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November 6th, 2017

Future Soldier Technology Conference 2018 Info Now Available from SMi

SMi Group have released a brochure for the upcoming 4th Annual Future Soldier Technology conference, which is returning to London, UK, on March 13 and 14, 2018.
Building on the successes of last year’s meeting, Future Soldier Technology 2018 will also include a dedicated pre-conference focus day on Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness, on March 12, 2018. Future soldier programs continue to be critically important for dismounted infantry operations around the world. As militaries are expected to operate in a diverse range of environments — from arctic to urban landscapes — developing the materials, technologies and systems that enable soldiers to survive and thrive has become ever more important.

As the only meeting solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernization programs, Future Soldier Technology 2018 will provide a unique opportunity to see how soldier modernization programs from around the world are exploiting the next generation of infantry equipment, such as night vision optics and Lithium-ion batteries, to transform dismounted operations. This important three-day event will explore key areas for development, such as: survivability, lethality, power, mobility and night vision. Along with human factors and ergonomics (balancing the size, weight and power of equipment), and much more.
Featured topics Include:

Brigadier James Daniel, Head of Soldier Training and Equipment, British Army
Briefing on: Developing the Agile and Versatile Infantry Forces of the Future Through Revolutionary Soldier Systems

  • Current work within the DE&S to develop communication solutions for non-mechanized infantry forces and how they are integrated into the wider network
  • Optimizing power usage within soldier technologies to give infantry a battlefield edge for longer
  • Work within the Special Projects Search and Countermeasures (SPCS) to deliver unmanned ground vehicles to support warfighter situational awareness
  • Reducing soldier carry through technological and material innovations to increase troop mobility and agility


Dr. Karl-Heinz Rippert, Section head for IDZ-Es, BAAINBw
Briefing on: Integrating Cyber Security into Soldier Systems to Optimise Operational CapabilityBuilding an integrated and ergonomic soldier system with IT-security developed within the realization phase of two different soldier systems

  • Generate network enabled capability with tactical data links, C4i, optronics and sensor systems
  • Looking forward: working to next generation of soldier systems with open architecture standards to build interoperability within coalition partners and further promote standardized cyber protection networks


Colonel Marc Espitalier, Capacity Development Director, French Army
Briefing on: Lessons Learned from FELIN to Pave the Way for the Next-Generation Enhanced Dismounted Soldier

  • FELIN: a global system, drawbacks and success
  • What Next?
  • Mounted and dismounted, different technological challenges.
  • Technology acceptance for infantry men
  • Dismounted soldier and collaborative fight project

Plus 15 more senior experts to present from the military, procurement and research for dismounted soldier programs.
The full agenda/brochure is now available to download at this direct link...