Israel's Engineering Namer armoured vehicle in first exercise

Press Release ( - LONDON - Aug 16, 2016 - Israel’s new Engineering Namer armoured vehicles have completed their first combat drill, the Israeli MoD announced on 2nd June 2016. Held in the Golan Heights, the drill was the first time the engineering variant of the Namer armoured personnel carrier (APC) has taken part in a platoon-level Combat Engineering Battalion exercise. The vehicles crossed steep anti-tank ditches and assembled a bridge for other vehicles to cross after them. Unveiled in April, the Engineering Namer is designed to perform a range of battlefield functions, including breaching structures, crossing obstacles, clearing minefields, and towing other heavy vehicles.
(Source: IHS Jane’s 360, 3 June 2016, ‘Israel’s Engineering Namers in first exercise’)

Against this backdrop, SMi is proud to announce that Brigadier General Didi Ben Yoash, Head of Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD, is confirmed to speak at the highly anticipated 2nd annual conference on Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability, taking place on 23rd – 24th November 2016 in London, UK. Brigadier General Didi Ben Yoash will also be joined by an array of other new Military speakers for this year’s programme, including senior procurement decision makers from US Army Europe, Canadian Army, US Army, Norwegian Army, United States Marine Corps, Danish Army Combat & Fire Support Centre, DSTL, British Army and more.

With a key focus on the technologies and concepts of operation for enhanced survivability, this unique conference will focus on the collaboration between military and industry with Mr Dan Lindell, Platform Manager, Combat Vehicles at BAE Systems Hägglunds and Dr Bryan Vaughan, Head of Materials at Lockheed Martin UK, confirmed to present their latest armoured vehicle strategies.

Benefits of Attending Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016:
• Cutting edge technology presented by combat vehicle leaders, including ARTEC, General Dynamics European Land Systems – Mowag, BAE Systems Hägglunds, Lockheed Martin UK and Rheinmetall
• Gain an insight into the latest passive and active protection systems
• Hear updates from the armed forces leading capability development, including the UK, USA, France, Germany, Israel, Canada and many more
• View the latest innovative survivability technology presented in the exhibition area

Expert Military Speakers:
• Brigadier General Markus Laubenthal, Chief of Staff, US Army Europe
• Brigadier General Derek Macaulay, Chief of Staff Army Strategy, Canadian Army
• Brigadier General Didi Ben Yoash, Head of Future Combat Vehicle Team, Israeli MoD
• Colonel William Nuckols, Director for Mounted Requirements, Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, US Army
• Colonel Klaus Schiefenbusch, Chief of Combat Division, Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army
• Colonel Dag Søberg, Director Armaments Branch, Norwegian Army
• Colonel Tomas Dvoracek,  Director, Land Forces Armaments, Armaments and Acquisition Division, National Armaments Office, Czech MoD
• Lieutenant Colonel Mark Brown, Director, Capability Integration, Manoeuvre Branch, United States Marine Corps
• Major Claus Johansen, Head of the Armoured Vehicles Study and Development Branch, Danish Army Combat & Fire Support Centre
• Colonel (retd) Mike Smith, TARDEC Science & Technology Advocate at the Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence, United States Army

Plus New Chairman Confirmed: Major General David Cullen (retd), Former Assistant Chief of the General Staff, UK Ministry of Defence

OEMs and Industry Speakers:
• Mr Jens Schroeter Dipl. Ing. TU, Senior Director Engineering, General Dynamics European Land Systems – Mowag
• Mr Michal Bieniek Dipl. Ing. ETH, Head of Heavy Platforms, General Dynamics European Land Systems – Mowag
• Mr Dan Lindell, Platform Manager, Combat Vehicles, BAE Systems Hägglunds
• Mr Marius Thiart, VP Business Development and Sales, Protection Systems, Rheinmetall
• Mr Thomas Bristow, Environmental System Design Authority, Engineering, Lockheed Martin UK
• Major (ret) Kevin Sloan, Former British Army, International Business Development Manager, Soucy Defense
• Mr Stefan Lischka, Managing Director, ARTEC
• Mr Roger Sloman, Managing Director, Advanced Blast & Ballistic Systems
• Mr Taylor Hayley, Business Development, Skydex Technologies

To view the full speaker line-up and conference programme, visit

Platforms discussed and represented at Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2016 includes:
• Challenger 2
• CV 90
• Griffin
• Jaguar EBRC
• LAV 6.0
• Leopard 2
• Merkava
• Namer
• Pandur
• Piranha 5
• Puma IFV
• Stryker
• Warrior CSP

Plus, don’t miss out our interactive pre-conference workshop:
Countering IED Threats: Understanding the Operational Environment and Developing Proactive Solutions
Hosted by: Mr Robert Shaw, Former Head of Counter-IED Training, NATO ISAF, C-IED Advisor, UNMAS, UN
13:30 – 17:30, 22nd November 2016 | Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK

Source : SMi Group

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