21 - 24 January, 2019 | Twickenham Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Main Conference Day Two (23 Jan)

7:30 - 8:15 REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:30 - 9:00 RESERVED FOR KEYNOTE

  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems and preparing to fight in urban environments
  • Why do we need the RAS capabilities and how RAS enhances combat leaders in manoeuvre in Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)?
  • How RAS capability can save lives and led to a decisive advantage in combat operations
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Major General Gary M. Brito

Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence
U.S. Army

9:30 - 10:00 DENMARK’S MECHANISED FORCES: RECENT OPERATIONAL LESSONS AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

Major General Hans-Christian Mathiesen - Chief of the Army Staff, Defence Command Denmark
·          Current and planned upgrades, modernisation and adaptation to leverage new capabilities
·          Delivery of a new fleet of PIRANHA 5 vehicles is scheduled for 2018-2023
·          How Denmark attaches vehicles to combat groups and the concept behind its force structure
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Major General Hans-Christian Mathiesen

Chief of the Army Staff
Defence Command Denmark

10:00 - 11:00 MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:00 - 11:30 LAND 400 PROGRAMME UPDATE

·          Phase 1 & Phase 2 delivery review
·          Phase 3 –  IFV and MSV – Infantry Fighting Vehicle and Manoeuvre Support Vehicles (tracked, turreted, circa 45 tonnes) replacing M113
·          Phase 4 – Planning for the Integrated Training System

11:30 - 12:00 THE U.S. ARMY’S ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLE ROADMAP

Colonel James Schirmer - Program Manager, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, PEO – GCS, U.S. Army
·          An overview of the current work and design profiles of PEO Ground Combat Systems
·          Short and long-term roadmaps for the Bradley, Self-Propelled Howitzer and Next Generation Combat Vehicle
·          Exploiting new technologies such as AI, Robotics and Directed Energy to enhance AFVs
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Colonel James Schirmer

Program Manager, Next Generation Combat Vehicle
PEO – GCS, U.S. Army

12:00 - 13:00 NETWORKING LUNCH

13:00 - 13:40 NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SCORPION PROGRAM - AN INNOVATIVE RISK-REDUCTION APPROACH FOR THREE FUTURE MAJOR IMPACT PROGRAMS

Major General Charles Beaudouin - Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans & Programs, French Ministry of Defence
·          Overview of the $6.7 billion Army’s Scorpion modernization program
·          Planned delivery of 780 Griffon multirole troop carriers and 248 units of the light multirole Jaguar combat vehicle by 2020
·          Upgrade of the Leclerc tank with a new battle management system, crew training with onboard 3D simulation, and maintenance
·          The architecture of the SCORPION armoured reconnaissance and combat vehicle JAGUAR
·          Lessons learned from recent operations and their impact on modernisation program
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Major General Charles Beaudouin

Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans & Programs
French Ministry of Defence

13:40 - 14:20 THE PLACEMENT OF ARMOUR AT THE CENTRE OF THE BULGARIAN ARMY’S MODERNISATION INITATIVE

·          Armoured vehicle modernisation as a key component of the Army’s overall capability
·          Prioritising interoperability across land systems through close collaboration with NATO allies
·          Increasing the diversity of the fleet to improve capacity and capability for multiple mission sets
·          Integrating existing and new platforms into a single interoperable armour fleet for the Bulgarian Army

14:20 - 14:55 AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

·          Overview of the FCV; Project timelines and milestones
·          Characteristics required of an Armoured Vehicles for an increasingly complex battlefield
·          Confronting hybrid organsiations: Terrorists, guerrillas & military adversaries
·          Protection and situation awareness in a network centric environment
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Brigadier General (Ret.) Didi Ben-Yoash

Team Leader, Future Combat Vehicles
Israel Ministry of Defence

15:45 - 17:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT DOES DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY MEAN TO THE ARMOUR COMMUNITY?

Emerging and disruptive technologies are expected to change the way we fight. The future will be won by those who are able to innovate quickly enough to conceive, design, build and operate combinations of technologies and methodologies in order to maintain the competitive combat edge.
 
Technology is leaping forward with advances in AI, machine learning and robotics, how will this impact the future armoured vehicle and the way we train and fight? Can the alliance leverage technology-derived tactics focused on speed, stealth and surprise to gain advantage?
 
This discussion will explore the future characteristics of the armoured vehicle by inviting those currently involved in research and development, capability development, and requirement setting that will lay the foundation for future armoured vehicles design and procurements.
 
Proposed discussion point:
 
·          What are the outstanding disruptive technologies likely to be included on armoured vehicles?
·          Is the tank dead and will we move towards lighter, unmanned platforms?
·          Autonomous systems and unmanned/optionally manned systems’ role within the near-term future fleet
·          How will these concepts affect operational outcomes?

16:30 - 17:00 CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS