Future Indirect Fires 2023 Conference

March 8-9, 2023- Bristol, United Kingdom

1 EVENT, 2 CONFERENCES - 1 PRICE, ACCESS ALL

The Future Indirect Fires Conference will be held in Bristol, UK on the 8th & 9th March 2023. The conference will be run in conjunction with the Joint Military Training & Simulation Conference (JMTS). 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 2022 event 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 2022 event had just over 250 attendees and 27 exhibitors. 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.

Speakers Include:

  • Lt Col Retd Andrew Tate, Former USMC Artillery Officer.
  • John Musgrave, consultant and author of Firepower: Making 21st Century Warfare Decisive.
  • Colonel Cameron Simpson, Team Leader, Artillery Systems IPT, UK MOD Defence Procurement Agency
  • Major General Steve Maranian, Commanding General, 56th Artillery Command, US Army
  • Brigadier Matt Birch, Chief, Joint Fires and Influence Cell, HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps
  • Colonel Craig Palmer, Commander, Surveillance Group, British Army
  • Jörg Schulz, Project Manager TSMS, ESG
  • Mr Richard Smart, Senior Reporting Officer Army Joint Effects Programmes, British Army HQ
  • Mr Anthony Lewis, Long Range Deep Fires, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
  • Mr Mike Turner, Capability Area Lead Long Range Precision Fires, US Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center
  • Melvin Downes, Chief of Staff (Acting), Weapons & Software Engineering Center (WSEC) HQs, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center

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The following presenations and inputs are confirmed at this stage:

Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Lt Col Retd Andrew Tate, Former USMC Artillery Officer.

Day One Theme – Indirect Fires and Large Scale Warfighting Operations in the Contemporary Threat Environment

Firepower in the Russo-Ukraine War
John Musgrave, consultant and author of Firepower: Making 21st Century Warfare Decisive.

Accelerating the delivery of defence capability – the procurement challenge
Colonel Cameron Simpson, Team Leader, Artillery Systems IPT, UK MOD Defence Procurement Agency

Industry Technology Briefing
- BAE Systems

Keynote Presentation

Major General Steve Maranian, Commanding General, 56th Artillery Command, US Army

Multi Domain shaping from a NATO Corps Perspective

Brigadier Matt Birch, Chief, Joint Fires and Influence Cell, HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

The UK Surveillance Group

Colonel Craig Palmer, Commander, Surveillance Group, British Army

TARANIS Swiss Mortar System (TSMS) - fire control for the 8.1cm mortar 19 system

Jörg Schulz, Project Manager TSMS, ESG

Industry Technology Briefing
- Elbit Systems UK Ltd

Panel Discussion
– How should field artillery survive on the peer battlefield in order to deliver deep
fires and close fire support?

Day Two Theme – Capability to meet contemporary and future challenges

Delivering the UK Army’s Future Fires
Mr Richard Smart, Senior Reporting Officer Army Joint Effects Programmes, British Army HQ

Next Generation Indirect Fires; Maintaining The Technical Edge
Mr Anthony Lewis, Long Range Deep Fires, Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Industry Technology Briefing - iXBlue

Industry Technology Briefing - Safran

US Army Rocket Artillery Developments
Mr Mike Turner, Capability Area Lead Long Range Precision Fires, US Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center

US Cannon Artillery Developmenst (Platforms and Ammunition)
Melvin Downes, Chief of Staff (Acting), Weapons & Software Engineering Center (WSEC) HQs, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center

Panel Discussion – What capabilities are required to defeat the peer indirect fires threat.

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