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

Organised by info@tdnuk.com +44 (0) 1245 407 916

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Whether involved in domestic protection or force protection overseas Combat Helicopters face an exciting period of development. Special consideration is being given to systems that can detect incoming threats as well as tactics and/or technology that can find, track and mitigate targets. These systems can be active such as locating radars, or passive such as armour plating and will be explored in further detail during to enable pilots to own their environments.

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

DOMINATING THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM (EMS)

Recent operations have enjoyed free use of the EMS but this trend looks set to stall based on current and expected missions. The EMS should become a tactical advantage, where friendly forces can operate with little restriction whilst their foe remains constrained in their use of EW assets. Whether it is increased training or the addition of C2 protective assets, a huge amount of effort is being focussed on enabling operations free from impediment.

09:30 -
Enabling safe aviation operations in active threat and degraded visual environments
  • Roadmap of capability development and previous options being used
  • Adaptations during trials and development
  • Current Fleet demands and how this is shaping research

Lieutenant Colonel John Peters, Officer Commanding Rotary Wing Test & Evaluation Squadron, UK MoD

10:00 -
Comprehensive EW suites for helicopters
  • Next generation of EMS technology to aid pilot awareness
  • EMS solution tests and impact on Fleets
  • Pipeline projects for EMS solutions

Daniel Bairey, Director Business Technology Development Airborne EW, Elbit Systems Elisra

10:30 -
Developing EW knowledge via an international cadre of Helicopter Tactics Instructors
  • Improving tactical knowledge, SOPs/TTPs and standardisation across European rotary crews
  • Platform protection, EW and future challenges
  • Complex mission planning in a contested and degraded operational (CDO) environment

Squadron Leader Mike Gallagher, Chief Instructor (Rotary Tactics), European Defence Agency


11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

MAXIMISING DEGRADED VISION CAPABILITIES

The ultimate goal of all DVE research is to turn hazards into tactical advantages, where friendly forces can operate with little restriction whilst their foe remain grounded or ground forces unable to engage due to environmental conditions. Furthermore, whilst there are plenty of options available for improving visual acuity in operations with little light, dark night still presents a real challenge. The real debate lies in finding the mix of sensors, cueing and flight controls whilst understanding the consequences of relying on one more than the other.

11:30 -
Night 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 Director, Elbit Systems

12:00 -
Overcoming the challenges of night vision capabilities on Eastern European platforms
  • Threats/opportunities for Multination Aviation Training Centre (MATC) nations
  • Challenges surrounding integration with other nations and units
  • Lessons learnt from operating and training on Mi aircraft

Lieutenant Colonel Jan Dubec, Training Leader, Multinational Aviation Training Centre

12:30 -
From reconnaissance to high precision attack
  • Concept of operation: observation and targeting systems
  • Integration of targeting systems and precision weapon system
  • Concept of integrating advance systems in current helicopters

Alon Metiv, Project Manager TAMAM Division, Israel Aerospace Industries

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking

INTEGRATING TARGETING SOLUTIONS

Force on force conflict will see Combat Helicopters becoming a crucial part of the air domination campaign, and Fleets without the targeting suites and complex mission planning skills to identify, track and prosecute enemy targets will quickly become the losing side. Here we will identify the key factors in improving and protecting targeting for Combat Helicopters.

14:00 -

Precision weapon systems for Combat Helicopters

  • Concept of operations: the requirements for the combat field
  • Integration concept, the process for the weapon integration, integrating next generation systems on current platforms
  • Benefits of precision weapons, combat experience and future vision: the needs for weaponized unmanned rotorcraft

Görkem Ertürk, Tactical Missile Systems Business Development Manager, Roketsan

14:30 -

Panel discussion: Research on the science of 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 John Peters, Officer Commanding Rotary Wing Test & Evaluation Squadron, UK MoD

Major Martijn Kleiberg, Weapons Instructor AH-64D, Royal Netherlands Air Force

Colonel Hank Vanderborght USMC, CH-53 Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command

15:30 -

Closing remarks and end of focus day

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

The workhorse of the aviation community; Medium and heavy lift helicopters have made a significant comeback with many countries planning, conducting and finalising acquisition programs. They are an asset to any force and capable of lifting troops and supplies into austere environments in all conditions. This stream will analyse some of the programmes on offer and how countries can share the technology and innovations being introduced.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee


09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

INCREASING LIFT CAPACITY

Whilst completely new engines are rare, the desire for increased power-to-weight ratios, reduced maintenance and improved fuel efficiency are constant goals. This is more of a focus in the lift domain which could potentially benefit most from composite materials and 3D printing. This session will review the research programs under consideration.

