senior Official, Active Protection Systems, US Army*

  • Balancing the need for different systems to overcome different threat profiles
  • Data and cyber implications of target identification and response
  • Managing interoperability considerations and ensuring different systems on different vehicles work coherently and efficiently
  • 17:00 Implementing a Mission-Ready Vehicle Protection Suite and the Operational Uplifts Resulting

    Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Kerim Serkan  Simais

    Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Kerim Serkan Simais, Specialist-Land Platforms , Undersecretariat for Defence Industry (SSB)*

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

     

  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr Tom Newbery

    Mr Tom Newbery, Active Protection Research Technical Authority, DSTL, UK MoD

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    SO1 Heavy Forces, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

    Commander, Combat Development Centre for Ground Manoeuver, Royal Netherlands Army
    Mr Rob Baker

    Mr Rob Baker

    Discipline Lead, Advanced Vehicle Protection, Australian Defence Science and TechnologyGroup
    Mr Tom Newbery

    Mr Tom Newbery

    Active Protection Research Technical Authority, DSTL, UK MoD

    Dr Jan Krestan

    Materials Engineering Division , Czech Military Research Institute
    Dr Jan Krestan

    Dr Stanislav Rolc

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

    Lieutenant Colonel (name withheld for security reasons)

    , IDF
    Lieutenant Colonel (name withheld for security reasons)

    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    SO1 Heavy Forces, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Damian Bailey

    Lieutenant Colonel Jeroen van Rantwijk

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

    Mr Rob Baker

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

    Mr Roger Sloman

    Managing Director, Advanced Blast and Ballistic Systems
    Mr Roger Sloman

    Mr Tom Newbery

    Active Protection Research Technical Authority, DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr Tom Newbery

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    VENUE

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    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.

     

    A number of our clients have been approached by third party organisations offering to book hotel rooms. We would advise that you do not book through them as they are not representing the SMi Group. SMi Group books all hotel rooms directly. If you are approached by a third party organisation then please contact us before making any bookings. If you have already booked a hotel room using a third party organisation, we would highly recommend contacting the hotel you were booked into to ensure a booking has been made for you. We would also advise you to please check the terms and conditions of the booking carefully.
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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    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.


    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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    United Kingdom

    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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    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:

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    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.

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