Naval Mines – 19th century legacy or a key future capability?

Sponsored by: DA-Group

Focused on:

  • Naval Mine Warfare

Date: 13 January


Time: 8AM London/ 1.30PM New Delhi/ 4PM Singapore

The future of mine warfare in today’s and tomorrow’s naval domain

Most countries rely heavily on uninterrupted and safe marine traffic. As the on-going race between stealth, CIWSs and the new generation of hypersonic missiles intensifies, these often expensive weapon systems require active monitoring and situational awareness on vast border areas. While this is feasible in more condensed key areas, it is not the only option to guard and protect large coastal areas.

Naval mines have since their humble beginnings offered a deterrence and force-multiplier – available even for smaller nations to deny entry to their waters for even from vastly more powerful adversaries. Unfortunately, the naval mine sector has not been receiving the same amount of attention, appreciation and funding for R&D as its more dynamic flying counterpart, which has led to the current situation, where many nations have large amounts of close-to-century-old contact mines in their inventory which lack the flexibility, the effectiveness and most importantly the operational safety of their modern counterparts.

We show, how you can both maximize the capability of your current inventory, how our new generation of TURSO naval mines perform and how these modern systems integrate into today’s and tomorrow’s complex naval warfare domain.

Preliminary Agenda:
• Welcome Remarks, Program and Practicalities
Kristian Tornivaara, CBO, DA Defence & Aerospace
• Role of Minelaying in Future Naval Combat Theatre
Vice ADM (ret.) Kari Takanen,
Senior Advisor, DA Defence & Aerospace
• Modern Influence Mine and Its Main Characteristics
Roope Kotiranta, CRDO, DA-Group
• Modernization Options for Legacy Naval Mines
Roope Kotiranta, CRDO, DA-Group
• Modular Minelaying Capabilities and Its Benefits to Operations, Infrastructure and Logistics
Roope Kotiranta
• Open Discussion and Questions

Presented by

Vice ADM (ret.) Kari Takanen,

Senior Advisor, DA Defence & Aerospace

Kari Takanen is an ex Chief of the Finnish Navy, which is one of the leading naval mine users in the world. With his substantial navy career he is a respectable authority on the end-user side of modern naval domain, especially in the naval mine warfare.

Kristian Tornivaara,

Chief Business Officer, Defence & Aerospace

Kristian Tornivaara is the Chief Business Officer of DA-Group’s Defence & Aerospace business unit with respectable history in the naval and defence domain. As one of the founders of former Surma Ltd (now part of DA-Group) – the company behind the industry-leading SURMA Survivability Software and Degaussing Systems among others, he knows the needs and requirements of all key stakeholders on the naval domain.

Roope Kotiranta,

Chief R&D Officer

Roope Kotiranta is the other founder and the technical mastermind behind Surma Ltd (now part of DA-Group). As the former Chief Technology Officer of Surma Ltd and the Chief R&D Officer of DA-Group, Roope is one of the world-leading technology experts in all things related to navy combat survivability and lethality.

Key Learning Objectives

  • What is the role of minelaying in future naval combat
  • What are the latest features in modern influence mines and how new operational planning tools help
  • How naval mine logistics and operations integrate into one
  • Benefits on modernization projects of existing mine inventory


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  • Combat System Project Manager