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VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: ONLINE ACCESS ONLY - ALL TIMINGS IN CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME (CET)

The SMi Group is delighted to announce the 7th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe (VIRTUAL/ONLINE ACCESS ONLY) conference taking place on the 17th - 18th May 2021.

Building on the enormous success of SMi’s previous six annual meetings; Future Armoured Vehicles – Central and Eastern Europe 2021, will be an extraordinary international gathering of senior military officers from the region. This forum offers an unparalleled regional platform for programme managers and experts from within the defence industry, to share insight with one another.

Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe 2021 strives to enhance the learning and development of armoured vehicle programme managers and practitioners through briefings and panel discussions. As the only conference dedicated to Hungarian and regional vehicles, we endeavour to deliver genuine insight and learning through the expertly selected participants who run our discussions and panels, ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered in great detail.

This conference will provide an enormous range of insight from many different nations and bring together many senior leaders from within the Hungarian Armed Forces. Briefings during the two-day conference will examine what these nations are doing to enhance and overhaul their fleets of armoured vehicles.

As a crucial modernisation goal for many nations in the region, Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe 2021 will provide a critical insight into what capabilities are being pursued by regional armed forces, reinforcing interoperability and cooperation. In addition to this, the forum provides an unparalleled interface for decision makers to share their goals with industry, and enhancing engagement in national defence projects.

The SMi Virtual Conference Platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • Live and On-Demand speaker content: Get online access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market!
  • Network with all event attendees: Connect, see who’s attending, chat and share contact details with all online delegates, speakers and sponsors.
  • Exhibit a Virtual Booth: Pack your customized booth full of documents and videos, and even show who is manning the booth during the event and who is hosting meetings.
  • Host & Join Meetings & Socials: Join preferred speaking sessions, host your own meetings and even host virtual networking socials with inbuilt Zoom functionality.
  • Hear invaluable keynote briefings delivered by senior military officers in national modernisation programmes
  • Learn about the regional focuses for adopting and integrating new capabilities
  • Listen and engage with high level panel discussions from senior officers
  • Interact with senior industrial leaders to encourage cooperation and engagement
  • Make use of our networking lunch and coffee breaks to gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing armoured vehicle programmes

71st Mechanized Battalion; Austrian MoD; BAE Systems Hagglunds; Cielo Inertial Solutions Ltd; CMI Defence; Collins Aerospace; Croatian Defence Academy; Czech Armed Forces; Czech MoD; Defense Express Media & Consulting Company LLC; Dept of Defense / Army; Diehl Defence; EnerSys Ltd; European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel; Faculty of Military Leadership, University of Defence; FMV; General Dynamics; General Dynamics European Land Systems; German Army; GMRE Inc; Hemi S.R.O; Horstman Defence Systems Limited; Hungarian Defence Forces Command; IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH; Interlink CS; IRTS; Janes Missiles & Rockets; Kidde-Deugra Brandschutzsysteme GmbH; Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS; Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG; Lockheed Martin U K; Microflown AVISA; MILMAG The Military Magazine; MSI-Defence Systems Ltd; Nammo Raufoss; NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA); Nexter Systems; Northrop Grumman Corporation; OCCAR-EA; Parker Hannifin Ltd.; Parker Hannifin Plc; Patria; Pearson Engineering; Plasan Sasa Ltd.; PRAMACOM-HT; PSM Projekt System & Management GmbH; Rafael; Ray Service S R O; Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH; Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles; Slovenian Armed Forces; Soucy Defense Division; Spanish MoD; ST Engineering; Stryker Brigade Combat Team; SVOS Spol s.r.o; The Army of the Czech Republic; U.S. Army ; Ultra; US Army Europe;
 

Conference programme

All timings are in Central European Summer Time (BST+1)

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Modernising and Developing Hungarian Armoured Capabilities for Future Operations

Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi, Deputy Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, HDF, Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC)

• An update on the Zrínyi 2026 Modernisation Program and the impact on Hungary’s armoured defence strategy
• Providing increased mobility and situational awareness for Hungary’s land forces through the new Lynx armoured fighting vehicles
• Future operations and opportunities for Hungary’s Land Forces

9:40 Streamlining the Austrian Armoured Divisions by Implementing New Platforms to Support Future Operations

