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SMi Group are proud to host the sixth annual Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems, taking place as a virtual online conference on 2nd and 3rd June 2021.

After many years of NATO allied nations engaging in combat against largely dismounted insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the recent doctrinal pivot towards fighting mechanized, nation-state competitors requires both technical and strategic cooperation. By design, light infantry forces sacrifice certain capabilities in order to maximize flexibility and mobility. It is therefore vital that programme managers, technical directors and industry work together to maximise lethality, standoff, and capability from modernised tank battalions to the light infantry brigade. Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems 2021 returns to provide a vital platform where international military leaders, along with industry decision makers can discuss and cooperate on efforts and build cohesion in the market.

Whether you want to hear from leading armoured vehicle programme managers, officers involved in innovative beyond line of sight fire systems, experts of delivering network enabled capability within armoured vehicles, or updates on the latest turret, weapon systems and munitions being developed, Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems 2021 is the ideal conference to attend in order to return to your team with a set of strategies and solutions to advance your future capability.
 

  • Keynote briefings from senior managers of leading armoured vehicle programmes from across the NATO-aligned world
  • A unique emphasis on developing versatile lethality capabilities by exploiting open electronic architectures and a modular approach to weapon system integration
  • Focused and high-level discussion featuring technical managers and project engineers from both military and industry
  • Generating knowledge and expertise following recent procurement processes within international militaries
  • Virtual participation, meaning you can access all content and networking from the comfort and safety of your own home

AFV; Aselsan; BAE Systems; BAE Systems Hägglunds AB; British Army; CMI Defence; CTA International; Curtiss-Wright Antriebstechnik GmbH; DE&S; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl); DGA; DIT DSO Export Support Team ; Embassy of Ukraine; Freelance Journalist; High Commission of India; IMP Castle Associates Limited; InnaLabs; John Cockerill Defense; L3; Leonardo; Leonardo Defence Systems; LEONARDO, Land and Naval Defence; Lockheed Martin U K; Lockheed Martin Uk (L M U K); MBDA; MILMAG The Military Magazine; Nexter Group; Nexter Training ; NEXTER-SYSTEMS Head Office; Pearson Engineering; Pleora Technologies Inc; Presidency of Defence Industries; Presidency of the republic of Turkey, Presidency of Defence Industries; Rheinmetall; Sri Lanka Army, Ministry of Defence ; Swedish Defence Materiel Administration; Swedish Land Warfare Centre; Thinke Company Ltd; TNO; UAE GHQ; Ultra Electronics ; Undersecretariat for Defence Industry ; US Army; UVision Air Ltd; Vetronics Research Centre; Wittenstein Motion Control Gmb H;

AFV; Aselsan; BAE Systems; BAE Systems Hägglunds AB; British Army; CMI Defence SA; CTA International; Curtiss-Wright Antriebstechnik GmbH; DE&S; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl); DGA; DIT DSO Export Support Team ; Embassy of Ukraine; Freelance Journalist; High Commission of India; IMP Castle Associates Limited; InnaLabs; John Cockerill Defense; L3; Leonardo; Leonardo Defence Systems; LEONARDO, Land and Naval Defence; Lockheed Martin U K; Lockheed Martin Uk (L M U K); MBDA; MILMAG Defense & Space; Nexter Group; Nexter Training ; NEXTER-SYSTEMS Head Office; Pearson Engineering; Pleora Technologies Inc; Presidency of Defence Industries; Presidency of the republic of Turkey, Presidency of Defence Industries; Rheinmetall; Sri Lanka Army, Ministry of Defence ; Swedish Defence Materiel Administration; Swedish Land Warfare Centre; Thinke Company Ltd; TNO; UAE GHQ; Ultra; Undersecretariat for Defence Industry ; US Army; UVision Air Ltd; Vetronics Research Centre; Wittenstein Motion Control Gmb H;

Conference programme

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

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

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

9:15 Enhancing Lethality for British Infantry Fighting Vehicles: The 40mm Cased Telescoped Armament System (CTAS)

• Reviewing advancements on the British Army’s integration of the CTAS on the AJAX
• The importance of collaborating effectively with industry and allied nations
• Outlining future priorities for the CTAS programme to optimise lethality on British IFV

Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Hanlon

Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Hanlon, 40mm Cannon Team Leader, DE&S, UK MOD

9:45 Integrating Effective Weapon Systems Across Australian Armoured Vehicle Platforms for Stronger Close Combat Capabilities

• Assessing armament options and capabilities available across current Australian armoured vehicles
• Appraising remote firepower options for more effective close combat support
• Future plans for Australian AFV weapon systems updates

Lieutenant Colonel J. Brendon Taylor

Lieutenant Colonel J. Brendon Taylor, Deputy Director, Armoured Fighting Vehicle Program, Australian Army
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10:15 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

10:45 Morning Break

11:15 Updates on the Spanish Army’s 8x8 VCR Procurement – The Dragón and It’s Weapon Systems

• Updates on the Spanish MOD’s Dragón Programme
• The role of the Dragón 8x8 VCR in support of Spanish Army mechanised infantry
• Overview of the current targeting, fire control, battle management and armament systems integrated into the VCR
• Future development plans to integrate new capabilities into the platform, with particular focus on sensors and weapon systems

Colonel Adrián Benito

Colonel Adrián Benito, Chief of Program, 8x8 Dragón AFV, Spanish Ministry Of Defence

11:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:15 A Technical Assessment of the EBRC JAGUAR Integrated Weapon Systems Capabilities

• Overview of the French Army’s new Armoured Reconnaissance and Combat Vehicle, the JAGUAR EBRC
• Working with allied nations on the development and trials of the CTAS 40mm cannon
• Integrating missile launch capabilities for greater range and anti-tank capabilities for enhanced survivability
• Addressing the balance between mobility and lethality

Captain Thomas Zundel

Captain Thomas Zundel, Technical Manager JAGUAR, DGA Land Systems
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Mr Florian Wiss

Mr Florian Wiss, Technical Manager 40 CTCA and JAGUAR Lethality Manager , DGA Land Systems
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12:45 Networking Lunch on the SMi Conference Portal

13:45 Technical Updates on the 40 mm Cased Telescoped Armament System (40 CTAS) and its Advantages for Future AFVs

Mr Pierre Magnan

Mr Pierre Magnan, Director of Engineering, CTA International
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• Advantages of the 40mm Cased Telescoped Armament System (CTAS) for infantry fighting and close combat engagements
• Upgrading and developing new ammunition (A3B-T, APFSDS-T, GPR-PD-T) increase lethality and reduce the number of rounds for an effective target kill
• Integrating the 40 CTAS into the French JAGUAR Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle programme and the British AJAX and WARRIOR IFV programmes
• Future priorities for ballistics design to maximise armoured vehicle lethality

14:15 Expanding Traditional AFV Weapon Capabilities to Guarantee the Battlefield Dominance of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle

Brigadier General Richard Coffman

Brigadier General Richard Coffman, Director - Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
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• Providing an overview of the current work of Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team
• Maximising weapon system effectiveness to allow American Soldiers to dominate the future battlefield
• Integrating enhanced targeting systems to utilise artificial intelligence and sensors to autonomously engage hostile targets
• Discussing the future development priorities for the NGCV CFT

14:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor

15:15 Afternoon Break

15:45 Development of Armoured (Light) Infantry Vehicles in the Bundeswehr to Support Operations and Enhance Lethality

Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke

Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke, Authorized Army Representative for MRAV BOXER, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, Bundeswehr
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  • Overview of recent advancements to the Boxer MRAV and other German IFVs
  • Increasing lethality through upgraded weapon systems, including the Boxer IFV’s FLW-200 remote weapon station
  • Future plans and developments for enhancing armoured vehicle capabilities in the Bundeswehr
  • 16:15 Future Armoured Vehicles - Swedish Defence Research Perspective

