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EXHIBITIONS AND CONFERENCES

May 10. UNMANNED MILITARY VEHICLES. Improving the world through engineering – 7 December 2010 Bristol – book now: www.imeche.org/events/s1548
Unmanned military vehicles (UMVs) is a rapidly developing industry which will play a major role in future military operations. The applications of UMVs are vast, and their labour-saving – and indeed life-saving – functions can include reconnaissance, patrolling and casualty evacuations. However, as the potential of UMVs develops, procurers will have a better idea of their own requirements and will demand an ever-increasing standard of UMV capability and technology. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has organised this oneday seminar to examine the latest challenges facing UMV engineers and manufacturers as they seek to meet procurers’ requirements, and also to discuss ways in which UMVs can best be developed and deployed. With presentations from leading UMV manufacturers and military technology companies, this event will provide a comprehensive guide to the current state of play with UMVs, as well as look at the immediate and longer-term future for UMVs.

May 10. Farnborough International Limited (FIL), organisers of the Farnborough International Airshow 2010, announced that SSAFA Forces Help will be the official charity at this year’s show which will be held on 19 – 25 July. With it being the charity’s 125th Anniversary, its presence at the airshow is just one of a number of high profile events SSAFA has calendared for the year. The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help is the national charity helping and supporting those who serve in our Armed Forces, those who used to serve and the families of both. Through its network of professional staff and volunteers, the charity works to offer assistance to members of the armed forces and their families whether serving or retired. Specific initiatives include the SSAFA Homes from Home which enables families of injured servicemen and women to be close to their loved ones when they need them most. Other initiatives include holidays for the disabled children, siblings and carers of serving military personnel, Support Groups for the families of bereaved and injured Service personnel, an Adoption Service and charity shops. Speaking about being chosen as the official charity partner for the Farnborough International Airshow 2010, Major General Andrew Cumming, Controller of SSAFA said:“Our Corporate Friends Scheme already brings in support from exhibitors such as BAE Systems, Finmeccanica and MBDA. We are therefore convinced that Farnborough International Airshow, with its strong defence and MoD connections, will provide the perfect venue to reach a receptive audience and raise valuable funds and awareness.”FIL Chief Executive, Shaun Ormrod further added: “We are extremely pleased to have SSAFA Forces Help as our official charity at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow. It does a huge amount of work to help all those who have served in our Armed Forces and we hope its presence at the show will help raise its profile even further.”

May 10. The Libyan Department of Defence, the General Committee of Defence, Waha Expo Company Libya and their international sales agent AME Trade Ltd are delighted to invite you to the second edition of the Libyan Defence and Security Exhibition, the most important defence event in North Africa. The exhibition will be held between the 8th and 11th of November 2010 at the Mitiga Airport in Tripoli, Libya. After a successful launch event in 2008 with the participation of the highest representatives of the Libyan government, LIBDEX is perceived to be the most significant event on defence in all Mediterranean region! LIBDEX 2010 promises to be yet another exciting and enriching event. It will feature the most updated military equipment and technologies. This biennial defence exhibition will offer the best opportunity to networking with government’s officials and dip

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