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As an artillery specialist you are aware of the current trend towards ‘third wave warfare’ and the increased digitalisation of the battlefield. This conference will address key technological developments in ground to ground fire support. It will look at current and future operational requirements in the battlefield as well as analyse developments and opportunities for Indirect Fire Support. It will be informative, stimulating and focused.

By assembling an international panel of expert speakers, this conference will provide you with an excellent insight into the critical ongoing developments in INDIRECT FIRE SUPPORT and ensure that you are strategically placed to maximise their operational and commercial potential. As a senior industry executive, you will be aware of the importance and potential of this field and therefore this event. We would therefore like to invite you to register for SMi’s Indirect Fire Support.

Indirect Fire Support is organised and produced by SMi: we specialise in providing senior executives with timely, strategic and focused business information. SMi conferences are leading-edge business events offering delegates the opportunity to meet and network with senior industry figures.

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr. David Izod

Dr. David Izod, Consultant, Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: ARMY TACTICAL MISSILE SYSTEMS (ATACMS) DEVELOPMENTS

Colonel R. Kelley Griswold

Colonel R. Kelley Griswold, Army TACMS/BAT Project Manager, PEO, Tactical Missiles, US Army

  • What are the aims and objectives of the ATACMS Blocks I, IA, II and IIA programs?
  • How do the programs facilitate precision strike technology developments?
  • Integrating new submunitons into the missile warheads
  • Incorporating GPS aided navigation sets
  • Testing and evaluating ATACMS - how was this done and what were the test results (if unclassified)?
  • What is the current status of the programs and what is ATACMS’ future?
  • 9:40 MULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM DEVELOPMENTS

    Gregory W. Pruitt

    Gregory W. Pruitt, Chief, MLRS Rocket Systems Group, US Army

  • Providing the Army with an enhanced PGM capability
  • The need for a Forward Line of Troops fire and forget capability
  • An overview of Current MLRS rockets
  • An overview of Future Concepts and Requirements
  • Launcher Upgrades and software developments for precision guided delivery to target assessed
  • 10:20 BALANCE OF INVESTMENT MODELLING & ISSUES FOR INDIRECT FIRE

    Colonel David W Lewthwaite

    Colonel David W Lewthwaite, Senior Army Officer, SMO Centre for Defence Analysis, DERA

  • Current Indirect Fire Topical Issues
  • Precision Dumb Mix and ‘Smart Suppression’
  • ROEs and Legal Constraints
  • Guns versus Rockets - a revisit
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 FUTURE GUN PLATFORM UPGRADES

    Roger Selleck

    Roger Selleck, Project Manager, Artillery, Guns and Ammunitions, DERA

  • The ‘system’ view
  • Complementary technologies
  • Future Plans ands Programs
  • General Conclusions
  • 12:00 AN ANALYSIS OF THE OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES OF CAESER

    Colonel Jean-Bernard Chapelon

    Colonel Jean-Bernard Chapelon, Military Adviser, GIAT Industries

  • An overview of the principle characteristics of the CAESER artillery system
  • Operational requirements: strategic mobility and reliability
  • Enabling technologies and cost innovations
  • Compatibility with NATO joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 THE ARTILERY SYSTEM OF THE FUTURE

    Jon Schreyach

    Jon Schreyach, Manager, International Business Development, Lockheed Martin

  • An overview of the technological capabilities of the HIMARS
  • A highly mobile unit - operational advantages and technological developments
  • Features, compatibility and adaptability of the HIMARS
  • An overview of the HIMARS fire test results
  • The role of the HIMARS in future combat environments
  • 14:20 STATE OF THE ART ARTILLERY SYSTEM

    Andreas Renker

    Andreas Renker, Head of Marketing, Swiss Ordnance Enterprise Corporation

  • Current artillery requirements on the today’s battlefield
  • The capabilities of the M109
  • Fire Power
  • Reliability and survivability
  • Navigation and positioning
  • Technological developments and future initiatives
  • 15:00 A CASE STUDY

    Roelof Oosthuizen

    Roelof Oosthuizen, Project Manager, Somchem Denel PTY

  • An update on the technological capabilities of the VLAP
  • An overview of the operational capabilities of the VLAP
  • Design and development: field test results
  • Future initiatives and developments
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 THE 120MM-MORTAR SYSTEM: A REPLACEMENT FOR TRADITIONAL GROUND-BASED MORTARS

    Kari Reunamaki

    Kari Reunamaki, AMOS Product Manager, Patria Hagglunds Oy

  • An update on the current status of the AMOS Program
  • An overview of the aims and objectives of AMOS
  • An insight into the features and capabilities of AMOS: rapid deployment, ballistic protection, modular system, MRSI
  • Technological developments and fire capabilities
  • Future developments
  • 16:40 A CASE STUDY

