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COMBAT HELICOPTER 2018 AGENDA
With over 20 nations currently undergoing some form of modernisation for their rotary platforms, and a further 10 feeling the pressure due to sanctions on Mi parts a crucial requirement has developed to improve this process. Whether countries wish to extend their platform’s life expectancy through internal or external changes, there is a vast array of options for keeping the Fleet aloft and effective
FOCUS DAY STREAM 1 – 23rd OCTOBER: IMPROVING UPGRADE OPTIONS FOR MODERNISATION
IMPROVING DEGRADED VISUAL ENVIRONMENT CAPABILITIES
The ability of pilots to perform operations at night and in conditions involving snow/dust/fog is the key to enabling success against conventional and near peer threats. These hazards can become tactical advantages, where friendly forces can operate with little restriction whilst their foe remains grounded. This section will explore the mix of sensors, cueing and flight controls whilst analysing the consequences of relying on one more than the other.
ENSURING EASE OF USE: MODULAR UPGRADE OPPORTUNITIES
As systems become more complex, consideration of modular links at the design stage becomes increasingly important. It requires an early identification of clear requirements, with options set out that enable forces to choose the optimal solution for their mission requirements. This section will analyse some of the debates around these issues.
EXPLOITING ELECTRONIC WARFARE IN THE ROTARY DOMAIN
As attention becomes more focussed on near peer threats there is a much greater awareness of the importance of controlling the electromagnetic spectrum. The risk of future operations with disruptive electromagnetic spectrums has led to an explosion of research, development and procurement in equipment that enables this type of (EW) control. This section will analyse some of the options available.
FOCUS DAY STREAM 2 – 23rd OCTOBER: OPTIMISING PLATFORMS FOR OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS
The array of platforms with an offensive capability now varies. Weapon systems once the domain of 40 tonne+ platforms can now be integrated into 6 tonne platforms and lower. This brings some incredible options for aviation commanders, but also higher levels of risk as less weight means less options for protection. This session will dissect this argument in more detail and establish solutions.
ENHANCING THE UTILITY OF MULTI ROLE
The platform that dominates the order books of most nations is that which can be tweaked to perform a multitude of roles. Be that naval, lift, or attack the crucial element of this platform on the battlefield is the ability to clear an area in which it can work. That requires weapons, and this session will explore some of the options available.
INNOVATIONS IN ATTACK
The stalwart of all air assault operations, attack platforms have the ability to dominate the battleground. However there is increasing scrutiny on the accuracy of munitions, the reliability of sensors, and the power to weight ratio to enable them to manoeuvre out of trouble. This section will pull apart these arguments to gauge how best innovations can be bought to attack platforms.
The potential of hardened, lightweight material to reduce the stress on an airframe whilst improving the survivability on the battlefield and costs to national purses is huge. It has important consequences for the scout community, enabling more sensors and armaments to be loaded onto smaller platforms. This session will analyse these in more detail.
FOCUS DAY STREAM 3 – 23rd OCTOBER: REDUCING VULNERABILITY
The potential of hardened, lightweight material to reduce the stress on an airframe whilst improving the survivability on the battlefield and costs to national purses is huge. Furthermore, platform maintenance issues can be significantly reduced via vibration reduction technology. Finally, 3D printing and reinforced carbon have the ability to reinvigorate aircraft capabilities. This session will break this down further.
DEFENSIVE AID SUITES: INCREASING PROTECTION
The potential of hardened, lightweight material to reduce the stress on an airframe whilst improving the survivability on the battlefield and costs to national purses is huge. Furthermore, the weight and size of the platforms discussed above limit their manoeuvrability and makes them ideal targets. There is a keen focus to enable threat identification and defeating systems to ensure mobility is consistently protected.
MAXIMISING MANOUEVRE VIA COUNTERMEASURES
Once the DAS has identified a threat, pilots can increase the ability to manoeuvre using countermeasures. There is an array of options available and as the technology going into threats increases, so too must the considerations for effective countermeasures.
MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 1 – 24th OCTOBER: PREPARE AND SUSTAIN THE FLEET
As nations move away from traditional environments to near peer threats attention must be paid to feedback from recent operations. There is an abundance of lessons that must be incorporated into national programmes, particularly as nations align their investments around receiving better value for their procurement. The main conference will start with a look at these operations.
INTEGRATED CONNECTIVITY: ESTABLISHING DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE
The ability of Fleets to communicate nationally and with partner nations is paramount to successful operations. From avionics that can connect across multiple channels to cross-queued-sensors for targeting from external platforms, integrated connectivity is crucial to mission success.
STREAM 1: PLATFORM INNOVATIONS - ATTACK
Countries must consider to what extent they wish to develop their rotary arsenal. It is a key consideration for future Fleets and here we will explore the options.
PLATFORM INNOVATIONS – MULTI ROLE
Multi role platforms will start to feature more heavily on procurement agendas due to reduced risk, increased mission options and rapid rerolling.
STREAM 2: GUIDED WEAPONS
Pilots must effectively identify, track and engage targets. This section will examine the limitations and explore the possibilities for guided missile development.
When crews need to suppress an area dumb munitions, from small arms up to ATK size calibre find their niche. This session will review the weapon and how to fire it.
STREAM 3: TRANSMISSION, PROPULSION & PREPAREDNESS
The ability to reduce manufacturing costs, fuel usage, total weight and through life costs and be seen quickest in the application of new transmission and/or propulsion systems.
MRO is one of the biggest costs to a Fleet Commander. Commanders need MRO results that are dynamic, affordable and enable operationally ready Fleets.
MAIN CONFERENCE DAY 2 – 25th OCTOBER: PROGRAMME FEATURES
UPDATE ON NEW PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENTS
With traditional platform design reaching the limit of performance capabilities in terms of speed, lift and range countries are looking to revolutionary changes to propel rotorcraft capabilities forward. US have a future vertical lift programme and other countries are considering more bi/tri/quad lateral programs. This session will analyse them in more detail.
When new programmes are not feasible, countries will look at how to get the best from their current aircraft. Common challenges include the desire for increased power-to-weight ratios, reduced maintenance, improved fuel efficiency and better speed and modernisation programmes can achieve marginal but worthwhile gains in each. This session will analyse these in more detail.
THE FUTURE OF BATTLEFIELD AVIATION
Every nation has a different perspective on how they view the future of vertical lift. Some want different configurations, be that optimised conventional or tilt rotors whilst others simply want improved propulsion and connectivity. Irrespective of your solution the Combat Helicopter, as part of a layered approach is the key to fielding a confident and adaptable force This final session will dissect the key ingredients of future vertical lift.
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