SAE Media Group is proud to host the 9th annual Future Soldier Technology conference, returning to London on the 6 - 8 March 2023.

Building on the enormous success of its previous eight annual meetings, Future Soldier Technology 2023 will be an excellent international gathering of senior officers and programme managers who are seeking to enhance their programmes. Additionally, this forum offers an excellent platform for programme managers within the military to interface with senior experts from within the defence industry.

Future Soldier Technology 2023 will return to London larger than ever to discuss Soldier Modernisation Programmes, and how these projects are driving infantry capabilities into the future and making the dismounted soldier more lethal, protected and ready to fight in the challenging conditions of the modern-day battlefield.

Dismounted Situational Awarenesss Focus Day: 6 March 2023

The conference will feature a dedicated Dismounted Situational Awareness Focus Day with updates from British and NATO allied armed forces discussing the modernisation of dismounted soldier communications and spatial awareness capabilities using existing and emerging next-generation equipment and technologies.

Main Conference: 7 - 8 March 2023

The two-day main conference will cover all other aspects vital to the modernisation of the future soldier. The morning of both days will feature plenary sessions, focusing on international soldier modernisation programme updates and with industry sponsor partners showcasing their solutions to the audience.

The afternoons on both days will split into parallel streams, to focus on more specifically aspects of the dismounted soldier and their equipment.

Day One will cover soldier survivability in Stream A, discussing ballistic protection, hard and soft armour, mobility and more. Stream B will discuss how to solve the important issue of supporting the soldier’s equipment in the face of ever-growing power demands.

Day Two will cover the ever-growing importance of robotics and AI in supporting the dismounted solider in Stream A, from drones and UAVs for advances reconnaissance and situational awareness to unmanned ground vehicles for logistic and resupply support. Stream B will discuss on Night Vision and Optics, including the impact these advanced capabilities will have on dismounted soldier lethality.

3M Svenska AB; Albanian Embassy ; Armasuisse / Federal Office for Defence Procurement; Army HQ; Army HQ / DE&S / Digital Services; Australian Defence Staff ; BAE Systems; Batcis, MOD; Bren-Tronics, Inc.; British Army; British Army Headquarters; British Army HQ; Canadian High Commission; CCDC C5ISR Center, US Army ; CILAS; CSI Solutions Ltd; Danish Aquisition and Logistic; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO); DE&S; Def Comrcl DCGP-21A-10; Defence Forces Ireland; Defence Intelligence; Department for International Trade; DEVCOM-Atlantic; Domo Tactical Communications (DTC); Dstl; DSTL, UK MoD; Dutch Armed Forces; Dutch MoD ; Embassy of Ukraine; Estonian Defence Forces; Excelitas; Falcom; Finnish Defence Forces; FOI; Frazer-Nash Consultancy; French Armed Forces Infantry School; Galvion; General Dynamics Mission Systems; Glenair; Glenair, Inc; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Inmarsat; Instro Precision Limited; INVISIO Communications; Israeli Ministry of Defence ; Italian Army; Italian Embassy; ITDU, British Army; Jankel; L3 Harris Technologies; L3Harris; Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT); MAB6; MilDef Ltd; MoD; MoD A Block (MAB); MOD BATCIS Delivery Team; NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA); NATO/Swedish Armed Forces ; New Zealand Defence Staff - London; Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency; Obsima Technology AS; OCCAR-EA; Persistent Systems; Petards Group Plc; Qioptiq ; Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies; Rheinmetall Canada Inc.; Rohde & Schwarz; Roke; Roke Manor Research Ltd; Rowden Technologies Ltd. ; Royal Marines; Safran Electronics & Defense; Safran Group; Safran Vectronix AG; SEA Ltd; Silvus Technologies, Inc; smart shooter; SurCom International; Swedish Armed Forces; Swiss Armed Forces; TE Connectivity - Aerospace, Defense & Marine; Teleplan Globe; Thales; Thales UK; THEON SENSORS S.A; THERMOTEKNIX SYSTEMS LTD; TNO; TommyWorks; TrellisWare Technologies/TERMINAL GUIDANCE LTD; UK Defence Security Exports; UK Ministry of Defence; UK MoD; UltraLYNX; US Army; US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DevCom); US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center ; US DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force; Viasat Inc; Viasat UK;

Conference programme

7:30 Registration & Coffee - FOCUS DAY

8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
View Bio

8:30 UK MOD Future Dismounted Situational Awareness (DSA) Capability

  • Background / context
  • Capability description
  • Delivery approach
  • Mr David Dalby

    Mr David Dalby, TacSys Delivery Team Soldier Systems Portfolio Lead, UK MOD

    9:00 Leveraging COTS and ATAK Software for Enhanced Mission Command and Situational Awareness

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson, Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    View Bio

  • Overview of the Nett Warrior (NW) programme
  • Providing next-generation capabilities with the Dismounted Operators Combat Kit – Lite (DOCK-L)
  • Leveraging TAK software for advanced situational awareness
  • Emerging products and future priorities for the PdM GSS portfolio
  • 9:30 Creating “Hyper Capable” Warriors through Ultimate Situational Awareness in Contested Environments

    Mr Ronen Gabbay

    Mr Ronen Gabbay, CEO, TrekAce Technologies
    View Bio

  • The OBJECTIVE challenges of Near Peer and Contested Environments on the individual warfighter
  • The SUBJECTIVE challenges of Near Peer and Contested Environments on the individual warfighter
  • Our RESPONSE: A new technology, a new paradigm, a PROVAN SOLUTION
  • Different applications to different operational requirements
  • Case studies to learn from.
  • 10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Soldier System Challenge: Enhancing Collaborative Combat

    Mr Germain Samson

    Mr Germain Samson, Key Account Manager Land Combat Systems, Safran Electronics & Defense
    View Bio

  • The improvements from the initial French dismounted soldier program
  • On-going R&D programs in France and Europe
  • Key parameters on architecture
  • Focus on technology priorities
  • 11:00 Development of Portuguese Dismounted Soldier Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Susana Margarida Gomes Pinto

    Lieutenant Colonel Susana Margarida Gomes Pinto, C4I/SCS Project Manager, Portuguese Army
    View Bio

  • Requirements for the procurement of new dismounted C4I, weapons and sensor technologies
  • Working with industry to deliver enhanced soldier sensors and future battlespace management systems
  • Challenges facing ISTAR and situational awareness and overcoming through new conceptual processes
  • Development of the new-generation Portuguese soldier and maximising interoperability
  • 11:30 Disruptive Innovative AI Technology, Revolutionising the Dismounted Soldier World

    Mr Doron Levi

    Mr Doron Levi, Regional Director B2B & Marketing, SMARTSHOOTER

  • True Fire Control Systems
  • Significant hit accuracy increase from current baseline
  • Effective against static and dynamic targets either ground or C-UAS
  • An order of magnitude CAPEX and OPEX cost reduction bringing a shooter to “qualified” level
  • 12:00 Increasing French Dismounted Soldier Capabilities with Scorpion Dismounted CIS

