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Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016 - 23/08/2016

ARTEC to supply the Lithuanian Army with 88 BOXER Armoured Vehicles in 2017

ARTEC, a joint venture between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall, has won a $440 million contract to supply 88 high-protection BOXER Vehicles to the Lithuanian Army in 2017.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and European Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation have jointly commissioned ARTEC to deliver the vehicles with medium-calibre weaponry in a remote-controlled turret, the company announced on 22 August 2016. As a result, the BOXER family is now extended by the Infantry Fighting Vehicle variant. Production will be carried out by ARTEC's two parent companies. KMW will be manufacturing 53 vehicles and 35 by Rheinmetall. The German Armed Forces have more than 400 BOXER vehicles in different variants in use or in the procurement process, while the Royal Netherlands Army have 200. Together with the Lithuanian vehicles, just short of 700 vehicles therefore have been contracted by three user nations. The BOXER offers its crews maximum protection from mines, IEDs and direct fire, and is characterised by high mobility, both on roads and in the roughest terrain. With this contract, Lithuania will become the third nation to operate the BOXER.
(, 22 August 2016, ‘Lithuanian Army to be strengthened with 88 Boxer Vehicles')

Against this backdrop, SMi is delighted to announce that ARTEC’s Managing Director, Mr Stefan Lischka, will be providing a case study of the BOXER armoured vehicle programme at the highly anticipated Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016 conference at 15:45 on Day One titled ‘Survivability Approaches within ARTEC: Current and Future Capability Development within BOXER’:

  • Modularity within the platform
  • Current survivability technology
  • Future plans for technology insertion

This is just one of 16 specific armoured vehicle programmes being briefed on, giving you the latest key insights into the survivability and blast protection capabilities of the following land systems:

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

The 2016 Speaker Panel features:

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

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

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

To view the full speaker line-up and conference programme, visit

Plus, don't 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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