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Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe 2023
15 May - 16 May 2023
Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe 2023

SAE Media Group are delighted to announce that Future Armoured Vehicles Central & Eastern Europe will return to Prague for its 9th year between the 15 and 16 May 2023.

The Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe conference is the premier meeting for armoured vehicle programme managers and military commanders from within the Central and Eastern European region. In response to the ever-increasing digitalisation of the modern battlefield, and the emergence of new near-peer adversaries, there is a continuing requirement for the modernisation of armoured vehicle systems across the region.
 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

Commander Land Forces, Hungarian Defence Forces
Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

Deputy Army Inspector, Head of Armoured and Mechanised Troops Directorate, Polish Armed Forces
Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

Commander, Austrian Armed Forces
Brigadier General Zdenek  Mikula

Brigadier General Zdenek Mikula

7th Mech Bde commander, Land Forces, Army of the Czech Republic
Colonel Jan  Kerdik

Colonel Jan Kerdik

Head of Land Forces Development Division, Czech Armed Forces
Lieutenant General Karel  Rehka

Lieutenant General Karel Rehka

Chief of the General Staff, Czech Armed Forces

Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

Commander Land Forces, Hungarian Defence Forces
Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

Deputy Army Inspector, Head of Armoured and Mechanised Troops Directorate, Polish Armed Forces
Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

Commander, Austrian Armed Forces
Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

Brigadier General Zdenek Mikula

7th Mech Bde commander, Land Forces, Army of the Czech Republic
Brigadier General Zdenek  Mikula

Colonel Istvan Ocskay

Director of HDF Research and Development Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces
Colonel Istvan Ocskay

Colonel Jan Kerdik

Head of Land Forces Development Division, Czech Armed Forces
Colonel Jan  Kerdik

Colonel Tom Briggs

Senior Army Advisor, UK Defence & Security Exports
Colonel Tom Briggs

Eng. Simone Martinelli

Sales Manager, Leonardo Electronics
Eng. Simone Martinelli

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Scott Coulson

Owner and Founder, Mass XV LLC
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Scott  Coulson

Lieutenant Colonel Riku Rantakari

Senior Staff Officer, Army Command
Lieutenant Colonel Riku Rantakari

Lieutenant General Karel Rehka

Chief of the General Staff, Czech Armed Forces
Lieutenant General Karel  Rehka

Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak

Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces
Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

Major George Duffield

SO2 Industry Strategy and Exports, British Army
Major George Duffield

Major Rimas Breimelis

Senior Planning Officer, Lithuanian Land Force Command
Major Rimas Breimelis

Mr Alessandro Tognetti

Business Development Manager for Land & Ammunition Products, Leonardo
Mr Alessandro Tognetti

Mr Alex Koers

Cofounder and Director, Microflown AVISA
Mr Alex Koers

Mr Bear Midkiff

VP Sales & Marketing, John Cockerill Defense
Mr Bear Midkiff

Mr Bora Beyter

Project Manager, Aselsan
Mr Bora Beyter

Mr Dan Kalfus

Managing Director & Co-Founder, EuroTrophy GmbH
Mr Dan Kalfus

Mr Dan Lindell

Director Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds
Mr Dan Lindell

Mr Ivar Janson

Strategic Category Manager for Armoured Vehicles, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
Mr Ivar Janson

Mr Matthew West

Deputy Technical Section Leader, OCCAR-EA
Mr Matthew West

Mr Raul Rikk

Science and Development Director, Milrem Robotics
Mr Raul Rikk

Mr Robert Elvish

Programme Manager Air & Land Combat Systems, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
Mr Robert Elvish

Mr Tugrul Gazi APA

Program Manager Main Battle Tank Systems, SSB
Mr Tugrul Gazi APA

Senior Representative

Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD
Senior Representative

Senior Representative

Operations and Control Director, CARMEL Programme, Israeli MoD
Senior Representative

In recent years, defence conference events have witnessed several notable trends that have transformed the landscape of global defence discussions. One prominent trend is the increasing emphasis on emerging technologies and their impact on defence strategies. Conferences now feature in-depth discussions on topics such as artificial intelligence (AI), cyber warfare, autonomous systems, and quantum technologies. Attendees eagerly explore the potential applications of these cutting-edge technologies in areas like intelligence gathering, warfare tactics, and defence operations. Moreover, defence conferences have become platforms for showcasing prototypes and demonstrations of advanced military hardware, highlighting the growing integration of technology and defence.
 

