30 September - 01 October, 2019 | Hotel Marinela Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria

Day 1

8:00 am - 8:40 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ben Hodges, Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe (2014-2017) at Chairman, Armoured Vehicles Eastern Europe

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ben Hodges

Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe (2014-2017)
Chairman, Armoured Vehicles Eastern Europe

Lieutenant General Dimitar Iliev, Deputy Chief of Defence at Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria

Lieutenant General Dimitar Iliev

Deputy Chief of Defence
Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria

9:10 am - 9:40 am HOST NATION ADDRESS: OVERVIEW OF THE DEFENCE INVESTMENT PROJECT- ACQUISITION OF CORE COMBAT EQUIPMENT FOR ESTABLISHING BATTALION BATTLE GROUPS WITHIN MECHANISED BRIGADES

Colonel Ivan Tashev, State Expert, Project Management Directorate at Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria

Colonel Ivan Tashev

State Expert, Project Management Directorate
Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria

9:40 am - 10:10 am FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN MILITARY VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

• The military vehicle global market context
• Design trends in future vehicle developments and
futureproofing vehicles
• The market drivers faced by OEMs that are shaping future
military vehicle requirements

8:00 am - 8:30 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: OUTLINING THE CROATIAN VEHICLE MODERNISATION PROGRAMME

Mr Zdravko Jakop, State Secretary for Defence at Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia

Mr Zdravko Jakop

State Secretary for Defence
Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia

10:40 am - 11:10 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:50 am - 12:20 pm BRIEFING BY CMI DEFENCE

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm ENSURING DETERRENCE AGAINST SECURITY THREATS IN EASTERN EUROPE

• Detailing the state of security in Eastern Europe
• Which threats should we prioiritise our deterrence
towards?
• The role of the Baltic Defence College ensuring security
cooperation and integration throughout the region
Major General Andis Dilāns, Commandant at Baltic Defence College

Major General Andis Dilāns

Commandant
Baltic Defence College

12:50 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

8:00 am - 8:40 am LAND FORCE COMMANDERS PANEL DISCUSSION: DEFINING THE SECURITY CHALLENGES OF THE REGION AND THE BEST WAY FORWARD

2:40 pm - 2:50 pm ROUTE PROOFING AND CLEARANCE (RP&C) – LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

• The RP&C concept model -covering Pearson
Engineering Limited (PEL) contribution
• In Service Vehicle Options
• The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ approach Modularity and
Interoperability
• The future – remote control and beyond

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm CZECH ARMOURED FORCE MODERNISATION AND PROCUREMENT PLANS

• Experience in modernisation of current fleet of armoured vehicles
• Plans for acquistion of new tanks/IFVs, robot systems,
reconnaissanc vehicles and unmanned combat vehicles
• Delivery of 210 new IFVs and 62 APCs to be delivered
between 2020 and 2025
Major General Ivo Strecha, Director of the Force Development Division at Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic

Major General Ivo Strecha

Director of the Force Development Division
Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm COMBAT ARMOURED VEHICLE 8X8 & 4X4 FOR ARMED FORCES OF SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Senior Representative, Department of Land Force Projects, Section of Modernisation, at Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

Senior Representative

Department of Land Force Projects, Section of Modernisation,
Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

3:50 pm - 4:20 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm HOST NATION ADDRESS: TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FUTURE BULGARIAN ARMOURED VEHICLE FLEET

Colonel Associate Professor Dr. Borislav Genov, Director of Armament and Equipment Development Directorate, Professor Tsvetan Lazarov Defence Institute at Bulgarian Armed Forces

Colonel Associate Professor Dr. Borislav Genov

Director of Armament and Equipment Development Directorate, Professor Tsvetan Lazarov Defence Institute
Bulgarian Armed Forces

Colonel Hans-Joerg Voll, Branch Chief, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Center ACCDC at Bundeswehr

Colonel Hans-Joerg Voll

Branch Chief, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Center ACCDC
Bundeswehr

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS