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The SAE Media Group are delighted to announce that the 7th annual Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability Conference will return to the Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, with the main conference on the 16th and 17th November and our enormously popular Active Protection Systems Focus Day running on the 15th November.

As the only armoured vehicle conference dedicated to the area of survivability, the 2022 event will gather programme managers, capability directors, commanders from the military, senior engineers, chief scientists and platform managers from leading solution providers to discuss what nations are doing to protect their armoured vehicles and personnel.
 

Building on the successes of 2019, SAE Media Group will once again host a dedicated pre-conference Active Protection Systems Focus Day on the 15th November 2022 which will provide detailed and exclusive insight into how leading nations are integrating APS into their existing vehicle fleets. Leading technical experts and militaries from the most forward-thinking nations will cover the:

  • Latest hard/soft kill systems
  • Modular Architecture
  • Sensors
  • Data Processing
  • Munitions and counter-measures
  • Capability Concerns
  • Technology demonstrations
  • Systems Testing and Trialling
  • and much more

Focus Day programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
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9:10 Developing and Integrating Modular Integrated Protection Systems (MIPS) for Future British Armoured Vehicles

Mr William Hooper

Mr William Hooper, Principal Land Survivability Engineer, Platform Systems Division, DSTL, UK MoD
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  • Ensuring open systems architectures on next-generation APS for a truly interoperable system
  • Expanding MIPS to include mobile counter-UAS protection for British AFVs
  • Improving threat identification capabilities to maximise protection
  • Future plans to augment MIPS for greater capabilities
  • 9:50 Maintaining Israeli Armoured Platform Survivability, Manoeuvrability and Lethality with Active Protection Systems

    Major (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Major (Name Withheld for Security Reasons), Maneuver Branch, Israeli Defence Forces

  • Optimising survivability through augmented APS platforms: Trophy and Iron-Fist
  • Reviewing the demands on the Israeli Defence Forces during deployments
  • Developing, testing, and applying rugged, proven active protection systems to enhance capacity
  • Operational takeaways and lessons learned
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 A Softkill based APS, protecting Armoured Vehicles of Today and Tomorrow

  • MUSS at a Glance
  • Threat Detection Capabilities
  • Open Architecture Integration Solutions 
  • Evolution Roadmap
  • Dr Jan Spannhake

    Dr Jan Spannhake, Chief Engineer, Ground based Self-Protection, HENSOLDT UK
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    11:40 Integrating Active Protection onto the MLU CV90

  • Update on the Mid-Life Update of the CV90
  • The specific requirements and considerations for applying hard-kill systems to the CV90 and lessons learned
  • Overcoming challenges for future operational success
  • Mr Tarkan Turkcan

    Mr Tarkan Turkcan, Director CV90, BAE Systems Hagglunds
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    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Interoperable Modular Scalable Active Protection System (IMSAPS)

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis, Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre

  • Brief presentation about the IMSAPS project, a European Defence Agency funded OB Study on "New Active Protection Solutions for Land Platforms (NAPS)" (20.RTI.OP.101).
  • The study provides a structured approach to new APS through life capability solutions at different Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) for land platforms (manned and unmanned), by analysing the operational environment in terms of current and future threats, and identifying requirements in three main areas: sensors, control systems/processors, and countermeasures.
  • 14:00 Testing and Evaluation of Active Protection Systems

  • Assessing the integration of the PULAT APS
  • Increasing survivability through applying and integrating multiple vehicle protection systems
  • Operational uplifts gained from integrating advanced APS
  • Mr Cagri Acar

    Mr Cagri Acar, Senior Lead System Engineer, Aselsan
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    14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Trophy APS Maturity, Momentum and Security of Supply

  • Trophy APS Overview, System Maturity and Track Record
  • EuroTrophy GmbH establishment
  • The importance of APS Security of Supply in Europe
  • Mr Dan Kalfus

    Mr Dan Kalfus, Managing Director, EuroTrophy GmbH
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    15:50 Panel Discussion: APS in Future Battlefields: Adapting to Changing Conflict Demands

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
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    Mr William Hooper

    Mr William Hooper, Principal Land Survivability Engineer, Platform Systems Division, DSTL, UK MoD
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    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Scott Coulson

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Scott Coulson, Owner and Founder, Mass XV LLC
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    16:40 Future Active Protection - Strategic Choices to Enable Tactical Maneuver