Another significant trend in defence conference events is the focus on multinational collaborations and joint defence initiatives. Recognizing the importance of international cooperation in addressing global security challenges, conferences now prioritize discussions on fostering alliances, partnerships, and information sharing between nations. Attendees engage in dialogues on cross-border threats, counterterrorism efforts, and joint military exercises. The emphasis on multinational collaborations reflects a shift towards a more interconnected and cooperative approach to defence, promoting collective security and enhancing interoperability among different defence forces. These trends not only facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge but also contribute to the development of innovative defence strategies and solutions on a global scale.
 

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Conference agenda

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8:00

Registration & Coffee

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8:50

Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

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9:00

The Changing Nature of Armoured Forces in Europe

Lieutenant General Karel  Rehka

Lieutenant General Karel Rehka, Chief of the General Staff, Czech Armed Forces

  • An overview of the armoured capabilities of the Czech Republic
  • The need for modernisation of armoured forces in  Europe
  • The future of armoured warfare in Europe
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    9:30

    The Next Generation of Polish Armoured Fighting Vehicles and the Future of Armoured Warfare

    Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

    Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski, Deputy Army Inspector, Head of Armoured and Mechanised Troops Directorate, Polish Armed Forces

  • K2 – Black Panther in Modern Armoured formations
  • Capabilities and challenges of armoured formations in the modern environment
  • The complexities and benefits of multiple armoured vehicles platforms
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    10:00

    Trophy APS – Protecting NATO Forces

    Mr Dan Kalfus

    Mr Dan Kalfus, Managing Director & Co-Founder, EuroTrophy GmbH

  •  The need for a common NATO APS;
  • Trophy APS as the common NATO solution, and the most mature and proven APS on the market;
  • EuroTrophy – allowing unmatched APS Security of Supply
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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    An Operational Perspective of The Modernisation of Slovakian Armed Forces Armoured Vehicle Capability

  • The current capabilities of Slovak Armoured forces using modernised platforms - updates and challenges
  • An overview on the incoming modernised vehicles and weapon systems enhancing the Brigades capabilities CV-90
  • Integrating new armoured combat vehicles to boost infantry effectiveness
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    11:30

    CARMEL – Human-Machine Teaming in the Future Battlefield

  • Challenges and lessons learned from CARMEL Phase I
  • CARMEL phase II - HMT
  • HMT – Next steps
  • Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Operations and Control Director, CARMEL Programme, Israeli MoD

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    12:00

    Optimising CV90 to provide the greatest effect on the Modern Battlefield

    Mr Dan Lindell

    Mr Dan Lindell, Director Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds

  • An update on the midlife upgrade of CV90 and the future role of the platform
  • Capability requirements for the future operating theatre of the Swedish armoured vehicles
  • Emerging armoured technologies and their application on the modern battlefield
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    12:30

    Prioritising Modernisation for Armoured Vehicles within the Czech Land Forces

    Colonel Jan  Kerdik

    Colonel Jan Kerdik, Head of Land Forces Development Division, Czech Armed Forces

  • The ongoing challenges of modernizing legacy armoured vehicles in the Czech Armed Forces
  • Working with international partners to deliver modern combat capabilities
  • Modernisation of armoured forces – updates and challenges
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    13:00

    Networking Lunch

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    14:00

    Altay MBT as a Template for Future Main Battle Tank Development

    Mr Tugrul Gazi APA

    Mr Tugrul Gazi APA, Program Manager Main Battle Tank Systems, SSB

  • The successes and challenges of developing and producing Altay
  • The value of indigenous systems and the opportunities presented by commercial alternatives
  • Advanced armour package and active protection on Altay
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    14:30

    One For All, All For One: Active Protection Systems

    Mr Bora Beyter

    Mr Bora Beyter, Project Manager, Aselsan

  •  Survivability & Beyond
  • ASELSAN’s Rise To Challenge: AKKOR & PULAT APS
  • Integrated Protection
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    Infantry Fighting Vehicle Lynx KF41: Survivability through Situational Awareness Maximalisation

    Colonel Istvan Ocskay

    Colonel Istvan Ocskay, Director of HDF Research and Development Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces

  • An examination of the successes and challenges of the Lynx KF41
  • Enhancing situational awareness capabilities through communications and real time intelligence gathering
  • Development prospects for the Lynx KF41 going forwards
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    15:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    16:00

