28 June 19. Close Combat Symposium – 09 – 11 July 2019.
Event time: 10:00
Location: Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham and COTEC, Salisbury Plain
Final Notice and Confirmed Programme
There are just under two weeks to Close Combat 2019.
DAY 1: This year Army HQ and DE&S are leading the day with updates on the equipment programme and future experimentation following additional money in the new Transformation Fund. In particular they are looking to invest in autonomous vehicles, less than lethal technologies, nano-UAS technologies, supporting technologies and techniques for urban areas, and improving individual and collective STA. The Royal Marines will also brief on their aspirations and requirements for the future. Editor-in Chief of Small Arms Defense Journal and Small Arms Review, Dan O’Shea, will close the day with his annual round-up of global small arms and ammunition trends.
DAY 2 is the range day sponsored by FNH UK with a demonstration of their 40mm grenade fire control system. Smart Shooter will also demonstrate their individual weapon sight against a drone, Bapty will demonstrate Vickers and Maxim machine guns, and Rheinmetall will demonstrate their Mission Master UGV. Live firing will take place from mid-morning with stands from FNH UK, Beechwood, Brolis Photonics Solutions, Instro Ltd, Ultimate Training Munitions, and Qioptiq. Breakfast and lunch are provided on the range with an evening dinner night at the STEAM museum.
DAY 3 includes presentations by the Chief Constable of the National Armed Policing Group, and former astronaut and US Navy Seal Bill Shepherd will speak on ‘When Computers do the Wrong Thing’. In the morning FNH UK will present on fire control and training systems with further presentations from Cranfield Defence and Security, Ultra Electronics and the Royal Tank Regiment on ‘Challenger 2 Streetfighter’, ITDU and Riflecraft on ‘Reducing the Error Budget’, SEA on technology driven soldier systems, and Ultimate Training Munitions on ‘Safe and Reliable Training in CQB’. In the afternoon ITDU will present on ‘Soldier System Integration’, Glenair will present on ‘Connecting the Dismounted Soldier’ and KWESST will present on a ‘UAV Enhanced Digital Networked Mortar Fire Control System’. The event will conclude around 3 pm.
24 June 19. MOD Autonomy S&T Collaboration Review 2019.
What’s Going On?
You are cordially invited to participate at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Autonomy S&T Collaboration Review 2019 hosted by Dstl. This is a unique opportunity to present your research, gain an oversight of defence and security autonomous systems and autonomy research, and engage with defence suppliers and MOD stakeholders.
The objective of the event is to identify collaboration and exploitation opportunities by bringing the Defence and Security autonomy and autonomous systems enterprise together and further develop the network of industry and academia that support Defence and Security.
Dstl are hosting a one day event on Thursday 11th July at a new location in Bristol. This event will, through a series of presentations and networking poster sessions, provide attendees with an overview of current cutting edge work in the area of autonomy and autonomous systems research and development. The event provides an excellent opportunity for researchers, SMEs, defence primes and Dstl to showcase their work, create and identify collaboration and exploitation opportunities. The event presents latest research on defence and security autonomy and autonomous systems. Consequently, it aims to bring MOD’s research into focus and provides a fantastic opportunity to bring the low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) research, core research and stakeholder communities together.
Attendance is limited to Government and organisations undertaking MOD sponsored (directly or indirectly) autonomous systems or autonomy research or development, undertaken in the last 12 months. We are happy to discuss participation within the bounds mentioned above, please contact to nominate additional attendees.
Project Summaries and Poster Presentations
All are invited to give a relevant autonomy or autonomous systems project summary presentation, which will be limited to 5 minutes, with 2 questions only. It is suggested that slides are kept to a bare minimum and follow the template: objectives, approach, benefits and future requirements. Multiple project presentations will have a combined time slot allocation. Presentations will be grouped by theme.
Project posters, or a 2.5 foot wide pop-up banner, are welcome at the networking sessions.
Both presentations and posters (ppt or pdf) need to be submitted for review by COP 28th June 2019.
Suppliers are encouraged to bring display items to support their presentations/posters.
Thurs 11th July
Themed project summaries and network sessions
Future direction and closing remarks
Attendance is by pre-registration only, Project details will be required.
To register, or for more details, please contact the event team:
E-mail: Dstl Autonomy Event 2019
Event Location and Directions
Bristol – Full details will be provided on registration
Presentation and Poster Submissions
Your 5 minute presentation (either in .ppt. or .pdf format) and/or posters are to be submitted for review to by 28th June 2019.
Security and IPR
Event attendance is by pre-registration only. All presentations, posters and discussions are not to be above UK OFFICIAL.
There is no IP cover, so please ensure your presentations, posters and discussions reflect this.
Civilian smart office dress is suggested
A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided at the event free of charge on the day.
If you require access arrangements or have dietary requirements please make this known to the event team in your email.