Past event: Soldier Equipment and Technology Advancement Forum

Optimising Soldier Equipment For Winter Warfare

The dismounted soldier and marine are still the greatest asset of any defence force and time and time again have proven vital for mission effectiveness in a variety of complex operational environments. As the global political and economic landscape has shifted and many soldier modernisation programme managers are evaluating changes in national defence strategies, it has never been more important to gather the community and share information on how dismounted operations can be improved with new equipment and technology advances.

Unlike other events, SETAF is a meeting for the soldier modernisation community that is designed around a series of focused discussion groups run by co-chairs who are selected experts on vital subject matter.

With no PowerPoint presentations, the SETAF meeting will dedicate the precious time of its participants to in-depth learning, networking and discussions, making it a complementary part of the soldier modernisation communities’ annual training and development programme.

SETAF Event Highlights

  • No Attendees only participants: SETAF’s unique discussion based format means we deliver only technical discussions lead by experts in their field
  • Participation confirmed from soldier system experts from Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, US, Canada, Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands
  • Soldier Winter Warfare Equipment Briefing Day: hear from local and international programmes and how they design and optimise their soldier systems for sub-zero environments
  • Real solutions uncovered in the SETAF exhibition zone: the very latest technologies will be showcased to help advance the next generation of soldier system

Benefits of Attending

  • No attendees, only participants. SETAF is an event where everyone gets involved in technical discussions, no one sits out and just observes!
  • Explore shared experiences and uncover opportunities for partnership and exchange of lessons learnt with new and innovative industry partners in the SETAF exhibition zone
  • SETAF Artic Focus Day: Don’t miss the chance to hear briefings from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Canada on how they optimise soldier systems and focus their design for sub-zero and low temperature harsh operational environments
  • Hear direct operational feedback from soldier systems tested in theatre and how this real life experience is redesigning the next phase of national programmes
  • Take advantage of over 20 hours of informal networking-more than at any other soldier system meeting in 2015!

Focus Day / Workshop

Don't Miss the Pre-Conference Winter Warfare Soldier Equipment Briefings Day | 14th April 2015

Make Sure you register for the SETAF Programme Acquisition and Integration Masterclass | 16th April 2015
With Colonel Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier


  • Major General Anukul Chandra, Former Director General Equipment Management, Indian Army HQ
  • Major Rune Nesland-Steinor, Project Manager Weapons Optics and Electronic Warfare Land Systems Division, Norweigan Defence Logistical Organisation
  • Adelbert Bronkhorst, Principal Scientist, TNO Defence, Security & Safety
  • Brigadier General Asle Kjelsberg, Former Quartermaster General/ Head of Defence Procurement, Norwegian Defence Staff
  • Colonel Richard Hansen, Former Program Manager, Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier, US Army
  • Darren Browning, Power Sources Team Lead, NATO LCG DSS / Power Group Chairman, DSTL
  • Derek Riezebos, Project Manager -VOSS-E-Lighter Programme, Netherlands MoD
  • Ed Andrukaitis, National Defence HQ, National Defence Headquarters
  • Gert Nutzel, Chief Scientist, PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V.
  • John Foley, Project Director-FIST & Soldier System Lead, Thales
  • Lt Colonel Christopher Woodburn, nfantry Weapons and Optics, Maneuver Branch, Fires and maneuver Integration Division, United States Marine Corps
  • Lt Colonel Pawel Sweklej, Soldier System TYTAN - Project Manager, General Command of the Polish Armed Forces
  • Lt Colonel Tiberius Tomoiaga, Director, METRA
  • Major Enric Bouffard, Lead Requirements Officer, Soldier Clothing, Protection And Equipment, Canadian Army
  • Major Jonathan Herbert, Director Land Requirements 5-6, National Defence Headquarters
  • Olaf Aul, Chief Technical Leader, IdZ -ES, Rheinmetall Electronics
  • Patrick Curlier, Vice President Optronics and Defence Division Sagem Defense and Securite, Sagem
  • Ross Jones, Programme Leader - Dismounted Soldier Systems Programme & Delivery Directorate, DSTL
  • Rune Lausand, Chief Scientist, FFI Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
  • Steven Savage, Senior Scientist, Defence, Safety and Security FOI -POWER, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

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Who you will meet at SETAF 2015

The participants of SETAF will cover the whole value chain of the soldier equipment market. The speakers and invited participants will be carefully selected to bring together those with active requirements for soldier technology and will ensure that as well as military leaders, the key system integrators and prime contractors participate. We will also make sure that the very latest technology innovators will be present to share their ground breaking equipment with a captive audience all looking to advance their soldier and marine programmes.

The audience will include, but not be limited to:
  • National Soldier Modernisation Programme Managers (military)
  • Chief Scientist, Chief Engineer and Technical Project Managers from Prime Contractors
  • Military Project Leaders for the following areas:
    • - Soldier Power
    • - Soldier C4i and Situational Awareness
    • - Soldier Protective Clothing and Equipment
    • - Human Factors
    • - Soldier Weapons
    • - Night Vision and Thermal Optics
  • Chief Scientists, soldier programmes
  • NATO Land Capability Group 1-Dismounted Soldier Systems Chairs and Members


Scandic Solli
Parkveien 68
0202 Oslo
Event details
Organizer : SAE Media Group
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-4587