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Conference Documentation: Mortar Systems Technology

Conference Documentation: Mortar Systems Technology

As a vital support weapon, mortars are of paramount strategic importance for land operations and as such there is a need to understand the latest cutting-edge technologies enabling their advancement. Importantly, as technology expands, so does cost, making procurement of mortar systems a key issue. Traditional challenges facing mortar teams have included resolving issues of precision v range, increased lethality and manoeuvrability. In order to mitigate these traditional challenges mortar technology have been advancing at a fast rate. However, there is still further room for development as new challenges begin to emerge and as the environment surrounding mortar systems continues to change.

SMi Group’s inaugural Mortar Systems Technology conference shall tackle these challenges head on, inviting programme managers, operational commanders, research, as well as the senior engineers and technical directors responsible for developing capability in this vital area. Case studies from key operational personnel, procurement experts, engineers and those responsible for training shall be just some of the key areas presented by leading figures within the field. Join us in London from the 29th to the 30th of June to take part in this worthwhile and essential forum.


Day 1
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Clarke, Commanding Officer, Support Weapons School, British Army
9:10
Analysing Canada's Mortar Project to Invest in Systems Maintaining Lethality at a Greater Distance
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Dunn, Director of Land Requirements, DLR 2 – Artillery, Air Defence, ISTAR & UAV, FOO-FAC Modernization, Canadian Army
9:50
Developing Non-Lethal Flashbang Mortars to Maintain Effectiveness and Reduce Civilian Casualties (Subject to Final Confirmation)
Leo Manahl, HQ European Command Non-Lethal Weapon Liaison, US Army Europe
10:30
Morning Coffee
11:00
Analysing the Benefits that Self-Propelled Mortar Systems will Provide to Mechanised Battalions in the Swedish Army (Subject to Final Confirmation)
Joakim Lewin, Head of Mortar Programme, FMV
11:40
Developing and Producing 60mm Lightweight Mortar Systems to Enhance Support Manoeuvrability
Jan Roman, Director, Military Technical Institute of Armament and Ammunition
11:40
Developing and Producing 60mm Lightweight Mortar Systems to Enhance Support Manoeuvrability
Vaclav Hejtmanek, Commercial Manager, Military Technical Institute of Armament and Ammunition
12:20
Networking Lunch
13:20
Panel Discussion: Engineering Mortars in the Modern Era
Christophe Soleil, Director, Research and Development, Mecar SA
13:20
Panel Discussion: Engineering Mortars in the Modern Era
Manuel Martin Florez, Product Manager, TECHFIRE, EXPAL (MAXAM Group)
13:20
Panel Discussion: Engineering Mortars in the Modern Era
Dr Hugh Goyder, Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University
14:00
Reserved for Sponsor
14:40
Afternoon Tea
15:10
Increasing Precision and Control of Mortar Firing with TECHFIRE. An Engineering Perspective
Manuel Martin Florez, Product Manager, TECHFIRE, EXPAL (MAXAM Group)
15:50
Analysing Engineering Innovations behind Mecar’s Mortar Ammunition Programme
Christophe Soleil, Director, Research and Development, Mecar SA
16:30
Teaching and Research by Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the UK
Dr Hugh Goyder, Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University
17:10
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Clarke, Commanding Officer, Support Weapons School, British Army
Day 2
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Clarke, Commanding Officer, Support Weapons School, British Army
9:10
British Army Operational Mortaring in Afghanistan and its Future Application in Expeditionary and Counter Insurgency Warfare
Major Nicholas French, Commanding Officer, B Company, 2 PARA, British Army
9:50
Case Study of Mortar Support during the 2015 Trident Juncture Exercise to Establish Requirements for Future Systems (Subject to Final Confirmation)
Major Tony Dixon , OC Strike Coy, British Army
10:30
Morning Coffee
11:00
Digitising Mortar Systems in Denmark to Enhance Mortar Capability
Major Michael Johnsson, Head of Guns and Mortars, Danish Army Combat and Fire Support Centre
11:40
Reserved for Sponsor
12:20
Networking Lunch
13:20
Examining the US Marine Corps Live Fire Mortar Training Drill (Subject to Final Confirmation)
Senior Representative, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marine Division, US Marine Corps
14:00
Live v Simulated Training. Establishing Blended Processes to Use Advantages of Each
Major Ben Jones, Chief Instructor of the Mortar Division, Support Weapons School, British Army
14:40
Afternoon Tea
15:10
Panel Discussion: Future Mortar Users…Needs, Wants and Cutting Edge Developments
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Clarke, Commanding Officer, Support Weapons School, British Army
15:10
Panel Discussion: Future Mortar Users…Needs, Wants and Cutting Edge Developments
Major Ben Jones, Chief Instructor of the Mortar Division, Support Weapons School, British Army
15:10
Panel Discussion: Future Mortar Users…Needs, Wants and Cutting Edge Developments
Senior Representative, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, US Marine Corps
15:10
Panel Discussion: Future Mortar Users…Needs, Wants and Cutting Edge Developments
Paddy Little, Technical Director, Cervus Defence
15:50
Moving to More Advanced Mortars. Analysing How the Industry can Further Enhance Digital Capability
Christopher Foss, Editor IHS Janes Armoured Fighting Vehicles/Jane’s Artillery and Air Defence, IHS Jane’s
16:30
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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