MRO Day (22 Jan)

8:00 - 8:20 MORNING REGISTRATION


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Christopher F Foss

Editor
IHS Jane's Armoured Fighting Vehicles

8:30 - 9:00 JORDAN’S EXPERIENCE IN RETROFIT AND SUSTAINMENT OF ARMOR CORPS

Brigadier General Adnan Ahmad Alragad, 3rd Division Commander, Jordan Armed Forces
· Overview of current fleet inventory
· JAF international obligations, PSO and other joint missions – how this creates demand for interoperability
· User requirements: weapons system upgrades; target detection and auto tracking; fire control systems; protection systems, signature masking, and fire extinguishing systems
· Future vision of the armoured fleet, including unduction of wheeled vehicles

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Brigadier General Adnan Ahmad Alragad

3rd Division Commander
Jordan Armed Forces

9:00 - 9:30 RESERVED

9:30 - 10:00 THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING EQUIPMENT AND MODERNISING THE FLEET IN ORDER TO MEET COMMITMENTS TO UN AND REGIONAL PEACE SUPPORT MISSIONS

Thomas Oppong-Peprah, General Officer Commanding, Southern Command, Ghana Army HQ
· Overview of the future threat environment and missions in order to provide a rationale for future requirements and investment in protected mobility
· The importance of investing in armour in the context of the Peace Support Operations
· Experience and use of the Piranha I 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 vehicles by the Army of Ghana
· Maintenance and upgrade plans for the existing APC fleet as part of wider Army capability modernisation
· ISR Capability and upgrade requirements required in order to field a fully integrated vehicle capability

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Thomas Oppong-Peprah

General Officer Commanding, Southern Command
Ghana Army HQ

10:00 - 10:30 RESERVED

10:30 - 11:00 MORNING COFFEE

11:00 - 11:30 PERUVIAN ARMY'S 'UGARTE' MODERNISATION PLAN AND 'HARPAY NINA’ PROGRAMME

11:30 - 12:00 BALANCE OF POWER; RELIABLE ENERGY STORAGE SOLUTIONS FOR THE MODERN WORLD

· With ever-increasing power demands discover the advantages of Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) dual-purpose batteries that offer both high power engine-start capability and deep-cycle reserve capacity
· Learn how TPPL batteries consistently offer reliability to our partner customers even when operating in extreme temperatures or from a state of deep discharge
· Develop an understanding of how our batteries can be integrated as part of a complete energy solution for both monitoring and management of equipment performance

Sponsored by: EnerSys

The armies of Asia face many challenging operating scenarios, both in home theatres and in the many PSO missions that these armies participate in around the world. At the same time there is a wealth of technological development taking place to field better and better vehicles. Combining both indigenous developments and international partnerships the science and technology institutes of the region are at the forefront of developing the future solutions required by these diverse armed forces:

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Christopher F Foss

Editor
IHS Jane's Armoured Fighting Vehicles
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Dong Hyun Kim

Director for Mobility & Automotive R&D
Agency for Defense Development (RoK)
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Yazid Ahmad, Ph.D.,

Director Mechanical & Aerospace Technology Division (STRIDE)
Malaysian MoD
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Colonel Chatchapong Panpayak, Program Director, Armoured Vehicle Project, Defence Technology Institute, Thailand MoD

Program Director, Armoured Vehicle Project
Defence Technology Institute, Thailand MoD

12:45 - 13:45 LUNCH

13:45 - 14:15 LEBANESE ARMY CURRENT OPERATIONAL PRIORITIES AND MODERNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

Major General George Shriem, Member of the Military Council, Lebanese Armed Forces
· Current priorities of the Lebanese Army with situation update of conflict on the Lebanon-Syria border
· Challenges in counter-terrorism operations
· Maintaining and sustaining the fleet in austere environments
· Planned upgrades and modernizations for the vehicle fleet in order to ensure greater situational awareness

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Major General George Shriem

Member of the Military Council
Lebanese Armed Forces

14:15 - 14:45 KEY DIFFERENTIATORS AND TECHNOLOGY OPTIONS FOR ARMORED VEHICLE DISPLAYS

· Requirements Definition
· E-commerce-based Decision Making
· Define the Need, not the Availability
· Industrial and Custom Display Differentiators
· Near Term Cost vs. Through Life Cost

