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Fire Support is the collective and co-ordinated use of indirect fires, target acquisition data, armed aircraft, and other lethal and non-lethal means against ground targets in support of the manoeuvre force operations.

This year’s event aims to continue the work of the previous conferences by assessing the current role of Indirect Fire Support within an ever-changing 21st Century.

The conference aims to analyse international indirect fire support programmes that are being developed in order to maintain current operational capability and to meet future defence policy requirements. In addition, the event will incorporate key operational case studies presented by senior personnel from the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy, taken from action during the Iraqi Freedom conflict.

This event aims to provide an opportunity to listen and interact with a globally attended forum of speakers and delegates who are at the peak of their understanding with regards to Indirect Fire.

Benefits of Attending:
· REVIEW the latest use of indirect fire support from senior military staff
· DISCOVER the newest developments in missile systems and tube artillery
· GAIN valuable information about the most recent developments in precision weapons
· ASSESS country specific command, control and target acquisition systems
· IDENTIFY the latest trends in indirect fire simulation and training systems
· MAXIMISE networking opportunities at this globally attended event

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
· Colonel David Challes, Force Development, HQ DRA, British Army
· Colonel Nathaniel Sledge, Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems, United States Army
· Commander Nigel Langhorn, SO1 N7 Fires, Fleet HQ, CINC, Royal Navy
· Lieutenant Colonel Simon Wolsey, Commanding Officer, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines
· Lieutenant Colonel Andre Kirnes, Product Manager Mortars Systems, United States Army
· Lieutenant Colonel Christian Meyer, Deputy Chief of Combat Support Development Branch, German Army
· Lieutenant Colonel Hans-Georg Neuhaus, COBRA Requirement Manager, German Army
· Major Christopher Tavuchis, Artillery Requirements Officer, United States Marine Corp Combat Development Command
· Rod Summers, Director Non-Line of Sight Launch System Task Force, US Army
· Dr Brad Tousley, Program Manager, NetFires, DARPA
· Chris Grassano, Deputy Product Manager Excalibur, PM Excalibur, United States Army
· David Davidson, Chief Technical Branch, Rockets/Missiles Programme, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Chris Foss

Chris Foss, , Independent Artillery and Armour Consultant

9:10 BRITAIN’S INDIRECT FIRE SUPPORT CAPABILITY

Colonel David Challes

Colonel David Challes, Force Development, HQ DRA, British Army

  • An overview of Britain’s current capability
  • The deficiencies of the present system
  • Future concepts and developments
  • Britain’s position within a global force
  • The future structure of Britain’s indirect fire support
  • 9:40 EXTENDED PRESENTATION

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Wolsey

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Wolsey, Commanding Officer, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines

  • An overview of the mission and objectives
  • Weapon systems used in the assault
  • Command and control structure
  • Effectiveness of the mission and any problems incurred
  • Lessons learnt and future developments in strategy and tactics
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 NAVAL INDIRECT FIRE SUPPORT IN ACTION

    Commander Nigel Langhorn

    Commander Nigel Langhorn, SO1 N7 Fires, Fleet HQ, CINC, Royal Navy

  • The role the Royal Navy played in the operation
  • Weapon systems used in the assault
  • Efficiency and effectiveness
  • Command and control system analysis
  • Developments in future systems and strategies
  • 12:00 US MARINE CORP’S INDIRECT FIRE SUPPORT IN ACTION

    Major Christopher Tavuchis

    Major Christopher Tavuchis, Artillery Requirements Officer, United States Marine Corp Combat Development Command

  • An overview of US Marine Corp indirect fire systems acquisition priorities and strategy
  • Future developments in strategy and systems
  • An analysis of the use of indirect fire during operation Iraqi Freedom
  • The lessons learnt from the recent conflict
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 THE ROLE OF THE 11TH MARINES IN OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Mellilo

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Mellilo, Executive Officer, 11th Marine Artillery Regiment

    14:40 COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS OF FIELD ARTILLERY