    Major Simon de Bettignies

    Major Simon de Bettignies, Programme Manager for Light Infantry Weapons, Rockets and Dismounted CIS, French Army Staff
    View Bio

  • In the early 2000, French army deployed FELIN, which improved operational capabilities for infantry.
  • In 2022, Scorpion dismounted CIS is a new step with
  • Soldier better equipped with modular equipment

  • Situational awareness improved

  • Easier interoperability at each level, with vehicles, chiefs, other soldiers, and support units


    12:30 Enhanced Situational Awareness for Dismounted War-Fighters at the Tactical Edge

  • Impact of enhance Situational Awareness (SA) on kill chain
  • SA and Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Developments in latest AR systems and associated technical challenges / opportunities
  • Dr Navin Mathur

    Dr Navin Mathur, Senior Scientist, US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
    View Bio

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Network Enabled Army: Delivering Modern Communications to NZDF Land Units

  • NEA framework overview
  • Modernising NZDF C4ISR networks to enhance soldier situational awareness
  • Introducing the SitaWare battle management system
  • Transforming the NZDF into modern, agile, highly adaptive light combat force by 2025
  • Major Michael O'Connor

    Major Michael O'Connor, Capability Director Soldier Modernisation Office, New Zealand Defence Force
    View Bio

    14:15 Digitization of Land-Based Operations (D-LBO): Enhancing Dismounted Soldier Communications for Greater Situational Awareness

    Dr Sebastian Gies

    Dr Sebastian Gies, Project Lead Soldier System D-LBO, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    View Bio

  • Ensuring digital networking of soldiers and vehicles for full situational awareness
  • Using the soldier on the battlefield as a digitalised sensor and effector
  • Integrating various communication capabilities to support dismounted operations
  • 14:45 Glenair, STAR-PAN and How It Enables the Warfighter

    Mr Andrew Murdoch

    Mr Andrew Murdoch, Business Development Manager – Tactical Interconnect Products, Glenair
    View Bio

  • Glenair – STAR-PAN – The why
  • Building the blocks at all levels
  • Existing STAR-PAN User cases
  • Next Generation STARPAN
  • Future user cases

    15:15 Digitising the Hungarian Soldier System to Enhance Situational Awareness

  • Background and update on the HDF’s Digitised Soldier System
  • Requirements for the procurement of new dismounted C4I, weapons and sensor technologies
  • Utilising Command and Control functionalities to improve situational awareness for the dismounted soldier
  • Colonel János Pölöskei

    Colonel János Pölöskei, Branch Leader, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, Force Planning Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces Command Force Planning Directorate
    View Bio

    Mr Jozsef Berenyi

    Mr Jozsef Berenyi, Head of Division, HM EI Zrt.

    15:45 International Cooperation for the Support of Night Vision Optoelectronics and GPS Systems

    Mr Cezary Szydlik

    Mr Cezary Szydlik, Project Coordinator in Land Combat Missiles, Electro-Optics and GPS Support Section, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
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  • An overview of NSPA and the Night Vision Optoelectronics (NVO SP) and GPS Support Partnerships (GPS SP)
  • Life cycle support for NVO equipment for NATO nations - Priorities and challenges
  • NVO equipment to be supported in the future by the NVO SP
  • GPS equipment for Future Soldier
  • 16:15 Afternoon Tea

    16:45 Tactical Sensorium – A Paradigm Shift in Autonomyand Integration

    Dr James Luke

    Dr James Luke, Innovation Director, Roke
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  • The ‘Sensorium’ Environment for Autonomous Supervision; Fusion; Analysis and Visualisation of sensor data
  • Autonomy ‘at the edge’ and ‘at scale
  • Integration of commercially available Geo-Intelligence
  • Use of commercial smartphone technology such as ‘CC1’ to provide a digital platform for the soldier
  • Resilient Position Navigation and Timing for Dismounted Soldier Systems
  • 17:15 Pitfalls of Technology: The Human Interface Errors

    Major Koen Ceulemans

    Major Koen Ceulemans, Innovation Officer Land Component, Belgian Defence
    View Bio

  • Mission Command vs Real time micromanagement
  • AI vs the commanders bias
  • War for spectrum vs Information of value
  • 17:45 Developing and Equipping the Swedish Dismounted Soldier with C2 Capabilities

    Mr Jonathan Svensson

    Mr Jonathan Svensson, Senior Scientist in Human Factors, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

  • Overview of the recent evolution for a Swedish dismounted soldier C2 system
  • User insights from recent tests with the dismounted soldier C2 system on an infantry company
  • Developing a future C2 system based on soldier feedback
  • 18:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Focus Day

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    View Bio

    7:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    View Bio

    8:30 Collaborating Successfully with Industry to Deliver ‘Future Soldier’

    Colonel Paul Cummings

    Colonel Paul Cummings, Dismounted Close Combat Portfolio Leader, STSP, DE&S, UK MOD
    View Bio

  • Overview of the STSP portfolio: Lethality, Survivability, Mobility, Surveillance and Target Acquisition, and RAS
  • How best to work with DE&S?
  • Future activities: lethality and STA upgrades, and survivability
  • 9:00 STAR-PAN and the Future of C4ISR Power and Data Management

    Mr Grant Guy

    Mr Grant Guy, UK Business Developer, STAR-PAN and MIL Interconnect, Glenair
    View Bio

  • The first with the most
  • Creating commonality on the battlefield
  • Modular approach to the STAR-PAN ecosystem
  • The future of power and data management in the war fighters hands
  • Next generation power and data management solutions
  • 9:30 Canadian Soldier System – Lessons Learned

  • Update on Canadian Soldier System project 
  • Discussion of some project challenges
  • Future in service support concepts allowing for more agility.

    Mr Frank Mouawad

    Mr Frank Mouawad, Project Manager, Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP), Directorate of Soldier Systems Program Management (DSSPM), National Defence / Government of Canada
    View Bio

    10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Marathon Robotics

    Mr Ralph Petroff

    Mr Ralph Petroff, President North America, Marathon Robotics, Marathon Targets
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    11:00 Future British Army Light Forces Capability Requirements

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter

    Lieutenant Colonel Mike Baxter, SO1 Light Forces, Army Futures Directorate, British Army
    View Bio

  • Context - Future Soldier and British Army Modernisation activities
  • Strategic Trends and Lessons Identified (eg. Conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh and Ukraine)
  • The Army HQ “engine of change” (setting SMART requirements and rapid procurement)
  • 11:30 Delivering British Army Soldier Systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, Tommyworks, British Army
    View Bio

  • The status of TommyWorks in the British Army
  • Overcoming integration challenges to prepare for successful fielding
  • Update on TommyWorks projects under the wider ‘Future Soldier’ development and modernisation
  • 12:00 Delivering Dismounted Close Combat (DCC) Capability Through Trials and Development

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army
    View Bio

  • Results from AWE Urban Sustain & Protect (S&P) in testing future sustainment and protection concepts and technologies
  • Enhancing DCC capability with UAS and swarm droning
  • Digital Soldier: preparing the soldier to compete and win in digital warfare
  • 12:30 Every Soldier a Sensor, Every Soldier an Effector; How Industry is a Partner

