Armoured Vehicles Event History
The International Armoured Vehicles conference & exhibition series has grown from its original format, "Light & Medium Armoured Vehicles" in 2002, which had just 40 delegates and 1 sponsor in London, at the Thistle Lancaster Gate Hotel, to where it is today in 2011, with over 2500 visitors, 50 speakers and 100 exhibitiors.
Defence IQ has strived to keep up with the evolution of the armoured vehicles market – which in the recent years has moved towards greater protection due to the increasing threats being faced in theatres across the world. Just a few years ago, the wave of IEDs, RPGs and other ballistic measures of attacks resulted in vehicles such as MRAP were being procured en masse.
Fast forward to today – maximising and balancing Armoured Vehicle capabilities are critical for current operations and future threats, especially with the current battlepsace. Defence IQ understands that the threat is constantly changing – that's why we are continuously doing our research to ensure we're discussing the latest developments, battlefield changes and the impact on operations.
Throughout its history, Defence IQ has taken pride in its strong speaker faculty to lead these discussions and to carry the debate during the conference. These speakers have included:
General William Scott Wallace, Former Commanding General, Training and Doctrine Command, US Army
Lieutenant General Tom Metz, Former Director, Joint IED Defeat Organisation, US DoD
Lieutenant General Andrew Leslie, Chief of Land Staff, Canadian DND
Lieutenant General Paul Newton, Commander, Force Development and Training, British Army
Lieutenant General Antonio Gucciardino, General Manager of Procurement Agency for Land Systems, Italian Army
Major General Robert Brown, Commanding General, Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, US Army
Major General Bill Moore, Director, Battlespace Manoeuvre Requirements, UK MoD
Major General Chris Deverell, Director, Logistics Support and Equipment, British Army
Major General Per Sverre Opedal, Chief of Staff, Norwegian Army
Brigadier General Norbert Huber, Director Force Development Division, Austrian Ministry of Defence
Brigadier General José Luis Orts Pales, Director, ITM Research Centre, Spanish MoD
Brigadier General Hans-Joachim Fischer, Deputy Chief of Staff, Planning, Armaments and Logistics, German Army
Brigadier General Anders Carell, Head of Land Systems Procurement Command, Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)
Brigadier Piers Hankinson, Commander, Land Warfare Development Group, Land Warfare Centre, British Army
The Armoured Vehicles conference series has now also expanded to around the world, with successful regional events running in Asia, India, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.
Here is a sample of speakers from Armoured Vehicles Asia, Singapore, 2010:
General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of Army, Sri Lanka Army
Dr Kogila Balakrishnan, Undersecretary, Defence Industrial Division, Ministry of Defence Malaysia
Antonio L. Romero II Undersecretary for Finance & Armed Forces Modernization Affairs and OIC - Undersecretary for Defense Affairs, Department of National Defence, Philippines
Lieutenant General Kim Sun Young Armoured Vehicles Project Team, Defence Acquisition, Program Administration (DAPA), Republic of Korea
Brigadier General Agus Suyarso, Head of Research and Development of the Defence Industry, Indonesian Ministry of Defence
Here is a sample of speakers from Armoured Vehicles India, Delhi, November 2010:
General J.P. Singh, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Policy and Systems), Indian Army
Dr S B Singh, Principal Associate Director, Vehicle Research & Development Establishment (VRDE), Ministry of Defence, Government of India
Dr S K Raza, Principal Associate Director, Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Ministry of Defence, Government of India
Dr. Vijay Madhu, Senior Scientist E Advanced Armour & Battlefield Systems, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL)
Lieutenant General Bhardwaj, Dir Gen Mechanized Forces, Indian Army HQ
Brigadier Sanjiv Varma, Deputy Director General (Equipment) DG Mechanised Forces, Indian Army
Shri. S. Sundaresh, Chief Controller R&D (Armament & Combat Engineering), Defence Research and Development Organisation, Ministry of Defence, India
Defence IQ hopes to keep in regular contact with the armoured vehicles community, and to extend its welcome to all those who are involved and interested in protected vehicles. We look forward to meeting you again in Singapore in August!
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