The adaptability of the modern military helicopter, its potential for multi-role and multi-mission deployment, and its ability to penetrate the most austere and hostile environments is testament to its enduring value to armies, air forces, navies and special forces, demonstrated by the increasing spending figures in new platforms, modernization of existing fleets, MRO and serviceability, and sophisticated payloads. But such a diverse set of operations and roles presents the helicopter commander with a complex set of challenges that span technical, tactical and strategic dimensions.
Here, we take an early look at a selection of developments and challenges facing some of the international end-users attending this year's International Military Helicopter conference, including Nepal, France, the USA and the NATO Support & Procurement Agency.
We also provide updates from the commercial sector with insight from companies developing solutions on both sides of the cost and capability scales, including BLR and MD Helicopters...
The global helicopter market is currently facing a two-pronged assault with budget cutbacks continuing and a drop in the price of oil impacting civil and oil/gas demands. However, the medium- to long-term view of the market is promising given the presence of strong fundamentals and persistent, sustainable growth drivers.
Ahead of the International Military Helicopter event, this report is available to download for free to offer the community insight into the worldwide inventories, requirements and trends. Includes insight into Nigeria, Poland, Italy, Pakistan, France, Spain, UK, Zambia, Germany, Colombia and the USA - all of which will be represented at this year's conference!
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As far as rotary-wing aircraft go, there are few assets more desirable to almost any military in the modern world. Owing to their ability to carry out a vast range of missions and the rapidity at which they can be deployed for land, sea or air use, helicopters are key to any serious defence budget, be it purchasing new platforms or modernising existing ones. Of course, this range of capabilities also means that today’s aircraft are technologically complex, resulting in difficult decisions for programme managers and increasingly complicated processes for maintenance and upgrades.
Here, we explore the key operational aspects of the 21st century military helicopter – a ‘blueprint’, if you will, of the topics and considerations driving the 2016 Military Helicopter conference (Jan 18-20, London, UK)…
The helicopter market in 2013 has been marked with notable ups and downs, often sounding like terminations in the West or requested orders in transitioning economies. The end of last year has even finished on a distressing note for the American helicopter industry, the biggest in the world. Defence Research Analyst Alix Leboulanger reports for Frost & Sullivan on the Helicopter market opportunities and growth strategies.
View the Google Map to browse the latest demands and requirements across the international military helicopter domain, as well as the latest senior officers and subject matter experts joining the IMH conference panel. Simply click on the red icons to view the requirements and the blue icons to view the speakers.
Once a year, the International Military Helicopter Conference gathers Chiefs of Staff, Commanders, Enginners, Programme Managers and leading industry representatives from across the rotary and broader defence communities to take an in-depth, critical view of the current and future role and capabilities of military helicopters.
Debates this past year revolved around major new acquisition programmes - such as Future Vertical Lift - survivability and training. The next event will continue to provide a vital platform for commanders and operators who can offer their guidance and expertise as we continue to contend with this complex operating environment.
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At the 16th annual International Military Helicopter conference, which took place in Canary Wharf, London on 31 January – 2 February, over 200 representatives from global military and industry gathered to examine some of the critical challenges influencing army and naval aviation. The event is the global military helicopter community's annual general meeting place.
View the highlights from this year's event and take a look at what's instore for 2018
Despite budgetary restraints, there is still continuous investment in rotary platforms. The global need for new or upgraded assets is being driven by worldwide environmental and humanitarian crises and increasing threat contexts in various regions.
Ahead of the International Military Helicopter conference, we've compiled a free global report in order to provide the community with inventories and trends from countries such as Germany, France, UAE, Argentina and Pakistan , which will all be represented at this year's conference, along with many more.
Winning today and preparing for tomorrow: Insight into Military Helicopter Operational and Acquisition Challenges
Rotary wing platforms are confronted with a wide range of physical, environmental and logistical challenges limiting mission success. For the past 17 year, the International Military Helicopter conference has been facilitating the discussion within the community and with the industry.
Ahead of this year's summit, Defence IQ had the privilege to discuss with our co-chairmen, Colonel Jayson Altieri, Chief of Staff of the Army's Chair at the National War College from the U.S. Army and Colonel Paul Edwards (Ret), a former Chief of Staff of the Army Aviation from the British Army, both of whom are subject matter experts and experienced military leaders. In this exclusive interview, discover their view on the enduring need for military and industry to come together to share challenges and discuss current requirements.