    Mr David Luxton

    Mr David Luxton, Executive Chairman, KWESST Micro Systems Inc.
    View Bio

  • Soldier Systems Program Life Cycles
  • Modern Industry Cyber Innovation through Modularity
  • Integrated Soldiers with Security Enclaves
  • Digitized and Networked Crew Served Weapons
  • Dismounted Laser Intelligence
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Day One Afternoon Parallel Streams

    STREAM A: Soldier Protection and Survivability STREAM B: Dismounted Soldier Power Solutions

    14.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov, Chairman of CCIEP under LCGDSS, Danish Artillery Regiment

    14.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Dr Darren Browning, Power Sources Lead, DSTL, UK MOD

    14.10 Conducting Effective R&D to Ensure Dismounted Soldier

  • Providing next-generation armour with the Powered Protection Integration (P2I) system to detect damage to system integrity
  • Protecting from the current and future growing laser threat with Laser Eye Protection
  • Overcoming the challenge of balancing survivability with power constraints, physical and cognitive burden issues
    Mr Jon Russell, Senior Principal Scientist, Passive Armour, DSTL, UK MOD
  • 14.10 UK and NATO Thoughts on Future Dismounted Power

  • The current status of dismounted power solutions for the UK military
  • Update on NATO LCG DSS Power Group perspectives and priorities
  • Next-generation power solutions: challenges and opportunities

    Dr Darren Browning, Power Sources Lead, DSTL, UK MOD

  • 14.40 Managing Soldier Radio Emissions to Improve Survivability and Mission Success’

  • Many military radios are vulnerable through RF detection
  • Established/new techniques means not all radios and waveforms are vulnerable 
  • Radios/waveforms that can deliver lower observability RF comms
  • Benefit of Sovereign capability to develop waveforms as detection evolves
  • Mr Ciaran McCloskey, Product Line Manager – Tactical Products, Thales

    Mr Charlie Bellsham, Senior Principle Engineer – Tactical Products, Thales

    14.40 Physical Integration of STAR-PAN as a Power and Data Solution on the Dismounted Soldier

  •  The Integration on the Dismounted Soldier
  • Evolution of our equipment based on Soldier feedback
  • How can STAR-PAN Ecosystem can be the link between Dismounted and Mounted configuration for the Soldier
  • SPAR Interface to easily manage Power Solutions on the Battlefield

    Mr Grégoire Olivier, Business Development for Tactical Interconnect Solutions, Glenair

  • 15.10 Developing S&T Solutions to Maximize Survivability & Effectiveness for the Dismounted US Warfighter

  • CCDC SC: discovering, developing, and advancing S&T solutions to ensure America’s warfighters are protected, sustained, trained, optimized and lethal
  • R&D focus areas to enhance survivability, protection, and effectiveness against future threats.
  •  Development of new technologies to enhance training and soldier effectiveness through virtual reality, immersive technologies, and AI (Institute of Creative Technology).

    Dr. Robb Wilcox, Chief Research Officer, US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
    Dr. Randy Hill, Executive Director, Institute for Creative Technologies, US Army UARC- University of Southern California

  • 15.10 Connecting The Dismounted Soldier: Beyond Line of Sight Connectivity in the Field While On-The-Move – An Update

  • BLOS connectivity solutions for the Dismounted Soldier
  • L-TAC as BLOS capability for in-service tactical radios
  • Full L-TAC integration with ATAK 
  • Full L-TAC integration with Glenair StarPan
  • L-TAC capability built-in the new L3Harris Falcon IV (AN/PRC 163 & 167)
  • New BGAN on-the-move on-the-person terminal for the Dismounted Soldier available now: Hughes 9203 BGAN Patrol. 
  • New generation Inmarsat satellites securing L-Band continuity to well in the 2040’s

    Mr Daan Ruhe, Global Product Specialist L-TAC, Inmarsat


    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov

    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov, Chairman of CCIEP under LCGDSS, Danish Artillery Regiment
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    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning, Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources, DSTL, UK MoD
    View Bio

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Day One Afternoon Parallel Streams Continued

    STREAM A: Soldier Protection and Survivability STREAM B: Dismounted Soldier Power Solutions

    16.10 C2D2 Briefing

  • Survivability through signature control
  • Commander’s considerations
  • Focus on people, processes, and behaviours
  • Lieutenant Colonel Arran Wade, Commanding Officer, Combined Arms Manoeuvre School, British Army

     16.10 Enabling Soldier Lethality with Tactical Power Solutions

  • Overview of the US Army tactical power equipment
  • Focus areas developing future tactical power solutions to reduce Soldier Load and minimize logistical burden
  • Developing advanced fuel cells for dismounted Soldier operations

    Mr Ethan Wise, Civilian APM, Soldier Tactical Power, PM IVAS, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army

  • 16.40 Creating “Hyper Capable” Warriors through Ultimate Situational Awareness in Contested Environments

  • The OBJECTIVE challenges of Near Peer and Contested Environments on the individual war fighter
  • The SUBJECTIVE challenges of Near Peer and Contested Environments on the individual war fighter
  • Our RESPONSE: A new technology, a new paradigm, a PROVAN SOLUTION
  • Different applications to different operational requirements
  • Case studies to learn from
  • Mr Ronen Gabbay, CEO, TrekAce Technologies Ltd

     16.40 We Have the Power, but do you have the Energy?

  • The Soldier Battery
  • Power consumption/interrogation tool
  • UltraLYNX case studies
  • Mounted / Dismounted Soldier Interface
  • A look to the future….

    Mr Tony White, Chief Technology Officer, Ultra Precision Control Systems

  • 17.10 Research and Development of Advanced Dismounted Soldier Protection Capabilities

  • Update on Swedish armour research and development
  • Developing protective equipment for harsh weather environments
  • Ensuring future equipment is compatible and integrated into current systems
  • Dr Martin Hagström, Programme Manager Weapon and Protection, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

    17.10 Ensuring Safety of Dismounted Power Solutions

  • Deploying scalable battery solutions for the dismounted soldier
  • Ensuring the battery design safety
  • Overview of FOI’s dismounted power projects and future priorities
  • Mr Wilhelm Sahlén, Research Engineer, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    Mr Elias Lallo, Research Engineer, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

    17.40 Practical Experience and Scientific Tools to Assess Compatibility of a New Model Helmet with In Use Head Mounted Equipment

  • How compatibility with head mounted equipment was specified and assessed during procurement.
  • Practical experience and problems after issue.
  • Tools to assess the spatial interaction of head borne equipment.
  • Potential solutions, limitations, and drawbacks

    Mr Hein Jager, Senior Research and Development Officer, Clothing & Personal Equipment Branch, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces




    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov

    Command Sergeant Major Niels Moelleskov, Chairman of CCIEP under LCGDSS, Danish Artillery Regiment
    View Bio

    Dr Darren Browning

    Dr Darren Browning, Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources, DSTL, UK MoD
    View Bio

