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Future Mortar Systems Conference 2013

21 October, 2013 - 23 October, 2013, London, United Kingdom

Explore the future of organic fire support in the brave new world of the post-Afghanistan era

Afghanistan has dominated our thinking for the past decade. However, with the drawdown and defence budgets shrinking, the question on everyone’s lips is – what comes next? Debate rages over how to preventing skill atrophy, the cost of live-fire training and the future of precision munitions.

As we prepare to enter this brave new world, we are delighted to bring together mortar officers, commanders and developers from around the globe to address the challenges facing one of our oldest and most trusted battlefield weapons.

Future Mortar Systems 2013 brings together our most diverse international speaker faculty to engage in pro-active dialogue on a range of issues set to define mortar systems in the coming years.

As our most multinational mortar systems conference to date, Future Mortar Systems 2013 will offer you a unique opportunity to:

  • Hear first-hand how a variety of nations have been employing mortars in the field over the past year. From the French experience in Mali to the Danish engagement in Afghanistan, you will hear how effective the mortar remains in contemporary theatres
  • Gain an insight into how training and TTP’s currently stand and how these might develop in the post-Afghanistan era. With input from leading Mortar Centre’s of Excellence, including the Royal Marines, Germany and Canada, you will experience cutting-edge debate on the future of the mortar and apply these considerations to your own forces
  • Understand how the latest in technological advances could benefit the mortar. Discover the UK’s insensitive munitions programme, Sweden’s indigenous self-propelled mortar system and the precision guided mortar programmes of the US Army. Consider how these developments can improve your own capabilities.

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Venue & Accommodation

Copthorne Tara Hotel London
Kensington, Scarsdale Place
Kensington, London, W8 5SR (GPS W8 5SY)
United Kingdom
T. +44 (0) 20 7937 7211
F. +44 (0) 20 7937 7100

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have put together a HotelMap that displays discounted accommodation for hotels in the area near to Copthorne Tara Hotel. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel:

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The conference agenda is available as PDF under downloads.

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2013 Speaker Panel:

  • Colonel John Musgrave, Assistant Director of Capability, HQ Director Royal Artillery, British Army
  • Colonel Ivan Mraz, Chief of the Artillery, The Army of the Czech Republic
  • Lieutenant Colonel Norbert Zipaj, Senior Officer Responsible for Mortars, The Army of the Czech Republic
  • Lieutenant Colonel William McDonough, Program Officer for Mortars, PEO Ammunition, US Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Wolfgang Wieser, Chief Training Division, Infantry School, German Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Dominique Rudeaut, Artillery Technical Directorate, French Army
  • Lieutenant Colonel Simon West, SO1 Land Concepts, DCDC, UK MoD
  • Major Niklas Edelsvärd, Fire Support Officer, Artillery Centre, Swedish Army
  • Lars Taraldsson, Program Manager Mortars, Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
  • Major Hayden Jellard, SO2 Lethality, Army HQ Capability Directorate Combat, British Army
  • Major Matthew Simpson, Deputy Director, WSEC, US Army
  • Colour Sergeant Paul Cliffe, Chief Mortars Instructor, Royal Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines
  • Warrant Officer Robert Fraser, Master Gunner, The Royal Artillery School, The Royal Canadian Army
  • Philip Cheese, Head of Vulnerability, Chief Technologist, Defence Ordnance Safety Group, UK MoD
  • Christopher Stout, Fuze and Precision Armaments Directorate, ARDEC, US Army
  • Jim Storr, Defence Consultant, UK

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Event details

Defence IQ
21 October, 2013
23 October, 2013
Copthorne Tara Hotel
United Kingdom


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