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, SO1 Light Forces, Close Combat , Ground Manoeuvre 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

SO1 Light Forces, Close Combat , Ground Manoeuvre Capability
British Army HQ

9:40 AM - 10:10 AM Driving A User-Centric Approach With 120mm Mobile Mortar Systems

Leon Bitar, Vice President of Operations, Everis Aerospacial y Defensa, NTGS
• Overview of new developments to achieve maximum mobility
• Enhancing lethality while maximising health and safety during operation
o Reducing firing blast effect
o Misfire operation in mortar carriers

Leon Bitar

Vice President of Operations, Everis Aerospacial y Defensa
NTGS

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

Capt Felix Jüllig , Infantry Section, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, 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


Capt Felix Jüllig

Infantry Section, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre
Bundeswehr

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

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM Observation & Precise Target Acquisition

Marko Patljak, Product Manager Fire Support Solutions, Saran Vectronix AG
• Understanding evolving requirements in target observation and precise target acquisition
• Supporting utilisation of terminal guided munitions while increasing targeting accuracy of standard munitions
• Exploring the sensor-to-shooter link:
o Thoughts on accuracy to prevent collateral damage
o Non-magnetic azimuth orientation
o Precise laying of highly mobile dismounted mortar systems

Marko Patljak

Product Manager Fire Support Solutions
Saran Vectronix AG

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

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

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• 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



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
• 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?

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

CI Mortar Division, Specialist Weapons School
British Army

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

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• 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


• 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?


Leon Bitar

Vice President of Operations, Everis Aerospacial y Defensa
NTGS

Marko Patljak

Product Manager Fire Support Solutions
Saran Vectronix AG

Kari Reunamäki

VP Weapon Systems
Patria

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