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The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global event producing company that specialises in Business to Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and Training. We create and deliver events within Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

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Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness - 01/11/2016

Agenda released for the only Show Dedicated to Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness

SMi Group announces the return for its next annual conference in the sell-out portfolio of Armoured Vehicle events: Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness 2017, set to take place on 29th and 30th March, Central London, UK.

Complex counter insurgency operations have demonstrated the need for timely visual intelligence and comprehensive information sharing to meet a challenging and constantly changing environment. Simultaneously, future land forces must prepare for high intensity conflict, where information superiority and surveillance capability may be challenged by a technologically capable enemy.

Quickly establishing itself as the leading conference for armoured vehicle experts focused on C2, C4i, sensors and optronics, the 2017 show invites not only the programme managers, capability directors and operational commanders from the armed forces, but will also provide a platform for both operational users and industry to share their experiences in the enhancement of situational awareness, information gathering and information sharing.

Highlights will include a spotlight from combat vehicle market leaders such as Thales SAS, Leonardo and PSM, plus keynotes from a global line-up of armed forces leading capability development including France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, UK and USA.

The only conference of its kind exclusively dedicated to armoured vehicle situational awareness, will hone in on key topics surrounding vetronics architectures, sensor integration, CIS and battle management and more.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • Col Mike McCarthy, Chief, Land War Net Division, ARCIC, United States Army
  • Col Manuel Jesus De Hoyos Sanchez, Head of the 8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicle Programme, Spanish Army
  • Maj Mick Lillie, SO2 Communication Vehicle Systems, Armoured Trials and Development Unit, British Army
  • Maj Wouter Alexander Samson, Department of Defence, Manoeuvre Centre of Knowledge, Royal Netherlands Army
  • Maj Eran Novak, Ground Forces Command, Weapons Department, C4I Project Officer, Israeli Defence Force
  • Maj Ola Petter Odden, Development Offi cer, Combat Lab, Norwegian Army Land Warfare Centre
  • Mr Stephane Chaigneau, Scorpion System of Systems Architect, Engineering Land Systems, DGA Land Systems, French MoD
  • Mr Hans-Josef Maas, Armoured Fighting Vehicles Vetronics Project Leader, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment and Information Technology, German MoD
  • Mr Thierry Midavaine, Technical Director, Thales Optronique SAS
  • Mr Guy Davies, Capability Manager, Vehicle Systems, Land and Naval Defence Electronics Division, Leonardo
  • Mr Tobias Baumart, Project Manager, LAND 400 PUMA, PSM

Conference Chairman Brigadier (ret) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Former Head of Force Protection, UK MoD and Director of IMP Castle Associates Limited said:

"Last year’s event saw over 120 like-minded individuals convene in London to realise this common goal, with General Dynamics Mission Systems, Rheinmetall, Defence Electronics, Selex-ES, Sagem, Thales, Saab, Nexter, Patria and IAI Elta being just some of the OEM technical leaders to lend their support."

Further information including a detailed programme and full speaker line-up is available at

Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness
29th & 30th March 2017,
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London, UK

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