09:30 -
The world's newest heavy lift helicopter: The CH-53K "King Stallion"
  • Capabilities including range, weight, cargo systems, sensor and additional growth capabilities
  • Supportability concept
  • Opportunities for collaboration

Colonel Hank Vanderborght USMC, CH-53 Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command

10:00 -
Dutch transition from Advanced Cockpit Management System to Common Avionics Architecture Systems
  • The effect of common avionics on the battlefield
  • An analysis of the options available for increasing cockpit suite capabilities
  • Contingency operations: a look at future options in line with A2AD threats

Major Sander Spithoven, Staff Officer Helicopter Operations, Royal Netherlands Air Force

10:30 -
The European Defence Agency research results following the BLADE exercise series
  • 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

Squadron Leader Mike Gallagher, Chief Instructor (Rotary Tactics), European Defence Agency

11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

PROTECTION

Whilst flight patterns are constantly adapted depending on threat intelligence, the weight and size of lift capable airframes 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.

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

Wing Commander (Rtd) Dave Lord MBE MA, Director EW Business Development, Leonardo

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

12:00 -
Air platform survivability work of the EDA counter-surface-to-air-fire project team
  • Current options for detecting incoming fire as part of the threat spectrum
  • Acoustic sensors vs radar for rapid fixing of targets
  • Next step developments for achieving better situational awareness with less assumed knowledge

Dr Phil Zanker, Priciple Engineer Air Platform Protection,UK MoD DSTL

Ciocirlan Constantin, Project Officer Engage,EDA

12:30 -
Plans to increase the protective bubble for transport aviation overseas
  • Current scope for NH-90 in Mali
  • Optimum training methods for ensuring Fleet synchronisation between platforms
  • Looking ahead to next stages of development for Belgian rotary programmes

Lieutenant Colonel Jeofrey Petit, Chief of Helicopter Operations,Belgian Air Force


13:00 -

Lunch and Networking

TROOP TRANSPORT

Whether from land or sea, troops require rapid, secure movement round the battlefield to enable commanders to respond rapidly and keep the enemy guessing. Troop transport is an essential element of manoeuvre capabilities and significant efforts are underway to increase survivability and range for troop lift helicopters. This session will analyse how best to move forces quickly and safely to conduct rapidly evolving missions.

14:00 -
Ensuring MRO for heavy platforms in austere environments
  • Combining technology with innovative planning to enhance a unit’s lift capability
  • Case study of Spanish and Greek programmes of Chinook implementation and implications for land units
  • Working with industry for solutions to heavy maintenance and ballistic protection

Maj Gen (Retd) Dimitrios Petridis, Aviation Support Programme Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

14:30 -
Renewing and sustaining Mi Fleets for the Macedonian Armed Forces
  • Timeline for development and units considering acquisition/improvements
  • How early integration with design teams is easing air worthiness testing
  • Integrating next generation technology into current systems

Colonel Valentin Ivanoski, Head of Military Aviation Authority, Macedonian Armed Forces

Colonel Ivica Stojanovksi, , Depty Head of Military Aviation Authority, Macedonian Armed Forces

15:00 -
Innovations in cargo restraint for Combat Helicopters
  • Overcoming the challenges of storing heavy and bulky items on board
  • From medium multi role to heavy lift platforms: Solution priorities
  • Requirements for the next generation of rotary platforms

Mark Trafford, Senior Sales Manager (Defence Cargo), Amsafe Bridport


15:30 -

Closing remarks and end of focus day

Whether expeditionary, contingent or traditional operations happen next, the likelihood of force being projected by sea and at range is high. Whether used for transport, close air support, surveillance or warfare (both surface and underwater), the helicopter will play an increasingly important role in the organic protective envelope of the Fleet.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee


09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

ADAPTING PLATFORMS FOR LITTORAL OPERATIONS

A multirole asset becomes a key asset when it can be converted quickly and easily from land to maritime operations. These can include folding rotors and tail sections, as well as protective oils and lubricants for the propulsion systems and filters for the air intakes.

09:30 -
The maintenance challenges of introducing a new maritime helicopter into service
  • Experiences from Super Puma programmes in Greece, Germany and Spain: Setting maintenance schedules
  • Tools for success: speeding up the turnaround time whilst ensuring well maintained platforms
  • Salt water considerations including logistical burdens, zonal maintenance and husbandry

Maj Gen (Retd) Dimitrios Petridis, Aviation Support Programme Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

10:00 -
Enhancing French air operability aboard the Charles de Gaulle
  • Current force laydown and proposed changes
  • Recent operations and how these have affected rotary plans
  • Next steps in maritime helicopter operations

Commander Jean-Baptiste Allard, Commander Naval Helicopter Centre of Excellence, French Navy

10:30 -
Power projection: How the geopolitical situation is impacting fleet requirements
  • The threat: Priorities and implications for future fleets
  • The solution: Upgrading defensive or offensive suites for maximum mission success
  • The future picture: What can the next generation of Combat Helicopter fleets expect

Commander Chris Knowles FRAeS, SO1 Maritime Capability (Aviation), Royal Navy


11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

OFFENSIVE ACTION IN THE MARITIME DOMAIN

Anti-surface and antisubmarine warfare require a unique set of assets that are effective over water. These include, but are not limited to radar, low skimming anti-ship missiles and homing torpedoes. Cost benefits can be realised by reducing the logistical burden through asset sharing and this session will review this and over methods to ensure offensive capabilities in the maritime domain.