Sponsored by: American Panel Corporation

14:45 - 15:15 CURRENT THREAT SITUATION IN GEORGIA AND THE CHALLENGES OF ENSURING VEHICLES ARE AT HIGH READINESS

Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava, Deputy Chief of General Staff, Georgian Armed Forces
· Georgian geopolitical situation, threats faced and recent operations
· Role of armour in the Georgian armed forces
· The centralisation of armoured vehicle modernisation
· Integrating existing and new platforms into a single interoperable armour fleet
· Challenges of maintaining forces at high-readiness in austere environments

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Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava

Deputy Chief of General Staff
Georgian Armed Forces

14:45 - 15:15 RESERVED

15:15 - 15:30 TRANSITION TIME TO BRING AUDIENCE FROM IN-SERVICE SUPPORT FOCUSSED SESSIONS TO JOIN MRO CONFERENCE FOR KEYNOTE PLENARY ADDRESS

8:00 - KEYNOTE ADDRESS FROM THE CHIEF OF THE GENERAL STAFF

General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, British Army
· Modernisation of Land Capability to deal with the complexity of the future operating environment
· Future Force structure regarding vehicle brigade size and composition
· The British Army’s Strike Experimentation Group
· Making the MBT component more effective through the major life-extension programme for Challenger 2

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General Sir Nick Carter

Chief of the General Staff
British Army
The Chief of the General Staff (CGS) is the professional head of the Army, with responsibility for developing and generating military capability from an integrated Army (Regular and Reserve) and for maintaining the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Service.
 
The CGS reports to the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) and, as a Service COS, has a right of direct access to the Secretary of State and the Prime Minister. The CGS is a member of the Defence Council and the Army Board, the Armed Forces Committee, the Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Senior Appointments Committee.

16:00 - 16:30 AFTERNOON COFFEE AND NETWORKING

16:30 - NaN:NaN ENSURING THE READINESS OF THE ARMOURED VEHICLES FLEET FOR OPERATIONS

Brigadier Godfrey Tumusiime Katsigaz, Chief of Staff, Land Forces, Uganda People's Defence Forces
· Overview of the equipment of the UPDF
· Insight into the types of operating environments and the various challenges this places on force readiness
· PSO considerations for the vehicle fleet, and ensuring appropriate level of firepower for such operations
· Lessons from Somalia and experiences using mine-resistant vehicles; the upgrades and retrofit required for these missions

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Brigadier Godfrey Tumusiime Katsigaz

Chief of Staff, Land Forces
Uganda People's Defence Forces

17:00 - 17:30 RESERVED

17:30 - 18:00 ASSESSMENT OF MODIFICATION REQUIRED TO CORE EQUIPMENT FOR PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIONS

Brigadier General Jack Singyangwe, Chief of Policy, Doctrine and Strategic Branch, Zambia Army
· Retrofitting to improve the effectiveness of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) deployed in African Peace Support Operations (PSOs)
· Understanding of Threat Dynamics for appropriate equipment selection; Strategy of irregular warfare Insurgency and terrorism; Employment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs); Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs)
· Upgrades required on AFVs to meet emerging threats in PSOs

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Brigadier General Jack Singyangwe

Chief of Policy, Doctrine and Strategic Branch
Zambia Army

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Christopher F Foss

Editor
IHS Jane's Armoured Fighting Vehicles

18:15 - 19:45 ICE BREAKER DRINKS RECEPTION

For centuries alcohol has always played an important, and sometimes decisive, role in warfare.
Some commanders used alcohol to boost morale and courage; other commanders believed it was best to keep their troops as sober as possible, so they wouldn’t go out of control. Re-enact this historic debate in an unrivalled live war-gaming exercise among friends!
This annual ice-breaker is a critical feature of the conference programme and sets the tone for future days; without networking events like this we can not build the trust we need to ensure productive, frank and flowing debate across the Q&A sessions and panel discussions over the following days.