30 January - 1 February 2018 | London, UK

Main Conference Day 1

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration & Welcome Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:15 am - 12:00 am The French Army’s Strategic Vision For Rotary-Wing In A Complex Global Environment

•    France’s current operations in Africa and the use of rotary wing in delivering situational awareness, extraction and rapid response
•    Future acquisition interests to enhance the Army’s global reach
•    Challenges in Europe and Africa for land forces

9:15 am - 9:45 am Joint Helicopter Command Welcome Keynote

•    Overview of the UK MOD’s rotary-wing capabilities and developments
•    Delivery of the UK Military Flying Training System and its role in supporting readiness across the JHC
•    Interoperability challenges and collective missions in NATO
•    The future in unmanned rotorcraft for the MOD

10:15 am - 10:55 am Morning Coffee & Expo Tours

10:55 am - 11:25 am Rebuilding Argentina’s Helicopter Fleet

•    Argentine MOD’s billion dollar military investment programme: overview and priority areas
•    Army Aviation plans to bolster its transport helicopter force and build up a fleet of multi-role medium helicopters
•    AW169 acquisition to support border security missions and improve surveillance

11:25 am - 11:55 am Rotorcraft Capability Delivery In The Royal Canadian Air Force

•    The RCAF’s investment into new aviation training and simulation
•    Delivering the new Cyclone helicopter and bringing the Chinook into service
•    Tactics and training for Canada’s helicopter pilots in a challenging operating environment

11:55 am - 12:40 pm The Commander’s Roundtable: What Role Will Helicopters Play In The Battlespaces Of The Future?

•    What challenges will helicopter pilots and crew be confronted with in future warfare?
•    Rotary-wing deployment in A2/AD contexts
•    Urban warfighting and the role of helicopters
•    The proliferation of small drones and EW technologies and the threat implications for aviation commanders
•    The persistent need for interoperability in multi-national and joint operations: how to synchronise manoeuvre and firepower in the complex battlespaces of the future

12:40 pm - 1:40 pm Lunch & Networking

MRO, Logistics and Support

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm Availability, Serviceability And Sustainability: Optimizing Aviation Support For The British Armed Forces

•    Optimization models and automated systems to improve logistics support and lifecycle management
•    How to reduce heavy maintenance and supply-chain bills: common systems approach, data analytics and improvements in training
•    Repair crew challenges: handling analogue and digital systems, training on front-line platforms, large stockpiles of equipmen

MRO, Logistics and Support

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm ‘The Art Of The Possible’: CCAD’s New Approach To MRO

•    CCAD’s AoP programme:
-    Increasing MRO efficiency
-    Materiel forecasting
-    Workload predictability
•    The digitization of MRO
•    Case study:  UH-60 Blackhawk modernisation programme

MRO, Logistics and Support

2:40 pm - 3:25 pm How Do We Solve The Maintenance Skills Gap?

•    Why is there is a lack of available front-line rotary-wing aircraft and what impact does this have on maintenance training?
•    How do we adapt maintenance training to the increasing complexity of the modern helicopter?
•    What role does contracted industry play in filling the maintenance gap? Is this sustainable given increasing numbers of missions outside of the host nation?
•    How successful are virtual maintenance trainers in delivering full-spectrum training?
•    What can we learn from the civil sector in building a viable maintenance skills base?

Sensors & Situational Awareness

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm Manned-Unmanned Teaming: The Tactical Combat/Recon Multiplier

•    Interoperability challenges with helicopters and UAVs
•    How can MUM-T enhance the situational awareness of the helicopter pilot and supporting ground troops?
•    Anticipating the proliferation of MUM-T operations and its impact on future operations
•    Impact on training

Sensors & Situational Awareness

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm Operations In Dusty Conditions

•    French Army Aviation’s doctrine of operations in dusty environment
•    Overview of existing solutions for preparing a proper helicopter landing area where the risks of facing degraded environment is high
•    Presentation of the benefits of a safer and truly expeditionary landing mat
•    Ensuring a very short return on investment thanks to the maintenance cost savings

Sensors & Situational Awareness

2:40 pm - 12:00 am Tilt-Rotor Flight In Hostile & Austere Environments: A View From Special Operations

•    Flight in contested territory and austere environments
•    Sensors and radar employment to see in DVE: precision navigation, hover symbology and laser warning
•    As the aircraft gets older, what can industry do to support us?

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Afternoon Tea

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Conceptualising The Capabilities Of Tomorrow: Acquisition And Regional Defence Cooperation

•    Acquisition and programme management in an era of regional defence cooperation
•    Transitioning from a platform-based to a capability-based model for acquisition
•    What are the main challenges in developing requirements and building a programme in Europe?
•    What are the main challenges for ensuring air worthiness?

4:45 pm - 6:15 pm Chairman's Closing Remarks & Drinks Reception