The Hilton Hotel, Reading.
16 November 2016 to 17 November 2016
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The Conference

The 14th annual Close Air Support Conference and Exhibition will be held on the 16th & 17th November at the Hilton Hotel, Reading.

CAS 2016 will feature presentations from various nations that focus on the preparation, training, equipment and joint fires support provided to the JTAC/JFO/TACP for the dismounted fight.

The event will provide a dedicated forum to assess Close Air Support operations from a FAC/JTAC perspective, addressing all the key issues such as training, improving communications networks and lessoning the burden of equipment for the dismounted FAC/JTAC. It will also assess the wider strategic context of FAC operations, looking at the land battlefield, increased air/land integration and how future capabilities will be implemented. The conference will share operational experiences and future strategies from militaries across Europe, the US and Middle East.

The Close Air Support Conference will be attended by requirements and acquisition officials from the Land and Air 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.


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2016 Lead Sponsors:

Close Air Solutions is a single source for international training and simulation services in all aspects of Close Air Support and Joint Fires for FAC/JTAC, JFO, aircrew, and military leaders. Close Air Solutions can deliver either individually or as a turnkey solution: Accreditable Simulators and Aviation services using professional course design methodology combined with assured expert instruction. Our immersive Close Air Support Simulator (iCASSTM) is the choice of UK MoD for FAC/JTAC schoolhouse training. With a focus on developing leading edge simulation products to unsure best value for money training tools for our customers, we strive to support the next generation of Joint Fires experts. 

2016 Associate Sponsors:

MetaVR develops PC-based commercial software for military simulation and training, featuring high-speed 3D visualization, 3D content, and creation of networked virtual worlds using real-world data. Our real-time visual systems provide the fidelity of geospecific simulation with game-quality graphics. Users can build high-fidelity virtual worlds (from photographic imagery, elevation and feature data) with our terrain generation tools, add dense culture and pattern-of-life scenarios with our scenario creation tool, and render the resulting geospecific synthetic environments, at 60Hz, with our real-time 3D visualization application, Virtual Reality Scene Generator (VRSG). MetaVR visuals are used for applications such as UAS trainers, manned flight simulators, mission planning and rehearsal, JTAC simulation training, and urban operations training. See more at

ROCKWELL COLLINS is a world leader in the design, manufacture and integration of advanced communications, data links and navigation systems for Armed Forces world-wide. The company provides systems meeting current and future Joint Fires requirements including digitization of the Fires chain and integration with C2 systems.Rockwell Collins has expanded from being a trusted partner in Digitally Aided CAS (DaCAS) into the Digitally Aided Fire Support (DAFS) realm. Together with countries that include Australia, Germany and the UAE, we have fielded and certified updated versions of FireStorm™ – a modular, state-of-the art and evolving digital joint fires system for the dismounted or mounted JTAC/FAC or JFO. FireStorm™ rapidly, accurately and safely coordinates artillery, mortars, NSFS and rockets - as well as DaCAS.

Instro Precision Ltd. based in the UK is a recognised leader for the provision of target acquisition, surveillance and precise distance measurement technologies. Offering both standard and custom solutions to meet particular customer requirements, Instro sensors and sensor support systems combine industry leading technology with field proven reliability, making them the ‘system of choice’ in a number of global markets. Instro’s wide range of target acquisition and manual support products are in service with armed forces in over 50 countries around the world and include digital goniometers, manual pan & tilt heads and lightweight tactical tripods all of which can be integrated with laser range finders, designators, night vision devices, GPS and automatic target handoff systems to provide a complete 24 hour targeting solution for the forward observer and forward air controller.

Safran Vectronix AG is an established leader in the development and manufacturing of integrated handheld, mounted, module, and precision systems for observation, detection, geo-positioning, and targeting solutions. The Swiss tradition of excellence in optics and precision engineering characterizes our products - handheld laser rangefinders, day and night vision devices, multifunctional devices, tripod-mounted observation and positioning systems and sensor modules. Leveraging core competencies in electro-optics, laser range finding, and north-finding technologies, Vectronix supports the requirements of defense and law enforcement as well as industrial and commercial markets. Headquartered in Heerbrugg Switzerland, Vectronix AG is owned by Sagem (Safran group) and maintains two subsidiaries with four branches in the US.



Black Diamond Advanced Technology A veteran-owned small business, Black Diamond Advanced Technology, LLC, designs, engineers and manufactures fully rugged, customizable computers and wearable electronic systems, including the Modular Tactical System (MTS) and APEx Predator System, and develops tactical mission-essential software for military operations. BDATech’s Forward Air Control - Utility Suite (FAC-US) ditigally enables a dismounted JTAC for precision Close Air Support. Made in the USA, Black Diamond Advanced Technology products are specifically designed to withstand the harshest elements and environments. Our Engineering Team collectively possesses decades of experience in the aerospace, military, electronics, and defense industries, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to each custom product developed.

Teleplan Globe. FACNAV is a multi-role Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) and Digitally Aided Fire Support (DAFS) kit. FACNAV has been designed to meet the changing requirements of ground troops, while CAS functionality provides JTACs with the most advanced data link capabilities available today, e.g. VMF, L16 and AFAPD. FACNAV also provides a wide range of radio, sensor and weapon systems Integration both for ground based and airborne assets to help minimize third party collateral damage and avoid blue-on-blue incidents. Utilizing near real-time ISR information and analysis and mensuration tool integration allows for more accurate decision aking. FACNAV was first deployed in 2007. Teleplan Globe AS is based in Norway. For more information see

Media Partners:

Copybook is a leading online B2B platform enabling military suppliers to win new contracts and business through the extensive coverage Armed Forces International provides. The platform has gained an impressive reputation for its understanding of the military industry. Services include; the latest industry news and developments, job vacancies, events / exhibitions, ask the expert, a military glossary and the virtual trade show. Search the extensive directory to find the products and services required.

