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2015 Speakers Include:

British Army HQ
Colonel Phil White MBE
AD DCC, CD Combat
British Army HQ
Ukrainian Armed Forces
Colonel Senior Representative
Mortar Division
Ukrainian Armed Forces
Finnish Military
Lt. Col. Mika Tauru
Commander, Karelia Artillery Regiment
Finnish Military
Czech Army
Lt. Col. Martin Šufajzl
General Staff - Artillery Training
Czech Army
Royal Netherlands Army
Lt. Col. John Lussenburg
Program Manager, Mortar Replacement, Defence Materiel Organisation
Royal Netherlands Army
Estonian Defence Forces
Major Deniss Metsavas
J3, Artillery Inspectorate, Army HQ
Estonian Defence Forces
USMC
Major Erwin Pattugalan
OIC, Marine Corps Cannoneer School
USMC
Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School
Maj. Andrew Nicholson
Chief Instructor-in-Gunnery
Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School
Danish Army
Major Michael Johnsson
Head of Guns & Mortar Branch, Fire Support Division
Danish Army
French Army
Captain Fabien Stassinet
Artillery Support Officer
French Army
FMV
Joakim Lewin
Manager
FMV
ARDEC
Ralph Tillinghast
Director, Collaboration Innovation Lab, Mortar & Common Fire Control Systems Division
ARDEC
DSTL
Bernard Jones
Principal Scientist
DSTL
DSTL
Chris Billingham
Operational Analyst
DSTL
Cranfield University
Dr. Hugh Goyder
SME Mortars and Ballistics
Cranfield University
Cranfield University
Prof. Amer Hameed
Head of Group
Cranfield University
TNO
Mr Wim De Ruijter
Weapon Systems
TNO
Armament Research Services ARES
Nic Jenzen Jones
Director
Armament Research Services ARES
Former British Army
Dr. Jim Storr
Independent Defence Analyst
Former British Army
Jane's Defence Weekly
Christopher Foss
Editor - Jane's Armour and Artillery
Jane's Defence Weekly
Jane's Defence Weekly
Mr Anthony Williams
Editor, Ammunition
Jane's Defence Weekly
Mr Jacques Schaap
Business Development Manager
Microflown AVISA

Developing state-of-the-art technologies to enhance the operational effectiveness of mortar systems

Mortar systems continue to occupy a pivotal role in modern warfare and operators continue to expand the limits of their capabilities. The field is witnessing the proliferation of heavy, self-propelled mortars, enhancing both range and mobility; precision-guided munitions becoming increasingly cost effective; and the increased digitisation and integration of mortar systems into the battle space.

Commanders of mortar units need to understand where the field is heading and how other nations are taking advantage of these developing technologies, in order to gain greater tactical advantages on the increasingly networked battlefield. Joining the meeting this year will enable attendees to:

Key themes to be addressed at the Future Mortar Systems Conference include:

  1. Gain exclusive and current knowledge from an insightful and interactive discussion of the current challenges to mortar operators, such as increasing range and accuracy, while maintaining affordability, and how they are solving them – what technologies and strategies have proved operationally vital?
  2. Network with the global mortars community, all in attendance to urgently address their pressing requirements
  3. Learn about the most recent and upcoming developments in mortar technologies including Precision-Guided Munitions, communications systems and simulation and testing packages

The Future Mortar Systems conference series is a truly community event where like-minded individuals can gather in a secure environment to solve their critical day-to-day challenges.

Access All New Interactive Workshops:

You are cordially invited to take part in two pre-conference workshops, designed to stimulate debate between you and your fellow professionals in this field. Taking place prior to the main conference these sessions are the perfect opportunity to learn from your peers, debate key developments in the industry and crucially break the ice prior to the main two days of discussions.

The pre-conference workshops will focus on two of the biggest challenges and opportunities in the world of mortars today:

  • The morning session will lead attendees through the increased digitisation of the modern battlefield and the impact this will have on mortar systems and their commanders - Learn how you can take advantage of these developments to increase your fire-support capabilities
  • In the afternoon workshop, attendees will contribute the hottest debate in the mortars world – should these systems chiefly be used as a precision fire tool or to suppress the target? Collaborate with your colleagues and peers to help set the future of these versatile platforms