11:30 -
Germany Navy rotary operations and plans through to 2030
  • Current force laydown for aviation assets
  • Development plans for the Sea Lynx 2025 programme
  • Opportunities for industry collaboration

Commander SG Andreas Müller, Head of Planning Division, Naval Air Command, German Navy

12:00 -
Weapon use for multiple platforms
  • Overview of combined arsenal developments to meet the new challenges
  • Considerations for asymmetric threats: Crew training and platform adaptations
  • A look forward to appropriate weapon arrays for contingency operations
12:30 -
Royal Navy and allied ship/Air release trials, results and recommendations
  • Challenges of embarking combat helicopters in ships for amphibious assault
  • Feedback on emerging trials on methods and use of simulation
  • Future opportunities for Squadron trials and research requirements

Lieutenant Colonel John Peters, Officer Commanding Rotary Wing Test & Evaluation Squadron, UK MoD

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking

MAXIMISING OPERATIONAL AVAILABILITY

Operational availability at sea faces constant challenges from corrosion, fatigue life, maintenance, landing gear, stowage on deck and blade fold issues. Finding solutions to these result in dynamic Fleets with high readiness that can counter threats whilst controlling costs.

14:00 -
Aviation considerations from deployed units in the maritime environment
  • Development plan for MCM capabilities including maintaining legacy systems
  • The opportunities and threats of the 60H mid service extension
  • Contingency operations: a look at future options for SOF and ESM

Captain Mark Leavitt, Commander Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic (CHSWL), US Navy

14:30 -
Panel discussion: Overcoming challenges of ship/air integration
  • Challenges of embarking combat helicopters in ships for amphibious assault/support
  • Feedback on emerging trials methods and use of simulation
  • Future opportunities for trials and research requirements for Combat Helicopters at sea

Commander Chris Knowles FRAeS, SO1 Maritime Capability (Aviation), Royal Navy

Commander Jean-Baptiste Allard, Commander Naval Helicopter Centre of Excellence, French Navy

Commander SG Andreas Müller, Head of Planning Division, Naval Air Command, German Navy

15:30 -

Closing remarks & end of focus day

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 systems that can detect and deter enemy action and incoming fire whilst enabling clear identification of blue forces. The opening day will analyse some of the options available.

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

SHAPING THE FLEET

The role of today’s combat helicopter incorporates far more than simple air to surface attack; its use in anti-access and area denied environments and stability 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 -

Leveraging Combat Helicopters on UK operations

  • Experiences from Command: UK operations and impact on current requirements
  • Recent upgrades and impact on UK capabilities
  • Looking beyond the next phase of procurement for UK aviation

Rear Admiral Jon Pentreath OBE, Commander Joint Helicopter Command, UK MoD

09:30 -

Synchronising communications across the Fleet

  • 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, Data Link Solutions - BAE Systems/Rockwell Collins

10:00 -

Current state of Canadian aviation forces and its role on NATO Operations

  • Shifting the operations paradigm from permissive aviation environments to contested airspace
  • Fighting using integrated defensive aid suites
  • Phasing in the next generation of Combat Helicopters for the Canadian Air Force

Major General Christian Drouin OMM MSC CD, Commander 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region, Royal Canadian Air Force

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


PLATFORM DESIGN

Platform maintenance issues can be significantly reduced via vibration reduction technology. As systems become more complex, consideration 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.

11:15 -

Science & technology: Enabling future Combat Helicopter operations

  • Identifying the challenges and training to meet contingent threats
  • Generation of contingent operational capability
  • How future innovations will enhance current capabilities

Layne Merritt, Chief Engineer, US Army Aviation Development Directorate

11:45 -

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

12:15 -

Future NATO rotorcraft capabilities in light of the US Future Vertical Lift initiative

  • The role of the Joint Multi Role Technical Demonstrations in establishing Future Vertical Lift for US
  • Effects on NATO next generation rotorcraft capability planning
  • Supporting NATO Industry Advisory Group (NIAG) funded studies

Dan Bailey, Chairman of NATO Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability Team, US DoD

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


MAXIMISING MULTI ROLE CAPABILITIES

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.

14:15 -

Update from the Joint Multi Role Technical Demonstrator (JMRTD) programme

  • Overcoming the original challenges of traditional platform design
  • From utility to attack: Solution priorities
  • Outstanding requirements from the programme

Dan Bailey, JMRTD Programme Director, US DoD

14:45 -

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

15:15 -

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

US Special Operations Command Europe

MISSILES

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 missile development.