    18:10 Day One Afternoon Parallel Stream Chair Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:15 Networking Reception Hosted by Lead Sponsor Glenair

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen

    Colonel (Ret.) Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army
    View Bio

    9:15 Project MERCURY: Presenting the British Army Technology Challenges of Tomorrow to Industry Today

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown, Customer Interface Team Lead, MERCURY Programme Manager, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD

  • Creating a shared ecosystem of development and delivery which has LIS at the heart.
  • Delivering a systemically protected, optionally crewed, electrified battlefield to our warfighters
  • 9:45 Digitisation of Dismounted Soldiers in the Joint All-Domain Operational Environment

    Brigadier General Imre Porkoláb

    Brigadier General Imre Porkoláb, Ministerial Commissioner for Defence Innovation, Hungarian Ministry of Defence
    View Bio

  • Leveraging digital technology for quicker situational awareness on the battlefield to identify and neutralise threats
  • Creating information networks to determine the overall battlespace picture
  • Teaming with next generation armoured platforms for greater survivability
  • Using AI for data processing and management
  • 10:15 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NATO LCD DSS: Maintaining the Dismounted Soldier as the Focus

    Major Magnus Hallberg

    Major Magnus Hallberg, LCG DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
    View Bio

  • Overview of the LCG DSS portfolio and structure
  • Pursing cooperative procurements based on informed requirements to enhance interoperability
  • Opportunities for industry to demonstrate new and innovative technologies to solve integration and capability problems
  • Future priorities for the NATO LCG DSS
  • 11:30 STRONG Programme: Increasing Dutch Dismounted Soldier Capabilities

  • Overcoming the challenges of integrating new concepts and equipment effectively
  • Advancing DSA with next-generation personal C4I equipment
  • Future plans and priorities for the military with a system-integration approach
  • Colonel Art van Beekhuizen

    Colonel Art van Beekhuizen, Project Manager Soldier Modernisation Program, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces
    View Bio

    Ms Ilse Kroesen

    Ms Ilse Kroesen, System Integration Manager Individual Soldier, Defence Materiel Organisation, Dutch Armed Forces
    View Bio

    12:00 Networking Lunch

    13:00 Day Two Afternoon Parallel Streams

    STREAM A: Integration of Robotics and AI STREAM B: Stream B: Night Vision and Optics

    13.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Miss Agnes Wamagui, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics and AI, InnovateUK KTN

    13.00 Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Mr Nils Teschner, Technical Project Officer, Night Vision Capability (NVC), OCCAR-EA

    13.10 MOD DES Future Capability Group: Land Systems Opportunities

  • FCG: current plans and opportunities for industry collaboration
  • Integrating AI and robotics to augment and support dismounted solider capabilities
  • Generating Mass and Tempo whilst reducing risk by leveraging Human-Machine Teaming
  • Project Thesus (where next): providing ‘last mile’ resupply of combat equipment with automated vehicles
  • Combat UAS, Combat UGVs, C-UAS, and integrated C2 systems

    Mr James Gavin, Head - Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MOD

  • 13.10 Enhanced Night Vision Goggle - Binocular (ENVG-B): the Next Generation of Night Vision

  • Rapidly delivering integrated sensors, night vision and optics technologies into the US Soldier System for first engagement against all targets
  • Enhancing detection and visibility in limited visibility conditions to improve soldier performance
  • Pairing with the Family of Weapon Sight (FWS-I) for Passive Target Acquisition (PTA)
  • Wirelessly connecting with Nett Warrior technologies to enhance SA through Augmented Reality

    Lieutenant Colonel Melissa E. Johnson, Product Manager, Soldier Maneuver Sensors, PEO Soldier, U.S. Army

  • 13.40 InnovateUK KTN Connecting Innovators with New Partners and New Opportunities to Support 'Future Soldier'

  • Overview of InnovateUK KTN, the UK's innovation agency
  • Working with the MOD and DASA to deliver the Defence Technology Exploitation Programme
  • Taking Security and Defence R&D to Market

    Miss Agnes Wamagui, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics and AI, InnovateUK KTN

  • 13.40 ARCAS: The Future of Dismounted Situational Awareness

  • Weapon system agnostic application to enhance dismounted soldier situational awareness, increasing both lethality and survivability
  • Reduces soldier cognitive burden through provision of vital data into weapon sight or helmet mounted eye piece
  • Suite of capability options include, but are not limited to, night vision, friend or foe identification, hostile fire detection and navigational aids

    Mr Tom Kinnaird, Sales Manager, Instro Precision Limited

  • 14.10 Supporting Dismounted Operations with Future Loitering Munition Capabilities

  • Lessons learned from the Ukraine and Karabakh wars
  • Loitering munitions as a fire support element, compared to other means
  • Trends in APS systems and how to defeat them
  • Requirements and needs from the market for future loitering munition systems

    Dr Nicolas G. Mueller, Head Weapons and Ammunition, armasuisse - Federal Office for Defence Procurement

  • 14.10 Enhancing Dismounted Soldier Surveillance and Detection Capabilities with Next-Generation Night Vision Goggles

  • Determining user requirements for British Army night vision
  • Collaborating with industry to meet these requirements
  • Integrating advanced optics for STA and SA

    Major Mark Stone, Requirements Manager Surveillance and Target Acquisition, Dismounted Close Combat, British Army


    Miss Agnes Wamagui

    Miss Agnes Wamagui, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics and AI, InnovateUK KTN
    View Bio

    Mr Nils Teschner

    Mr Nils Teschner, Technical Project Officer, Night Vision Capability (NVC), OCCAR-EA
    View Bio

    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Day Two Afternoon Parallel Streams Continued

    STREAM A: Integration of Robotics and AI STREAM B: Stream B: Night Vision and Optics

    15.10 Panel Discussion: The Role of Robotics and AI in Dismounted Soldier Missions

    Moderator: Miss Agnes Wamagui, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics and AI, InnovateUK KTN

    Mr Nick Taylor, Head of Soldier, Training and Special Projects, DE&S, UK MOD

    Colonel Dan Anders-Brown, Customer Interface Team Lead, MERCURY Programme Manager, Future Capability Group, DE&S, UK MoD

    Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Davies, SO1 Soldier Systems, Tommyworks, British Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Dawe, Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, British Army

    Lieutenant Colonel William Jerrold, Systems Acquisition, Commando Force Programme, Royal Marines

    15.10 Leveraging Advanced Optics, Thermal, and Night Vision Capabilities for Harsh Climate Operations

  • Update on Night Combat Capability ‘2020’ and future plans for new thermal and fusion capabilities by 2025
  • Incorporating new thermal and optic capabilities into legacy weaponry
  • Integrating night vision capabilities with squad C4I systems
  • Challenges of operating in arctic conditions and the importance of thermal and night vision for STA

    Major Matti Finnilä, Project Manager DSS Night Combat Project, Finnish Defence Forces Research Center

  • 15.40 Commando Forces Littoral Strike – Leveraging Autonomy and Integrating Fires