  • Overview of current research and development into Future Armoured Vehicles
  • Testing and trialling advanced weapon systems
  • Future plans and goals for the FOI in terms of AFV developments
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    Dr Martin Hagström

    Dr Martin Hagström, Programme Manager Weapons and Protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency - FOI
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    16:45 Decentralised Mixed-Criticality Architectures for UGV Platforms

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis, Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre EU
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    • Centralised vs Decentralised processing UGV electronic architectures and their safety & security, performance, and cost implications
    • Supporting off-platform asynchronous human-in-the-loop control of autonomous UGV weapon systems
    • Supporting secure cross-platform UGV communication via non-military wireless networks

    17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

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

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

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

    9:15 Upgrading Future Armoured Vehicle Capabilities to Support NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Operations in Europe

    Brigadier General Matthew J. Van Wagenen

    Brigadier General Matthew J. Van Wagenen, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
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    • The importance of enhanced armoured vehicle weapon systems for fire superiority and overmatch
    • The need to create and invest in better-suited AFV ammunition to support the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in operations
    • Discussing the ongoing priorities for NATO’s ARRC
    • Combat Ready: the ARRC’s role as NATO’s War Fighting Corps at readiness

    9:45 Assessing Weapon Systems Requirements and Capabilities for Current and Future British Armoured Fighting Vehicle Platforms

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page, Commanding Officer, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
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    • Overview of ATDU efforts in testing and evaluating weapon systems requirements for armoured vehicles
    • Conducting armoured trials to assess current weapon systems and develop future capabilities
    • Overcoming the challenges of testing weapon systems to ensure the British Army has tested lethality capabilities to match near peers

    10:15 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:45 Morning Break

    11:15 Leveraging Science and Technology to Develop UK Armoured Vehicle Weapon Systems and Enhance Lethality

    Major Rory Trevis

    Major Rory Trevis, Military Advisor, Weapon Systems Group , DSTL, UK MoD
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    • Exploiting science and technology research to increase future weapon system advantages
    • Improving situational awareness for AFV crew to maintain lethality in contested urban environments
    • Research and development goals to meet the British Army’s future requirements

    11:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:15 Project Streetfighter: Modernising the Challenger 2 MBT through Collaboration with Industry to Maximise Lethality

    Captain Tom Quant

    Captain Tom Quant, Regimental Intelligence Officer and Project Streetfighter Lead, Royal Tank Regiment, British Army
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    • Creating an Uplift Portfolio: identifying capability gaps between the CR2 and other AFVs and liaising with industry to find potential solutions to bridge these gaps
    • Utilising remote weapon systems to engage small to medium size targets
    • Targeted upgrades to enhance AFV lethality in urban environments – a new Remote Weapon Station with enhanced rate of fire, greater angle of elevation, and superior targeting and sight systems for target acquisition

    12:45 Networking Lunch on the SMi Conference Portal

    13:45 Developing Advanced AFV Gun Turret Systems to Enhance Survivability and Lethality

    • Overview of FNSS’s ongoing research and development into advanced gun turret systems, including the TEBER-30, SABER, and ARCT
    • Enhancing survivability: applications of remote-controlled turret systems to reduce the risk to on-board AFV crew
    • Operating on-board computer systems to advance fire control capability and increase the first-round-hit probability for targets, ensuring more effective ammunition utilisation

    Mr M. Serkan Balbay

    Mr M. Serkan Balbay, Vetronics & Weapon Systems Director, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S.
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    Mr Gökhan Özyurt

    Mr Gökhan Özyurt, Manager, Weapon Systems Design, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S.
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    14:15 Increasing Mission Efficiency of Next-Generation Armoured Combat Vehicles: The CARMEL Future Combat Vehicle Program

    Senior Representative (Name Witheld for Security Reasons)