Major General Norbert Huber

Major General Norbert Huber , Director Armament and Procurement , Austrian MoD

• An update on the 2020-24 modernisation program and future operational requirements
• Procuring and developing the Pandur & BvS10 APCs, and the DINGO-2 IFV to provide further force protection and mobility for dismounted soldiers
• Ensuring the flexibility of Austrian armoured systems through interoperability, mobility, and situational awareness

10:20 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

10:50 Session Reserved For Gold Sponsor, John Cockerill Defense

Mr Bear Midkiff

Mr Bear Midkiff , Vice President Sales & Marketing - Central and Eastern Europe, John Cockerill Defense

11:30 Optimising German Armoured Vehicles for the Digital Age

Brigadier General Frank Pieper

Brigadier General Frank Pieper, Chief Digital Officer Army, German Army Headquarters

• Progress of Land Forces digitisation and modernisation programmes
• German Test and Trial Structures and the System Centre Digitisation Land

12:10 Lunch Break

13:10 Meeting Lithuanian Armoured Vehicle Priorities and Providing Regional Security

Colonel Mindaugas Petkevicius

Colonel Mindaugas Petkevicius, Commander Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Iron Wolf, Lithuanian Armed Forces

• Evaluating the current Lithuanian armoured fleet and its capabilities
• An update on the BOXER/Vilkas procurement project
• Creating effective mechanised combat strategies to dominate urban areas
• A comment on maintaining regional security using mechanised divisions

13:50 Modernizing the Armoured Mechanised Guards Brigade and their MBT Platforms to Meet Modern Combat Requirements

Colonel Valentin Skroza

Colonel Valentin Skroza, Chief, G-3 Armoured Mechanized Brigade, Croatian Army

• An overview of the Croatian Land Forces armoured capabilities
• The M-84 MBT: Current capabilities and future upgrades
• Technologies, methods and strategies for modernising legacy platforms
• Requirements to boost Croatian MBT’s lethality and survivability in modern combat

14:30 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

15:00 Project Management Challenges When Developing Capability

Mr Miha Matek

Mr Miha Matek, Head of Project Management Section, Slovenian Ministry of Defence

• Capability development
• Project requirements
• Acquisition process

15:40 Delivering European Armoured Interoperability to Meet New Threats and Challenges

Mr Mario Blokken

Mr Mario Blokken, Director , European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel

• The mission of the EAIC in promoting European interoperability of land forces and maintaining Euro-Atlantic security
• Developing diverse approaches to land force interoperability in Europe
• Challenges to European interoperability
• A word on maintaining interoperability standards during the COVID pandemic

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

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Generating a Modernised and Interoperable Armoured Force for the Hungarian Army

Major General Laszlo Sticz

Major General Laszlo Sticz, Head of Forces Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command

• Maximising the strength and firepower of Hungarian Armoured Divisions using modernised Leopard II MBT platforms
• Integrating new Ejder Yalçin and Yörük 4x4 armoured combat vehicles to boost infantry effectiveness
• Further proposals for replacing or upgrading legacy armoured vehicles in the Hungarian Armed Forces

9:40 Securing Europe with the Iron Fist of the Danish Army

Brigadier General Henrik Duesberg Lyhne

Brigadier General Henrik Duesberg Lyhne, Commander, 1 Armoured Infantry Battalion, Danish Armed Forces

• The capabilities and mission of the 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade
• Aquisition and procurement plans for future operations
• Armoured interoperability standards between NATO allies
• Future requirements for military operations

10:20 Morning Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

10:50 Fielding Mobile Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles with the 7th Mechanised Brigade

• Our ambitions and CZE commitments to NATO
• 7th mechanized brigade - The highest CZE Army priority
• Achieving heavy brigade capabilities and our road to certification
• Our current status
• Our tasks for next 4 years
 

Colonel Petr Blecha

Colonel Petr Blecha, Deputy Commander, 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech MoD

Colonel Miroslav Vybihal

Colonel Miroslav Vybihal, Chief of Staff, 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech MoD

11:30 Maintaining Mobile and Rapid-Reaction Armoured Infantry Capabilities

Lieutenant Colonel Eero Aija

Lieutenant Colonel Eero Aija, Commanding Officer Scouts Battalion, Estonian Defence Forces
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• An overview of the Scouts Battalion combined arms concept
• Integrating the modular Combat Vehicle 90 IFVs into the Scouts Battalion
• First impression on integrating Robotics Combat Vehicles into Estonian Defence Forces

12:10 Lunch Break

13:10 Maintaining Mission Readiness with Highly Mobile Stryker IFVs

A Senior Representative

A Senior Representative, 2d Cavalry Regiment, US Army Europe

• Current capabilities and structure of the 2d Cavalry Regiment
• Mission and priorities to enhance NATO’s Collective Security
through the Enhanced Forward Presence Operation
• Multi-national training and preparedness
• Freedom of movement in Europe to provide quick reaction
capabilities

13:50 Strategic Opportunities: Collaboration and Interoperability in AFV Development

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page, CO, Armoured Trials & Development Unit (ATDU), British MOD

• Fight Tonight – lessons from Op CABRIT.

