Main Conference Day 2

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM Chairman's Opening Remarks

Christopher Foss, Independent, Consultant

Christopher Foss

• Overview of global strategic trends in Land Systems doctrine and technology
• Is mass indirect fire power dead?
• How will future mortar systems be integrated into the digitized operating environment?

Al Brown

SO1 Land Concepts, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre
UK Ministry of Defence

09:40 AM - 10:10 AM Israeli Defence Forces Guided Mortar Munitions: The Future of Indirect Fire Power?

Danny Oken, Army, Israeli Defence Forces
- Preparing for the operational use of GPS and laser-guided mortar rounds in complex land operations to reduce friendly fire and improve target acquisition
- What does the future hold for indirect fire power?
- Challenges for integrated digitized mortar systems into existing legacy indirect fire structures
- Future requirements and R&D

Danny Oken

Israeli Defence Forces

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM Force Multiplier - Tactical Weapon Location System

David Rokach, Land Business Development Director, IAI ELTA
• Changing warfare threats and their impact on the
• development of weapon systems
• The operational need to improve the effectiveness of Tactical
• Situational Awareness & lethality
• The roles of artillery radars
• Tactical Weapon Location Radar

David Rokach

Land Business Development Director

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM Morning Coffee

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM Modernizing Brazil's Mechanized Infantry: An Update on Project Guarani

Gomes Ferreira Pinto Eduardo, Guarani R&D Project, Brazilian Army
• Briefing on Brazil’s army modernization program and future acquisition for indirect firepower capabilities
• Procurement plans for vehicle-mounted mortar launchers
• What is the process for Integrating mortars into the Combatente Basileiro (COBRA) soldier modernization project
• Mortar acquisition and adaptation for Project Guarani

Gomes Ferreira Pinto Eduardo

Guarani R&D Project
Brazilian Army

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM The Spanish Army's Automized Mortar System: A Briefing on EIMOS

Antonio Piñana, Directorate of Doctrine, Organization and Materials, Spanish Army
• Briefing on the Spanish Army's autonomous vehicle-mounted 81mm mortar
• Future procurement plans to bolster indirect firepower
• Integrating new mortar systems into existing infantry training structures

Antonio Piñana

Directorate of Doctrine, Organization and Materials
Spanish Army

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM Defining A New Standard For Light-Weight Highly-mobile 120mm Mortar Systems

Leon Bitar, Vice President of Operations, Everis Aerospacial y Defensa, NTGS
• Understanding heavy mortar carriers and the physics around damping of recoil forces
• How mortar recoil forces affect firing capabilities and the life of the vehicle
• Assessing today’s customer’s requirements on weight, mobility, air portability, magazine depth and rapid employment
• Redefining approaches to mounting heavy mortars to light vehicles
• Introducing ALAKRAN: System overview of the world lightest 120mm automatic mortar carrier system
• Examining the CONOPS of light mortar carrier systems in modern combat scenarios

Leon Bitar

Vice President of Operations, Everis Aerospacial y Defensa

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM Combat Ready: Sweden's Indirect Fire Capabilities

Nils Carlsson, Future Organisation Development Officer, Swedish Army
• Briefing on the final asset delivery phase of the Swedish Army’s vehicle-mounted mortar system
• Future requirements for guided anti-tank missiles and self-propelled mortars for the mechanized battalions
• Preparing the Swedish Home Guard for four new Mortar Platoons: What are the priorities?
• Swedish perspective on scope of cyber vulnerabilities for digitised systems and preparing forces for operations in a degraded environment

Nils Carlsson

Future Organisation Development Officer
Swedish Army

1:10 PM - 2:10 PM Lunch and Networking

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM 120mm Mortar Precision Extended Range Munition Land Warfare Overmatch Solutions

William 'Ed' Thomas, Europe Business Development Lead, Raytheon
• Significant increases in range and accuracy translate to enhanced operational effectiveness
• Leverage only US DoD Program of Record in US Marine Corps Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM) program

William 'Ed' Thomas

Europe Business Development Lead

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM The Precision-Guided Mortar Market 2011-2025: Countries, Suppliers and Opportunities

Ben Goodlad, Principal Weapons Analyst, IHS Jane's
• Trends in precision and their potential application for mortars
• Advantages and disadvantages of precision mortars – precision vs cost
• Will the added cost and technical complexity of precision-guided mortars distort the fundamental role of the mortar as an indirect, suppressive and cost-effective munition?

Ben Goodlad

Principal Weapons Analyst
IHS Jane's

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM U.S. Marine Corps Delivery of the Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM)

Eric Pickelsimer, Director, Officer Instruction, U.S. Marine Corps
• The future deployment of the Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM) in the U.S. Marine Corps
• An update on the Key Performance Parameters of the PERM program : range, reliability, accuracy, and lethality, and enhancements to the Fire Control System
• How might the PERM system expand the scope and effectiveness of USMC expeditionary operations?
• Logistical demands for ship to shore operations and the necessity for mobile indirect firepower

Eric Pickelsimer

Director, Officer Instruction
U.S. Marine Corps

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM Afternoon Tea and Networking

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM Enhancing the Capabilities of the Mortar-Equipped Soldier through Digitization

Michael Wright, Mortars and Common Fire Control Systems Division, ARDEC, U.S. Army
• Digital Fire Control: Is it worth the weight?
- Current US Army Mortar Fire Control Efforts and Capabilities
- Near Term Developments
• Fire Control Beyond 2020
- Modular Designs for hardware and software
- Adopting to changing threat and missions
- Retraining and advancing Warfighter skills
- Enabling technologies and trends

Michael Wright

Mortars and Common Fire Control Systems Division
ARDEC, U.S. Army

4:40 PM - 5:10 PM Operating in the Degraded Battlefield and Counter-Mortar Interference

Adam White, Second in Command/Operations Officer, Australian Army
• The vulnerabilities of digitized mortar systems to jamming; spoof GPS signals, or trajectory interference
• What systems exist to ensure that the information exchanged between mortar operators on the battlefield authentic?
• How should militaries ensure the right balance between digitized forensic, communications and information resources in the battlespace and what are the requirements to ensure optimal performance and network protection?
• To what degree are the Australian Land Forces prepared for combat in an electromagnetic war or degraded environment?
• Current adversary strategies being adopted to disrupt electromagnetic superiority in the battlefield and the enhancements in counter-mortar technologies

Adam White

Second in Command/Operations Officer
Australian Army

5:10 PM - 11:59 PM Chairman's Closing Remarks and End of Day Two

Christopher Foss, Independent, Consultant

Christopher Foss