23 - 25 October, 2018 | Hilton London Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Conference Day One

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration and Welcome Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:10 am Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 am - 9:50 am British Army Modernisation 2020-2025 – Munitions And Light Firepower

•    The need for Land Fires that can be effective in complex, connected, contested, congested, and cluttered environments
•    Maintain operational freedom, influence or destroy threats, and shape the battle space at range
•    Sensor-to-shooter chain enhancement and sensor-fused fires

9:50 am - 10:30 am Usmc Future Warfighting Concepts – Translating Fires Concept To Capability

Scott Kinner - Concept and Doctrine Developer, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group U.S. Marine Air-Ground Task Force
•    USMC Warfighting Concept from 2030
•    Megacities, contested air spaces, degraded environments
•    Fires concepts and USMC requirements thinking for mortars  
•    Lighter, more adaptable, more resourceful, and faster in relation to the enemy
•    Networking for Rapid/Precise Fires
•    Success in Urban Operations/ Complex Terrain
•    Fire Support systems for near peer fights

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Scott Kinner

Concept and Doctrine Developer, Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group
U.S. Marine Air-Ground Task Force

10:30 am - 12:00 am Morning Coffee, Exhibit Tour and Networking

11:00 am - 12:00 am Czech Armed Forces 120mm Mortar Requirement And Future Digitized Fires Capabilty

Martin Šufajzl - Project Manager, Artillery & Mortars Armaments & Acquisition Division, Czech Ministry of Defence
•    Preparing for tender in 2021 for 120mm
•    Czech requirement for a digitalized, automated fire direction and fire coordination system
•    Cost versus effectiveness
•    Related artillery projects

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Martin Šufajzl

Project Manager, Artillery & Mortars
Armaments & Acquisition Division, Czech Ministry of Defence

11:40 am - 12:20 pm Spanish Army Indirect Fires Development

Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Cano Artero - Battalion Infantry Commander Spanish Army
•    EIMOS
•    Mortar modernisation and future needs for Spanish Infantry
•    Spanish Armed fires concepts

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Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Cano Artero

Battalion Infantry Commander
Spanish Army

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch and Networking

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Danish Army 120mm Mortar – Range And Lethality For The Future Fight

Major Mike Johnsson - Head of Mortars/Fire Support Division Royal Danish Army
•    The 120mm CARDOM mounted in the Danish Army’s new PIRANHA 5 APC
•    Danish Army target acquisition
•    Autonomous Heavy Mortars
•    Mortar Digitalization



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Major Mike Johnsson

Head of Mortars/Fire Support Division
Royal Danish Army

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Belgium’s 81mm Mortar Programme & Operation Challenges

Lieutenant Peter Ghys - Mortar Section Belgian Armed Forces
•    81mm acquisition project (2020-2030) timeframe
•    Critical challenges: mobility, shorter delays for mortar setup
•    Digitization (north finder, data communication at mortar)
•    Range and precision

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Lieutenant Peter Ghys

Mortar Section
Belgian Armed Forces

2:40 pm - 12:00 am Afternoon Tea and Networking

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Light Lethality – The Czech Special Forces 60mm Mortar

First Lieutenant David Horak - Special Forces Support Center Czech Special Forces
•    Czech Special Forces 60mm mortar capability – operational challenges, lessons learnt
•    Future indirect fire weapons needs to adapt to more hostile operational environments
•    Operating as part of a coalition land force in Europe


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First Lieutenant David Horak

Special Forces Support Center
Czech Special Forces

3:50 pm - 4:40 pm Smart Defence: How Can The Army Work With Industry To Deliver Capability More Effectively?

•    What to industry view as the main trends in terms of capability priorities for armed forces?
•    Organisational culture and strategic thinking in Army programme offices today
•    How can the Army work with Industry more effectively, so that they can enhance capability rather than simply replace it?
•    Cost-informed requirement setting through the prism of munitions purchases
•    Thoughts on standardisation and mutual frameworks for munitions development

4:40 pm - 4:50 pm Chairman's Closing Remarks