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The next Future Indirect Fires conference will be held in Bristol, UK, from 29 to 30 June 2021. The event will feature the Future Indirect Fires Stream alongside the Joint Military Training and Simulation Stream, both of which will include speakers in these fields from around the world.

The key aim of the conference will be to explore how indirect fires will develop over the coming decade, covering both lethal and non-lethal systems. The two streams are co-located together in order to determine how training solutions (particularly emerging virtual technology) can assist in equipping forces to deploy indirect fires solutions.

In addition to a lecture theatre for each stream, the event will feature exhibits from industry, government and academia. Sponsors include major defence contractors such as Saab and Hanwha. The latter has recently been linked with the UK’s requirement for a new indirect fires system, by offering to build its K9 THUNDER self-propelled howitzer system in the country.

In the Future Indirect Fires Stream, the lecture agenda features representatives from several leading armies setting out how their artillery forces will modernise to meet future challenges. As part of this, manufacturers will also give lectures to delegates on their latest solutions.

Similarly, the Joint Military Training and Simulation Stream will feature updates from this sector on their latest developments. The first day of the event will conclude with a networking reception for delegates. It will resume the following day and conclude at lunchtime.

Jack Richardson, Online Editor and Webmaster for ESD will be attending the show and looks forward to meeting other delegates and exhibitors.

Copies of ESD’s latest edition will also be available.