    European Security Demands Flexible Lethality Solutions

    Mr Bear Midkiff

    Mr Bear Midkiff, VP Sales & Marketing, John Cockerill Defense

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    16:30

    CASTLE acoustic subarray for improving vehicle survivability

    Mr Alex Koers

    Mr Alex Koers, Cofounder and Director, Microflown AVISA

  •  CASTLE hardware
  • Localization of incoming direct fires
  • Collaborative protection
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    17:00

    Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

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    17:05

    Drinks Reception

    Hosted by SAE Media Group

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    8:30

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:50

    Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

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    9:00

    The Challenges of Heavy Forces Adaptation to Future Warfare

    Brigadier General Zdenek  Mikula

    Brigadier General Zdenek Mikula, 7th Mech Bde commander, Land Forces, Army of the Czech Republic

  •  The current challenges in the light of the Ukraine Crisis.
  • Adaptation of Heavy Forces for Future Warfare.
  • Human Dimension and Culture Challenges.
  • Practical implication for INF-H-BDE Capability Development.
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    9:30

    Modernisation Priorities for Future Hungarian Armoured Platforms

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz, Commander Land Forces, Hungarian Defence Forces

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    10:00

    HITFACT® MKII peerless fire power for light wheeled vehicles and medium tanks.

    Eng. Simone Martinelli

    Eng. Simone Martinelli, Sales Manager, Leonardo Electronics

  •  The origin and the evolution of the Mobile Gun System
  • HITFACT® MKII on Centauro II
  • HITFACT® MKII 105-120mm: main Features
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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Updates on the BOXER Programme and the Work of OCCAR in Developing and Managing the Next Generation of Multi-Role Armoured Platforms

    Mr Matthew West

    Mr Matthew West, Deputy Technical Section Leader, OCCAR-EA

  • Current state of the BOXER programme
  • OCCAR’s role in supporting acquisition, service support and quality assurance through platforms lifecycle
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    The UK’s Armoured Vehicle Development and Support UK Defence can Provide in Developing Armoured Capabilities

  • Building relationships with NATO allied nations in developing the next generation of armoured vehicle capability
  • Overview of the British Army’s armoured vehicle programmes and modernisation, updates and lessons learnt
  • The ongoing requirement for digitalisation and modernisation of armoured vehicle platforms and how the UK can support
  • Colonel Tom Briggs

    Colonel Tom Briggs, Senior Army Advisor, UK Defence & Security Exports

    Major George Duffield

    Major George Duffield, SO2 Industry Strategy and Exports, British Army

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    12:00

    Staying in the fight: Redefining logistics in the modern battlespace

    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl, Commander, Austrian Armed Forces

  • The challenges and successes of evolving the supply network
  • Supporting armoured vehicles in the modern battlespace and how experience from Ukraine has changed the way we look at supplying armour.
  • The future of supply, what a modern, streamlined network looks like and how this will act as a force multiplier
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    12:30

    Organisation to Support Development and Finnish Armoured Vehicles in the Modern Battlespace

    Lieutenant Colonel Riku Rantakari

    Lieutenant Colonel Riku Rantakari, Senior Staff Officer, Army Command

  • The current training of armoured forces and how this will develop going forwards
  • Areas identified for mid-life upgrades of armoured vehicles
  • Requirements for armoured vehicles of the future
  • The future of armoured formations within the FDF
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    13:00

    Networking Lunch

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    14:00

    Remodelling Estonian Armoured Vehicle Capabilities Through the Enhancement of Current IFV’s and the Development of a Future Platform - Virtual Presentation

    Mr Ivar Janson

    Mr Ivar Janson, Strategic Category Manager for Armoured Vehicles, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments

  • An overview of the prioritise for the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment in developing vehicle capabilities
  • The CV90 upgrade programme in collaboration with Estonian industry
  • Working with partner nations to develop a future wheeled vehicle platform
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    14:30

    Active Protection and the Future of Mechanized Warfare

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Scott  Coulson

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Scott Coulson, Owner and Founder, Mass XV LLC

  •  Armored Vehicle Characteristics and Evolution
  • Threats, development Cycles and Catalysts
  • Protection Schemes - Passive/Active
  • Active Methodologies - Hard/Soft/Hybrid
  • MOSA / Network - HFD implications
  • Strategic Decisions - ends/ways/means - 'Big 5'
  • Strategic Implications - Eastern Europe
  • Conclusion - development decisions as component of overall defense strategy
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    ROBOTIC BATTLEFIELD: HOW TO IMPLEMENT UGVs IN PRACTICE

  •  Overview of Milrem Robotics
  • Robotic battlefield
  • Effects of robotics
  • How to implement innovative products?
  • Next practical steps
  • Mr Raul Rikk

