Interviews and Video Content

General Dennis L Via, US Army Materiel Command: Procurement and Upgrade

General Dennis L Via, US Army Materiel Command: Procurement and Upgrade

January 2016
General Dennis L Via, Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, discussed the procurement plans and challenges for the US Army in the coming year at International Armoured Vehicles.

Lt Gen Seppo Toivonen, Commander, Finnish Army

Lt Gen Seppo Toivonen, Commander, Finnish Army

January 2016
Lieutenant General Seppo Toivonen, Commander of the Finnish Army, summarises his briefing points at IAVs 2016, with thoughts towards modernisation and upgrades.

Brigadier General Charles Beaudouin, French Army: Programme Development

Brigadier General Charles Beaudouin, French Army: Programme Development

January 2016
Brigadier General Charles Beaudouin, Director Technical Section, French Army, discusses the priorities for French vehicles in the field of reducing weight and upping firepower, as well as why he believes the International Armoured Vehicles forum is useful when it comes to decision-making.

Colonel John Atkinson, US Marine Corps: Upgrade plans

Colonel John Atkinson, US Marine Corps: Upgrade plans

January 2016
Colonel John Atkinson, Director of Fires and Maneuver Integration Division for the U.S. Marine Corps, discusses the current plans for upgrade and modernisation as the USMC seeks to bolster its expeditionary capabilities.

Major Francois Laroche, ATDU: Vehicle Technology Development

Major Francois Laroche, ATDU: Vehicle Technology Development

January 2016
The role of the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) is to carry out user trials and development tasks on armoured vehicle equipment in order to provide cost-effective support to the Equipment Programme. Here, Major Francois Laroche, discusses what the current landscape looks like for vehicle protection and survivability.

Textron Systems: Plans and Priorities

Textron Systems: Plans and Priorities

January 2016
Shortly before announcing its deal to supply the SCTV to Ukraine, Bear Midkiff, Textron’s director of Europe and Africa business operations, talks to Defence IQ about the company's activity over the past year and its priorities for 2016 and beyond. Textron Systems was the lead sponsor of International Armoured Vehicles 2016.

Black Hornet: Prox Dynamics discusses vehicle-launched nano UAVs

Black Hornet: Prox Dynamics discusses vehicle-launched nano UAVs

January 2016
Jack Eirik Straume of Prox Dynamics explains to Defence IQ how the the Black Hornet nano unmanned aerial vehicle has gone from strength to strength since seeing use in the British and Norwegian Army.  Showcasing the product at International Armoured Vehicles, the device can be launched from the confines of an AV for covert surveillance.

Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward: Chairing International Armoured Vehicles

Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward: Chairing International Armoured Vehicles

February 2015
The conference chairman reflects on the most interesting discussions emerging in the conference room and the emerging trends this market has seen develop over the past year.

Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, UK Gov

Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, UK Gov

February 2015
The UK's Minister of State for Defence Procurement discusses the UK strategy for armoured vehicle procurement, including the Warrior programme and the incoming Scout vehicles.

Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges: Establishing permanent armoured force in Eastern Europe

Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges: Establishing permanent armoured force in Eastern Europe

February 2015
The head of the US Army in Europe has elaborated on plans to keep armoured equipment in Eastern Europe as a warning to Russia that NATO forces will be ready to respond to further military aggression.

Lt Gen Luiz Felipe Linhares Gomes: Brazilian Army Modernization

Lt Gen Luiz Felipe Linhares Gomes: Brazilian Army Modernization

February 2015
The Head of the Project Management Office at the Brazilian Army, discusses immediate priorities for the Guarani programme and the emerging developments for Brazil's land forces.