• Fight Tomorrow – CR2 LEP, Ajax, Partnered Vehicles.

• The Future – autonomy, novel technology, sustainability.

• Opportunities for collaboration, learning and pioneering together

14:30 Afternoon Networking Break on the SMi Conference Portal

15:00 BOXER - Looking Ahead

Mr Stefan Lischka

Mr Stefan Lischka, Managing Director, ARTEC GmbH

• BOXER - truly international
• State of the art capabilities
• "The sky is the limit"
• "Leverage the growth potential"
• "Cross the gap"
• "Firepower, protection and mobility"

15:40 Developing the Next Generation of Multi Role Armoured Vehicles - The Boxer

• Updates from the Boxer Systems Group – NSPA & OCCAR
• Boxer IFV capabilities
• The development and series production for the current and future vehicle types
• The In-Service Support of the Boxer fleet

Mr Marc Nuijten

Mr Marc Nuijten, Boxer System Group Manager, Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office (LM), NATO Support and Procurement Agency

A Senior Representative

A Senior Representative, BOXER Programme Division, OCCAR-EA

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

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Brigadier General Frank Pieper

Brigadier General Frank Pieper

Chief Digital Officer Army, German Army Headquarters
Brigadier General Henrik Duesberg Lyhne

Brigadier General Henrik Duesberg Lyhne

Commander, 1 Armoured Infantry Battalion, Danish Armed Forces
Colonel Mindaugas Petkevicius

Colonel Mindaugas Petkevicius

Commander Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Iron Wolf, Lithuanian Armed Forces
Colonel Valentin Skroza

Colonel Valentin Skroza

Chief, G-3 Armoured Mechanized Brigade, Croatian Army
Lieutenant Colonel Eero Aija

Lieutenant Colonel Eero Aija

Commanding Officer Scouts Battalion, Estonian Defence Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page

CO, Armoured Trials & Development Unit (ATDU), British MOD
Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

Deputy Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, HDF, Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC)
Major General Laszlo Sticz

Major General Laszlo Sticz

Head of Forces Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
Major General Norbert Huber

Major General Norbert Huber

Director Armament and Procurement , Austrian MoD
Mr Mario Blokken

Mr Mario Blokken

Director , European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel
Mr Miha Matek

Mr Miha Matek

Head of Project Management Section, Slovenian Ministry of Defence

A Senior Representative

BOXER Programme Division, OCCAR-EA
A Senior Representative

A Senior Representative

2d Cavalry Regiment, US Army Europe
A Senior Representative

Brigadier General Frank Pieper

Chief Digital Officer Army, German Army Headquarters
Brigadier General Frank Pieper

Brigadier General Henrik Duesberg Lyhne

Commander, 1 Armoured Infantry Battalion, Danish Armed Forces
Brigadier General Henrik Duesberg Lyhne

Colonel Mindaugas Petkevicius

Commander Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Iron Wolf, Lithuanian Armed Forces
Colonel Mindaugas Petkevicius

Colonel Miroslav Vybihal

Chief of Staff, 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech MoD
Colonel Miroslav Vybihal

Colonel Petr Blecha

Deputy Commander, 7th Mechanised Brigade, Czech MoD
Colonel Petr Blecha

Colonel Valentin Skroza

Chief, G-3 Armoured Mechanized Brigade, Croatian Army
Colonel Valentin Skroza

Lieutenant Colonel Eero Aija

Commanding Officer Scouts Battalion, Estonian Defence Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Eero Aija

Lieutenant Colonel Eero Aija was commissioned to the Scouts Battalion as mechanised infantry officer in 2005 where he served as as infantry platoon leader, a company second-in-command and later on as an officer commanding. During which, he was deployed three times to Helmand Province in Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick. After being promoted to major in 2015 he served has battalion chief operations officer and was part of directing staff in Military Academy. Before taking the command of Scouts Battalion in 2019, he served as staff officer in Estonian Defence Forces Headquarters, where he was responsible of the mechanisation program of the infantry units. He holds master’s degree in military leadership from the Estonian Military Academy and he is a graduate of French War College in Paris.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page

CO, Armoured Trials & Development Unit (ATDU), British MOD
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page

Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

Deputy Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces, HDF, Hungarian Defence Forces Command (HDFC)
Lieutenant General Gabor Borondi

Major General Laszlo Sticz

Head of Forces Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command
Major General Laszlo Sticz

Major General Norbert Huber

Director Armament and Procurement , Austrian MoD
Major General Norbert Huber

Mindaugas Petkevicius

Brigade Commander, Mechanized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf"
Mindaugas Petkevicius

Col. Mindaugas Petkevicius received his commission as an Infantry Officer from the Lithuanian Military Academy in 1996. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course (USA), Combined Arms Tactical Course (GBR), Joint Operations Planning Course (GBR), Command and General Staff College (EST) and Army War College (USA).
Before taking over the command of Iron Wolf Brigade, col M. Petkevicius served as a Deputy Commander Land Forces
Previous non-command assignments include service as an Infantry Platoon Leader/instructor at NCO academy; project officer in establishing training regimen and adapting NCO school training program to NATO standards, Mec. Infantry Company XO, S3 of Algirdas Mech. Inf. Battalion, and as part of Battalion mission deployed to Afghanistan and served in Provincials Reconstruction Team as Chief J3; finally, he served in Joint HQs as Staff Officer Land, Joint Force Command Brunssum (NLD NATO) and Chief J3/5 branch, Joint Staff (LTU).
His command assignments include: Commanding Officer, Training Company, Training Regiment; Commanding Officer, 2 Company, Algirdas Mech. Inf. Battalion, Iron Wolf Brigade; Commanding Officer, Algridas Mech. Inf. Battalion, Iron Wolf Brigade and Deputy Commander, NATO Force Integration Unit Lithuania.
Col. Mindaugas Petkevicius holds a Master of Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College and Bachelor of Management and Business from the University of Technology, Kaunas, LTU. His awards and decorations include the Ministry of Defense Medal for Distinguish Service, Armed Forces Medal of Merit, Armed Forces Medal for Distinguish Service, Land Forces Medal for Distinguish Service, MOD Medal of Merit for participation in international mission (AFG), International Security Assistant Force Medal, Honor Bange of Iron Wolf Brigade and various commendations including PM of Lithuania and NATO Commanders.
Colonel is married to Giedre and have a daughter Aura. During free time Mindaugas enjoy active lifestyle while snowboarding and kitesurfing, with occasional break for good pipe Tabaco or cigar. Also, he likes to read on military history and leadership.
 

Mr Bear Midkiff

Vice President Sales & Marketing - Central and Eastern Europe, John Cockerill Defense
Mr Bear Midkiff

Mr Marc Nuijten

Boxer System Group Manager, Air and Land Combat Systems Programme Office (LM), NATO Support and Procurement Agency
Mr Marc Nuijten

Mr Mario Blokken

Director , European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel
Mr Mario Blokken

Mr Miha Matek

Head of Project Management Section, Slovenian Ministry of Defence
Mr Miha Matek

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ARTEC

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http://www.artec-boxer.com/index.php?id=home

ARTEC GmbH was founded in the year 1999 and is a Joint Venture of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Rheinmetall Landsysteme and Rheinmetall Military Vehicles Nederland. ARTEC is responsible for the BOXER development programme for Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland acting as the prime contractor. The company is further in charge of the co-ordination of series production and is the focal point organisation for any BOXER export cases.

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Soldier Modernisation (SoldierMod.Com) is an authoritative policy and technology publication for the international defense community, serving the integrated equipment needs of the dismounted soldier and marine in operations today and the fielding of Soldier Modernisation Programmes over the next few years. SoldierMod.Com is designed to provide insights into how decision makers plan to transform operations in the areas of survivability, sustainability, C4I, lethality and mobility; managing the balance between the promise of 'leap-ahead technology balance and mature cost effective solutions. SoldierMod is distributed in many formats which will include an 50 page journal 10,000 copies BPA Audited, twice annually , in January and June Our Website www.soldiermod.com , Has a 24 hour news service , anytime ( currently at over 20,000 individual visits per month ) . We also have an online technical forum where anyone in the industry can ask us strategic or technological questions , our partners and experts will respond directly back.


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Army Technology

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Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


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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.

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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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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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