Recce Strike Capability

The Land Operating Concept (LOpC) will see the Army fight differently – the find/fires revolution and significant SDE chain shortening mean we can’t continue as-is. Fighting by recce-strike, at all levels, will seek to win at stand-off wherever possible while enabling close combat at high tempo in and from complex terrain. Data-driven,  machine-powered target acquisition and decision making support are key to that tempo with the bulk of the data analysis being done to the rear.



  • What are the developments in weapon and ammunition design that could support greater levels of UK Armed Forces lethality, accuracy and range (across both individual and support/specialist systems)?
  • Where do we think LLM/AI might lead us in the dismounted, close combat context?
  • Soldiers are increasingly equipped with power and data hungry/producing equipment. How do we cohere power and data management without impeding mobility?
  • Suppression in the close fight (to 1000m) maintains the recce strike doctrine at the team level. What are the opportunities to maximise suppression at the platoon level, without adding significant burned onto the force?
  • Soldier as a sensor’ – how can we leverage Soldier Systems (weapon sights, laser modules, NVGs, etc) to provide data to close the sensor-decider-effector chain without adding significant burden onto the individual (cognitive, physical)?



The event is planned to be held over three days.

  • 2 July: Day 1 is at the Defence Academy of the UK in Shrivenham and provides insight from Army HQ and other customers on their intent for the future. This is supplemented by presentations from academia and industry.

  • 3 July: Day 2 takes place at Cranfield University’s COTEC range facility on Salisbury Plain. This involves live-firing demonstrations from industry as well as an opportunity for delegates to fire small arms from different manufacturers and with different optics and technologies. There is also the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate autonomous and remote technologies, followed by a dinner night.

  • 4 July: Day 3 is back at Shrivenham and provides more technology briefs from industry and academia.




COTEC performs independent Test & Evaluation on munitions, weapon systems, pyrotechnic and explosive stores, and conducts disposals and demilitarisation, although its extensive range facilities are suitable for testing other materials and equipment.

Situated on the edge of Salisbury Plain at Gore Cross near to West Lavington in Wiltshire and is a centre within the Cranfield School of Defence and Security at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Cranfield Defence and Security is the Academic Provider to the UK MoD for a wide range of Defence Engineering and Scientific courses. COTEC itself is situated in Area 9 of Salisbury Plain Training Area and has the ability to fire munitions into the impact area (Areas 15 and 16). COTEC Staff are also well equipped to support research activities conducted by colleagues and students located at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.




Delegate £1065

Academic, UK Government, MOD Trading Funds, Cranfield Alumni, ADS £855

MODUK Civil Servants, DSTL £745

UK Military Only £450




Due to popular demand we are currently adding exhibitors to a waiting list, please use the link or contact Leanne 


Defence Academy Only

Single Display Space - 1 Person - 2 x 3 Metres  -  Please add me to the waiting list 

Double Display Space - 2 Person - 2 x 6 Metres  - Please add me to the waiting list 

Extra Person £580 

Maximum of one for a Single Display

Maximum of one for a Double Display

Delegate upgrade per person - £500 


Defence Academy and Range

Single Display - 1 Person - 2 x 3 Metres + 4 x 4 Metres Range Space Please add me to the waiting list 

Double Display - 2 Person - 2 x 6 Metres + 4 x 4 Metres Range Space Please add me to the waiting list 

Extra Person £580 

Maximum of one for a Single Display

Maximum of one for a Double Display


Range Day Space Only - 2 Person - 4 x 4 Metres £3300



We have been advised by the military authority (Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU)) responsible for conducting the range day that due to recent amendments to the governing regulations (DSA03, Part 1, Chapter 09 - Use of Non-Service Pattern Weapons on MOD Land), companies demonstrating live firing of their own weapons need to comply with the following: 

  1. Preferably all weapons delivered to the Defence Academy, Marlborough Hall, Light Weapons Armoury for inspection 0830 - 1500 on Tuesday 02 July. ITDU's armourer will then support the Defence Academy armourer to complete the pre and post-firing weapon checks required before the range day firing. Arrangements for this can be made through Liam Easton, the SME Light Weapons at Technology School on 01793 785582.
  2. Please provide a list of all weapons and calibre of ammo your company wishes to fire by Friday 26 May so that ITDU can arrange the Man Firing Advice (MFA) support from DOSG and design the firing templates for the range.
  3. Please can you all provide all technical data for each weapon including:
    • Firing Pin Protrusion Limits
    • Proof Markings if hidden under furnishings please provide pictures/locations on the weapons
  4. Please can you supply Cartridge Head Space gauges to support the weapons and their documents?
  5. Please also supply Bore Clearance/Straighteners Gauges
  6. Finally, details of any lasers you intend to fire/use and the relevant eye safety certificates.

New for this year: Due to limitations on the supply of ammunition, please bring ammunition to suit your chosen firearm. 

In addition to the weapon inspection on 02 July there will need to be a five round check group and inspection of the discharged cartridges. This firing will take place between 0830-1030 on the 03 July range day with checks made by the ITDU armourer and SMI, and the Defence Academy armourer.

Please note: Dates and times to be confirmed.




Blunsdon House Hotel ****

Blunsdon House Hotel, BW Premier Collection is a 4* independent hotel with fantastic leisure facilities.  Surrounded by Wiltshire countryside, our hotel is set in 20 acres of beautifully maintained grounds with views to the Cotswolds.  Relax beside green fields and country views whilst still being conveniently located near Swindon and easily accessible from the M4 and M5.  

Your room is your place to rest and recharge.  We take this seriously and pride ourselves on providing all you need for a comfortable night’s stay, so you can switch off with ease and wake up feeling well rested.  You’ll find a Queen or King sized bed, powerful Aqualisa shower, flat screen TV with 50 channels, soft lighting and ample work space.  Our executive bedrooms located in the Pavilion also feature a private balcony or patio.  Open your door to the Wiltshire countryside and stargaze in comfort, metres from your warm bed.

Our chefs cook in house, using the freshest ingredients, full of flavour.  Choose from our distinctive onsite Flame restaurant, our modern all-day Carrie’s Bar or relax in the comfort of your own room with 24hour room service.  With stylish décor, inviting tub chairs and leather sofas complete with gorgeous countryside views, you will find space to relax. We also have an idyllic garden patio area for eating and drinking in the warmer months. 

Blunsdon Fitness+ gives you complimentary access to our extensive range of onsite leisure facilities to enjoy whilst staying with us.  Take a dip in our indoor swimming pool or relax in the poolside Jacuzzi with Scandinavian sauna and Essence steam room.  We’ve got the best indoor cycle studio in the area, with 20 professional bikes, state of the art LED lighting and a pumping sound system you’ve never had a workout like it!   A fully air conditioned cardio suite with state of the art Cybex equipment plus a resistance gym with extensive weight area for those wishing to work out.  Why not try a Les Mills class in our fully equipped fitness studio or enjoy a game of tennis on our professional standard outdoor court complete with stunning views.  Perfect for a game with colleagues on a summer’s evening.

You may wish to stretch your legs after a journey or clear you head at the end of a long day.  Our mile long nature walk makes for an invigorating stroll.  Our gardeners allow the planting to reflect the changing seasons so there is always something to appreciate.  

Our friendly and attentive team look forward to welcoming you soon.

- WiFi is complimentary and available throughout the hotel.
- 300 complimentary onsite parking spaces.

Our inclusive rate includes full English breakfast, complimentary use of our leisure facilities, free WiFi and free onsite parking.  Book direct via our website using the promotional code DACU.

£114 per standard room per night (based on 1 adult 2023), includes full English breakfast, use of our leisure club, free WiFi, free Parking and VAT 


T: 01793 721701. E: Web Booking System. SAT NAV Postcode: SN26 7AS. Username and password: DACU

Leonardo Swindon

"At Leonardo Swindon we aim to make your stay exceptional. It starts as soon as you step inside the hotel and experience the warm welcome from our Reception team, to the well-stocked bar and the relaxed quality of the restaurant".

"Leonardo Swindon is ideally situated in the heart of the town centre. The hotel has its own car park and if this happens to be full then further, public, car parking is available within a couple of minutes. For anyone arriving by train, the main station is less than 10-minute walk away. The location is ideal for visiting the pedestrian shopping area, whilst the Designer Outlet Village is also within easy reach by either foot or car".

"The 229, spacious, non-smoking bedrooms all have at least a double bed. The well-lit spacious feel is designed around our guests comfort. All rooms have flat screen Freeview televisions, high speed internet access, generous work space, hairdryer, tea/ coffee making facilities and room service".

For 2024 the rate is £105.00 per room per night (Single Occupancy) This includes a Full Breakfast.

An Advance purchase discount of 20% is available to book on the best available rates. This is applicable 30 days prior to the arrival date. All bookings are to be pre-paid and are non-refundable.

Car parking is available at £6 per night (either on-site or at the adjoining Whalebridge car park); The hotel car park is accessible 24 hours and tickets are to be validated at reception.

Whalebridge car park is open 6:30am – 11:00pm – Please validate your ticket with reception for the discounted rate.

Free Wifi in the public areas and Free High Speed Internet Access in the bedrooms".

Should standard rooms not be available you may be offered a discounted Superior of Executive room.

"Booking is simple, just click on the link to the website and enter DACU in the promotional code section". Online Booking

Alternatively Quote DACU

T: 01793 445600
SAT NAV Postcode: SN1 2NG


Please note: The information above is directly supplied by the hotels listed and are not the views of Cranfield University.

Terms and conditions

As per standard Cranfield University terms and conditions for delegates - available below.

Substitutions are welcome and may be made at any time, at no charge, provided the organisers are informed prior to the start of the event. If you have to cancel your booking, please do so in writing to Cranfield University. Cancellation up to 10 working days prior to the start date is subject to a £100 administration fee, after which, regrettably, no refund can be made. Refunds will be processed after the event.

Programme changes
It may be necessary, for reasons beyond the control of the organiser’s, to change programme content, speakers and/or timing of the event. Neither Cranfield University nor the Defence Academy is liable for any changes.

UK military rates
Rates advertised are for serving UK military salaried staff, these do not include associates and or staff working with or on behalf of the UK military, Symposia at Shrivenham reserve the right to cancel the booking/application or hold any monies paid as a credit toward a full payment.

Access to and use of any presentations provided are for attendees use only, sharing, reproduction is forbidden without the authors permission. Cranfield accept no responsibility for any data loss due to conversion to PDF.  

Chatham House Rule
"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed". In addition to any security classification criteria.

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If you have received correspondence from us where the personal or company details are incorrect, please contact Symposia at Shrivenham so that we may update our records. Cranfield University gathers and manages data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The information may be used to update you on our other events and courses. Cranfield University will not share your data with other companies or agencies offering similar services.

Health and safety
I verify that the Company will accept responsibility for the welfare of persons entering their display space with regards to Health and Safety and also accept that all electrical appliances brought on site have been PAT tested within the last 12 months.

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