Suppliers that join the site are not restricted in how much copy or media information they can publish. Clients have an unlimited amount of articles, whitepapers, images and videos to submit, all of which appear on their profile and other relevant areas of the website. Armed Forces International uses effective online marketing methods to drive the relevant traffic and business enquiries to the military suppliers listed online, and in our weekly newsletter, which is sent to thousands of people each week including leading decision makers such as military contractors and commanders. Our in house editorial team optimise each submission to perform well in search engines and work closely with clients to achieve first page results for requested phrases. In keeping with current marketing trends, Armed Forces International also has a large social media following giving extra exposure. Armed Forces International is a truly valuable resource to get new business and contracts.

MS&T Magazine is entirely dedicated to simulation and training in the military. Each issue typically has five major articles, an industry news and analysis wrap-up, coverage of recent events, an industry calendar and more. MS&T has been a consistent thought leader over the past years and currently helps the forces of many countries capture the lessons learned in combat as they transition back to a peacetime role. To see the latest issue and request a free subscription please visit

Military Training International

In its 21st year, Military Training International is the premier defense publication focused on the people, technologies, innovations and requirements that decision-makers are looking for. MTI is the publication that training and simulation commands, program and project offices turn to for critical analysis on how to turn requirements into capabilities. (

ASDNews brings the latest aerospace, defence and security news from government, industry and major news agencies around the world. Our service has over 60,000 active subscribers and 2 million article readers per year. ASDNews content is categorised in over 25 main news groups for example: “Training & Simulation News”, or “Unmanned Systems News” making recent and related articles easy to find. Subscribe to our free daily newsletter or weekly group newsletters on


Military Government Delegate £150 + VAT

Industry Delegate £1100 + VAT

Exhibition Package £3500 + VAT (includes 2 x delegate tickets + display space)

Discounts –

3 or more delegates 10%

Sponsor rates:

For details of sponsor rates please contact Digby Williams on +44 (0)1227 763322 or digby.williams (at)

The Hilton Hotel
Drake Way

Getting There:
The hotel is very easily reached. It is 25 mins by car from Heathrow airport. Reading mainline station is 25 mins from Paddington station in London. The hotel is approximately 5 mins drive from the M4 motorway.
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There is a group rate discount for conference attendees. The rate is £147 per night Bed & Breakfast. Quote the group code GOMCB or simply follow this link to our reservation page . Note: Rooms must be booked before 21st September 2015 to take advantage of this rate.
Conference 1st Day
Coffee & Registration
Welcome and Chairmans Opening Remarks
Wg Cdr Andy Wright, Officer Commanding, 100 Sqn, Royal Air Force
CAS and JTACs within the UK Strike Brigade and Warfighting Division: the challenges of integration with other Fires and with manoeuvre
Brigadier Simon Humphrey, Head of Combat Support Capability, British Army
UK JTAC Perspective
Wing Commander Andy Eccleston, SO1 Equipment Capability, Joint Air Land Organisation
Innovation to Support the Warfighter
Mr Tom Ball, Technical Director, Close Air Solutions
The Full Mission Spectrum of CAS
Lt Col Byron Sullivan USMC, Joint Staff J-6, Joint Fires Division, Joint Close Air Support (JCAS) Section
Rockwell Collins Industry Sponsor presentation
Mr Graham Davenport, Sales and Marketing Director, Rockwell Collins UK
Instro Precision Industry Sponsor Presentation
T, B, D
Update on French CAS Matters
Colonel Olivier Aribaud, Director of Operational Studies, French Air Force Air Warfare Centre
Tea / Coffee
An overview of USMC CAS Capabilities and projects
Colonel Jay Frey, CO Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic, United States Marine Corps
Simcentric Industry Sponsor Presentation
T, B, D
Panel Discussion JTAC Training
Conference adjourns
Conference 2nd Day
Delegate Registration & Coffee
Way ahead for USAF TACP JTAC
Lt Col Justin Dupuis, Chief TACP ASOC Branch A3JC, Air Combat Command USAF
Vectronix Industry Sponsor Presentation
T, B, D
JTAC Education and Training The Dutch Approach
Lt Col Gaico Hofstra, Commander, Netherlands Air Ground Operations School
Polish Close Air Support Development
Major Jaroslaw Neffe, Commanding Officer, TACP Training Centre, Polish Air Force Academy
Panel Discussion Digitally Aided Close Air Support
Lt Col Byron Sullivan USMC, Joint Staff J-6, Joint Fires Division, Joint Close Air Support (JCAS) Section
Belgian CAS
Major Koen Staelens, JTAC Program Manager, Belgian Defence
Future Trends for CAS
Lt Col Birkan Dokuzlar, JAPCC CAS JTAC SME, NATO
Tea Coffee
NATO FAC Capabilities Section
Lt Col James Krischke, Chief FAC Capabilities Branch, NATO Air Headquarters
TACP Modernisation Update
Mr James Forney, Project Officer, USAF TACP Modernisation Office
Conference Closes

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