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SAE Media Group are delighted to announce that Future Armoured Vehicles Central & Eastern Europe will return to Prague for its 8th year between the 15 and 16 May 2023.

The Future Armoured Vehicles Central and Eastern Europe conference is the premier meeting for armoured vehicle programme managers and military commanders from within the Central and Eastern European region. In response to the ever-increasing digitalisation of the modern battlefield, and the emergence of new near-peer adversaries, there is a continuing requirement for the modernisation of armoured vehicle systems across the region.
 

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Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

9:00 The Changing Nature of Armoured Forces in Eastern Europe

Major General Karel  Rehka

Major General Karel Rehka, Chief of the General Staff, Czech Armed Forces

  • An overview of the armoured capabilities of the Czech Republic
  • The need for modernisation of armoured forces in Eastern Europe
  • The future of armoured warfare in central and Eastern Europe
  • 9:30 The Next Generation of Polish Armoured Fighting Vehicles and the Future of Armoured Warfare

    Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

    Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski, Deputy Army Inspector, Head of Armoured and Mechanised Troops Directorate, Polish Armed Forces

  • K2 – Black Panther in Modern Armoured formations
  • Capabilities and challenges of armoured formations in the modern environment
  • The complexities and benefits of multiple armoured vehicles platforms
  • 10:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 An Operational Perspective of The Modernisation of Slovakian Armed Forces Armoured Vehicle Capability

    Colonel Marcel Janiga

    Colonel Marcel Janiga, Director, Material Development Division, Modernization Department, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

  • The current capabilities of Slovak Armoured forces using modernised platforms - updates and challenges
  • An overview on the incoming modernised vehicles and weapon systems enhancing the Brigades capabilities CV-90
  • Integrating new armoured combat vehicles to boost infantry effectiveness
  • 11:30 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    12:00 Infantry Fighting Vehicle Lynx KF41: Survivability through Situational Awareness Maximalisation

    Colonel Istvan Ocskay

    Colonel Istvan Ocskay, Director of HDF Research and Development Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces

  • An examination of the successes and challenges of the Lynx KF41
  • Enhancing situational awareness capabilities through communications and real time intelligence gathering
  • Development prospects for the Lynx KF41 going forwards
  • 12:30 Armoured Vehicle Developments in the Romanian Armed Forces

  • C2ISR Systems: Effectively utilising real-time data
  • The opportunities and challenges of using upgraded equipment on TR-85M1
  • Overview from the Romanian Piranha V program, their incorporation into fighting units and their value of situational awareness
  • Lieutenant Colonel Gaschler Robert Ciprian

    Lieutenant Colonel Gaschler Robert Ciprian, Commander, 284th Armor Battalion

    Major Suhan Ionut

    Major Suhan Ionut, Chief of Armor Directorate, Land Force Staff

    13:00 Altay MBT as a Template for Future Main Battle Tank Development

    Mr Tugrul Gazi

    Mr Tugrul Gazi, Program Manager Main Battle Tank Systems, SSB

  • The successes and challenges of developing and producing Altay
  • The value of indigenous systems and the opportunities presented by commercial alternatives
  • Advanced armour package and active protection on Altay
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Optimising CV90 to provide the greatest effect on the Modern Battlefield

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, FMV, Swedish MoD

  • An update on the midlife upgrade of CV90 and the future role of the platform
  • Capability requirements for the future operating theatre of the Swedish armoured vehicles
  • Emerging armoured technologies and their application on the modern battlefield
  • 15:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    15:30 The UK’s Armoured Vehicle Development and Support UK Defence can Provide in Developing Armoured Capabilities

  • Building relationships with NATO allied nations in developing the next generation of armoured vehicle capability
  • Overview of the British Army’s armoured vehicle programmes and modernisation, updates and lessons learnt
  • The ongoing requirement for digitalisation and modernisation of armoured vehicle platforms and how the UK can support
  • Colonel Tom Briggs

    Colonel Tom Briggs, Senior Army Advisor, UK Defence & Security Exports

    Major George Duffield

    Major George Duffield, SO2 Industry Strategy and Exports, British Army

    16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    17:00 Inserting New Capability into the Future OMFV

    Lieutenant Colonel David Chudy

    Lieutenant Colonel David Chudy, Product Manager, Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, US Army

  • Capability requirements for the future operating theatre of the OMFV
  • Intended new capabilities on the OMFV and the development pipeline
  • Sustaining combat operations with improved armoured capabilities on the OMFV
  • 17:30 CARMEL – Human-Machine Teaming in the Future Battlefield

