Future Indirect Fires Conference 2024

March 5-6, 2024 - Bristol, United Kingdom

One event - Two conferences - One price, All Access

The Future Indirect Fires Conference will be held in Bristol, UK on the 5th & 6th March 2024. 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 2023 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.

Back for 2024 is a Mortar Study Day to be held on day two of the event (6th March) with a full day programme run alongside the main Firto examine the role of Mortars on the modern battlefield.

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 2023 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.


  • Colonel (Retd) Cameron Simpson, Former Head of Artillery Systems IPT at UK MOD.
  • Brigadier General Sergei Baranov, Head of the General Staff for Missile Troops, Artillery and UAVs, Ukrainian Army
  • Colonel (Retd) John Musgrave, Consultant and author of “Firepower: Making 21st Century Warfare Decisive”
  • Maj (Retd) Bård Frostad, Senior Military Advisor Artillery, Saab AB
  • Brigadier Rob Alston, Chief, Joint Fires and Influence Cell, HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corp
  • Matt Murphy and Steve Keir, Elbit Systems UK
  • Brigadier General Francesco Principe, Commander, Italian Army Artillery
  • Col Tony Neylan (Strike) and Col Giles Malec (Protect), Royal Artillery, British Army
  • Mr. Alex Koers, Director Microflown AVISA
  • Lt Col Per Kärrman, Chief of Development Section, Swedish Artillery School
  • Chad Patterson, Fires Capability Area Deputy for Integrated Demonstration (A), DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center, US Army
  • Colonel (Retd) John Musgrave, Consultant and author of “Firepower: Making 21st Century Warfare Decisive”
  • Lt Col Mark Milne, Ground Manoeuvre, Futures Directorate, British Army Headquarters
  • Lt Col Tom Foss-Smith, Boxer Futures, British Army
  • John Reeve and Steve Keir, Elbit Systems UK
  • Matthew Terrault, Chief Mortars Division, US Army
  • Andreas Häusler, Project Manager 8,1cm Mortar 19, Swiss MOD and Jean-Claude Baertschi, Swiss Army
  • Major Giorgio Cariolo, Combat Development, Infantry School, Italian Army

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