South African National Defence Force, Army, and ARMSCOR to discuss Armoured Vehicle Priorities at Pretoria Conference

Top Quote Defence IQ is presenting the inaugural Armoured Vehicles South Africa conference, taking place 20th-22nd August 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 16, 2011 - As the South African military gives increasing attention to the three main armoured vehicle procurement and upgrade programmes - Hoefyster, Sepula and Aorta - senior representatives from the South African National Defence Force, Army and ARMSCOR will be providing insight into the key selection criteria and priorities in these programmes, as well as current capability gaps, the latest developments in survivability technology, and new priorities in regional procurement.

    The expert speaker faculty includes:

    Lieutenant General Solly Zacharia Shoke, Commander of the South African Army
    Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, Divisional Commissioner of Visible Policing, South African Police Service
    Brigadier General Chris Gildenhuys, Commander of the Armor Formation, South African Army
    Dawie Griesel, Acting General Manager Army Acquisition, ARMSCOR
    Lieutenant General Chander Prakash, Force Commander for the UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
    Lieutenant General Antonio Gucciardino, General Manager of the Procurement Agency for Land Systems, Italian Army
    Major General S.O. Idoko, Commander, 3 Armoured Division, Nigerian Army
    Dr. Grace M. Bochenek, Director, Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), US Army

    The first to develop some of the mainstays of armoured vehicle technology today, including the V-shaped hull, the role of the South African armoured vehicle industry has been critical in recent years as survivability technology has become one of the most pivotal aspects of armoured vehicle programmes around the world. Looking at the solutions that the South African National Defence Force is identifying for maximising protection, Armoured Vehicles South Africa will provide unparalleled insight into the procedures and workings of this dynamic industry.

    Defence IQ is offering all serving Flag Officers 1* and above a free pass to attend the conference. Passes can be requested from Calum Jeffray at defence ( @ ) iqpc dot co dot uk

    Additional information is available at, along with complimentary articles, podcasts and videos in the Download Centre. The Armoured Vehicles Networking LinkedIn group is open for membership, and related content can be found at

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