    Brigadier General (ret'd) Name withheld for security reasons

    Brigadier General (ret'd) Name withheld for security reasons, Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD

  • Challenges and lessons learned from CARMEL Phase I
  • CARMEL phase II - HMT
  • HMT – Next steps
  • 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

    9:00 The Practical Implementation of The Future of Armoured Vehicles and Their Role in the Modern Battlespace

    Brigadier General Zdenek  Mikula

    Brigadier General Zdenek Mikula, Director of Land Forces Development Department, Capabilities Development Division , Czech Armed Forces

  • The challenges of the modern battlefield and what is being done at the brigade level to overcome it
  • The changing view of the role of armour in the light of the Ukraine Crisis
  • Interoperability as a force multiplier and modern ways of conducting war
  • 9:30 Modernisation Priorities for Future Hungarian Armoured Platforms

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz, Commander Land Forces, Hungarian Defence Forces

    10:00 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Prioritising Modernisation for Armoured Vehicles within the Czech Land Forces

    Colonel Jan  Kerdik

    Colonel Jan Kerdik, Head of Land Forces Development Division, Czech Armed Forces

  • The ongoing challenges of modernizing legacy armoured vehicles in the Czech Armed Forces
  • Working with international partners to deliver modern combat capabilities
  • Modernisation of armoured forces – updates and challenges
  • 11:30 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    12:00 Staying in the fight: Redefining logistics in the modern battlespace

    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl, Commander, Austrian Armed Forces

  • The challenges and successes of evolving the supply network
  • Supporting armoured vehicles in the modern battlespace and how experience from Ukraine has changed the way we look at supplying armour.
  • The future of supply, what a modern, streamlined network looks like and how this will act as a force multiplier
  • 12:30 Organisation to Support Development and Finnish Armoured Vehicles in the Modern Battlespace

    Lieutenant Colonel Riku Rantakari

    Lieutenant Colonel Riku Rantakari, Senior Staff Officer, Army Command

  • The current training of armoured forces and how this will develop going forwards
  • Areas identified for mid-life upgrades of armoured vehicles
  • Requirements for armoured vehicles of the future
  • The future of armoured formations within the FDF
  • 13:00 Remodelling Estonian Armoured Vehicle Capabilities Through the Enhancement of Current IFV’s and the Development of a Future Platform

    Mr Ivar Janson

    Mr Ivar Janson, Strategic Category Manager for Armoured Vehicles, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments

  • An overview of the prioritise for the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment in developing vehicle capabilities
  • The CV90 upgrade programme in collaboration with Estonian industry
  • Working with partner nations to develop a future wheeled vehicle platform
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    15:00 Active protection systems as a way to improve survivability of Armoured Systems

    Major Name witheld for security reasons

    Major Name witheld for security reasons, Survivability Systems Branch, Israel Ministry of Defence

  • The role of APS on the modern battlefield
  • Successes and challenges of R&D activities on Active Protection Systems
  • Industry engagement for future Active Protection Systems development
  • 15:30 Long-term Capability Improvements in Armoured Forces of the Lithuanian Army

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative , Senior Planning Officer, Lithuanian Land Force Command

  • The future role of armoured vehicles
  • Boxer AFV as an armoured platform
  • The future role of the Iron Wolf Brigade and the Future of Mechanised Infantry
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 An Overview of the Role of the NSPA: Collaborative Multi-National Life-Cycle Management

    Mr Robert Elvish

    Mr Robert Elvish, Programme Manager Air & Land Combat Systems, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)

  • The work of the NSPA in promoting collaborative and multinational acquisition of vehicle platforms
  • Supporting life cycle management and in-service support of new and legacy armoured vehicle platforms
  • Future capability development for NATO forces to maintain their competitive edge: Demilitarization
  • 17:00 Updates on the BOXER Programme and the Work of OCCAR in Developing and Managing the Next Generation of Multi-Role Armoured Platforms

    Mr Matthew West

    Mr Matthew West, Deputy Technical Section Leader, OCCAR-EA

  • Current state of the BOXER programme
  • OCCAR’s role in supporting acquisition, service support and quality assurance through platforms lifecycle
  • 17:30 Interoperability of European Armoured Capabilities Currently,and the Need for Greater Interoperability in the Future

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Mario Blokken, Director PSec, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel

  • Building relationships with NATO allied nations and interoperability as a building block
  • Overview of the role and activities of FINABEL
  • The ongoing requirement for greater interoperability and what the future of interoperability looks like
  • 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak, Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces

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    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Commander Land Forces, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

    Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

    Deputy Army Inspector, Head of Armoured and Mechanised Troops Directorate, Polish Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

    Commander, Austrian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Zdenek  Mikula

    Brigadier General Zdenek Mikula

    Director of Land Forces Development Department, Capabilities Development Division , Czech Armed Forces
    Colonel Jan  Kerdik

    Colonel Jan Kerdik

    Head of Land Forces Development Division, Czech Armed Forces
    Colonel Marcel Janiga

    Colonel Marcel Janiga

    Director, Material Development Division, Modernization Department, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    Major General Karel  Rehka

    Major General Karel Rehka

    Chief of the General Staff, Czech Armed Forces

    Brigadier General (ret'd) Name withheld for security reasons

    Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD
    Brigadier General (ret'd) Name withheld for security reasons

    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Commander Land Forces, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Brigadier General Gabor Lorincz

    Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

    Deputy Army Inspector, Head of Armoured and Mechanised Troops Directorate, Polish Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Jaroslaw Growski

    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

    Commander, Austrian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Stefan Lampl

    Brigadier General Zdenek Mikula

    Director of Land Forces Development Department, Capabilities Development Division , Czech Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Zdenek  Mikula

    Colonel Istvan Ocskay

    Director of HDF Research and Development Directorate, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Colonel Istvan Ocskay

    Colonel Jan Kerdik

    Head of Land Forces Development Division, Czech Armed Forces
    Colonel Jan  Kerdik

    Colonel Marcel Janiga

    Director, Material Development Division, Modernization Department, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    Colonel Marcel Janiga

    Colonel Tom Briggs

    Senior Army Advisor, UK Defence & Security Exports
    Colonel Tom Briggs

    Didi Ben-Yoash

    Head of Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD
    Didi  Ben-Yoash

    Gaschler Robert Ciprian

    Commander, 284th Armor Battalion
    Gaschler Robert Ciprian

    Ivar Janson

    Head of Procurement Department, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
    Ivar Janson

    Ivo Strecha

    Director Force Development Division , Czech Army
    Ivo  Strecha

    Janos Poloskei

    Branch Leader, Hungarian Defence Forces
    Janos Poloskei

    Jozef Zekucia

    National Armaments Director, Modernisation Department, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic
    Jozef Zekucia

    Lieutenant Colonel David Chudy

    Product Manager, Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel David Chudy

    Lieutenant Colonel Gaschler Robert Ciprian

    Commander, 284th Armor Battalion
    Lieutenant Colonel Gaschler Robert Ciprian

    Lieutenant Colonel Riku Rantakari

    Senior Staff Officer, Army Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Riku Rantakari

    Major General (ret'd) Josef Sedlak

    Former Commander Joint Forces, Czech Armed Forces
    Major General (ret'd) Josef  Sedlak

    Major General Karel Rehka

    Chief of the General Staff, Czech Armed Forces
    Major General Karel  Rehka

    Major George Duffield

    SO2 Industry Strategy and Exports, British Army
    Major George Duffield

    Major Name witheld for security reasons

    Survivability Systems Branch, Israel Ministry of Defence
    Major Name witheld for security reasons

    Major Suhan Ionut

    Chief of Armor Directorate, Land Force Staff
    Major Suhan Ionut

    Mr Ivar Janson

    Strategic Category Manager for Armoured Vehicles, Estonian Centre for Defence Investments
    Mr Ivar Janson

    Mr Mario Blokken

    Director PSec, European Army Interoperability Centre - Finabel
    Mr Mario Blokken

    Mr Matthew West

    Deputy Technical Section Leader, OCCAR-EA
    Mr Matthew West

    Mr Robert Elvish

    Programme Manager Air & Land Combat Systems, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)
    Mr Robert Elvish

    Mr Tugrul Gazi

    Program Manager Main Battle Tank Systems, SSB
    Mr Tugrul Gazi

    Senior Representative

    Senior Planning Officer, Lithuanian Land Force Command
    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative

    FMV, Swedish MoD
    Senior Representative

    Suhan Ionut

    Chief of Armor Directorate, Land Force Staff
    Suhan Ionut

    Zdenek Mikula

    Director of Land Forces Development Department, Capabilities Development Division , Czech Armed Forces
    Zdenek  Mikula

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