  • Dispersed operations. Commando operations in a contested battlespace
  • Leveraging Autonomy. Autonomous systems to enable FIND
  • Integrating Fires. Delivering organic tactical precision strike. Digitising joint long range precision fires for decisive effect

    Lieutenant Colonel William Jerrold, Systems Acquisition, Commando Force Programme, Royal Marines

  • 15.40 Procuring Night Vision Technologies for Stronger Swedish Defence

  • Overview of Swedish night vision capabilities
  • Collaborating with industry for effective and timely procurement to keep at the speed of relevance
  • Overcoming the challenges of power constraints in operating night vision technologies
  • Future priorities in procuring advanced night vision and thermal optics for the dismounted Swedish soldier

    Mr Anders Palm, Project Manager, Optronics System Section, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)


    16.10 Night Vision for the Dismounted Belgian Soldier: Present Situation and Future Perspectives

  • Past and Future Developments
  • Image Intensifiers
  • Thermal Optics

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    Mr Nils Teschner, Technical Project Officer, Night Vision Capability (NVC), OCCAR-EA
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    Ministerial Commissioner for Defence Innovation
    Hungarian Ministry of Defence
    Material Manager for Weapons and Sensors
    Belgian Ministry of Defence
    Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier
    U.S. Army
    Project Manager Soldier Modernisation Program, Defence Materiel Organisation
    Dutch Armed Forces
    Customer Interface Team Lead, MERCURY Programme Manager, Future Capability Group
    DE&S, UK MoD
    Branch Leader, Command and Control Systems Development Branch, Force Planning Directorate
    Hungarian Defence Forces Command Force Planning Directorate
    Dismounted Close Combat Portfolio Leader, STSP
    DE&S, UK MOD
    Chairman of CCIEP under LCGDSS
    Danish Artillery Regiment
    Senior Technical Lead - Power Sources
    DSTL, UK MoD
    Innovation Director
    Programme Manager Weapon and Protection
    Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    Senior Scientist
    US Army DEVCOM C5ISR Center
    Head of Weapons and Ammunition
    armasuisse - Federal Office for Defence Procurement
    Chief Research Officer
    US Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
    Project Lead Soldier System D-LBO
    Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Commanding Officer, Combined Arms Manoeuvre School
    British Army
    Commanding Officer, Infantry Trials and Development Unit
    British Army
    SO1 Soldier Systems, Tommyworks
    British Army
    Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors, PEO Soldier
    U.S. Army
    SO1 Light Forces, Army Futures Directorate
    British Army
    C4I/SCS Project Manager
    Portuguese Army
    Systems Acquisition, Commando Force Programme
    Royal Marines
    Innovation Officer Land Component
    Belgian Defence
    LCG DSS Chairman
    NATO/Swedish Armed Forces
    Requirements Manager Surveillance and Target Acquisition, Dismounted Close Combat
    British Army
    Project Manager DSS Night Combat Project
    Finnish Defence Forces Research Center
    Capability Director Soldier Modernisation Office
    New Zealand Defence Force
    Programme Manager for Light Infantry Weapons, Rockets and Dismounted CIS
    French Army Staff
    Knowledge Transfer Manager - Robotics and AI
    InnovateUK KTN
    Project Manager, Optronics System Section
    Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)
    Business Development Manager – Tactical Interconnect Products
    Project Coordinator in Land Combat Missiles, Electro-Optics and GPS Support Section
    NATO Support and Procurement Agency
    Senior Principal Engineer – Tactical Products
    Thales UK Ltd
    Product Line Manager – Tactical Products
    Thales UK Ltd
    Global Product Specialist L-TAC
    TacSys Delivery Team Soldier Systems Portfolio Lead
    UK MOD
    Executive Chairman
    KWESST Micro Systems Inc.
    Regional Director B2B & Marketing
    Research Engineer
    Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    Civilian APM, Soldier Tactical Power, PM IVAS, PEO Soldier
    US Army
    Project Manager, Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP), Directorate of Soldier Systems Program Management (DSSPM)
    National Defence / Government of Canada
    Key Account Manager Land Combat Systems
    Safran Electronics & Defense
    UK Business Developer, STAR-PAN and MIL Interconnect
    Senior Research and Development Officer, Clothing & Personal Equipment Branch, Defence Materiel Organisation
    Dutch Armed Forces
    Head - Future Capability Group
    DE&S, UK MOD
    Senior Principal Scientist, Passive Armour
    DSTL, UK MoD
    Senior Scientist in Human Factors
    Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    Head of Division
    HM EI Zrt.
    Deputy Director / Chief of Staff
    U.S. DoD Close Combat Lethality Task Force
    Technical Project Officer, Night Vision Capability (NVC)
    Business Development for Tactical Interconnect Solutions
    President North America, Marathon Robotics
    Marathon Targets
    TrekAce Technologies
    Sales Manager
    Instro Precision Limited
    Chief Technology Officer
    Ultra Precision Control Systems
    Research Engineer
    Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
    System Integration Manager Individual Soldier, Defence Materiel Organisation
    Dutch Armed Forces
    Head of Soldier, Training and Special Projects
    DE&S, UK MOD

    DSA Strategic Partner

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    Future Soldier Technology 2023 Agenda


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    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    DSA Strategic Partner

    TrekAce® Technologies Ltd., creates “Hyper Capable” Warriors through Ultimate Situational Awareness in Contested Environments, hence supporting warfighters where and when they need it most.

    Our technology enhances performance and situational awareness by overcoming basic human limitations, amplified when you are under stress and/or extreme settings (loud noises, adrenaline, fatigue, fear, etc.) and information overlap and overload.

    TrekAce® developed and commercialized “disruptive” technologies to enable sophisticated haptic (tactile) UX communication to replace, augment or supplant the traditional, cognitive demanding, visual and sound modes of communication between warfighters and between warfighters and robotics (MMI) and provides novel navigation solutions in both GPS and (AI) non-GPS enabled environments.

    The company's granted patents worldwide recognize and protect the company's creation of a new tactile language and Software-only-non-GPS solution giving TrekAce® a monopoly position in this field.

    Used by Tier-1 units and advanced Future Soldier Programs, and with its advanced AI & Robotic technologies, TrekAce® creates Hyper-Capable Warriors with:

    - Edge over (near) Peers – An extra empowerment over “traditional” advanced technologies.

    - Ultimate Situational Awareness – Leaving hands, eyes, ears & cognitive processing free for the task.

    - Non-GPS Reliance – Algorithm-based NPT, suited for the contested environment.

    - No Radio Chatter – Delivering commands & instructions through Haptic reception, suited for the contested environment.

    - Minimal Transmission – A ‘sentence’ of haptic commands is of bytes, suited for a contested environment.

    - Stealthy Communication – No screens, earpieces, or hand gestures. “The sound of silence.”

    - Focus On-target, not to-Target – Concentrate on the objective, not on how to get there - The Core will lead you through!

    - Team Coherence – Achieving common Situational Awareness. Looking, moving, and engaging together. Each from his subjective positioning.

    Sponsors and Exhibitors


    Gold Sponsor

    KWESST Inc. Company Description KWESST Inc. develops and commercializes proprietary next-generation C4ISR technologies that deliver a tactical advantage for military and security forces operating in the dismounted domain. Through its Digitization line of business, KWESST focuses on meeting the challenge of fully digitizing the Tactical Edge: those commanders, soldiers, operators, and sensor systems operating in the dismounted domain. Leveraging the game-changing advantages of TAK (Team Awareness Kit) as a foundational capability, KWESST brings C4ISR integration down to the lowest tactical echelons. KWESST is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. KWESST trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (KWE), on the NASDAQ as KWE and KWESW

    Marathon Targets

    Gold Sponsor

    Marathon Robotics provides Lethality Today to US, NATO, and Coalition Partners on four Continents. We’ve been selected by USMC to provide mobile trailers of Intelligent Robotic Targets at all key CONUS and OCONUS sites. We reinvent Live Fire Training with Intelligent Robots that look, move, and behave like real people. It’s the world’s most realistic live fire training: shoot one robot, the rest autonomously scatter for cover, or self-organize a swarming counterattack.

    The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act describes our Autonomous Robotic Targets as “a vast improvement to training modality over existing systems and was value added in all training events/scenarios.”

    Trevor Nash of Shepard Defence says: “The Marathon argument is very persuasive, but its challenge is to change a mindset - present for many centuries – that the aim of the range is to ‘train marksmanship.’ That mentality is wrong” overmatch and winning the firefight are more important.”

    Marathon also cuts Range Modernization costs and time by 85% through ZIRM (Zero Infrastructure Range Modernization). No need to buy robots: use ZIRM cost avoidance to fund Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) to rent robots for a week or year, with robot operators – 95% of them military veterans. Offices and rental fleets on 4 continents.




    In an uncertain world, we believe in certainty: communication certainty. Anywhere, anytime, in any situation and we’ve built the unique satellite network that makes it happen. In 2022 will see the launch of BGAN Patrol, extending our mobility communications to include communications for the dismounted solider. Inmarsat’s Orchestra network of networks will provide a seamless, scalable solution for governments and military forces around the world. Heeding our end users’ operational requirements, we are creating new commercially flexible, bespoke leasing and ISR solutions. Our satellite and network architecture roadmap delivers not only communication certainty, but also ensures future innovation.

    Instro Precision


    Founded in 1964, Instro Precision are world leaders in Defence design and capability manufacturing. Our portfolio includes precision Motorized and Manual Pan & Tilts, ruggedized tripods, highly accurate North Finding systems, Cat-1 Target Acquisition capabilities, Remote Observation Systems and bespoke precision engineered defence equipment.

    We pride ourselves on our integrity, flexible approach and the ability to take a product from idea to production in days-and-weeks, as opposed to months-and-years. Instro Precision have a large Engineering team, from mechanical to software, plus highly experienced R&D specialists, who work closely with our customers to ensure our product line is at the cutting-edge, easy to use, intuitive but most importantly, reliable.

    Instro Precision have a rich and prosperous relationship with the UK MoD dating back to 1960s. Most recently, our XACT nv33 system was chosen as the next generation of UK MoDs Night Vision Goggles (NVG), and our world-leading sensor capability has been acquired for the Dismounted Joint Fires Integration (DJFI). Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sandwich, Kent, will facilitate the production of these systems, along with the rest of our wide and varied portfolio.

    Broken into 4 Pillars of Business; Combat Vehicle Systems, Soldier Systems/Special Forces, Target Acquisition/Joint Fires and Core Product Line. The Portfolio covers multiple domains across defence, with supply across more than 65 countries around the globe, Instro Precision provide an established, dependable and innovative capability.

    As today's advancement in technology moves at such an accelerated rate, Instro Precision have rapidly developed the reputation as the centre of excellence for manufacturing in the UK. With our focus over the next 3-5 years being on the continuation of our interoperability with UK MoD, DSTL and DE&S; developing a product roadmap in support of the United Kingdom Future Soldier aspirations.



    Roke is a leading UK innovator in science and engineering. For over 60 years we’ve been improving the world through innovation by combining the physical and digital in new ways. Our journey began in defence but as the decades have rolled on, we're also inventing and engineering technically advanced data and communication systems in national security and for Fortune 500 companies. From innovations in computer vision powering the autonomous landing of a drone at sea, to an artificial intelligence inspection system that drastically reduces aircraft turnaround times by autonomously inspecting jet turbines. Right through to the technology behind Hawk-Eye tracking the trajectory of balls in sport. It all began at Roke.

    Roke people are curious and unashamedly technical. That’s why we’ve fostered an environment where some of the world’s finest minds have the time, trust and freedom to succeed. Our team of 600+ engineers are uniquely placed to use their deep knowledge of sensors, communications, cyber and AI to combine and apply these technologies to keep people safe whilst unlocking value. Working closely with our customers we solve real world technical challenges and help deliver critical missions. As a trusted partner, we welcome any problem confident that our consulting, research, innovation and product development will help them revolutionise and improve their world. We’re proud to be part of the Chemring Group plc, providing us with complementary expertise, corporate strength and access to international markets for our world-leading intellectual property

    Safran Electronics & Defense


    Safran Optics 1 is a global leader in full-service design and production of electro-optic and navigation systems. Leveraging core competencies in defense technologies, Optics 1 provides unmatched, first-class mission solutions for military and law enforcement personnel. The company also offers solutions for commercial, aerospace, industrial, medical and research industries. Optics 1’s product portfolio includes devices and modules for surveillance and reconnaissance missions for dismounted soldier, airborne, naval and land vehicle operations. Optics 1 designs, develops, and manufactures products at its headquarters in Bedford, New Hampshire. The company also has additional research and development and engineering capabilities in Simi Valley and Costa Mesa, California. As part of the Safran Group, Optics 1 is also proud to provide capabilities from Safran Vectronix and Safran Electronics and Defense.



    SMARTSHOOTER is a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy, lethality and situational awareness of small arms while greatly reducing training costs. The SMASH family of fire control systems include handheld operated, remotely controlled, UGV & UAV mounted systems.

    Ideal for open field, urban-combat, and C-UAS use cases, SMARTSHOOTER's SMASH technology enhances every mission's effectiveness through the ability to accurately engage and hit ground, aerial, and naval, either static or moving targets during both day and night operations. Using AI, computer vision and advanced algorithms, the SMASH family of fire control systems ensures precise hit capabilities, enhances forces' situational awareness and lethality and reduces collateral damage.

    Built as an external add-on solution that can be integrated into different types of assault rifles and light machineguns, the SMASH Fire Control Systems ensures that shot accuracy will not be affected by human errors such as fatigue and stress, nor by the target movement.

    Fielded and operational, SMARTSHOOTER SMASH family of solutions provides end-users with a "One Shot – One Hit" capability across multiple mission areas, creating a significant advantage for the infantry soldier and ultimately revolutionizing the world of small arms and optics.



