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 - NaN:NaN 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 - NaN:NaN 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