    Mr Raul Rikk, Science and Development Director, Milrem Robotics

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    15:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    16:00

    Long-term Capability Improvements in Armoured Forces of the Lithuanian Army

    Major Rimas Breimelis

    Major Rimas Breimelis, Senior Planning Officer, Lithuanian Land Force Command

  • The future role of armoured vehicles
  • Boxer AFV as an armoured platform
  • The future role of the Iron Wolf Brigade and the Future of Mechanised Infantry
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    An Overview of the Role of the NSPA: Collaborative Multi-National Life-Cycle Management

    Mr Robert Elvish

    Mr Robert Elvish, Programme Manager Air & Land Combat Systems, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

  • The work of the NSPA in promoting collaborative and multinational acquisition of vehicle platforms
  • Supporting life cycle management and in-service support of new and legacy armoured vehicle platforms
  • Future capability development for NATO forces to maintain their competitive edge: Demilitarization
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    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces


    Commander Land Forces
    Hungarian Defence Forces
    Deputy Army Inspector, Head of Armoured and Mechanised Troops Directorate
    Polish Armed Forces
    Commander
    Austrian Armed Forces
    7th Mech Bde commander
    Land Forces, Army of the Czech Republic
    Director of HDF Research and Development Directorate
    Hungarian Defence Forces
    Head of Land Forces Development Division
    Czech Armed Forces
    Senior Army Advisor
    UK Defence & Security Exports
    Sales Manager
    Leonardo Electronics
    Owner and Founder
    Mass XV LLC
    Senior Staff Officer
    Army Command
    Chief of the General Staff
    Czech Armed Forces
    Former Commander Joint Forces
    Czech Armed Forces
    SO2 Industry Strategy and Exports
    British Army
    Senior Planning Officer
    Lithuanian Land Force Command
    Business Development Manager for Land & Ammunition Products
    Leonardo
    Cofounder and Director
    Microflown AVISA
    VP Sales & Marketing
    John Cockerill Defense
    Project Manager
    Aselsan
    Managing Director & Co-Founder
    EuroTrophy GmbH
    Director Combat Vehicles
    BAE Systems Hägglunds
    Strategic Category Manager for Armoured Vehicles
    Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
    Deputy Technical Section Leader
    OCCAR-EA
    Science and Development Director
    Milrem Robotics
    Programme Manager Air & Land Combat Systems
    NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Program Manager Main Battle Tank Systems
    SSB
    Future Combat Vehicle Team
    Israeli MoD
    Operations and Control Director, CARMEL Programme
    Israeli MoD

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    Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe EuroTrophy reveals further Othello sensor details

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    Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe SSB outlines latest Altay developments, draws on Syria experience

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    Czech Armys T-72M4 CZ approaches end of service life, eyes new Leopards

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Tom Briggs

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Colonel Marcel Janiga & Jozef Zekucia

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Oren Coren

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    Past Speaker Presentation - Bob Elvish

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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    EuroTrophy GmbH

    Gold Sponsor
    https://euro-trophy.de/

    EuroTrophy GmbH is the European hub for the marketing, sale and production of the Trophy® Active Protection System (APS).

    Based in Germany, the company provides high-end, state-of-the-art Active Protection Systems that substantially enhances the protection level of armored vehicles, thus safeguarding their crews. The company also provides vehicle integration support services and related through-life support of the APS.

    These services significantly improve the security of supply of Trophy® APS to its existing European user nations, and its potential future customers.The company focuses on the needs of the European defense community.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Aselsan

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    http://www.aselsan.com.tr/en

    AN INSTITUTION THAT TURNS KNOWLEDGE INTO POWER AND TRUST ASELSAN is a company of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, established in 1975 in order to meet the communication needs of the Turkish Armed Forces by national means.

    ASELSAN is the largest defense electronics company of Turkey whose capability/product portfolio comprises communication and information technologies, radar and electronic warfare, electro-optics, avionics, unmanned systems, land, naval and weapon systems, air defence and missile systems, command and control systems, transportation, security, traffic, automation and medical systems. Today ASELSAN has become an indigenous products exporting company, investing in international markets through various cooperation models with local partners and listed as one of the top 100 defence companies of the world (Defense News Top 100).



    BAE Systems

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

    BAE Systems, Inc. and its 35,000 people are part of a global defense, aerospace and security company with 89,600 employees worldwide. We deliver products and services for air, land, sea and space, as well as advanced electronics, intelligence, security, and IT solutions and support services. Our dedication shows in everything we design, produce and deliver— to protect those who protect us in a high-performance, innovative culture. We push the limits of possibility to provide a critical advantage to our customers where it counts.