    Thales In a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected and interdependent, the security of people and goods, infrastructure and nations depends on leaders and organisations and their ability to decide and act in a timely fashion and obtain the best outcomes. In the markets that Thales serves - defence, security, space, aerospace and ground transportation - these decisions are often of critical importance. Navy, army and air force commanders, as well as air traffic controllers, policymakers and infrastructure operators, face these critical decisions and need full, relevant and reliable information to understand the situation and make the right choices. www.thalesgroup.com



    Ultra specialises in providing application engineered tailored solutions. We focus on our customers’ mission critical and intelligent systems in the defence, security, critical detection & control markets. Our capabilities and technologies can be found on many of the world’s long-term military programmes.

    UltraLYNX is a key component in the realisation of future dismounted situational awareness systems; Increased operational tempo, improved operational agility and effectiveness. By empowering the user to employ UltraLYNX as their role or mission demands, for the first time soldier technology can truly adapt to the users needs and evolve with the constant and rapidly changing situation on a modern battlefield.

    Designed from the ground up to deliver smart, open architecture, capable of providing users with a simple plug and play function of a range of common bearer and end user devices, while also providing the necessary technological infrastructure to support future systems growth and development; UltraLYNX provides the definitive standard for future soldier systems and delivers a truly integrated, scalable and open solution to meet current and future close combat challenges head on.


    Elbit Systems UK


    Elbit Systems UK Ltd is a Defence, Technology and Aerospace company with three wholly owned subsidiaries and two joint ventures in the UK. Across 16 sites around the UK we employ over 600 people engaged in a range of high tech and specialist manufacturing activities, with a similar number of jobs sustained directly in our UK supply chain. We work on a range of different technologies for both military and civilian applications.



    We strive to set the standard for confidence and trust by providing rugged, reliable protective communication equipment.

    3M™ PELTOR™ solutions for today’s modern warfighter have been designed for use in combat and combat support operations, specifically, for use with firearms and ballistic combat helmets. The hearing protectors feature external microphones for environmental listening (aka Talk-Through) capability, so operators can maintain auditory situational awareness while still protecting their hearing. With more than 70 years of experience the PELTOR brand promises quality communication solutions that help provide an excellent balance of comfort and protection. The advanced engineering and technology inherent with the PELTOR brand fits with the high standard of quality and innovation of a continuously evolving range of product solutions that you, our customers, come to expect from 3M.



    Bittium is a trusted Finnish company with over 35 years of experience in advanced radio communication technologies. For the Defense & Security market Bittium provides the most modern products and solutions for tactical & secure communications. The products and solutions for tactical communications bring broadband data and voice to all troops across the battlefield. For secure communications Bittium offers proven mobile devices and cyber security solutions certified up to CONFIDENTIAL level. Bittium is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Exchange.

    Bren Tronics


    Bren-Tronics, Inc. (BTI) is a technology-based Power Systems company with over 45 years of experience in the design, development and manufacture of primary and rechargeable batteries, along with associated chargers and complete power systems. From design to production, BTI maintains complete in-house capabilities to develop fully integrated systems supporting US and Worldwide Military and Commercial markets.

    BTI has traditionally supported the dismounted soldier by providing the highest portable power and energy available in the smallest, lightest packages, whilst always maintaining the highest level of safety standards. Through the evolution of rechargeable battery systems, initially with Nickle Cadmium, through Nickle Metal Hydride to the current forefront of technology, Lithium Ion, BTI have consistently provided the warfighter with the best technology available.With reliability at the forefront of user’s requirements, BTI pride themselves with an outstanding field-proven record of dependability. In addition, BTI was the first battery manufacturer of rechargeable batteries to provide a visual state of charge indicator to further enhance the confidence of the user.

    Specific to the arena of the Future Soldier ideology, in 2004 BTI were the first to provide a battery specifically designed to be used as a centralised power source for the dismounted soldier. The SMP battery range from Bren-Tronics is unique in so much that the battery is designed around the most energy efficient Li Ion cell available. Consequently, the energy density (run time per weight and size) is the highest currently achievable.

    The SMP battery is currently in use by the German IDZ programme and recently the same battery has now been selected as the battery of choice for the Benelux “VOSS” Future Soldier programme.

    British Army


    The British Army protects the United Kingdom’s interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all British citizens can live and prosper. Protecting the nation and its dependent territories will always be our first role. Highly trained soldiers are ready to deploy anywhere at any time to meet a variety of challenges. Ranging from support to the Police following a terrorist attack, to specialist capabilities such as bomb disposal and intelligence experts, 24 hours a day 365 days a year, we are always ready to serve.



    C3IA provides technical and security services to the public and private sectors, supporting critical defence programmes. We specialise in system engineering, ICT, information assurance and NCSC certified cyber services. Partnered with Silvus, KTAC and DKG we’re a major reseller of StreamCaster MANET radios, tactical monitoring solutions and Instant Connect software.



    Domo Tactical Communications (DTC) is the global leader in Tactical IP Mesh technology (MANET), and COFDM transmissions systems. DTC mission-critical solutions secure, share and communicate real-time video, voice and data to enable Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) on land, on the sea and in the air. DTC has developed leading-edge technologies for successful operations in demanding environments, where COFDM solutions provide longer range, penetration

    DTC works with military, law enforcement, counter-terror units, governments, autonomous systems manufacturers and system integrators to meet key connectivity and communication challenges. Leveraging a technical heritage stretching back over 50 years and incorporating the unrivalled COFDM waveform experience of the Domo engineering team, DTC has a passion for innovation which keeps us one step ahead in the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environments in which we perform - whether on the battlefield or the streets of our cities. High-performance communication systems enable our customers to securely monitor, communicate and share information with confidence in complex environments and the most demanding situations.

    The DTC Mesh Ultra waveform provides a seamless self-forming, self-healing MANET capability that can be relied on even in the toughest conditions. DTC SDR based technology provides High Data Rate (HDR) capability for large mesh formations with excellent spectral efficiency whilst also delivering ultra-low latency performance, end-to-end encryption and unrivalled robustness and range in challengingreal-world environments. DTC’s portfolio of products also seamlessly interlink to other IP bearers to form integrated communication and data network offering secure, fast and reliable access to data real-time video, audio, location-based information services. The DTC product range offers both OEM and packaged systems with excellent Size, Weight and Power (SWAP) characteristics to suit a wide range of mission requirements,



    Galvion exists to empower military and tactical missions around the world. Our Armor, and Active Power and Data Systems divisions work independently as well as collaboratively to design, develop and deliver integrated, purpose-built solutions that enhance the agility and survivability of the modern warfighter and other demanding end-users.



    L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue, 48,000 employees and customers in over 100 countries. L3Harris.com

    Marlborough Communications LTD


    MCL are the leading supplier of INVISIO soldier communication ancillaries, hearing protection and situational awareness to the British Army and Specialist Ground Forces. INVISIO deliver seamless communication and hearing protection capability across dismounted infantry, ground manoeuvre platforms, littoral manoeuvres and aviation and air. These capabilities are deployed in huge numbers not only in the UK but globally including in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Denmark, among others. The simple, modular, and flexible design ensures the communication and interoperability needs of the soldier both mounted and dismounted are met whilst reducing the physical and cognitive burden. Continuous product innovation and spiral development as technology and new warfighting concepts develop are incorporated smoothly and continuously into the product portfolio to seamlessly support the future soldier. To learn more visit www.marlbroughcomms.com and www.invisio.com.