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Scott Coulson

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Scott Coulson, Owner and Founder, Mass XV LLC
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  • Armored Vehicle Characteristics and Threats
  • Threat Evolution
  • Development Cycles (RPG-30)
  • Protection Schemes - Passive/Active
  • Active Methodologies - Hard/Soft/Hybrid
  • Key parameters - time / distance / blast / efficacy / SWAP - opportunity cost
  • MOSA / Network - HFD implications
  • Strategic Decisions - ends/ways/means - 'Big 5'
  • Conclusion - development decisions as component of overall defense strategy
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat, Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Major (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Major (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Maneuver Branch, Israeli Defence Forces
    Mr William Hooper

    Mr William Hooper

    Principal Land Survivability Engineer, Platform Systems Division, DSTL, UK MoD

    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Director, IMP Castle Associates Limited
    Brigadier (Ret.) Ian Cameron-Mowat

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ian Cameron-Mowat works as an independent consultant in vehicle systems, electronic countermeasures, surveillance, and counter-terrorism technology; he is also a founding director of CSB Defence, a consultancy company operating across a number of technology sectors in defence and security. In both roles, he helps companies to find opportunities and win business. He has spoken at or chaired conferences on vehicle survivability and situational awareness,
    robotics and autonomous systems, counter-drone and counter-IED. Ian went into officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1983. As a Russian graduate, he had a busy Cold War. After that unexpected success, he alternated between mainstream Royal Signals appointments and posts in equipment capability, security, and counterterrorism in the UK and with the United Nations. Highlights of his earlier career including waking up on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall the morning after it came down and spending his birthday with his Regiment up to his chest in the cold, muddy River Ouse when it flooded York in 2000. His final seven years in uniform were spent, first as a colonel and finally as a brigadier, heading Special Projects and Force Protection teams in the UK MOD’s procurement organization, Defence Equipment and Support. Among other areas he was responsible for the UK’s counter-IED systems, force protection surveillance and active protection systems for armoured vehicles.

    Dr Jan Spannhake

    Chief Engineer, Ground based Self-Protection, HENSOLDT UK
    Dr Jan Spannhake

    After his doctoral thesis in physics on high-temperature MEMS in the cooperate research centre of Airbus Defence, he worked for 2 years as a research associate on the Development of a system to detect hidden explosives by Laser Ion Mobility Spectroscopy (LIMS)

    In 2008 he moved to the department of missile warner systems and joined the project MUSS (Multi-functional Self-Protection System) at an early stage being responsible for the electro-optical components of the Missile Warner.

    In 2016 he took over the role as Technical Manager of the MUSS for the MEDUSA TDP in UK, which also included the implementation and demonstration of MUSS on the Challenger 2 platform.

    Since 2020 he manages the development of MUSS 2 - the next generation of MUSS.
    Today he is the chief engineer of all ground based self-protection systems of the company HENSOLDT Sensors in Taufkirchen, Germany.

    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Technical Director, Vetronics Research Centre
    Dr Periklis Charchalakis

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Scott Coulson

    Owner and Founder, Mass XV LLC
    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Scott Coulson

    LTC Scott Coulson is a retired Armor officer, with tours as a tank platoon leader, scout platoon leader, tank company executive officer and tank company commander. He has also served in combat as a Cavalry Squadron Operations Officer in 4th Infantry Division in Baghdad in 2006, and was the executive officer and Regimental Deputy Commander of the 11th ACR, the OPFOR at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. He has in-depth experience in mounted and dismounted maneuver warfare in all types of terrain as both a commander and trainer. He served as a team leader and operations officer in Afghanistan on the Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team, working directly for COMISAF and observing mounted and dismounted counterinsurgency operations in 3 of the 4 regional command areas. As a Battalion Commander he both trained Joint combat advisors from across the force to prepare them for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, and also deployed as a Security Force Assistance Team leader while in command, advising Afghan forces in Kunar province while attached to a light Infantry Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division. He has thorough knowledge and understanding of combat vehicles, systems, maintenance and operations from his extensive operational career and has operated or led units equipped with M1IP, M1A1/A2 tanks, and M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. In his most recent role as Maneuver Branch Chief in Capabilities Development Directorate of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) LTC Coulson spent three years managing requirements for the Army’s combat vehicle fleet. His portfolio included both emerging initiatives and programs (MPF, GMV, LRV, GCV, AMP-V, Stryker Lethality Upgrade and Vehicle Protection Systems) as well as existing programs of record (Abrams, Bradley, Stryker, MRAP and Hercules). He worked extensively preparing leadership for Configuration Steering Boards, Weapon System Reviews, Army and Joint Requirement Oversight Councils, Capability Portfolio Reviews and advised leadership on key decisions, prioritization and resourcing. In this role he networked extensively within the Army and DoD, as well as in civilian industry and academia to gain a full understanding of various combat vehicle stakeholders, their interests, roles, positions and capabilities. He took an active role in the development, staffing and vetting of the current requirements for both MPF and VPS. He has also participated in live fire testing of active protection systems and vehicle underbody protection systems. He twice presented the maneuver force update at the National Ground Intelligence Center’s annual Threat Coordination Working Group, and has a full understanding of anti-armor systems, technology, proliferation, and tactics. He most recently assisted in writing, editing, staffing, publishing and implementing the U.S. Army Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy (CVMS), and has made several public presentations on the CVMS and the implementation plan for it. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. degree in History, and has a Masters in Business Administration (with honors) from Arizona State University. He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University Combat Developers Course (JCIDS).

