Soldier Survivability and Personal Protection

Venue: London

Location: London, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Dec 09, 2010 End Date/Time: Dec 10, 2010
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Soldier Survivability and Personal Protection

Personal protection is a key area of development for the infantry at the moment, as new protective materials are constantly being developed and infantry battle with the weight versus protection issues. As threats to dismounted Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are becoming more sophisticated and deadly, it is vital to provide the soldier with equipment that can effectively protect the individual, but be lightweight enough to enable the soldier to carry out his mission effectively. There will continue to be a battle with development of threats and the ability to mitigate this threat through defensive development.

Different operational circumstances demand different requirements from body armour and clothing, and this directly impacts the soldier survivability. We will be discussing the technology behind developments in body armour and protective clothing, and include all aspects from helmets and facial protection to load carriage and body armour for everything from expeditionary tasks to IED diffusion.

By relating these factors to the changing operational threat, and benefiting from lessons learned, this conference will be crucial for all manufacturers and users of defence clothing and basic operational commodities.

Key topics to be included on the agenda:

• Outline of future requirements for personal protection in line with developing threat environment
• Technological advances and scientific development of new materials and load carriage
• Medical implications and data analysis
• Soldier modernisation programmes and personal protection integration

Expert speakers include:
Brigadier Carew Wilks, Head of Individual Capability Group,
Defence Equipment & Support, UK MoD
Colonel Professor Ali Ihsan Uzar MD, General Surgeon, Head of The
Department of War Surgery Gulhane Military Medical Academy,
Turkish Army
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Reilly, Programme Manager Infantry
Combat Equipment, United States Marine Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Parker, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon,
South Tees NHS Trust
Danny Crossman, Programme Director, Defence Systems,
Pacific Safety Products
Dr. Amit Bagchi, Senior Scientist Multifunctional Materials Branch,
Naval Research Laboratory, US Navy