    Overwatch Aerospace


    Overwatch Aerospace is a British UAV business delivering the next generation of loitering munitions and drone systems, to enable positive mission outcomes in the most complex environments.

    Our team is a blend of the best engineering minds and operational experience enabling us to rapidly deliver cutting edge UAV product solutions to where they are needed most. Our Pholos II platform is a flexible drone capability that is now deployed and proven in delivery of kinetic effects.

    Panasonic Connect


    TOUGH is staying connected when it matters most For over 25 years, TOUGHBOOK has been redefining the possibilities of access to data and applications in the most challenging environments. As the industry leaders in rugged mobile computing, TOUGHBOOK develops mission-ready laptops, tablets and handhelds that are trusted by international defence partners and tested to the strictest military standards for reliability and durability. Our rugged COTS-based devices for the defence sector are built to handle any mission. Where others fail, TOUGHBOOK is on hand to support the team and ensure they are always ready to work and keep the data safe. Put your trust in our dedicated security features.

    To match the high requirements of mission-critical applications, we offer a wide range of modular customisation options such as integrated bespoke military connectors and interfaces, encrypted SSDs, as well as accessories, vehicle dockings and carrying solutions.

    Qioptiq Excelitas


    Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company, designs and manufactures infra-red (Thermal), image intensified and fused weapon and surveillance sights and equipment. With more than 100,000 individual image intensified night sights in service with more than 58 different countries worldwide in a range of defence, police, border security, coastguard and search and rescue applications.

    Qioptiq in-service sights are military ruggedised, high performance and low power. We offer specialist solutions for a range of dismounted operators including Special Forces, National Defence Forces, Law Enforcement and Professional Security teams who demand the highest quality and absolute reliability.

    With a pedigree spanning over 40 years and as a prime supplier to UK MoD, Qioptiq products are renowned for quality and performance, designed with the operator in mind, and backed up with the closed-loop customer service expected of a premium brand. Our forward-thinking product architectures are aimed at integrating with Soldier Systems that enhance our troops' capabilities, delivering mission success. Qioptiq delivers high performance equipment for demanding environments and a fully integrated through life support service that exceeds our customers’ expectations.



    Steatite is the UK’s only re-seller of Persistent Systems Wave Relay products, including the astounding MPU5 secure MANET radio. The company is at the forefront of advanced radio communications with an emphasis on defence, security and autonomous vehicle applications. However, our technology and knowledge extends far beyond this, making us well placed to help you with your most challenging communications requirements

    Behind the delivery of every Steatite Communications deployment is a group of skilled, motivated and dedicated experts. This team combines decades of valuable and varied industry experience with incredibly detailed product knowledge, the result of which is a team of specialists at the top of their class to guide you with the selection and deployment of your Steatite Communications system.



    Thermoteknix is a leader in the design and manufacture of thermal imaging, night vision, fusion and target acquisition systems.

    Thermoteknix is renowned for delivering cutting edge mission-critical solutions designed to withstand the harshest environments to defence, security and policing forces. The company has been awarded multiple Queen’s Awards for Innovation and Export as it continues to advance dismounted soldier technology that delivers enhance situational awareness, target location and surveillance capabilities.

    The Thermoteknix Augmented Reality Tactical Interface Module (ARTIM) is the company’s latest development to support future soldier programmes across the industry. ARTIM delivers heads-up situational awareness to the user during outdoor on-the-move operations. ARTIM mounts to the back of the helmet to track where the user is located and where they are looking, receiving/publishing networked PLI (Position Location Information) data, and rendering an augmented reality overlay to the user. The data is displayed by the Thermoteknix ClipIR XD – a thermal imaging clip-on device mounted on an NVG – providing not only augmented reality data but also thermal imaging fusion. The system provides heads-up navigation and tracking of friendlies, using GPS and digital terrain elevation data (DTED) to deliver accurate visualisation of geo-spatial information.

    Thermoteknix is privately owned and has been successfully delivering thermal imaging innovation for 40 years.

    TrellisWare Technologies


    TrellisWare Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in highly advanced algorithms, waveforms, and communications systems that range from small form factor radio products to fully integrated solutions. Our TSM™ waveform is incorporated into a wide range of systems, including TrellisWare radios and trusted industry partner radios, as well as multiple government and commercial solutions. TrellisWare is delivering the next generation of communications for military and commercial markets When Nothing Else Works™.

    Media Partners

    Defence Online


    Defence Online is one of the fastest-growing communities of key decision makers representing defence sector buyers and influencers within the Ministry of Defence, Prime Contractors and Industry. Providing up-to-date and informative news, insight and intelligence, Defence Online allows organisations to engage directly with a range of sector-based solutions, designed specifically to enhance their knowledge and understanding of this ever-evolving marketplace. No matter the size of your organisation, Defence Online has a range of advertising and marketing solutions to suit your business development requirements, connecting you with a marketplace worth over £19 billion annually in the UK alone.

    Aerospace & Defense Technology


    For the past 12 years, Aerospace & Defense Technology has been the mil/aero industry’s most trusted source for cutting-edge design and engineering information. Whether it’s in-depth feature articles on the hottest technology topics, application briefs that illustrate innovative uses of products and systems, tech briefs that describe how specific technologies are developed, or new product information that highlights the latest releases to the market, Aerospace & Defense Technology has the resources engineers need to do their jobs better.



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

    Army Technology


    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.

    21st Century Asian Arms Race


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

    Soldier Modernisation


    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.

    Defence Global


    Defence Global provides an essential link between the Defence & Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, Government and Military sectors globally. Defence Global is a quarterly, tri-service publication providing articles and informative analysis from respected journalists and writers worldwide to attract a sophisticated and broad audience. Defence Global is published in February, May, August and November, with a professional and stylish design in both printed copy and digital format. The printed copies are perfect bound, full colour throughout with high quality art and photography. Defence Global is used as a reference tool providing a professional and intelligent read. We work with industry experts and corporate clients to include Defence and Security Manufacturers and Suppliers, as well as Governments, MoDs, Military Authorities and Senior Management Teams.

    Satellite Evolution Group


    Desider Magazine


    Desider is our monthly corporate magazine, aimed at readers across the wider MOD, armed forces and industry. The publication covers stories and features about support to operations and equipment acquisition. It also covers the work of people in DE&S and its partners in industry, and other corporate news and information.

    MySecurity Marketplace


    Connecting security and technology professionals to the latest events, education and technology across a global security domain.

    Unmanned Systems Technology (UST)


    Unmanned Systems Technology (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned air, land, sea and space systems. UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com provides insight into new products, technologies and suppliers within the unmanned systems sector. Unmanned Systems Technology magazine is a technical publication that delves into the science and engineering of unmanned systems.

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

    ‘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.


    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.


    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.


    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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