On 3 February 2009, Steve Holland of SJH Projects presented a paper at the prestigious Light and Medium Armoured Vehicles Symposium held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.
The paper, Testing Armour Materials: AEP55 Volume Two and its Impact on Shared Learning and Operational Fielding, was presented on behalf of AML UK.
The presentation discussed whether or not the aims of AEP55 volume two had been achieved from the perspective of a commercial armour supplier and whether the tighter control of landmine test conditions had accelerated the process and improved the mutual understanding of all the parties in the procurement and user chain.
The recent test programme undertaken by AML UK was used as a test case. In this testing, co-ordinated by SJH Projects, a wide variety of armour test panels were subject to landmine blasts on a reusable test rig. The landmine configuration and ground conditions were controlled by the requirements laid down in AEP55 volume two.
The multi-national symposium was attended by a wide range of stakeholders in the future of armoured vehicles. Organised by IQPC the event ran smoothly despite the snow that paralysed London.