    Upon retirement he founded Mass XV LLC (mass x velocity = momentum) Maneuver Combat Systems Consulting focused on providing requirement strategy, business development, mission engineering, and other marketing services to firms who offer cutting edge technology for Army warfighters. Mass XV is a growing company, headquartered in Southern Virginia.

    Major (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Maneuver Branch, Israeli Defence Forces
    Major (Name Withheld for Security Reasons)

    Mr Cagri Acar

    Senior Lead System Engineer, Aselsan
    Mr Cagri Acar

    Çagri Acar is the systems engineering team leader for active protection systems (APS) at ASELSAN Inc. He has been working at ASELSAN Inc. since 1999. He has started as a test and evaluation engineer and after 2004 he was appointed as a systems engineer. During his career, he has been involved in the development, testing and evaluation of Electronic Warfare (EW) Self Protection Systems, namely missile warning systems, radar warning systems, electronic countermeasure systems for the airborne platforms. Since 2014, he is the lead responsible for the development of PULAT and AKKOR APSs for the land platforms, mainly Main Battle Tank and Light Armored Vehicles. Çagri holds B.S. and M.S. Electronic Engineering degree.

    Mr Dan Kalfus

    Managing Director, EuroTrophy GmbH
    Mr Dan Kalfus

    Recognized as one of the most prominent Active Protection Systems (APS) Campaign Leaders, Dan Kalfus is a world-renowned Business Development expert and an entrepreneur at heart.
    He is known for being a proactive leader as well as for building long lasting partnerships with Defence industry leaders.
    After gaining unique experience via winning strategic contracts with the German Ministry of Defense (MOD) for the procurement of combat systems, Dan had lead the establishment of EuroTrophy GmbH and was appointed Managing Director of the company upon its foundation in March 2022.
    As Managing Director, he plans to make EuroTrophy GmbH the European hub for APS and to further expand the deployment of such systems with NATO Forces.

    Mr Tarkan Turkcan

    Director CV90, BAE Systems Hagglunds
    Mr Tarkan Turkcan

    Mr Turkcan has more than 31 years of active duty served within the Royal Nether-lands Army.
    Within those 31 years, he has served at the Recon battalion, Air Assault Brigade, Tank battalion, Cavalry school, Combat manoeuvre development centre and the
    Defense Material organisation.
    Performed 5 missions and several additional foreign assignments.

    He has a long history with the CV90, mainly for setting up the requirements as end user representative and responsible for the operational qualifications.

    He has been working with BAE Systems Hägglunds since may 2022 as Director of the CV90 platforms at Business and Development. In this position keeping customer and future customer relations and setting up the strategy, research, and develop-ment on the CV90 platform.
    Mr Turkcan is also taking part from BAE:s point of view in the CV90 user groups, personally being a representative in the 7 nation strong CV90 User Group.

     

    Mr William Hooper

    Principal Land Survivability Engineer, Platform Systems Division, DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr William Hooper

    William Hooper is a Principal Land Survivability Engineer within the Platform Systems division of DSTL. He is currently the technical lead for the Next Generation Electro Optical Sensor (NGEOs) for Land APS package, alongside a number of other enabling technology research packages. William has worked in the fields of Integrated Survivability, Vulnerability and lethality assessment, and test and evaluation during his career, but has predominantly specialised in the assessment and evaluation of Land based Active Protection Systems (APS).

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    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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