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

Conference Day Two

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

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

9:50 am - 10:50 am Light Forces In The Future Conflict – Lethality In A Future Peer Fight

•    Future combat power concepts
•    ‘Multi-domain operations’ doctrine and preparing for a near-peer fight
•    Developing targeting technologies for faster, more effective engagements in preparation for urban warfighting
•    The highly dispersed tactical unit as a combat power asset

10:00 am - 10:30 am Fire Support Planning & Execution In The Future Battlespace

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Hays - Commanding Officer, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Company U.S. Marine Corps
•    Building a shared awareness of fires capabilities across the joint force
•    Training in integration, interoperability, and the information dissemination
•    Major fires challenges facing the Air Naval Gunfire Company


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Lieutenant Colonel Mike Hays

Commanding Officer, 1st Air Naval Gunfire Company
U.S. Marine Corps

10:50 am - 11:20 am Morning Coffee and Networking

10:20 am - 11:00 am Special Forces Weapons Tactics, Training And Requirements

Colonel Christophe Closset - Director Belgian Special Forces
•    Belgian Special Forces training – airborne ops, weapons and target acquisition
•    Special operations tactics in hostile, congested land environments
•    Future requirements for mortars and indirect fire capabilities

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Colonel Christophe Closset

Director
Belgian Special Forces

11:50 am - 12:30 pm Indirect Fire In Support Of Special Operations

Confirmed Representative - 4th Ranger Regiment Italian Army
•    The concept of operations for the Monte Cervino
•    Mortar capabilities used by the Ranger Regiment
•    Streamlining mission command, training for time sensitive target planning with a focus on engaging high value targets

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Confirmed Representative

4th Ranger Regiment
Italian Army

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

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch and Networking

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Surveillance Of Precision Guided Munitions

Patricia Alameda - Mortars and Common Fire Control Systems Division RDECOM-ARDEC
•    RDECOM Project on PGM
•    Other emerging technologies in mortar systems and munitions
•    U.S. Army R&D priorities

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Patricia Alameda

Mortars and Common Fire Control Systems Division
RDECOM-ARDEC

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm Project Scorpion – French Arty Update

•    Scorpion land vehicle acquisition
•    PGM development
•    Operational challenges facing French Artillery today


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

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm Chairman's Closing Remarks