19 Apr 17. Close Combat Symposium – 25 – 27 July 2017.
Event time: 10:00
Defence Academy of the United Kingdom Shrivenham
Please make a note in your diary that this year’s Close Combat Symposium, run by Symposia at Shrivenham with the support Army HQ Capability Combat and Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Land Equipment and the Police, hosted at the Defence Academy of the UK, is to be held from 25th to 27th July 2017 in the Technology School Conference Hall at Shrivenham with a full range practice off site on the middle day.
The aim of the event is to examine future capability requirements for Ground Manoeuvre close combat forces, both mounted and dismounted, to identify current capability gaps and to examine current and future threats.
This symposium aims to bring together representatives from the Military, Users, Procurement Agencies, R&D staff, the Police and Industry from around the world. Through presentations by Army Headquarters Head of Combat and his staff, DE&S Team Leaders, Police Tri-force Specialist Operations, Dstl and Industry, and through discussion groups and plenary sessions, the purpose is to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas, the development of new perspectives and the challenging of current thinking. Unique networking opportunities during the all-inclusive lunches, the Symposium Dinner and barbeque on the ranges will be offered.
Call for Papers
If you wish to present a paper on a topic you feel is relevant to the theme, please submit an abstract of around 200 words by e-mail to by no later than Friday 26 May 2017. Papers should be planned to take 20 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes for questions.
Range Day, Displays and Demonstrations
After a successful event in 2016 along with the support from ATDU, ITDU and SASC we will once again have the ability to conduct live firing of weapons on Wednesday 26th July at the Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC), on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain.
With thanks to Bapty & Co the range day will include a ‘Victoria Machine Gun day’ with a display of GATLING, GARDNER, VICKERS MAXIM and Super Pom Pom.
We offer companies, departments and establishments an opportunity to display their equipment (weapons, vehicles, sighting systems, ammunition, ancillaries, training aids etc) or advertise their capability throughout the event. In addition, those same organisations and suppliers have a unique chance to allow customers and visitors within the industry to experience their latest weapon designs, sighting systems and ancillaries all on the same military range.
There are unique opportunities for sponsoring at various levels during this event: individual activities such as the event dinner, the barbeque on the range, or collectively for the whole event with generous concessions.
For more detail on the event, including Registration, booking display space, booking range space and sponsorship, please check our website or contact Leanne Lawson direct on +44 (0) 1793 785648 or .
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