International Armoured Vehicles 2011 dedicates focus days to vital IED problem

The U.S. mil­i­tary is field­ing new mine roller tech­nol­o­gy expect­ed to pro­vide even more pro­tec­tion from impro­vised explo­sive devices, as glob­al spe­cial­ists assem­ble in Lon­don to dis­cuss avail­able solu­tions.
LONDON, UK – 11 Jan­u­ary 2011 – Address­ing the urgent need to com­bat the most preva­lent and prob­lem­at­ic of insur­gency tac­tics in Afghanistan, the US Self-Pro­tec­tion Adap­tive Roller Kit Sys­tem II (SPARKS II) is the lat­est in mine rolling tech­nol­o­gy, and is set to become a trust­ed addi­tion to the inte­grat­ed group of equip­ment that allows for ser­vice mem­bers to adapt rapid­ly chang­ing impro­vised explo­sive threats.

SPARKS II has the same capa­bil­i­ties as pre­vi­ous mod­els, such as the cru­cial abil­i­ty to attach to the front of vehi­cles and det­o­nate road­side bombs, but now has the added advan­tage of giv­ing ser­vice mem­bers many more vehi­cle options for force pro­tec­tion. This can involve allow­ing the dri­ver to make imme­di­ate changes to how the roller oper­ates, includ­ing its dis­tance to the vehi­cle, as well as the added abil­i­ty of manip­u­lat­ing a vari­ety of set­tings enabling the vehi­cle to inter­act with the dif­fer­ent envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions it occurs. 

In recent weeks, insur­gents have increased the use of impro­vised devices in response to the height­ened efforts from coali­tion forces to dri­ve progress. 

On Mon­day Feb­ru­ary 7th Feb­ru­ary, atten­dees will be pro­vid­ed an exclu­sive oppor­tu­ni­ty to lis­ten and inter­act with key con­tacts at the Inter­na­tion­al Armoured Vehi­cles main IED focus day. The ses­sion will offer the chance to get involved in in-depth dis­cus­sions with four key mil­i­tary speak­ers on their intel­li­gence assess­ments of cur­rent IED design and emplace­ment, as well as their analy­sis of SPARKS II and oth­er new mine rolling technologies. 

Aside to dis­cus­sion of the IED mat­ter, this spe­cif­ic focus day is said to be cru­cial to those plan­ning to buy, upgrade or design an armoured vehi­cle. Edu­ca­tion for man­u­fac­tur­ers on the approach­es to vehi­cle pro­tec­tion will be com­bined with tuto­ri­als on how these designs will influ­ence pro­cure­ment decisions. 

The exhi­bi­tion and con­fer­ence will also offer: 

  • The largest gath­er­ing of AFV man­u­fac­tur­ers sys­tem sup­pli­ers, and com­po­nent and ser­vice providers in Europe: the range of tech­nol­o­gy, sys­tems and plat­forms on dis­play offers the AFV com­mu­ni­ty a tru­ly unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to see first hand the lat­est solu­tions for glob­al land force operations;

  • Vehi­cle dis­play: includ­ing BAE Sys­tems: New Upgrad­ed War­rior, Force Pro­tec­tion: The British Army’s new Ocelot/Foxhound vehi­cles, OshKosh: The M‑ATV and the Sand­Cat;

  • Inno­va­tion brief­in­gs: free pre­sen­ta­tions show­cas­ing in-the­atre appli­ca­tions of new tech­nolo­gies includ­ing Armour­works, Tyron, Hutchin­son, Vital Seat­ing Sys­tems, Nex­ter, FN Her­stal, Brimar and many more.; 

  • Up to 120 stands host­ing sys­tem, com­po­nent, and spe­cial­ist sup­pli­ers new to the event; 

  • Free atten­dance to the exhi­bi­tion for pre-reg­is­tered visitors;

  • Relaxed evening networking.

Vis­it for fur­ther details about the conference. 

Rohan Ver­ma
Exhi­bi­tions Mar­ket­ing Man­ag­er
10th Annu­al Inter­na­tion­al Armoured Vehi­cles Con­fer­ence
+44 (0) 207 368 9539

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