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Armoured Vehicles Middle East Conference

30 April, 2018 - 2 May, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Armoured Vehicles: The region's premier meeting ground for all elements of the armoured community

Throughout the region, we are seeing a continued interest in the renewal and modernisation of the armoured fleet. The armoured community continues to upgrade older vehicle models, enhance armoured fighting vehicle capability, and procure new platforms to defend critical interests against aggressive non-state actors. Contingency operations in recent years have reinforced capability gaps and the need to enhance existing combat architecture of the land forces. In order to retain high readiness to respond to low-intensity conflicts, the Middle East requires further upgrades in vehicle protection, lethality, and manoeuvrability for operations different terrain.

Tailored to the challenges and acquisition programmes of the region, Armoured Vehicles Middle East provides a strategic forum for the exchange of knowledge on deployment, procurement, and vehicle maintenance - bringing together important regional and global perspectives from armoured divisions, internal security forces, and procurement directorates. The conference will facilitate defence engagement and cooperation around ways to enhance deterrence and reinforce counter-terrorism. It will encourage the deepening of strategic partnerships to advance collective action against existing and emerging asymmetric threats.

Attend Armoured Vehicles Middle East to:

  • Identify key programme opportunities by gaining insights into Middle Eastern procurement plans and networking with key regional decision-makers
  • Defeat threats emanating from insurgents and terrorist organisations by learning how to integrate cutting-edge technologies designed to redefine existing assets and modernise specialised vehicle
  • Enhance your short-range and long-range direct fire capability by discussing your requirements with the world's leading firepower solution providers
  • Modernise blast and fragmentation protection and upgrade your defences against armour-piercing weapons
  • Improve survivability by reducing your vehicle signature across the radar, infrared and visual spectrums, and deliver protection against small arms and light anti-tank weapons

2018 Key Topics

  • Armour requirements and procurement processes
  • Enhancing Survivability and Protection
  • Improving Vehicle Mobility and Firepower
  • case studies of armoured vehicles in battlefield operations


Armed Forces Officers Club
Khor Al Maqta Al khaleej Al Arabi Road
Abu Dhabi Near Shaik Zayed Gra
United Arab Emirates
Phone: 971 2 4415 900
Fax: 971 2 4415 666

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have put together a HotelMap that displays discounted accommodation for hotels in the area near to Armoured Vehicles Middle East 2018. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel:

Please note: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the Hotel's website link provided.Conference Day One - Monday 30 April, 2018

Conference Day Two - Tuesday 1 May, 2018

Test Track Day - Wednesday 2 May, 2018

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

Meet the Speakers

  • Brigadier General Kheyal Nabi, 1st Strike Brigade Commander, Afghan National Army
  • Major General (Rtd.) Morsi Mahmoud, Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Defence Studies Institute, Egyptian Armed Forces
  • General (ret ) Sayed Ghoneim, Former Director of Operations, Egyptian Army
  • David Potter, Managing Director, David Potter Consulting
  • General Fouad Hamid Al Khoury, Internal Security Forces, Lebanese Armed Forces
  • Major General Zahid Mehmood, General Officer Commanding 25 Mechanized Divisions
  • Lt. Gen (R) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander of Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
  • Major General Masood Azizi, Deputy Minister, Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs
  • Confirmed Senior Representative, Jordanian Armed Forces
  • Major General (Rtd.) Morsi Mahmoud, Strategic Intelligence Analyst and Consultant, Defence Studies Institute Egypt, Egyptian Armed Forces
  • Lieutenant General Md Mahfuzur Rahman, Principal Staff Office, Bangladesh Armed Forces
  • Brigadier Guiseppe Morabito, Director, Middle East Faculty, NATO Defence College
  • Brigadier General (ret) Maroun Hitti, Advisor for Security & Defense, Office of the Prime Minister, Lebanese Armed Forces
  • Brigadier General Ubaid Al'Kaabi, Former Assistant Commander for Development and Support
  • Colonel Chuck Lombardo, Commander 1st Armoured Division, US Army Central Command
  • Colonel James P Cooke, Assitant Head Concepts Directorate of Capability
  • Colonel Sulaiman bin Khaled bin Slaiman Al-Zakawani, Oman Defence College, Armed Forces of Oman


  • General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE, DSACEUR (Mar 2014 - Mar 2017), Conference Chairman


Event details

Defence IQ
30 April, 2018
2 May, 2018
Abu Dhabi
Armed Forces Officers Club
United Arab Emirates


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