Conference Day Two

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

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

• Outlining the Italian Special Forces ongoing transformation
• Implications for the use of organic firepower
• Employment of mortars in Special Forces operations

Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Bandieri, ACOS Training Innovation & Interoperability, Italian Special Operations Forces

ACOS Training Innovation & Interoperability
Italian Special Operations Forces

9:40 AM - NaN:NaN AM Mobile Mortar And Counter-Mortar Capabilities In The IDF

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• Mobile, tactical mortar systems in the IDF
• The new Ronny System mobile counter-mortar system
• Expanding CRAM effects to counter full-spectrum threats

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM Patria Nemo Container – Introducing A New Concept For A Heavy Mortar System

Kari Reunamäki, VP Weapon Systems, Patria
• Stand-alone 120 mm mortar system for Vessels, Trucks, Land
• Operations consist of
- Indirect fire support for Navy and Army
- Direct fire missions
- Military base protection
• Standard 20 feet container dimensions

Kari Reunamäki

VP Weapon Systems
· Outlining the tender for the Belgian Land Component’s new 81mm mortar
· Capability requirements and future role in operations
· Working with the Dutch Ministry of Defence on shared acquisitions, training and education in fire support

Major Erik Verstraelen, COMOPSLAND Fires & Effects (3D), Belgian Ministry of Defence

Liaison Office to the Dutch MOD
Belgian Ministry of Defence

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM Morning Coffee, Exhibit Tour and Networking

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM Future Fire Control Systems To Improve And Advance Targeting And Accuracy In Future Conflict

• Current and future plans for R&D into US Army Fire Control Systems
• What are the priorities for the Army and what challenges do they face? Weight, accuracy?
• Industry engagement

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM Speed Of Response: ‘Oiling The Kill Chain’

Adam White, Second in Command/Operations Officer, Australian Army
· Solving the Gunnery Problem; how to improve the speed of response from indirect fire assets by applying C2 measures more effectively
· Balancing the need for accuracy with precision
· Five requirements for accurate fire and how to get there

Adam White

Second in Command/Operations Officer
Australian Army
· Adopting a full spectrum training approach to training acquisition: forward observers, radar assets, and target and location assets
· Outlining the challenges facing the U.S. Marine Corps in achieving accuracy
· Improving the kill chain link for speed of response

Master Sergeant Peterson, Director Target Acquisition School, US Marine Corps

Director Target Acquisition School
US Marine Corps

Major Nick Gregson, OIC of Enlisted Gunnery & Cannoneer Schools, US Marine Corps

OIC of Enlisted Gunnery & Cannoneer Schools
US Marine Corps

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM Lunch and Networking

1:40 PM - 2:30 PM Effective Solutions To Reduce Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

1:40 PM - 2:30 PM Increasing The Accuracy Of Fire Control Systems And Targeting Methodologies

1:40 PM - 2:30 PM What Is The Optimum Balance Between Live Firing And Synthetic Field Training?

1:40 PM - 2:30 PM Logistics And Mobility For The Dismounted Soldier

1:40 PM - 2:30 PM Responsive Command And Control Of Indirect Fire Assets

1:40 PM - 2:30 PM Countering Emerging Threats: EW And C-UAS

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM Roundtable Conclusions and Steps Forward

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM Afternoon Tea and Networking

• ARDEC’s research into biotechnology for disposal of munitions
• Food for thought for industry on the use of biodegradable munitions materiel
• Drivers for biodegradable ammo: safety, weight, and environmental protection, particularly for training grounds

Dr Pamela Sheehan, Demil & Environmental Technologies, RDECOM-ARDEC

Demil & Environmental Technologies

4:20 PM - 5:10 PM Insensitive Munitions: Requirements, Safety And Lifecycle Support

• Evaluating future requirements for infantry, artillery and marine mortars and identifying specific areas of technology with a potential for material standardization and interoperability
• How can we achieve standardization to support NATO’s goal of interoperability between land forces?
• What should the prioritization in the procurement of the munition portfolio be?
• How can we ensure standard munitions safety architectures across NATO?

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM Chairman's Closing Remarks