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Close Combat Symposium

10th July 2018 - 12th July 2018


Please make a note in your diary that this year’s Close Combat Symposium, run by Symposia at Shrivenham with the support of Army HQ Ground Manoeuvre Combat Capability, is to be held from 10th to 12th July 2018. There will be the usual range practice off-site on the middle day at COTEC on Salisbury Plain


The overall aim 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. The themes of this year’s event are: Dismounted Threats and Counter-threats; Future Vision and Capabilities; Dismounted Situational Awareness; Systems Requirements for Small Arms, Light Anti-tank Weapons, Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Systems. Perspectives from the military customer, police service and industry will be covered. In addition there will be updates on the latest trends and developments in ballistics and small arms.


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 staff,  DE&S Team Leaders, the National Armed Policing Group, Dstl and Industry, and through discussion groups and plenary sessions, the purpose is to encourage a cross-fertilization of ideas, the development of new perspectives and the challenging of current thinking. The event includes unique networking opportunities during its all-inclusive catering and refreshments, the Symposium Dinner and barbeque lunch on the range.

Call for Papers

If you wish to present a paper on a topic you feel is relevant to the themes, please submit an abstract of around 200 words by e-mail to Leanne@symposiaatshrivenham.com by no later than Friday 18 May 2018. Papers should be planned to take 20 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes for questions.

Range Day, Displays and Demonstrations

After very successful events in 2016 and 2017, along with the support from ATDU, ITDU and SASC we will once again have the ability to conduct live firing of weapons on Wednesday 11th July at the Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC), on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain. It is hoped to include here a demonstration of UAS and counter UAS capability.

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

More Detail

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 Leanne@symposiaatshrivenham.com.


10th July 2018
12th July 2018
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Leanne Lawson
+44 (0) 1793 785648


Defence Academy of the United Kingdom Shrivenham tbc
Swindon / Salisbury Plain,
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