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Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016 - 15/08/2016

Israeli MoD unveils first wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier

SMi's 2nd annual Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference will address recent industry developments to help enhance protection of military vehicles and those carrying out missions through this vital land force asset.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) unveiled the Eitan 8x8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) that will eventually be developed into a family of vehicles that will replace many of its legacy tracked M113s. The Eitan will weigh 30-35 tonnes, have a 750 hp engine, and be able to reach speeds of up to 90 km/h on paved roads, the MoD said. The APC variant will be able to carry 12 personnel, including the commander, driver, and gunner. The MoD released photographs and a video showing a prototype of the APC armed with a Rafael Samson Mini remote weapon station. Brigadier General Baruch Matzhliah, head of the MoD's Tank Authority, said the prototype had begun a series of tests of its capabilities in recent days. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will decide how many platforms it will order when the trials are complete.

(Source: IHS Jane's, 3 August 2016, 'Israel unveils first wheeled APC')

Against this backdrop, SMi is proud to announce that the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD)'s Head of Future Combat Vehicle Team, Brigadier General Didi Ben Yoash, will be providing a timely case study at the highly anticipated Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016 conference at 11:45 on Day One titled 'Medium Weight Future Combat Vehicle Survivability':

  • Background - Traditional survivability approaches
  • Active protection systems - The revolution
  • Medium weight vehicles - Survivability challenges
  • Future survivability - Vision

SMi's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016 conference will provide unrivalled insight into what leading land forces and their selected OEMs are doing to enhance the safety and protection of mechanised personnel. Through an exploration of the latest technology and concepts of operation for enhanced survivability, this unique event focuses on the collaboration between military and industry, inviting not only the programme managers and operational commanders at the forefront of armoured vehicle procurement and use, but also, the lead engineers, chief scientists and technical directors from the vehicle manufacturers themselves, who create the platforms and technologies at the heart of armoured vehicle protection.

Benefits of Attending Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016:

  • Cutting-edge technology presented by combat vehicle leaders, including ARTEC, General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag, BAE Systems Hägglunds, Lockheed Martin UK and Rheinmetall
  • Gain an insight into the latest passive and active protection systems
  • Hear updates from the armed forces leading capability development, including the UK, USA, France, Germany, Israel, Canada and many more
  • View the latest innovative survivability technology presented in the exhibition area


Expert Military Speakers:

  • Brigadier General Markus Laubenthal, Chief of Staff, US Army Europe
  • Brigadier General Derek Macaulay, Chief of Staff Army Strategy, Canadian Army
  • Brigadier General Didi Ben Yoash, Head of Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD
  • Colonel William Nuckols, Director for Mounted Requirements, Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, US Army
  • Colonel Klaus Schiefenbusch, Chief of Combat Division, Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
  • Colonel Dag Søberg, Director Armaments Branch, Norwegian Army
  • Colonel Tomas Dvoracek, Director, Land Forces Armaments, Armaments and Acquisition Division, National Armaments Office, Czech MoD
  • Lieutenant Colonel Mark Brown, Director, Capability Integration, Manoeuvre Branch, United States Marine Corps
  • Major Claus Johansen, Head of the Armoured Vehicles Study and Development Branch, Danish Army Combat & Fire Support Centre
  • Colonel (retd) Mike Smith, TARDEC Science & Technology Advocate at the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, United States Army

Plus New Chairman Confirmed: Major General David Cullen (retd), Former Assistant Chief of the General Staff, UK Ministry of Defence

OEMs and Industry Speakers:

  • Mr Jens Schroeter Dipl. Ing. TU, Senior Director Engineering, General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag
  • Mr Michal Bieniek Dipl. Ing. ETH, Head of Heavy Platforms, General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag
  • Mr Dan Lindell, Platform Manager, Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds
  • Mr Marius Thiart, VP Business Development and Sales, Protection Systems, Rheinmetall
  • Mr Thomas Bristow, Environmental System Design Authority, Engineering, Lockheed Martin UK
  • Major (ret) Kevin Sloan, Former British Army, International Business Development Manager, Soucy Defense
  • Mr Stefan Lischka, Managing Director, ARTEC
  • Mr Roger Sloman, Managing Director, Advanced Blast & Ballistic Systems
  • Mr Taylor Hayley, Business Development, Skydex Technologies

To view the full speaker line-up and conference programme, visit http://www.favsurvivability.com/defencesuppliers

Platforms discussed and represented at Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016 includes:

  • AJAX
  • BOXER
  • Challenger 2
  • CV 90
  • Griffin
  • Jaguar EBRC
  • LAV 6.0
  • Leopard 2
  • Merkava
  • Namer
  • Pandur
  • Piranha 5
  • Puma IFV
  • Stryker
  • USMC ACV
  • Warrior CSP

Don't miss out our interactive pre-conference workshop taking place on 22nd November 2016:

Countering IED Threats: Understanding the Operational Environment and Developing Proactive Solutions

Hosted by: Mr Robert Shaw, Former Head of Counter-IED Training, NATO ISAF, C-IED Advisor, UNMAS, UN

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