Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol.
28 February 2017 to 03 January 2017
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The Future Indirect Fires Conference 2017

The Future Indirect Fires Conference will be held at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol on the 28th February & 1st March 2017. The aim of the conference is to examine the likely development of Joint Lethal & Non Lethal Indirect Fires in the internationally during the next decade.

In a possible future conflict achieving the greatest possible effect from the fewest possible assets at the lowest possible cost will be a high priority. Efficient and effective integration of Joint and Coalition fires offers an opportunity to achieve greatest effect. During the course of the recent operation in Afghanistan many important Joint Fires lessons were learnt and implemented by the participating nations. It remains unclear how many of these capabilities will be retained within core competencies in the different nations with implications for future coalition capabilities. Furthermore the threat environment is complex and evolving with scenarios ranging from Peace Support through Counter Insurgency to High Intensity Conflict.

With an outstanding panel of international Artillery Officers and Industry experts the conference will act as a forum to review best practise for Equiping, Training, Integrating and Applying Indirect Fires in the future.

1 Event - 3 Conferences:

The Future Indirect Fires Conference will be held in conjunction with the Mortar Systems Conference and DSET (Defence Simulation Education & Training) in the same venue at the same time. There will be three lecture theatres to host each stream and a common exhibition and catering area.

Attendees registered to any event will have full access to the other streams within the ticket price and may pick & choose which presentations they attend. The Mortar Systems Conference will cover contemporary Mortar programmes and will cover vehicle systems, weapons, ammunition, fuses, target acquisition and fire control. DSET will cover key areas within Simulation, Education & Training, including Procurement, Standards, Training & Education Delivery.

There are many synergies between the Mortar Systems and DSET objectives and the development of Indirect Fires. The technological and organisational boundaries between Mortars and Artillery are quite blurred. Individual, crew and collective training are serious challenges within the world of Joint & Indirect Fires. By collocating these three events we are providing attendees access to both the end user need and the synthetic solutions to those needs. 

Who Will/Should Attend?

The Future Indirect Fires conference will be attended by senior officers from the Artillery and Joint Fires organisations of many different nations. It will also be attended by requirements and acquisition officials from the Land Systems divisions on national procurement bodies, as well as senior Military Officers from across the world. Also present will be the senior management of the leading industry contractors providing technological capabilities.

The Event

The conference will follow Omega Conferences & Events tested format, namely 2 days of presentations interspersed with generous breaks to allow private discussion and networking. A buffet lunch will be provided each day as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. There will be a 2 hour networking drinks reception at the end of the first dayís proceedings.

The Future Indirect Fires Conference is the best value Future Artillery conference in Europe.

Agenda and full information:

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Silver Sponsors:

Saab is a high-technology company which delivers capability in defence, aviation, command and control, electronic warfare, signature management, communications, simulation and training, space, underwater security, precision engagement and a wide range of supporting services.

Drawing upon 75 years of developing cutting edge products across these domains, Saab is pleased to demonstrate itís expertise in the Joint Fires domain with itís ground-breaking targeting solution, Vricon, and the intuitive Live Fire Safety Calculation tool, LIFIC. Saab also welcomes open discussion regarding the use of itís highly successful radar programmes, Arthur (MAMBA) and Giraffe in the post-Afghanistan move towards manoeuvre warfare, particularly utilising the JFIST Virtual Theatre as a training platform.

Microflown AVISA:

Microflown AVISA will showcase its rapid deployable ground based acoustic sound ranging system for the passive localization of hostile artillery and mortar firing positions. As the Acoustic Multi Mission Sensor nodes are low Size, Weight and Power, they can also be mounted on recce vehicles and drones, enhancing mobility. Results of various measurement campaigns in NATO countries in the Fall of 2016 will be presented. The incremental value of bringing sensors nodes into enemy territory will be explained. The functionality of AVISAís Battle Field Management System separating enemy launches from own impacts will be described.


Military/Government: £150.00 + vat

Industry: £1400.00 + vat

Exhibition Package £3500.00 + vat (An Exhibition Package is 3x2m stand space + 2 x delegate tickets)

Prices exclude UK VAT @ 20%

Interested in Exhibiting? Please contact for exhibitor details.



3 x Delegates or more from same organisation booked together = 10%


Extra delegate with Exhibition Package = 10% (on extra delegate cost)


Ashton Gate Stadium
Ashton road

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Day One
Registration and Coffee
Chairmans opening words and introduction
Lt Col (Retd) Andrew Tate, (Former) Artillery JTAC OccField Sponsor Ground Indirect fires Officer, GCE Branch PPO HQ United States Marine Corps
Full Agenda
Tea Coffee
Conference Adjourns
Day Two
Chairmans Opening Remarks
Lt Col (Retd) Andrew Tate, (Former) Artillery JTAC OccField Sponsor Ground Indirect fires Officer, GCE Branch PPO HQ United States Marine Corps
Instro Presentation
Panel Discussion - Joint Fires Integration
Tea / Coffee
Chairmans wash up
Lt Col (Retd) Andrew Tate, (Former) Artillery JTAC OccField Sponsor Ground Indirect fires Officer, GCE Branch PPO HQ United States Marine Corps
Conference Closes

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