    John Cockerill

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://johncockerill.com/en/defense-2/

    For over 200 years, John Cockerill Defense has been putting its expertise and its visionary spirit to the service of defense and the security of citizens. Thanks to a unique combination of skills in software engineering, ballistics and mechatronics, its teams conceive and develop complete and innovative solutions in the field of weapons systems:

    • Modular Cockerill® gun turrets from 25 to 120 mm caliber, combining high fire power and light weight for high mobility armored vehicles and which guarantee performance and protection for the crew;

    • Technical and tactical training on Cockerill® systems with theoretical and practical courses, real firing and training on Agueris® simulators;

    •Virtual, immersive or on-board Agueris® simulators (fixed or mobile);

    • Lifecycle management for Cockerill® weapons systems from technical and human to Maintaining in Operational Condition, from modernization to documentation;

    • The development of new functionalities to constantly improve the capacities of Cockerill® systems;

    For further information: https://johncockerill.com/en/defense-2/



    Leonardo

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

    Leonardo is a world player in Aerospace, Defence and Security delivering integrated command and control systems for land, naval and air applications, as well as a full range of stand-alone products, such as radar, optronics, communications and artilleries, providing excellent solutions to any concerned requirement. A leader in the development of naval and land artilleries covering the whole spectrum from small calibre up to 155mm large. Leonardo has developed and is marketing the innovative HITFACT® MkII turret, the unique in the world able to integrate a 120mm armament on a wheeled 8x8 or light tank.


    Microflown AVISA

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

    Microflown AVISA is NATO’s unicorn in battlefield acoustics. The CASTLE acoustic subarray can be installed on all sorts of mobile platforms, manned and/or unmanned.

    Stand-alone applications include detection and:

    • localization of incoming direct fires

    • pointing at short range airborne threats

    Networked applications include:

    • collaborative protection

    • tank hunting



    Milrem Robotics

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://milremrobotics.com/

    Milrem Robotics is the leading European robotics and autonomous systems developer and systems integrator. The company is known for their THeMIS and Multiscope UGVs, the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle and MIFIK the autonomy kit. The Type-X RCV is intended to support mechanized units, raising troop survivability and lowering lethality risks by increasing standoff distance from enemy units.

    Milrem Robotics is the leader of the iMUGS consortium that was awarded 30.6 MEUR from the European Commission’s European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) to develop a European standardized unmanned ground system (UGS).

    Milrem Robotics’ products and services have been sold to 16 countries, including 8 NATO members. The company’s offices are in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the US.



    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.



    PETARDS DEFENCE SERVICES

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

    Founded in 1951, Petards Defence Services is a supplier of ruggedised electronic systems to the UK Ministry of Defence, various NATO members and other security forces worldwide. Its portfolio of products includes combat situational awareness systems for armoured fighting vehicles, digital communications systems, main battle tank engine management systems and C-IED training kits.

    Petards Defence Services is UK-based, with its principal manufacturing site in the North East of England and its company headquarters near London. The business retains an experienced team with unique knowledge gained over seventy years of defence engineering. The company is expert at enhancing the capabilities of legacy defence systems, to enable them to keep providing value to their user past their original end-of-life date.

    The EyeCraft CSA is Petards’ new product for 2023. It is an off-the-shelf situational awareness solution for legacy armoured fighting vehicles. It utilises six high-definition cameras to provide 360-degree combat situational awareness to the vehicle crew and passengers, via two armoured digital screens. The system comprises robust, market-proven camera technology and Petards’ own software.

    Please contact Petards’ Head of Business Development, Joseph Carter, for more information regarding the company or its products.



    Spectra Aerospace & Defense

    Sponsors and Exhibitors
    https://spectra-aerodef.com/

    Spectra Aerospace & Defense is a trusted and growing platform of C5ISR companies – CALCULEX, Galleon Embedded Computing, and ArgonFDS - bringing over a half-century of rugged, mission-ready, battle-tested experience to bear in aerospace and defense applications. From high-speed data acquisition, data recording and secure, high-density storage, to computing and rugged, clear display of mission data, Spectra delivers the products and subsystems needed for the most demanding military air, land, and sea platforms. With our comprehensive portfolio of rugged products, systems, and solutions, the Spectra family of companies’ customized end-to-end solutions for the C5ISR market help military end-users achieve mission success.


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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, SAE Media 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@saemediagroup.com

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