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Conference Day One

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

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

Christopher Foss, Independent, Consultant

Christopher Foss

Independent
Consultant

9:10 AM - NaN:NaN AM The British Army Modernisation Agenda: Integrating Indirect Fire Capability Into The Strike Concept

Colonel Nick Cowey, Assistant Head Close Combat Capability, British Army HQ
• Defining the British Army’s modernisation agenda and the future structure of British land forces
• How will mortars and indirect fire capabilities be integrated into the Strike concept
• Emerging threats on the battlespace, such as UAS, and the challenges ahead for the networked dismounted soldier


Colonel Nick Cowey

Assistant Head Close Combat Capability
British Army HQ

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM Outlining The Bundeswehr’s 60mm Mortar Procurement Programme

Lt Col Eike Sinzig, Office of Army Development – Infantry, Bundeswehr
• Overview of the Bundeswehr’s current tender for a new 60mm mortar
• Upcoming test and evaluation phase; what capabilities are being assessed and how?
• Future plans for a 120mm mortar post-2025
• Standardization of fuses to support training across both the infantry and artillery
• Noise and blast-induced hearing challenges


Lt Col Eike Sinzig

Office of Army Development – Infantry
Bundeswehr

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM The Use Of Artillery In The Hybrid Conflict In The East Of Ukraine

Major, Company Comander, Field Artillery And Rocket Forces Department, Ukrainian MOD
• Land forces in hybrid conflict scenarios
• Problems of durability of units, balance of artillery from both sides
• Ways of improvement: precision, range and digitization of fire preparation



Major

Company Comander, Field Artillery And Rocket Forces Department
Ukrainian MOD

11:00 AM - NaN:NaN AM Morning Coffee, Exhibit Tour and Networking

• The main role of new Republic of Korea 120mm mortar
• The key requirements and characteristics of new system
• Updates on the Test and Evaluation stage and next steps


Eungsoon Jang, Director of Armored Vehicle Project Team, South Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration

Director of Armored Vehicle Project Team
South Korea Defense Acquisition Program Administration

12:20 PM - NaN:NaN AM The Swedish Army’s Acquisition Of The 120mm Mortar For Its Infantry Fighting Vehicles

Nils Carlsson, Future Organisation Development Officer, Swedish Army
• Briefing on the decision-making process: what was the Swedish Army’s requirement for its IFV’s and what were the design considerations for the mortar and why was this system chosen?
• Future operational use and challenges ahead for Swedish forces in the High North
• Training procedures for the new 120mm mortar


Nils Carlsson

Future Organisation Development Officer
Swedish Army

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and Networking

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM Project Scorpion: Current Organization Of French Army Artillery

Major Fabien Stassinet, Fire Support, Land Forces Command, French Army, Fire Support, Land Forces Command, French Army
• Assets and ammunition overview, with focus on precision ammunition
• Current operations of French Arty (Africa, Iraq) and first lessons learned
• Future of French Arty: Integration in SCORPION, next challenges (Joint Fire Support, Tactical Data Links, Air Space Coordination), and next ammunition acquisition


Major Fabien Stassinet, Fire Support, Land Forces Command, French Army

Fire Support, Land Forces Command
French Army

2:40 PM - NaN:NaN AM Using The Mortar Platoon To Support Combined Arms Operations In Europe

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• Delegation of fires and improved target intelligence sharing between forces
• Logistical challenges faced by airborne troops, particularly weight and munitions safety, and defining the needs of the mortar platoon leader for future operations
• Systems being used by the platoon currently, and insight into particular challenges or deficiencies


• What role will mortars and indirect fire support capabilities play in future warfare?
• How should land forces prepare for near-peer conflict? How will we adjust our current doctrine for infantry and artillery as we transition out of a COIN mentality?
• What capabilities will be prioritised for future battlefield confrontations?

Captain Luis Rivas, Commander, Mortar Company, 1st Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment, US Army

Commander, Mortar Company
US Army

Major Fabien Stassinet, Fire Support, Land Forces Command, French Army

Fire Support, Land Forces Command
French Army

Adam White

Second in Command/Operations Officer
Australian Army

3:20 PM - NaN:NaN AM Afternoon Tea and Networking

• Overview of British mortar training assets and ensuring that mortar divisions are trained in both indirect fires and manoeuvre missions
• Perspective on synthetic training systems and their utility for the mortar division
• Safety challenges with training and means to remedy these


Staff Sergeant Dwayne Carty, DI (DES) Mortar Division, Specialist Weapons School, British Army

DI (DES) Mortar Division, Specialist Weapons School
British Army

Captain Luke Riordan, ACI Mortar Division, Specialist Weapons School, British Army

ACI Mortar Division, Specialist Weapons School
British Army

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM US Army Mortar School Standards Transition To Support Future Force Development

Captain Luis Rivas, Commander, Mortar Company, 1st Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment, US Army, Commander, Mortar Company, US Army
• Transitioning training standards to support platoon level and above – successes and lessons learnt
• How does the Mortar Platoon monitor and mitigate hearing degradation?
• Assessing synthetic demos that can offer the same opportunity for training certification


Captain Luis Rivas, Commander, Mortar Company, 1st Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment, US Army

Commander, Mortar Company
US Army

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM The Changing Nature Of Indirect Fire Support: An Optimistic Outlook?

• What to industry view as the main trends in terms of capability priorities for armed forces?
• Where do panelists see investment moving towards in the future?
• How does industry see indirect firepower being married with 'Future Warfare' and 'Future/Networked Soldier' concepts?


5:50 PM - 6:00 PM Chairman's Closing Remarks