17th - 19th October 2017
Krakow, Poland
Focus Day 17th October 2017

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In order to prepare troops for a wide spectrum of operational demands sufficient training is needed. The ability to perform in contrasting environments and the challenges to fully replicate this has resulted in a heated debate on live vs simulated training. Here we will identify and analyse these two facets of training before finishing with a view on combining the two.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee


09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE,, Deputy Commander of Operations, Royal Air Force

Live Training

Utilising allied training areas to replicate contingent environments is one of the most effective methods of preparing units for a range of operations. This section investigates the need for sharing expertise and live training time to ensure cohesion between nations and better prepare pilots.

09:30 -
NATO’s training requirements for pilot participation in future missions
  • Threats and opportunities during large scale training
  • Importance and need for standardisation of all NATO pilots
  • Implementing standardisation and implications for pilots

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Dubec, Multinational Aviation Training Centre Training Leader, Czech Air Force

10:00 -
An ISR/SAR mission aircraft is only as good as its operator
  • Training operators in EO/IR and other sensors
  • Attaining to train to proficiency not to standard
  • Accountability through the information flow – maintaining updates of the situation

Pierre de Backer, CEO, Aero Simulators Group

10:30 -
The European Defence Agency training innovations
  • Current EDA exercise plan and how new serials are being introduced
  • Key debrief points from HOT/COLD/BLACK BLADE exercises
  • Seeking synergies in the current helicopter training opportunities in Europe

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Milos Pecha, Member of Helicopter Exercise Programme Core Planning Team, European Defence Agency


11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

Simulated and Virtual Training

Cost effective and flexible, simulation enables users to create and modify training instantly. Working close to the limits of aircraft capability is a key aspect of giving pilots the edge of their opponents. Simulation enables users to push their skill levels and that of the aircraft at minimal cost and no risk. Here we explore the benefits of being able to fully replicate disparate operations.

11:30 -

Training a force for manned unmanned teaming on contingency operations

  • Current scope for MUM-T in the US Army and its partners
  • Optimum training methods for ensuring Fleet synchronisation between platforms
  • Looking ahead to next stages for MUM-T

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel L York Jr, Master Gunner, 1-3 Attack/Reconnaissance Battalion , 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, US Army

12:00 -

Dutch research on the role of science in maximising pilot and crew performance

  • Factors leading to the 3 year review in developing training options
  • Key areas for improvement including human factors and augmented reality head sets
  • Industry members involved and further collaborative opportunities

Lieutenant Colonel Martin,, Head of Apache Section, Helicopter Branch,Royal Netherlands Air Force

12:30 -
Overcoming the challenges of training on a 21st Century Helicopter
  • Threats and opportunities of technologically advanced aircraft
  • Challenges surrounding Integration with other nations and units
  • Lessons learnt from operating and training on two aircraft types during airframe transition

Commander Simon Collins, Commanding Officer 825 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking

Live Virtual Constructive

Combining assets using technology to augment live training rather than replace has now become increasingly commonplace. We analyse the impact of this on training, allowing armies the flexibility to create obscure scenarios, whilst still ensuring ‘authentic’ flight hours.

14:00 -
Panel discussion: Preparation for contingency via a live/synthetic balance
  • Overview of combined training developments to meet the new challenges
  • Considerations for asymmetric threats: Crew training and platform adaptations
  • A look forward to contingency operations

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Dubec,, MATC Training Leader, Czech Air Force

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel L York Jr, Master Gunner, 1-3 Attack/Reconnaissance Battalion , 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, US Army

Lieutenant Colonel Martin, Head of Apache Section, Helicopter Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force

15:00 -

Closing remarks

Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE, Deputy Commander of Operations, Royal Air Force

15:30 -

End of training focus day

MRO is essential for air worthiness and extending the service life of platforms. Along with manpower and fuel, it is one of the biggest costs to a Fleet Commander. These costs can be reduced but with significant risk and involves close planning and liaison between research and development, operational, and procurement teams. However the results can be dynamic, affordable Fleets that can counter threats whilst controlling costs.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee


09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Major General Bohuslav Dvořák, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff, Czech Armed Forces

Maintenance

Conducting regular maintenance at set intervals reduces the risk of low readiness rates. Embracing maintenance from the lower ranks up has shown to significantly enhance operational capacity. This session will explore some of the methods available to ease the demands of regular maintenance.

