14 - 16 May, 2018
Stamford Bridge, London, UK

CONFERENCE DAY THREE

8:15 am - 8:45 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:45 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:00 am - 9:40 am HOST NATION ADDRESS

9:40 am - 10:20 am PECULIARITIES OF ARTILLERY CONFRONTATION IN THE DONBASS CONFLICT

·          Overview of current Ukrainian indirect fire capability and an update into current operations
·          Operational feedback of recent reconnaissance, surveillance and fire control activities
·          The direction for the development of combat efficiency to increase damage and reconnaissance capability

10:20 am - 11:00 am MORNING COFFEE & NETWORKING

11:00 am - 11:40 am MODERNISATION AND INTEGRATION OF ROMANIAN ARTILLERY - AS AN INDIVIDUAL NATION AND AS PART OF THE NATO COLLECTIVE FORCE

·          Examining recently announced projects and programmes to procure a new MLRS platforms and a variety of different wheeled / tracked systems
·          Outlining the current stage and progress of the LAROM upgrade programme
·          What are the technical requirements for the required new missiles and launch systems?
·          Achieving NATO standards in technique and technology

11:40 am - 12:20 pm CONSIDERATIONS FOR CZECH ARTILLERY DEVELOPMENT

·          An overview of the current status and capacity of joint fire support in the Czech Armed Forces
·          Enhancing Forward Observation capability for both mortar and artillery systems
·          Tactics, techniques and procedures for Czech Army JFS moving towards 2030

12:20 pm - 1:15 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm REFLECTIONS ON THE CURRENT AND PLANNED OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY OF HUNGARIAN ARTILLERY

·          Outline of the 10 year Zrinyi 2026 modernisation programme
·          Hungarian field artillery fire control systems – past and future
·          R&D activities and processes combined with acquisitions from abroad to develop Hungarian artillery capability

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm MODERNISING ARTILLERY IN SUPPORT OF SLOVAK GROUND FORCE OPERATIONS

·          Overview of current Slovak Ground Force capability and insight into the strategic purpose and operational intent of indirect fire modernisation
·          Developing the artillery command and fire control system (DELOSYS) to be deployed on battalion and battery levels in conjunction with various artillery units
·          Procurement of close and short-range 3D radars

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm AFTERNOON COFFEE & NETWORKING

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm EXAMINING CURRENT AND PLANNED OPERATIONAL INDIRECT FIRES CAPABILITY OF THE BULGARIAN LAND FORCES

·          Achieving NATO interoperability and understanding the strategic priorities and operational employment of Bulgarian artillery
·          Overview of current capability which includes towed 12mm: 100 D-30, MRL 122mm: 24 ARPA-40, MOR 120mm: 100 M-75 and examining future plans for modernisation and investment
·          Feedback from Saber Guardian which saw the Air Defence Artillery live fire exercise take place in Shabla, Bulgaria

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: FORMULATING A STRATEGY FOR ENHANCED EASTERN EUROPEAN INDIRECT FIRE CAPABILITY THROUGH REGIONAL COLLABORATION

This panel discussion will bring together Eastern Europe’s senior indirect fire leadership to enable discussion on how the region can collectively ensure effective and rapidly mobile fires capability.
 
·          What collaborative strategies can be employed to increase coordination and joint-capability between Eastern European nations?
·          To what level are allied forces currently able to counter the counter the wide variety of Russian EW systems and ensure the effectiveness of allied surveillance, ISR and networking capabilities to support land based operations?
·           What CONOPS and investment can be made in EW to enhance allied indirect fires capability?
·          What types of ammunition and launch systems should be prioritised?

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS & END OF DAY THREE