Conference Day 1

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

8:50 AM - NaN:NaN AM CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS AND HOST NATION PLENARY SESSIONS

9:10 AM - NaN:NaN AM HOST NATION WELCOME ADDRESS

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM HOST NATION KEYNOTE ADDRESS

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM MODERNISATION AND INTEGRATION OF ROMANIAN ARTILLERY - AS AN INDIVIDUAL NATION AND AS PART OF THE NATO COLLECTIVE FORCE

· Outlining current capability, strategic priorities and likely operational environments and priorities
· What is the planned future for Romanian artillery? How will this new planned capability allow Romania to be able to participate in multinational exercises and joint training events?

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM PECULIARITIES OF ARTILLERY CONFRONTATION IN THE DONBASS CONFLICT

· Overview of current Ukrainian indirect fire capability and an update into the current conflict in the Donbass
· Operational feedback of recent reconissance, surveillance and fire control activities
· The direction for the development of combat efficency to increase damage and reconissance capability

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM ADAPTING THE GERMAN ARMY’S INDIRECT FIRE CAPABILITIES TO THE CHANGING SECURITY CONTEXT IN EASTERN EUROPE

· Insight into the decision to increase the number of PzH 2000 howitzers that remain within the inventory of the Bundeswehr; making it possible to create an additional battery in the 325th Artillery Battalion
· How the German Army Artillery is likely to conduct pre-fire reconnaissance, deliver tactical effects and support and supply moving towards 2035
· Considering the acquisition of a number of Artillery Gun Modules (AGMs) for integration in its 8x8 ARTEC Boxer Multi Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) fleet

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM NETWORKING LUNCH

1:20 PM - 2:00 PM PRECISION FIRES ROCKET & MISSILES SYSTEMS PROJECT OFFICE: U.S. ARMY’S PRECISION FIRES CAPABILITY

· Providing total life cycle management for the Army’s fleet of long-range surface-to-surface launch platforms (the M270A1 tracked Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)
· Develop, produce, field, and sustain the Precision Fires family of launchers and munitions to fulfil the long-range artillery requirements of the US warfighter and allies

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM PANEL DISCUSSION : TRANSITION TO PRECISION – EVALUATING THE ARGUMENTS FOR PGM

  • What types of targets will likely need to be engaged? What types of ammunition and launch systems should we prioritise?
  • Weapon system assurance: Examining the potential threat implications of using precision guided munitions in a digitised battlespace?
  • Will the adoption of PGM fundamentally alter the established purpose and employment of indirect fire?

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM MODERNISING ARTILLERY IN SUPPORT 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

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM ESTONIAN INDIRECT FIRE SUPPORT WITHIN A RAPIDLY CHANGING AND FLUID THREAT CONTEXT

· Overview of current Estonian indirect fire support capability and level of allied integration
· How are the Estonian Defence Forces using their current indirect fire assets for A2/AD purposes?
· What prospect is there for greater interoperability with neighbouring allies in developing joint fires?

4:40 PM - 4:50 PM CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE