15 Oct 09. Owning The Night Conference programme covers in-theatre experience of soldiers on the ground.
The Conference Programme
A One Day Conference, split into two half days, discussing the current Night Vision Requirements on the Ground and the Technology Available from Industry.
The MoD Requirement Day 1 November 10th
Registration Bisley Pavilion: 1130
Buffet Lunch: 1200 – 1300 – sponsored by Qioptiq
1300 – Welcome to Bisley – Mik Macsimovik – NRA Trustee
1310 – Chairman’s Introduction – Peter Varnish, OBE
1330 – Key Note Address: UK MoD Night Vision Capability Plan – Brig Carew Wilks, Head of Individual Capability Group, Defence Equipment and Support
1350 – In Theatre Experience – Lt. Col. Ian Bell, Owning The Night – The View from the Fire Support Team Commander
1410 – The Requirement for 24 hour Capability/Enhancement for the Aviator – Colonel Peter Eadie, AD Cap Dev, JHC HQ, Joint Helicopter Command
1430 – Artillery Laser targeting and Forward Air Controller Requirements – W/O Class 1, Mark McDonnell
1450 – The Requirement for advanced Night Vision, distribution and control systems for the soldier – Brigadier Richard Dennis CBE, Director Infantry, British Army
1510 – Tea Break – sponsored by Qioptiq
1530 – Q&As – Director Battlespace Manoeuvre Major General Chris Wilson CBE. Representatives from Capability Ground Manoeuvre, the Individual Capability Group from DE&S and Director Infantry will be present.
1630 – Buses to Range
1900 – 2030 – Cocktail Reception at Artist Rifles Club – sponsored by FLIR Systems Inc.
2030 – Dinner sponsored by DRS Systems Inc. and Finmeccanica U.K. Battlespace Solutions
Available Technology Day 2 November 11th
Registration – 0830 – Tea & Coffee– sponsored by Qioptiq
0915 – Chairman’s Introduction – Peter Varnish
0930 – Key Note Address: Expanding Warfighting Survivability – Mr. Jon Piatt, VP Warfighter Solutions, DRS RSTA.
0950 – Exploiting technology and improving operational effectiveness – Philip Pratley, Concept Development Director, Finmeccanica UK
1010 – Equipping the soldier to fight the 24 hour war – Qioptiq, Steve Rickard, Business Development Manager, Land Business Group
1030 – Tea & Coffee break– sponsored by Qioptiq
1100 – Two Minutes silence for Armistice Remembrance
1130 – EO/IR Surveillance in the All Digital High Definition Domain –Neil Bertram BSc (Hons), CEng FIET, Director, Future Programmes Engineering, FLIR Systems Ltd.
1150 – Effect of Tracer on the Nigh Battlefield – Peter Hedsand, Technical Marketing Manager, Nammo, Sweden
1210 – Covert IR Lighting Requirements in vehicles: Presented by Brian Thompson, Oxley Developments Limited.
12.30 – Advances in Ground Radar Technology for Persistent Surveillance – Mark Radford, Director of Security Products, Plextek Ltd.
12.50 – Q&As – Representatives from Industry
1320 – 1430 – Buffet Lunch – sponsored by Qioptiq
1430 – Buses to Range
15 Oct 09. The United Kingdom National Defence Association (UKNDA)has launched a campaignÂ for a permanent national monument in London to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Britain’s Armed Forces on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A UKNDA petition calling for the now-vacant fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square to be made available for such a memorial has gathered over 1,300 signatures in just five days and is continuing to attract significant interest and support from across the country. The petition, which appears on the Prime Minister’s website, http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/TributeToForces/ calls for “the vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square [to] be allocated permanently and dedicated to a statue or other appropriate work of art to honour and commemorate the services given and sacrifices made by our brave Armed Forces in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.”