    Senior Representative (Name Witheld for Security Reasons), Carmel FCV Programme, Israeli MOD

    • Carmel-1 Demo Recap: Reduced Crew, Under-Armor Operation, Integrated Situation Awareness and System Operation
    • Carmel 2.0 Program Highlights
    • On-Board and Off-Board Capabilities (Manned-Unmanned Teaming - MUM-T)
     

    14:45 Utilising Enhanced Optics/Optoelectronics to Improve the Strike Capabilities of Combat Vehicles

    Mr Sebastian Strecker

    Mr Sebastian Strecker, Branch Chief, Branch 520 - Optics/Optoelectronics, Battlefield Reconnaissance, Bundeswehr Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunition (WTD 91)
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    • Assessing the impact of optical/optoelectronical performance on fighting capability
    • Overcoming the challenge of enhancing sensor performance whilst also minimising vehicle signature to avoid detection by the enemy
    • Integrating advanced optical/optoelectronical systems to increase the operational range and lethality of combat vehicles

    15:15 Afternoon Break

    15:45 Developments and Upgrades to the CV90 and its Weapon Systems

    Mr Edvard Kleberg

    Mr Edvard Kleberg, Manager Weapon Systems, BAE Systems Hägglunds AB
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    • Current ammunition systems in use with the 40mm autocannon: how does operating in cold, wooded terrain affect the operation of systems?
    • Upgraded turret systems for faster target acquisition and accuracy
    • Integrating remote and optionally manned turret systems to support operations and enhance survivability

    16:15 Research and Development for Greater Beyond Line of Sight Firepower Capabilities

    Mr Wim de Ruijter

    Mr Wim de Ruijter, Senior Scientist, TNO

    • An S&T perspective on the development of new technology for greater beyond-line of sight firepower capabilities
    • Achieving greater range and accuracy in indirect fire
    • Testing and evaluating beyond-line of sight weapon systems
    • The challenges of integrating indirect fire systems onto armoured platforms: ensuring all round survivability and armour requirements

    *Subject to Final Confirmation

    16:45 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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    Brigadier General Matthew J. Van Wagenen

    Brigadier General Matthew J. Van Wagenen

    Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
    Brigadier General Richard Coffman

    Brigadier General Richard Coffman

    Director - Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Captain Thomas Zundel

    Captain Thomas Zundel

    Technical Manager JAGUAR, DGA Land Systems
    Colonel Adrián Benito

    Colonel Adrián Benito

    Chief of Program, 8x8 Dragón AFV, Spanish Ministry Of Defence
    Lieutenant Colonel J. Brendon Taylor

    Lieutenant Colonel J. Brendon Taylor

    Deputy Director, Armoured Fighting Vehicle Program, Australian Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Hanlon

    Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Hanlon

    40mm Cannon Team Leader, DE&S, UK MOD
    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke

    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke

    Authorized Army Representative for MRAV BOXER, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, Bundeswehr
    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page

    Commanding Officer, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat

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

    Brigadier General Matthew J. Van Wagenen

    Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
    Brigadier General Matthew J. Van Wagenen

    Brigadier General Van Wagenen assumed his role as the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) at the Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) in November 2019.

    He Commissioned into Armor in 1991 and has since served in a wide variety
    of positions throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and has deployed
    on multiple Combat assignments.

    Prior to BG Van Wagenen assuming his post with the HQ ARRC, he was the DCG 3rd (UK) Division and DCG 1CD Ft Hood, Texas.

    He Commanded A. Company 1-64 Armor, 1st Battalion 34th Armor, 4th Squadron
    4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Armored Brigade Combat Team, and Task
    Force Southeast, Afghanistan.

    BG Van Wagenen has also served as the G3 for 1st Infantry Division and the
    J3 of Regional Command-East, Afghanistan.

    He's held a fellowship at the George C. Marshall Center for European
    Security Studies Garmisch Germany and is a graduate of Marquette University and
    holds a Master in Military Studies.

