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Progress Update on US Combat Vehicle Modernization Strategy at SMi's Weapon Systems Conference This June

SMi reports: United States Army and United States Marine Corps will give an update on the latest progress on the US combat vehicle modernization strategy at Future Armoured Vehicle Weapon Systems this June.

London, United Kingdom, April 13, 2017 --( Since the US Army's Combat Vehicle Modernization was approved two years ago, much progress has been made. This year, General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) will start to deliver the first production M1A2 SEP v.3 Abrams to the U.S. Army. Out of a total of nine prototypes built, the company has delivered seven prototype tanks for field-testing.*

Senior representatives from the United States Army and United States Marine Corps will give an update on the latest progress on the US combat vehicle modernization strategy at Future Armoured Vehicle Weapon Systems this June.

Lieutenant Colonel Amado Sanchez will be giving an evaluation of trends in the current operational environment and projection of effects in the future and will explain the key areas prioritised for development to counter hostiles near peer status as well as discuss plans for collaboration with procurement to fill capability gaps.

Colonel Mike Smith's presentation will focus on operational requirements to deliver more capability in smaller packages to a formation as well as looking at lethal and non-lethal options in both manned and unmanned systems to deliver formation effects. Incorporating public-private partnerships and developing system-level prototypes to soldiers for realistic assessment will also be discussed.

Colonel Jim Jenkins will give an overview of the USMC’s Unmanned Tactical Autonomous Control and Collaboration Program and explore problems associated with traditional man in the loop systems that require direct control. He will examine the United State Marine Corp's goal of striving toward an integrated autonomous systems that can work alongside and support the warfighter and talk about potential implications for targeting/lethality and the boosting of combat effectiveness.

Lastly, Dr. Jeffrey Zabinski will deliver an overview of the focus of the ARL Survivability/Lethality Directorate. Combat systems analyses and modeling analysis support for development of enhanced lethality will be explored. In addition, he will produce a current analyses of MUVES-S2 and development plans of the next generation SLV model MUVES 3.

Other key speakers at this year show include: British Army, Finnish Army, NSPA, Slovenian Ministry of Defence, Soucy Group, Spanish MoD, UK Armed Forces, United States Marine Corps, US Army, Vetronics Research Centre and much more.

The event will also feature an all new exclusive half day pre-conference workshop on “Improving Combat Vehicles through Life Supportability and System Integration” hosted by Brigadier (Retd) Ian Simpson, Former Head of Combat Wheels Group, DE&S, UK Ministry of Defence taking place on the 27th June, 2017.

The 2 day programme will cover the latest sensors, weapon systems, vehicle configurations, smart munitions, high energy lasers, fire control, targeting, simulation and autonomous technology. Attendees will participate in the only forum of its kind purely dedicated to the advancement of armoured vehicles offensive capability.

For those looking to attend, there is £200 early bird offer available online ending on 28th April 2017.

Further information is available online at

Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems
28th-29th June 2017
Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK
Media: contact Theresa Chung on
Booking: Contact Thomas Cox on

About SMi Group:

Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at
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