    Eric Grember

    Eric Grember, Bonus Product Manager, GIAT Industries

  • An artillery response to modern combat requirements
  • In-depth anti-tank missions, on moving armoured vehicles, in all theatres of operation
  • Less artillery personnel required
  • Reduced time in firing position to escape counterbattery fire
  • Main characteristics (submunitions, multi-band Infra Red target sensor, long range with explosive Formed Projectiles (EFP), base-bleed units integrated into shells)
  • The effectiveness of Bonus unmatched kill probability, stealthiness, discrimination and effectiveness against heavy armour hits at vulnerability points (roof, powerpack), no overkill effective cost performance ratio
  • 17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:20 Drinks reception for delegates and speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ken Henson

    Ken Henson, CITS Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems

    9:10 A FRENCH MILITARY PERSPECTIVE

    Colonel Cambournac

    Colonel Cambournac, Chief of Combat Development for Army Staff, French Army Staff

  • An overview of current operational requirements for French defence
  • Artillery issues in a changed operational environments
  • Peace-keeping and coalition missions
  • An overview of training requirements for future battlefield operations
  • Technological developments with the move to digitalisation of artillery
  • Modernisation to meet future requirements and the challenges ahead
  • 9:40 ARTILLERY WEAPON SYSTEMS

    Colonel Peter Marwood

    Colonel Peter Marwood, Deputy Team Leader, Future Artillery Weapons Systems IPT,, Defence Procurement Agency

  • Artillery weapon systems; Indirect Fire Precision Attack (IFPA)
  • Overview of the requirements for precision attack of armoured and high value targets
  • Outline of capabilities, constraints and requirements
  • Systems approach to attack of armoured and high value targets by indirect fire (targets/STA/platforms/munitions)
  • Options for IFPA; Procurement issues including interoperability and collaboration
  • Summary
  • 10:20 ARTILLERY SYSTEMS

    Colonel Robert Preedy

    Colonel Robert Preedy, Marketing Director, BAE Systems

  • The requirements for a Lightweight Artillery
  • The current status of the XM777 Programme
  • A concept for the future - Lightweight Self Propelled Howitzer
  • Trade-offs
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 An examination of the 105mm Artillery Gun System

    Bastiaan Verhoek

    Bastiaan Verhoek, Executive Manager, Business Development, LIW a division of Denel PTY Ltd

  • An overview of the latest technological developments of the 105mm Artillery Gun System
  • System features and combat effectiveness
  • 105mm Gun; 105mm Ammunition
  • Comparison with lightweight 155mm Artillery
  • An insight into the operational capabilities of the 105mm Artillery Gun System
  • 12:00 HOSTILE ARTILLERY LOCATOR HALO

    Paul Wilkins

    Paul Wilkins, Product Manager, HALO, BAE Systems

  • An overview of the status and operational capabilities of the HALO system
  • An operational analysis of the HALO system in Bosnia
  • Enhanced reliability on the battlefield: the development of the world’s first solid-state, power independent weather station
  • Radar and acoustic weapon locating systems
  • Global deployment: the operational role of the HALO system
  • Future initiatives and objectives
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 ‘FIRE AND FORGET’ ARTILLERY SHELL

    Michael Weissflog

    Michael Weissflog, Head of Sales and Marketing, GIWS GmbH

  • Current artillery requirements in the present battlefield environment using state of the art technology
  • The effectiveness of the SMArt 155: multimode sensor-fuse system and EPP Warhead
  • The operational and technological capabilities of the SMArt 155 on the battlefield
  • Addressing military requirements as a cost effective artillery shell
  • Fewer weapons systems; Less operating personnel; Reduced logistics; Less support equipment
  • The ability of the SMArt to address future requirements; Planned future technological developments
  • 14:40 SD FUZING FOR DPICM BOMBLETS

    William Kurtz

    William Kurtz, Marketing Manager, KDI Precision Products Inc

  • An overview of the aims and objectives of the SD fuzes
  • Technological capabilities: a point detonating and an electronic time fuze autonomous fuze functioning systems
  • Operational and functional characteristics
  • Role of SD fuzes on the battlefield
  • High Rate Production Equipment Status
  • Future operational developments and requirements
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 FIELD HOWITZER UPGRADES

    Hans Blaauw

    Hans Blaauw, General Manager, Marketing and Sales, RDM Technology

  • An overview of recent technological developments in land defence upgrade systems
  • The increased technological capabilities of upgrades: interoperability, performance, range, rate of fire and mobility
  • The current status and combat capabilities of the MOBAT 105mm truckmounted howitzer
  • Features and performance: new weapon platform of modular design, state of the art navigation
  • Operational capabilities: ‘shoot & scoot’
  • 16:20 MORTAR AND ARTILLERY FIRE CONTROL

    Ian Mitchell

    Ian Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director, Instro Precision

  • Digitalisation of the battlefield and the need for rapid, accurate target detection
  • An overview of the new Viking 2000’s technical capabilities
  • Viking 2000 for both mortar and artillery fire control target acquisition
  • Features and applications
  • An overview of the Viking 2000 operational capabilities
  • Future developments
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Implications of Precision Targeting and The Digital Battlefield
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    Implications of Precision Targeting and The Digital Battlefield

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    13th December 2000
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