    His awards include the Combat Action Badge, and the Bronze Star Medal with
    Valor and the Silver Medallion Order of ST George.

    BG Van Wagenen enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Stefanie Van Wagenen, his two children, and their family dog.

    He loves the Pittsburgh Steelers, Skiing and British Ale.

    Brigadier General Richard Coffman

    Director - Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Brigadier General Richard Coffman

    BG 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.
    Most recently, BG Coffman served as the Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver in the 1st Infantry Division with duty in Eastern Europe.
    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.

    Captain Thomas Zundel

    Technical Manager JAGUAR, DGA Land Systems
    Captain Thomas Zundel

    Captain (Armament Engineer Corps) Thomas Zundel graduated in 2012 from ENSTA-BRETAGNE, a French engineering school, in mechanical and pyrotechnical specialty.

    He has been working for the French DGA since his graduation, in the technical center of Bourges DGA-TT (DGA Land Systems). He started his career as a pyrotechnic test officer in artillery and artillery ammunition domains. Then, he worked as expert and technical manager on 155 mm ammunition programs. Since mid-2020, he has worked on the JAGUAR vehicle as technical manager.
     

    Captain Tom Quant

    Regimental Intelligence Officer and Project Streetfighter Lead, Royal Tank Regiment, British Army
    Captain Tom Quant

    Captain Tom Quant spent 3 years as a Challenger 2 Troop Leader before taking over as the Intelligence Officer for the Royal Tank Regiment. Since September 2018 he has been the Lead Officer for the Streetfighter Project; a soldier-led, unit-level innovation venture to upgrade the warfighting capabilities of the UK’s current Main Battle Tank, should it need to deploy on operations before its Life Extension Programme takes effect. Initially focused on optimising the platform for urban warfare, the project has since expanded to cover the full spectrum of combat, and has established partnerships with a range of defence firms, including Rheinmetall, Elbit, MBDA and FN Herstal. The project has several product streams designed to enhance CR2’s lethality, survivability and combat-teaming capabilities, including ATGM under-armour, MUM-T and situational awareness systems.

    Colonel Adrián Benito

    Chief of Program, 8x8 Dragón AFV, Spanish Ministry Of Defence
    Colonel Adrián Benito

    Dr Martin Hagström

    Programme Manager Weapons and Protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency - FOI
    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 Periklis Charchalakis

    Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre EU
    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis is the Technical Director of Vetronics Research Centre UK and Vetronics Research Centre EU. Since 2004 at the Vetronics Research Centre UK he has worked on several UK DSTL funded military land-systems fundamental research programmes, and on UK government funded information security research & development programmes. Since 2020 at the Vetronics Research Centre EU he has been working on EC EDIDP and EDA research programmes on Modular UGV and Active Protection System architectures. His areas of expertise are high-integrity embedded systems, safety & security architectures for military vehicle platform, low-latency secure embedded communication networks, and embedded systems offensive & defensive cybersecurity.

    Edvard Kleberg

    Manager, Weapons and Fire Control Systems, BAE Systems Hägglunds AB
    Edvard Kleberg

    Edvard Kleberg, 47 years old. Retired officer within the Swedish Armed Forces. Still active as reserve officer upon request. Background in reconnaissance, anti-tank and mechanized units.
    Responsible for all turret- weapon solutions at BAE Systems Hagglunds since 2010 and the latest delivered developed and delivered system is the GRKPBV90 to the Swedish Armed Forces.

    Lieutenant Colonel J. Brendon Taylor

    Deputy Director, Armoured Fighting Vehicle Program, Australian Army
    Lieutenant Colonel J. Brendon Taylor

    Lieutenant Colonel Taylor is an Australian Army Infantry Officer working within the Capability and Project Management field. Lieutenant Colonel Taylor is currently serving within the Australian Army Headquarters as the Deputy Director of the Land Combat Vehicle Program. The program works on behalf of Army Headquarters as the Capability Manager for armoured vehicles—focused on the introduction of a new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, selection of a new Infantry Fighting Vehicle and upgrades to Heavy Armoured Capabilities. Lieutenant Colonel Taylor’s capability management experience is complimented by contemporary leadership roles within Australian mechanised infantry units.

    Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Hanlon

    40mm Cannon Team Leader, DE&S, UK MOD
    Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Hanlon

    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Karlheinz Boenke 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 Robert Page

    Commanding Officer, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Page

    Lieutenant Colonel Rob Page is an experienced armoured soldier, strategist and coach. Rob commissioned in 2001 into the Royal Dragoon Guards serving the next seven years at Regimental Duty on Challenger 2, OPFOR CVR(T) and dismounted on Op TELIC 5. He finished his time as Operations Officer for a BATUS validation exercise and deployed on Op TELIC 11. Rob returned to armoured soldiering with the Second Royal Tank Regiment, converting his commission to become a ‘Tankie’, which included another stint as OPFOR, force generating as an Operations Company for Op HERRICK 18. Rob’s last armoured experience was as Chief of Staff of BATUS from 2014-2016 as the Senior Range Conducting Officer and Observer Mentor training all three Armoured Infantry Brigades and associated Combat Service Support Battle Groups. Rob has completed over 16 BATUS exercises in one form or other.
    Rob’s time on the staff has been mainly in operational plans and Defence strategy. He served at HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and HQ ISAF Joint Command from 2010-2012. He led the Operational Plans team at ISAF Joint Command and co-authored the theatre level operational plans throughout 2011. His last staff role was in Defence Strategy and Priorities in the Ministry of Defence working on the Cabinet Office led National Security Capabilities Review, the Modernising Defence Programme and Defence Innovation. This included a six-month secondment to the Russia and Wider Europe Integrated Policy and Strategy team refreshing HMG and MoD strategy in this area.
    Rob is studying for a doctorate in Defence Studies and his thesis considers the role of elites in commemorating the First World War in post-war and centennial Britain. Rob is a trustee of the “3 Pillars Project”, which uses rugby and other sports to tackle young offending and support young people at risk to crime in London. Rob is married to Katie and their family are based in Yorkshire. Katie is a SENCO in a preparatory school and Rob is often in transit soaking up reading and podcasts before standing on side-lines and pool sides to support his daughters Matilda and Florence.

    Major Rory Trevis

    Military Advisor, Weapon Systems Group , DSTL, UK MoD
    Major Rory Trevis

    Maj Rory Trevis is the Military Adviser (Land) to the Future Kinetic Effects and Weapons Programme; Dstl’s S&T support to MOD to assess, understand and demonstrate new technology and systems integration across all environments to create common, modular, and re-usable technologies and systems for future weapons.

    Prior to this, he served as the Plans Officer for Watchkeeper (Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System) within Joint Helicopter Command. He has served in Close Support Artillery and Unmanned Aircraft System regiments and has served on operations in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

    Mr Edvard Kleberg

    Manager Weapon Systems, BAE Systems Hägglunds AB
    Mr Edvard Kleberg

    Edvard Kleberg, 47 years old. Retired officer within the Swedish Armed Forces. Still active as reserve officer upon request. Background in reconnaissance, anti-tank and mechanized units.
    Responsible for all turret- weapon solutions at BAE Systems Hagglunds since 2010 and the latest delivered developed and delivered system is the GRKPBV90 to the Swedish Armed Forces.
     

    Mr Florian Wiss

    Technical Manager 40 CTCA and JAGUAR Lethality Manager , DGA Land Systems
    Mr Florian Wiss

    Florian WISS received in 2001 his Engineering diploma from ECAM (French engineering school).

    He worked 7 years for NEXTER Systems Bourges , in the technical center.
    He started his career as an expert on Remote Weapon Station and Firing Control Systems.
    Then, he worked at CTAI for MTIP 2 prototype (Manned Turret Integration Programme) in charge of the Gun Control Equipment and the Firing Control System of the Turret.