09:30 -
Reducing the maintenance burden
  • Modern military helicopter maintenance challenges
  • The approach of the Australian Army approaches and recent initiatives
  • Achieving the military-industry maintenance balance

Lieutenant Colonel Night Motley, Tiger/NH90 Resident Team Leader – France, Australian Army

10:00 -
Field to depot level test equipment for legacy and emerging weapon systems
  • Revolutionary hand-held field level armament test capability
  • Full laser/IR optics test capabilities
  • Reduced life cycle sustainment cost, with increased mission readiness

Major General Steve Sargeant (Former USAF), Chief Executive Officer, Marvin Test Solutions

10:30 -
The maintenance challenges of introducing a new Maritime helicopter into service
  • Wildcat Maintenance Schedule development
  • Tools for success: speeding up the turnaround time whilst ensuring well maintained platforms
  • Salt water considerations including logistical burdens, zonal maintenance and husbandry

Lieutenant Commander Nick Almond MBA, Air Engineer Officer 825 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy


11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

Repair

There is an exponential increase in likelihood and severity of incidents to rotary Fleets compared to fixed wing. The environments where repairs are conducted mean it is harder to ensure people and equipment are readily available. This session will examine how and why repair processes must be as quick and efficient as possible to ensure a deployable Fleet.

11:30 -
Integrating Tiger helicopter changes into the Spanish Fleet
  • Examining the planned changes to the Tiger platform
  • Options for improving electromagnetic spectrum protection and potential integration issues
  • From laser designation to target engagement: The potential of the Tiger

Lieutenant Colonel Santiago Álvarez Herrero, Spanish MoD Tiger Liaison Officer, OCCAR

12:00 -
Rotorcraft Maintenance, Repair and Upgrades
  • Overview of broad Group capability
  • Safety systems for rotorcraft
  • Upgrade paths for enhanced survivability

Mark Shufflebotham,Sales & Marketing Manager,GKN Aerospace Special Products Group

12:30 -
Avoiding accidents: Overview of greatest causal factors in modern military forces
  • Analysis of recent incidents
  • Ensuring effective development of repair crews via operations/classroom/technology
  • Next steps in accident avoidance for UK MoD

Lieutenant Commander Beth Leckey RN, Engineering Investigator Defence Accident Investigation Branch,UK MoD


13:00 -

Lunch and Networking

Overhaul

With the levels of foreign military sales increasing, particularly in legacy Fleets close attention is being paid to the overhaul of systems. Challenges can include different operating environments, disparate levels of training, and sometimes completely differing requirements. Here we will analyse some of the solutions available

14:00 -
NATO Helicopter standardisation to reduce the burden of MRO
  • Current technical priorities for aligning NATO requirements
  • Innovative approaches to overhauling platforms
  • Roadmap to achieving synchronisation across rotary fleets

Major Pavlinec Vlado, Rotary Wing SME, NATO Air Command

14:30 -
Panel discussion: Ensuring MRO in the field
  • Balancing through-life costs and operational effectiveness
  • Closing the links between military, OEMs and suppliers to ensure austere MRO is possible
  • Looking ahead to enable rapid readiness on newly overhauled Fleets

Major General Bohuslav Dvořák, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff, Czech Armed Forces

15:30 -

Closing remarks

Major General Bohuslav Dvořák, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff, Czech Armed Forces

15:35 -

End of MRO focus day

Technology is an integral part of the military and innovations happen fast. Never before have there been so many options for every facet of the combat helicopter. Here we explore how best to exploit current developments with the hope of aiding pilots against future threats and discuss areas for improvement.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee


09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Lieutenant Colonel Radek Pilar, Chief of Staff 22nd Helicopter Base,, Czech Armed Forces

Disruptive Weapon Technology

Today’s contemporary operating environment comprises of increasingly versatile missions, often calling for rapid readiness which has contributed to the rise in precision and scalable munitions. This section will investigate the drivers and implications for usage.