14:15 -

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

14:45 -

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 Martijn Kleiberg, Weapons Instructor AH-64D, Royal Netherlands Air Force

15:15 -

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

15:45 -

Afternoon coffee and networking


AVIONICS

Whether delivering effects on the ground or providing surveillance, there is array of sensors that fit almost any tactical requirement. There are limits such as weight or cost, but the opportunities are boundless and so this session will analyse what is available, and how best it applies to a modern helicopter fleet.

16:30 -

Developing the Italian Army’s exploration and escort helicopter (AW249) for modern operations

  • Background to the programme and updates so far
  • Lessons identified that have changed requirements during the process
  • Opportunities for assistance from allied nations and solution providers

Lieutenant Colonel Claudio Orioles, Aviation Logistics Chief, Italian Army

17:00 -
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

17:30 -
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

OPERATIONAL READINESS

Along with manpower and fuel, MRO is one of the biggest costs to a Fleet Commander. With close planning and liaison between R&D, operational, and procurement teams the results can be dynamic, affordable and operationally ready Fleets that can counter threats whilst controlling costs.

16:30 -

Sustaining Mi Fleets in line with current geopolitical tensions

  • Early testing, fault analysis and solutions considered
  • Evaluation phases for spare parts
  • Development of future concepts for arming Mi platforms
17:00 -
Improving parts availability by smart design of the supply chain
  • Spare parts characteristics and their possible different strategies to source
  • Total support solution for 30% of the requirements responsible for only 1% of the expenditure
  • Optimize the value chain in order to reduce the cost structure and re-focus on core activities

Marcel Van Hilten, Business Development Manager Defence, Fokker Services

17:30 -
Arming attack helicopters - a commercial approach
  • Weapons system requirements: Lightweight, cost effective and lethal
  • The greatest risks in cost and schedule: Integration onto the existing helicopter
  • Multiple options for arming helicopters whilst reducing the integration risk
18:00 -

Closing remarks and end of day one

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

18:05 -

Networking drinks reception in the exhibition room


Hosted by

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 the following sessions will analyse the implications for different Fleets.

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

ENABLING MULTI ROLE CAPABILITIES

As nations align their investments around receiving better value for their procurement the need for multi role capabilities becomes increasingly necessary. Whether at sea or land, the ability to quickly change roles to support varied operations is becoming a popular choice but this can mean less integrated systems, which brings a whole new set of challenges.

09:00 -
"Viper - Venom - Vertical Lift" and European Article V requirements
  • Key aviation enablers for European self defence
  • 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

09:30 -

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

10:00 -

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

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

MAXIMISING AIR COMMUNICATIONS

There is now an increasing likelihood of future operations being conducted in highly constrained electromagnetic spectrums. This has driven investment in research, development and procurement of robust communication systems. These systems must detect and deter enemy interference, whilst enabling fast, reliable and secure allied traffic. 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 -

Rotary Wing Summit review: aims for communications interoperability between allied nations

  • Operational feedback from recent exercises where interoperability has been an issue
  • Combining aircraft, simulators and virtual threats to create a dynamic air network
  • Bilateral agreements in the frame of in service support

Colonel Kenneth Cole, Incoming Commander 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, US Army Europe

12:15 -

Equipping the modern force with new communication ready platforms

  • Translating requirements into capabilities via combined threat analysis
  • The effects of the environment on platform, sensor and weapons performance
  • Capability requirements for an improved platform

Dean Kemp, Product Line Director, Cobham Antennas

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking

THE FUTURE OF COMBAT HELICOPTERS

Using helicopters as part of a layered approach to dominating the modern battlefield is the key to fielding a confident and adaptable force. There are challenges to be overcome, not least because of a lack of clear direction between nations and the final session will end with a recap of clear lessons to take away from Combat Helicopter 2017 and how to enact a gear change for developing the rotary community.

13:45 -

Achieving economies of scale for Brimstone

  • Battle analysis to examine future Brimstone requirements
  • Examination of targeting options and relevant solutions for future operations
  • Development and testing plans for next generation missiles

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

14:15 -

Panel discussion: Steps to achieving integrated vertical lift out to 2035

  • Commander’s comparison: Experiences and solutions from different countries
  • Challenges identified during Combat Helicopter 2017 and the role of industry in identifying solutions
  • Prioritising Fleet requirements for the optimum contingent response

Major Tapio Saarelainen, Research & Development Division – UAVs, Finnish Defence Forces

Layne Merritt, Chief Engineer, US Army Aviation Development Directorate

Lieutenant Colonel Claudio Orioles, Aviation Logistics Chief, Italian Army

15:15 -

Closing remarks and end of conference

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