Future Artillery, first launched in 2003, has become the best attended and most influential event of its kind providing the community with an annual forum to engage in candid debate with fellow artillery officers and industry alike.
Over the years, Future Artillery has welcomed delegations from every corner of the globe and a total of over 1500 attendees.
Chronicling developments in the artillery world, highlights from the last 10 years include:
2003 - A humble gathering of 70 delegates assemble to hear Colonel Peter H. Tomlinson, at the time Deputy Director Equipment Capability (Indirect Battlefield Engagement), UK MoD, US, German and French Armies detail their modernisation plans, alongside Denel, the original Bofors Defence (now BAE Bofors) Excalibur team and Giat Industries (now NEXTER), on early CAESAR developments.
2004 Major General Jonathan Bailey MBE delivers keynote address as Director General of Development and Doctrine, British Army, while Bob Preedy briefs on the, then new, M777 - the gun later deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan with the US Army, USMC and Canadian Army
2005 The first address by a Commanding General of Fort Sill, we welcome Major General David P. Valcourt, Commanding General, Field Artillery Centre, US Army. He was subsequently followed by his successors, Major General David C. Ralston 2007 Major General Peter Vangjel 2008-2009 and most recently Major General David Halverson in 2011 to provide the US keynote briefing.
2006 Debut briefing delivered by the Israeli Defence Force and Junghans showcase their advancements in Micro Electro Mechanical (MEM) Technology in Artillery Fuzing - returning in 2011 to announce details of the European Course Correction Fuze. Plus Jon Screyach details developments on Lockheed Martin’s GMLRS. In 2011, we were delighted to welcome back Jon as Conference Chairman.
2007 Attendees enjoy a pre-conference site visit to the Royal School of Artillery at Lark Hill where a host of British Army Royal Artillery Officers brief on training strategies including Lieutenant Colonel John Musgrave – who in 2011/2012 will take post as Assistant Director Capability, HQ Director Royal Artillery replacing Colonel Mike Ross
2008 Hosts Lieutenant Colonel Anders Nyström, Deputy Commanding Officer, Artillery School, Swedish Armed Forces to brief the community on ARCHER - due to be operational Summer 2012
2009 Cements Future Artillery as a world leading event, for the first time welcoming over 200 delegates and with a speaker faculty that included Heads of Artillery from the US, UK, USMC, Canada, Denmark and The Netherlands. The Precision Ammunition focus day is established.
2010 Details lessons from Afghanistan including analysis of the deployment of CAESAR, plus ATK brief on their PGK solution for affordable precision for the artillery
2010 Gala Dinner at the HAC
2011 Our best attended and largest speaker faculty to date; attended by 230 delegates from over 30 nations, plus 39 speakers including debut briefings from the Italian Army, Brazilian Army, Indian Army and Malaysian Army. The first Advisory Board is established and new specialist streams added on CRAM, Joint Fires, Mortars and C2.
Future Artillery 2011 speaker faculty
2012 Future Artillery celebrates its 10th successful year, bringing you brand new small group round-table discussions, the G6 Industry Leaders Global Strategy Debate on the future direction of the artillery industry, in addition to debut briefings from Chile, Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Pakistan and Slovakia.