    Lieutenant Colonel Christian Meyer

    Lieutenant Colonel Christian Meyer, Deputy Chief of Combat Support Development Branch, German Army

  • Overview of the current structure of German artillery
  • Analysis of German command and control system
  • The role of the ADLER system
  • Recent developments in command and control strategies
  • Future requirements
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 BATTLEFIELD DIGITISATION

    Andreas Lang

    Andreas Lang, Director, C2IS, Thales

    16:20 ACOUSTIC WEAPON LOCATING

    Stephen Young

    Stephen Young, Artillery Sales and Marketing Manager, BAE SYSTEMS Avionics

  • Operational overview of the HALO system
  • Benefits of acoustic locating systems
  • Multi-technology target acquisition for indirect fire systems
  • Deployability and logistical support
  • Future development and concepts
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Doug Richardson

    Doug Richardson, Editor, Jane's Missiles and Rockets

    9:10 AN OVERVIEW OF PRECISION FIRES

    Colonel Nathaniel Sledge

    Colonel Nathaniel Sledge, Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems, United States Army

  • The role of precision weapons in 21st Century strategy
  • Capabilities of current weapons systems
  • The implications on deployment and logistical support for field artillery
  • Recent developments
  • Future strategies for the use of “smart” weapons
  • 10:20 PRECISION GUIDED MORTAR MUNITIONS

    Lieutenant Colonel Andre Kirnes

    Lieutenant Colonel Andre Kirnes, Product Manager Mortars Systems, United States Army

  • The role of mortar fire support within the US Army
  • The need for a precision guided mortar weapon
  • The capability of precision guided mortar munitions
  • Mortar fire control system of the future
  • Current developments and concepts
  • The future of precision guided mortar munitions within the US’s future combat system
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 EXCALIBUR PRECISION GUIDED MUNITIONS PROGRAM

    Chris Grassano

    Chris Grassano, Deputy Product Manager Excalibur, PM Excalibur, United States Army

  • System overview of the Excalibur program
  • Integration with current weapon systems and advantages gained through Excalibur
  • Capabilities of Excalibur and proposed targets of choice
  • Benefits of increased accuracy
  • Current developments and concepts
  • Integration and compatibility with future weapon systems
  • 12:00 A DARPA ANALYSIS OF THE NETFIRES PROGRAM

    Tom Hafer

    Tom Hafer, Program Manager, Science and Technology Associates

  • Overview of the DARPA program
  • Precision Attack Missile (PAM)
  • Loitering Attack Missile (LAM)
  • System Employment Concepts
  • Status of flight testing
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 NON-LINE OF SIGHT/LAUNCH SYSTEM

    Rod Summers

    Rod Summers, Director Non-Line of Sight Launch System Task Force, US Army

    14:40 THE G6-52 SELF PROPELLED ARTILLERY SYSTEM

    Bastiaan Verhoek

    Bastiaan Verhoek, Executive Manager, New Business Development, LIW Denel PTY

  • An overview of the G6-52 artillery program
  • The role G6-52 would play within the South African defence program
  • Advantages of G6-52 over current systems
  • Recent developments
  • The munitions capability of the program
  • The future concepts and possible introduction
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ANALYSIS OF 105 MM LG1 GUN SYSTEM

    Pascal Dubois

    Pascal Dubois, Business Development Artillery Director, Giat Industries

  • Specifications for 105 mm artillery in force projection
  • Advantages of 105 mm light gun versus mortars
  • The 105 LG system family
  • Overview of the 105 LG-SP gun
  • 16:20 LOGISTICS SUPPORT FOR MLRS

    David Davidson

    David Davidson, Chief Technical Branch, Rockets/Missiles Programme, NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency

  • Common logistics support in NATO for MLRS through the weapon system partnership concept
  • Responding to the challenge to maintain support for ageing technologies
  • Proving support on-site for training exercises and operations
  • Preparing support for system upgrades and changing the way we do business
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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