19 - 21 November, 2019 | Tallinn, Estonia

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY TWO

8:00 am - 8:55 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:55 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:00 am - 9:40 am KEYNOTE: PROVIDING EXPERTISE IN SUPPORT OF ALLICANCE LAND FORCES READINESS

·          Ensuring competency and standardisation of artillery assets
·          Overview of the recently established NATO Force Integration Units to enable high readiness in the Eastern flanks 
·          Assessing multinational training exercises and standardisation to enhance interoperatbility of European allies 

9:40 am - 10:20 am VISION FOR MODERNISING CZECH ARMY´S ARTILLERY ASSETS IN COMPLIANCE WITH NATO STANDARDS

·          Outlining procurement plans to meet NATO standards: examining requirements to replace the 152mm mounted DANA howitzer
·          Addressing situational awareness, target acquisition, and requirements for advanced fire control system to enhance target engagement
·          Evaluating considerations for system integration
·          Ensuring interoperability of the Czech Land Forces to increase participation in multinational missions 
Lieutenant Colonel Marcel Křenek, Chief of Artillery Department Land Forces HQ at Czech Army

Lieutenant Colonel Marcel Křenek

Chief of Artillery Department Land Forces HQ
Czech Army

10:20 am - 11:00 am MODERNISATION AND INTEGRATION OF ROMANIAN ARTILLERY - AS AN INDIVIDUAL NATION AND AS PART OF THE NATO COLLECTIVE FORCE

·          Operating the Romanian native-made, highly mobile, multiple rocket launcher which has been used operationally in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Iraq
·          What is the planned future for Romanian artillery?
Colonel Daniel Condruz, Section Head for Fire Support at Romanian Army

Colonel Daniel Condruz

Section Head for Fire Support
Romanian Army

11:00 am - 11:40 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 am - 12:20 pm IMPLEMENTATION OF JFS IN THE AUSTRIAN ARMED FORCES

·          Addressing cooperation with the Latvian MoD and the self-propelled howitzer agreement
·          Attaining freedom of manoeuvre and advancing neutralisation of enemy assets by increasing range and rate of fire
·          Advancing close air support 
Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Hadeyer, Artillery Branch at Austrian Armed Forces

Lieutenant Colonel Bertram Hadeyer

Artillery Branch
Austrian Armed Forces

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm SLOVENIAN MODERNISATION PRIORITIES: ENHANCING CAPABILITY IN LINE WITH NATO STANDARDS

·          Accelerating C2 to advance target engagement and precision
·          Achieving freedom of manoeuvre through effective firepower projection
·          Evaluating sustainment of existing assets and accelerating howitzer fire rate while avoiding overheating challenges
·          Identifying procurement objectives in light of the planned increase in defence expenditure 
Jurij Jurtela, Senior Military Specialist at Slovenian Ministry of Defence

Jurij Jurtela

Senior Military Specialist
Slovenian Ministry of Defence

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 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
Colonel Pavol Barančík, Fire Support Coordinator & Chief Of Artillery, J9 at Slovak Armed Forces

Colonel Pavol Barančík

Fire Support Coordinator & Chief Of Artillery, J9
Slovak Armed Forces

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS WITH EASTERN EUROPEAN ALLIES

·          Analysing current capabilities, the M777 lightweight howitzer and attaining robust interoperability
·          Assessing Operation Reassurance and the Canadian Army’s engagement in multinational training exercises to enhance artillery capabilities at the battalion and brigade-level of Eastern European allies
·          Outlining efforts to support the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence mission and examining the recent deployment of an additional artillery battery to Latvia to improve indirect fire support 
Colonel Marc LaFortune, Commander Combat Support Brigade and Director Artillery at Canadian Army

Colonel Marc LaFortune

Commander Combat Support Brigade and Director Artillery
Canadian Army

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm ADVANCING INDIRECT FIRE CAPABILITY AND MORTAR WEAPONS SYSTEMS FOR THE STRYKER AND THE FUTURE FORCE

Colonel Will McDonough, Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems at US Army (Subject to Final Confirmation)

Colonel Will McDonough

Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems
US Army (Subject to Final Confirmation)

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: INDIRECT FIRE SUPPORT WITHIN A RAPIDLY CHANGING AND FLUID THREAT CONTEXT

·          Evaluating methods to attain interoperability and reflecting on multinational training exercises
·          Addressing rate of fire and maintaining maneuverability in different operating environments
·          Improving firing sequence and instituting soft launch procedures for long-range missile systems

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF MAIN CONFERENCE