09:30 -
DVE mitigation technology
  • Next generation of avionic technology to aid pilot vision
  • Night pilotage solutions tests and impact on Fleets
  • Pipeline projects for DVE solutions

Mor Sela, Business Development & Marketing, Elbit Systems

10:00 -
Current state of US aviation forces in Europe and NATO Operations
  • Shifting the operations paradigm from permissive AVN environment to contested airspace
  • Fighting using integrated defensive aid suites
  • Optimising/training sensor-to-shooter processes for ground forces, fires, MUM-T and attack aviation

Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Welch, 1-3 Attack/Reconnaissance Battalion Commander, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, US Army

10:30 -
Connecting rotary platforms into wider tactical battle space communications for greater SA and C2
  • Increasing battlespace connectedness via Air – Land information exchange
  • Managing information exchange between the helicopter and land environment maximise relevance
  • Aiding next generation platform applications for dynamic mission planning, augmentation and DVEs

Paul Freeman, TDL Capability Technical Lead, General Dynamics


11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

Internal Technology

Today’s pilots must navigate through increasingly congested environments, often entering areas with unknown variables; Size is no longer the protective factor on the battlefield – technology has become the key to success.

11:30 -
Operator awareness and Defence Aid Systems (DAS)
  • The importance of detecting threats outside the missile engagement zone (MEZ)
  • DAS capability assurance and the role of platform EW systems in providing protection
  • Gaining EW supremacy via ATS100 and ETET tiers

Dr (Eur Ing) Bruce Holley CEng CPhys, International Test and Diagnostics Solutions Business Development Director, DRS Technologies UK

12:00 -
Using digital avionics in the Romanian Air Force
  • Current digital avionics system in Combat Helicopter units
  • An overview of avionics across Romanian Air Force fleet
  • A look at capability requirements for future missions

Colonel Valerica Vrajescu, 95th Air Force Base Commander, Romanian Air Force

12:30 -
L-16 Small Form Factor radios
  • Overview of SFF technologies
  • Need for battlespace awareness
  • Proliferation of lower altitude link 16 platforms

Doug Henderson, Principal Account Manager, BAE Systems/Data Link Solutions

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking

External Technology

Proliferation of sophisticated threats has heightened the continual need for advancing platform protection. A critical debate surrounding effects of protective weight impacting platform and unit fatigue is explored here, looking to provoke discussion on realistic solutions.

14:00 -
Brimstone performance on the Apache
  • Battle analysis to examine future Brimstone requirements
  • Examination of targeting options and relevant solution for future operations
  • Development and testing plans for next generation missiles

Colonel (Retd) Andy Allen MBE, MA MSc BEng CEng FRAeSBusiness Executive - Apache Win Team Leader, MBDA Missile Systems

14:30 -
Analysis of Allied Technical Publication (ATP) 49: Use of Helicopters in land operations
  • Combining technology with innovative planning to enhance a unit’s combat capability
  • Case study of ATP 49 implementation and implications for land units
  • Working with industry to analyse enemy tactics and establish appropriate response technologies

Major Greg Zweng, 1 Wing A7 Tactics, Royal Canadian Air Force

15:00 -
The Modular Approach to Multi-Mission Aircraft
  • Overcoming the challenges of enabling offensive capabilities on small platforms
  • From utility to attack: Solution priorities
  • Requirements for the next generation of rotary platforms

Joel Villa, Regional Director Central and Eastern Europe, Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company

15:30 -

Closing remarks

Lieutenant Colonel Radek Pilar, Chief of Staff 22nd Helicopter Base, Czech Air Force

15:35 -

End of technology focus day

The Combat Helicopter community have an awesome array of firepower and countermeasures to choose from but these bring their own burden in terms of weight, cost, training and logistics. Selecting the appropriate arms for the mission will be discussed, along with the potential knock on effects for the fleet.

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee


08:55 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE, Deputy Commander of Operations, Royal Air Force

Future Priorities

The role of today’s combat helicopter incorporates far more than simple air to surface attack; its use in stability and humanitarian operations means its scope has been significantly broadened. This session will look at how that capability has developed, and what must change as Governments look to concepts of war in the future vs wars of the past.

