On 7th February 2011, ExCel Centre opened its doors for the 10th Annual International Armoured Vehicles ( http://www.internationalarmouredvehicles.com/) conference and exhibition, commencing 4 days of intense networking, information-sharing and product showcasing for high profile members of the military and industry.
Hosted by Defence IQ (http://www.defenceiq.com/), this year’s event featured sessions on Land Forces capability, equipping process, survivability, and mounted combat platforms whilst providing attendees a choice of participation in any of four Focus Days: Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IEDs), Through Life Support and Sustainment of Armoured Vehicles, Armoured Vehicle C4ISR Capabilities for Joint Operations and Combined Arms Training and Simulation.
The conference element of the event highlighted 50+ speakers from the military, including Major General Chris Deverell, British Army and Major General Robert Brown, US Army Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, who kicked off the conference, with sessions on The British Army’s Strategy To Support Current And Future Operations and The Future Of Mounted And Dismounted Operations: The Role Of Tactical Small Units And The Solider As A System.
The content from the sessions were crucial to the attendees, many of whom were repeat visitors interested in gathering information on the latest developments in armoured vehicles. Others who were first-time participants included a Project Officer from the Norwegian Army, who mentioned, “I’m here for information on the different vehicles. I’ve attended all four days to hear what other nations have done, avoid mistakes that they’ve made, and learn lessons that they’ve learned.”
Meanwhile, over 100 exhibitors displayed their latest products and developments to 2500+ visitors, including vehicles such as: the Ocelot vehicle, which will be replacing the British Army’s Snatch Land Rover vehicles, the 4×4 and 6×6 Zephyr vehicles from Creation UK, Ovik Solutions’ Cameleon and finally, Oshkosh’s impressive M-ATV vehicle.
The event’s exhibition hall featured more than just vehicles – many exhibitors included innovative safety solutions for the interiors and exteriors of armoured vehicles. A representative from Vital Seating Systems stated, “The event provides good networking opportunities and the chance to see UK and foreign buyers, so it is essential for our business to be here.”
Fresh from its success this month, Defence IQ (http://www.defenceiq.com/) is already in plans for its International Armoured Vehicles 2012 conference and exhibition. A list of industry-leading companies already confirmed as exhibitors include Nexter, RUAG Land Systems, Oshkosh Defence, DEW Engineering, Hutchinson, Milbrook, Timoney Technology, Armourworks, PPG Aerospace, Istec Services, Warn, Tempus/Panasonic, 01db Metravib, Raytheon Eagle, Race-tec, Honeywell, Tyron, Rudchains, OIP, Dupont, Schott, Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Polamco, Scanfiber and Jankel. Event details and updates will be added periodically to the website at http://www.internationalarmouredvehicles.com.
In the meantime, attention is also being turned towards the next regional event in Defence IQ’s Armoured Vehicles series:
Armoured Vehicles UAE
8th-10th May 2011
Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi
As a key growth region for many defence contractors this is the only conference that will uncover for you not only what armoured vehicle capabilities UAE and other GCC armed forces will invest in, but the thinking behind their requirements and how you can do business with the key stakeholders.
Tel: +44 207 368 9300