Future Indirect Fires Conference

July 20-21, 2022- Bristol, United Kingdom

The Future Indirect Fires Conference will be held in Bristol, UK on 20th & 21st July 2022. The aim of the conference is to examine the likely development of Joint Lethal & Non Lethal Indirect Fires during the next decade. The conference will build on the 2021 event (live event despite COVID) with an authoritative speaker panel of international Military Officers and Industry experts. The conference will act as a forum to review best practise for Equipping, Training, Integrating and Applying Indirect Fires in the future.

The Future Indirect Fires Conference will be run in conjunction with the Joint Military Training & Simulation Conference.  There will be two streams within one large venue. Attendees will be able to access both streams within the same ticket price. Each stream will have its own room for presentations. There will be a combined breakout area with an exhibition and catering.

By collocating the two streams (Indirect Fires and Simulation Training) we are better able to address linked contemporary Indirect Fires challenges and the Synthetic Training Environment. The Multi Domain Battlespace is increasingly complex. The technical and operational boundaries between Ground and Air Launched Fires and Manoeuvre elements are increasingly blurred by weapon & sensor ranges, precision and sensor to shooter data links. The Synthetic Training Environment is a vital component of operational readiness by creating cognitive superiority at individual, crew and collective levels. Achieving this requires a high fidelity layered Synthetic Training Environment from semi immersive platforms on tablets and smart phones to fully immersive virtual and augmented reality systems. By collocating these two events we are providing attendees access to both the Fires end user operational needs and the synthetic training solutions to those needs.

There will be two lecture theatres to host each stream and a common exhibition and catering area. Attendees to any event will have full access to the other two streams within the ticket price and may pick & choose which presentations they attend. The event will be well attended by military and government personnel responsible for the development of these areas. Locating the event in Bristol ensures good attendance from DE&S personnel located at MOD Abbey Wood and the nearby Army HQ. Good transport links via road, rail & air ensures a good attendance by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy personnel from elsewhere in the UK and by international attendees. Our policy is to offer free attendance (on a quality vetted basis) to military and government personnel thus removing a significant obstacle to their attendance.

The JMTS Stream will cover key areas within Simulation, Education & Training, including Procurement Programmes, Standards, Training & Technological development.

The Artillery Stream will cover contemporary Indirect Fires challenges associated with Find, Fix, Understand, Strike, Equip and Integrate.

Who Attends?

Since its inception in 2015 the event has really grown. The 2021 event had just over 140 attendees despite COVID travel restrictions. The Future Indirect Fires Conference will be attended by requirements and acquisition officials from the Land Systems divisions on national procurement bodies, as well as senior Military Officers from nations across the world. Also present will be the senior management of the leading industry contractors providing relevant technologies.


  • Lt Col (Retd) Andy Tate, Former US Marine Corps Artillery Officer
  • Lt Col Tony Neylan, Assistant Head Deep Effects and Lt Col Iain Harrop, SO1 Fires, Army HQ
  • Colonel Cobb Laslie, Chief of Staff, Long Range Precision Fires, Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
  • Mr Alex Koers, cofounder and director, Microflown AVISA
  • Mr Tim Ingersoll, Land Combat Systems Section Chief, Air & Land Combat Systems Programme, NATO Support & Procurement Agency  
  • Lars Krogh Vammen, Director of Business Development & Finn Kobberø, Product Manager Muzzle Velocity Radars, Weibel
  • Melvin Downes, Chief of Staff (Acting), Weapons & Software Engineering Center (WSEC) HQ’s, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center
  • James Bendick, Competency Manager for Indirect Fire Cannon Design Division, Benet Laboratories, WSEC
  • Vincent Leto, Competency Manager for the Developmental Artillery Systems Division within the Weapon Systems and Technology Directorate, WSEC
  • Josiah Fay, Acting Deputy for Long Range Precision Fires S&T Advisor, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center
  • Lt Col Fabian Kolbe, SO1 Effects, Fires Branch, Army Concepts and Capabilities Development Centre, German Army  
  • Lt Col John Fraser, MAGTF Fires Capabilities Integration Officer, Fires Branch Head, GCE Division, Capabilities Development Directorate, US Marine Corps
  • Bernie Gruber (Col USAF, Ret), Director of Guided Projectile Operating Unit and AJ Johnson (Col USMC, Ret), US Army Fires Center of Excellence (FCoE) Field Office Manager, Northrop Grumman
  • Lt Col Kenneth Nygren, Commanding Officer, Swedish Army Artillery School
  • LTC John McGee, Product Manager Combat Ammunition Systems, Joint Program Officer, Armaments & Ammunition, United States Army
  • Anthony Lewis and Garry Jones, Land Guided Weapons Team, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
  • Colonel Roman Bobal, Chief of Fires, Department of Combat Support Operations, General Staff of Armed Forces of Slovak Republic
  • LTC Livio Cavallaro, Chief, Support Weapons, Italian Army Infantry School
  • Lt. Col Pier Vincenzo Pizzo, Integration Test Bed & Simulation Branch Chief in Targeting & Info Ops Centre, Artillery HQ, Italian Army  
  • Michael Wright, Chief S&T Advisor for Fire Control Systems and Anthony Corcella, Chief Technology Officer for Artillery Fire Control Systems Division, FCSTD, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center
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