09:00 -

Czech developments in acquiring a new Combat Helicopter arsenal

  • Experiences from Command: Czech operations and impact on current requirements
  • Options being considered including bilateral agreements, domestic production and imports
  • Looking beyond the next phase of procurement: the next generation of Czech Air Force aviation

Brigadier General Jaromír Sebesta, Commander, Czech Republic Air Force

09:30 -

Enabling future capabilities through platform agnostic avionics architecture

  • Rotary wing avionics technologies using software defined and hardware enabled solutions
  • It’s about open, safe and secure systems
  • Benefit of multiple platforms with single, agile avionics architecture

Kevin Brabec, Director, Advance Program Development, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

10:00 -

Joint Helicopter Command: generating appropriate operational capability

  • Identifying the challenges and training to meet contingent threats
  • Generation of contingent operational capability
  • Innovations in rotary aviation and training that will give the edge in future operations

Major General Richard Felton CBE, Commander 16th Aviation Brigade, UK MoD

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

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Matching customer requirements with scaleable platforms

Through life costs are now heavily influencing procurement decisions. OEMs are developing low maintenance platform solutions giving militaries the luxury of higher readiness, cost effectiveness and longevity. Potential areas of improvement include material makeup, lightweight protection and more efficient fuel consumption via improved aerodynamics. This session will analyse what is available, and how best it applies to a modern helicopter fleet.

11:15 -

Operational considerations and helicopter development

  • Customer requirements and needs
  • Providing cost and operationally effective battlefield capability
  • Product developments for the battlefield environment

Tony Duthie, Head of Market Development, Leonardo

11:45 -

Equipping the Royal Netherlands Air Force with new platforms: Apache review

  • Combat Helicopter unit using the platform and lessons from training
  • The effects of the environment on platform, sensor and weapons performance
  • Capability requirements for an improved platform

Lieutenant Colonel Martin, Head of Apache Section, Helicopter Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force

12:15 -

"Viper - Venom - Vertical Lift" and European Article V requirements

  • Key aviation enablers for European self defense
  • Purpose built military aircraft - designed for the rigors of combat
  • Transformational Full Spectrum Vertical Lift - speed, range, commonality, lethality

Joel Best U.S. Army (retired), European Senior Manager, Bell Helicopter Military Programs

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking

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Weapons

There is a vast array of options for pilots to achieve mission success. Whether part of offensive action or in self-defence, crews must have the ability to effectively identify, track and engage targets. This section will examine the limitations and explore the possibilities for use of technology in improving weapons on Combat Helicopters.

14:15 -

Improving combat helicopters weapon capabilities

  • Spike electro optic weapon capabilities
  • Improving mission efficiency and survivability
  • Helicopter integration & new capabilities

Allon Baneth, Business Development & Marketing Manager, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

14:45 -

Integrating the planned USMC Fleet beyond 2020

  • Challenges of embarking combat helicopters in ships for amphibious assault
  • Feedback on emerging trials methods and use of simulation
  • Future opportunities for USMC aviation trials and research requirements

Colonel John Barranco, Director of H-1& UAS Programs, US Marine Corps

15:15 -

A new approach to weapon management systems for commercial military helicopters

  • Understand the operational needs for weapon systems on commercial military helicopters
  • Adapting the industrial solution to the operational requirements
  • The Airbus Helicopters proposed solution: HForce

Marc Jouan, Director Operational Marketing Engineering, Airbus Helicopters

15:45 -

Afternoon coffee and networking

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AUSTERE ENVIRONMENTS

Contingency operations, and the expansion of territorial interest to both poles, have the potential to push flight capabilities to the limit. Heat, cold, dust, light, weather and terrain can negate the tactical advantage that aviation brings, so overcoming these factors will be investigated in more detail here.

16:30 -

Special Operations in austere environments

  • V-22 improvement programs for contingent operations
  • Weapon developments for increased arcs of fire
  • Plans for increasing allied use of V-22s

Colonel Matt Smith, 352nd Special Operations Wing Commander, US Special Operations Command Europe

17:00 -
Delivering rapid operational readiness & multi-mission Light Scout attack helicopter solutions
  • Responding to emergent requirements through new acquisition or modernization programs
  • Meeting rapid acquisition timelines with reliable, affordable light scout attack helicopter solutions
  • Ensuring self-sustaining national security forces through strategic teaming

Roger O’Dell, Director, Program Management, MD Helicopters Inc.

17:30 -
Aviation considerations in littoral environments
  • The effect of precision guided munitions on today’s battlefield
  • Communications backup for cluttered electromagnetic environments
  • Contingency operations: a look at future options

Commander Simon Collins, Commanding Officer 825 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy

Lieutenant Commander Nick Almond MBA, Air Engineer Officer 825 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy

18:00 -

Closing remarks and end of day one

Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE, Deputy Commander of Operations, Royal Air Force

18:05 -

Drinks reception

Data Link Solutions

Whatever the mission of today’s Combat Helicopter, consideration must be given as to what systems can detect threat and what tactics and/or technology can help in mitigation to safely conclude the task. These systems can be active such as locating radars, or passive such as armour plating, and they will be explored in further detail here.

