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Next-Generation Military Helicopters: The Blueprint

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)…

MAP: Latest Military Helicopter Requirements Worldwide (2015-16)

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.

Military Helicopters: International Challenges

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...

Global Military Helicopter Market Report 2016-17

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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Defence IQ's International Military Helicopter

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.

Learn more at defenceiq.com.


Polish attack helicopter programme assessing proposals

Ahead of the briefing from Poland's Operational Command Chief of Staff, Project ‘Kruk’ (‘Raven’) has declared the first of the official contenders for a $3 billion contract to replace the country’s attack helicopters across all three services. 32 of the rotorcraft are said to be needed to replace the army’s Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ fleet in a procurement programme named ‘Kruk’ (Raven) alongside 70 multirole platforms to replace other ageing Russian models in the air force. An RFI was released by Warsaw in July, with purchase dates moved forward to 2015 from 2018 in response to the crisis in Ukraine. Ten companies are understood to have responded to the initial proposal...


Global Helicopter & Systems Market: Capturing Growth Opportunities Across the Rotorcraft Industry

January 2014

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.


India’s Naval Multi-Role Helicopter Competition Heats Up

With a lucrative deal at stake, two helicopter giants are playing to win – but is there much between them? The competition to supply the Indian Navy with a multirole replacement to its Sea King helicopters continues to create tensions between the two competing vendors. The horns of NH Industries (NHI) and Sikorsky have been firmly locked for years, pitching the NH90 and the S-70B Seahawk, respectively. Much is riding on the package for 16 units, more so than just the $1 billion contract value...