    He has been working for the French Procurement Agency (DGA) since 2011, in the technical center of Bourges (DGA TT). He worked on the evaluation of the T40 demonstrator turret.
    Since 2015, he is in charge of the qualification of the CTCA 40 (in cooperation with the UK government) and the lethality of the JAGUAR Turret for SCORPION programme.
     

    Mr Gökhan Özyurt

    Manager, Weapon Systems Design, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S.
    Mr Gökhan Özyurt

    Gökhan Özyurt is the Weapon Systems Design Manager at FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S. Turkey. His career spans over 18 years working at 3 leading companies of Turkish Defense Industry; TAI, ASELSAN and FNSS.
    He has 13 years of experience in weapon systems design and development including one-man, two-man and unmanned gun turrets and remote controlled weapon stations. Besides performing many design activities, he also managed cross-functional teams expertized in mechanical, electrical and software design.
    He received his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering in the field of robotics and control theory from Middle East Technical University and he is currently pursuing Ph.D degree at the same university.
     

    Mr M. Serkan Balbay

    Vetronics & Weapon Systems Director, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S.
    Mr M. Serkan Balbay

    Serkan Balbay is currently the Vetronics and Weapon Systems Director (Design Engineering) (10/2001-Present) at FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S. Turkey, where he has spent almost 20 years in this industrial profession.
    He led the following units in the company as well; Electrical and Electronics Design Department for Armored Vehicle Design, Vetronics, Integration, and Weapon Systems.
    Currently, his agenda includes products and designs ranging from electrical/electronic systems for land systems, weapon systems as well to autonomous and hybrid electric platforms.
     

    Mr Pierre Magnan

    Director of Engineering, CTA International
    Mr Pierre Magnan

    Executive with 20+ years experience in the Defence Industry in Engineering, Project Management, Business Development and Procurement roles of which 10 years has been spent in CTA International.
    As part of the CTA International Senior Management team, appointed as Engineering Director since 2017, his domain of operations covers R&D activities for Weapons Systems and Ammunition.
    Strong leader with motivational management style and reputation for building and retaining relationships
    Industry recognised Engineering qualification coupled with an Executive MBA in Business Unit Management.

    Mr Sebastian Strecker

    Branch Chief, Branch 520 - Optics/Optoelectronics, Battlefield Reconnaissance, Bundeswehr Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunition (WTD 91)
    Mr Sebastian Strecker

    The author received his diploma in physics 2003 and joined the Bundeswehr in June 2004. He worked on several positions at the Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunitions (WTD 91) and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). In August 2013 he became head of branch 520 at the Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunitions (WTD 91), this section deals with optics/optoelectronis and battlefield reconnaissance.

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    Carmel FCV Programme, Israeli MOD
    Senior Representative (Name Witheld for Security Reasons)

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    John Cockerill Defense is the partner of land armed forces through the provision of integrated weapon systems (20-120mm) and related solutions. Independent of any and all vehicle manufacturers, it is the undisputed leader in multifunctional, high-power weapon systems for light and medium weight armoured vehicles. The electronic architecture of its products gives them a level of growth potential and modularity that is without equal on the market today, enabling the larger caliber turrets to fire gun-launched missiles for example. CMI Defence also provides innovative simulation systems for its equipments. It stands proud on the efficacy of its technological innovations, products and services, which together meet the rapidly-evolving operational needs of modern armed forces.

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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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    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


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    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


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    Army-technology.com brings you up-to-date international news and features on the defence industry, covering military projects, trends, products, services and more in the army sector. With a team of journalists around the world, army-technology.com, along with sister sites naval-technology.com and airforce-technology.com, is the only business service that focuses on the technologies required by military personnel and companies working in this important field. When you combine this with one of the most comprehensive and detailed listings of military equipment suppliers, products and services, free white paper downloads and company press releases, you see why army-technology.com is the key point of reference for the defence industry.


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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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