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE, Deputy Commander of Operations, Royal Air Force

ENHANCING SURIVABILITY

Force on force conflict will see Combat Helicopters becoming a crucial part of the air domination campaign, and Fleets without the armour and defensive suites to protect themselves will quickly become the losing side. we will identify the key factors in improving and protecting Combat Helicopter platform survivability.

09:00 -
Ex ANAKONDA 2016: Developmental issues from the biggest joint air assault exercise since 1989
  • Enabling a tri service aviation force within a congested battlefield
  • Lessons identified for utilising allied environments and expertise to prepare international taskforces
  • Command and control systems for deconflicting multinational missions and airspace

Major General Piotr Patalong, Special Advisor to the Operational Commander, Polish Armed Forces

09:30 -

Maximising surveillance using COTS assets

  • Detection, classification and identification of small vessel intrusion via integration of sensors
  • Optimal platforms to carry ISR sensors
  • Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on demand

George DeCock, SCAR-pod & ISR sensors, Airborne Technologies

10:00 -

Operation needs that are sharpening the capabilities of smaller Fleets

  • The needs of light armed helicopters in Korean battlefield environments
  • Minimizing cost and development schedule: Militarization of proven civil helicopters
  • Industry collaboration in enhancing the ROK Combat Helicopter Fleet

Colonel Hur Yongdo, Director Light Armed Helicopter Project, Republic of Korea Defence Acquisition Program Administration

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

Effective Command and Control

The risk of future operations with disruptive electromagnetic spectrums has led to an explosion of research, development and procurement in equipment that enables C2 in cluttered environments. Fleets require communication systems that can detect and deter enemy action whilst enabling friendly free use of the spectrum. This focus area will analyse some of the options available.

11:15 -

Utilising digital architecture to customise C2 and ISR solutions

  • Global, secure connection across all platforms
  • Minimising costs and scheduling time: The greatest risks of integration onto existing helicopters
  • Multiple options for communication systems whilst cancelling the integration risk

Brigadier General (Retd) Rick Rife, Vice President DOD Business Development, Harris Communications

11:45 -

NH-90 operational feedback and bilateral agreements in the frame of in-service support

  • Combining aircraft, simulators and virtual threats to create a dynamic and realistic exercise
  • Operational feedback of NH90 and future requirements
  • Bilateral agreements in the frame of in service support

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Carriere, Tactical Transport Helicopter Programme Manager, French Army

Benjamin Gailly, Director of Helicopter Operations, Directorate General of Armaments (DGA)

12:15 -

The Induction Rocket System: Designed around modern conflicts rising issues

  • Benefits of induction rockets including combat efficiency and cost of ownership
  • The airburst telemetric induction rocket
  • The sub metric laser guided induction rocket

Eric Mornard, Vice President Airborne Weapon Systems, THALES – TDA Armaments

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking

Integrating Modern Fleets

Fleets have an array of issues when it comes to integrating national programmes, which must be resolved before they move to combined international operations. Integration is the key to enabling synergy on these types of operations, and session will analyse the implications for different Fleets.

14:00 -

Reflections on command: Operating in the modern battlespace

  • Contemporary and future environments
  • Capabilities needed to meet threats and tasks
  • Preparation and mission rehearsals

Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE, Deputy Commander of Operations, Royal Air Force

14:30 -

Utilising open avionics architecture to customise C2

  • What does it mean
  • Who it is important to
  • Why should you care

Michael J Rogerson, CEO, Rogerson Kratos

15:00 -

Overcoming the challenges of ship/air integration for non-maritime Combat Helicopters

  • Challenges of embarking combat helicopters in ships for amphibious assault
  • Feedback on emerging trials methods and use of simulation
  • Future opportunities for trials and research requirements for UK Combat Helicopters

Commander Matt Grindon, Commanding Officer Rotary Wing Test & Evaluation Squadron, Royal Navy

15:30 -

Closing remarks and end of day two

Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE, Deputy Commander of Operations, Royal Air Force

15:35 -

Close of conference