23rd - 25th October 2018
Bucharest, Romania

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With over 20 nations currently undergoing some form of modernisation for their rotary platforms, and a further 10 feeling the pressure due to sanctions on Mi parts a crucial requirement has developed to improve this process. Whether countries wish to extend their platform’s life expectancy through internal or external changes, there is a vast array of options for keeping the Fleet aloft and effective.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Maj Gen (Retd) Dimitrios Petridis, Aeronautical Advisor, Hellenic Ministry of Interior


The ability of pilots to perform operations at night and in conditions involving snow/dust/fog is the key to enabling success against conventional and near peer threats. These hazards can become tactical advantages, where friendly forces can operate with little restriction whilst their foe remains grounded. This section will explore the mix of sensors, cueing and flight controls whilst analysing the consequences of relying on one more than the other.

09:30 -
NIAG research tests post 2017 DVE trials
  • Next generation of avionic technology to aid pilot vision
  • Night pilotage solutions tests and impact on Fleets
  • Pipeline projects for DVE solutions
10:00 -
Owning the environment: Platform aids for operations in degraded environments
  • Portfolio of platforms and variations on how they are deployed
  • Sensor and landing gear combinations that are aiding DVE landings
  • Collaborative opportunities for further integration of DVE assets into platform design

Elbit Systems Ltd

10:30 -
From reconnaissance to high precision attack: training to overcome current DVE challenges
  • Concept of operation: observation and targeting systems
  • Integration of targeting systems and precision weapon system
  • Concept of integrating advance systems in current helicopters

11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


As systems become more complex, consideration of modular links 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.

11:30 -
Visual queuing for rapid and accurate targeting
  • Current times between target identification, prosecution and how this can best be improved
  • Blue/Red force trackers in avionic systems
  • Improving the ability to modernise Fleets with effective tracking options
12:00 -
Behind the science of maximising pilot and crew performance
  • Key areas for improvement including SCAR pods for easing crew and pilot fatigue
  • Industry members involved and further collaborative opportunities
  • Working with industry for solutions to improved ISR support

Airborne Technologies

12:30 -
Developments in heads up displays (HUD) for enhanced C4
  • Detection, classification and identification of external threats via integration into internal HUD sensors
  • Optimal platforms to fully integrate HUD solutions
  • Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on demand from pilots and how industry can assist
13:00 -

Lunch and Networking


As attention becomes more focussed on near peer threats there is a much greater awareness of the importance of controlling the electromagnetic spectrum. The risk of future operations with disruptive electromagnetic spectrums has led to an explosion of research, development and procurement in equipment that enables this type of (EW) control. This section will analyse some of the options available.

14:00 -

Overcoming restrictions of missions in active EW threats

  • Development plan for EW detection and CM capabilities including maintaining legacy systems
  • The opportunities and threats of near peer EW development
  • A look at the future of integrated EW based SOF support rotary wing ESM
14:30 -

Comprehensive EW suites for helicopters

  • Typical customer requirements and how the platforms are being adapted
  • Specialist adaptation for specific role aircraft eg SOF and SAR
  • Pipeline designs for the next generation
15:00 -

Ex COBRA GOLD: Enhancing EW tactics in defence and attack using combined force exercises

  • Exercise scenario and participating nations
  • Key debrief points from the C2/EW/Communications phases
  • Seeking synergies with current helicopter training opportunities in Europe
15:30 -

Closing remarks and end of focus day

Maj Gen (Retd) Dimitrios Petridis, Aeronautical Advisor, Hellenic Ministry of Interior

The array of platforms with an offensive capability now varies. Weapon systems once the domain of 40 tonne+ platforms can now be integrated into 6 tonne platforms and lower. This brings some incredible options for aviation commanders, but also higher levels of risk as less weight means less options for protection. This session will dissect this argument in more detail and establish solutions.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks


The platform that dominates the order books of most nations is that which can be tweaked to perform a multitude of roles. Be that naval, lift, or attack the crucial element of this platform on the battlefield is the ability to clear an area in which it can work. That requires weapons, and this session will explore some of the options available.

09:30 -
Czech Republic reworked helicopter specifications
  • Background to the original requirements
  • Revised analysis for 12x MR platforms
  • Timeline for proposal bids
10:00 -
Broadening the scope of multi role mission sets
  • Re-roling options for optimum operating conditions in extreme conditions
  • Mission array: from CSAR to lift to attack, paving the way for multi-role Fleets
  • Invitation for collaborative input to next generation ‘plug-and-play’ options
10:30 -
Where next for medium role platforms in the offensive arena
  • Identifying the challenges to meet future threats
  • Envisioning the future: Applying technology from R&D to frontline to enhance and change operations
  • Enabling the future: How to tighten the links between industry and military end users
11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


The stalwart of all air assault operations, attack platforms have the ability to dominate the battleground. However there is increasing scrutiny on the accuracy of munitions, the reliability of sensors, and the power to weight ratio to enable them to manoeuvre out of trouble. This section will pull apart these arguments to gauge how best innovations can be bought to attack platforms.

11:30 -
Australian options for extending the Tiger platform
  • Current performance of the Tiger in close support
  • Analysis of requirements for renew vs replace decision
  • Timeline for information requests
12:00 -
Delivering the next generation attack helicopter straight to the front line
  • Customer analysis of top 5 threats impacting their expected working environments
  • How this is impacting the design and delivery process
  • Expectations for next generation attack aircraft including less noise, more speed, longer ranger and greater firepower


12:30 -
Feedback from Dutch crews working in Mali
  • Background to the operations and recent incidents
  • Lessons identified that have changed tactics during the operation
  • Netcentric and C4 requirements that emerged from the ISR plan for the area

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking


The potential of hardened, lightweight material to reduce the stress on an airframe whilst improving the survivability on the battlefield and costs to national purses is huge. It has important consequences for the scout community, enabling more sensors and armaments to be loaded onto smaller platforms. This session will analyse these in more detail.

14:00 -
How operational requirements are increasing demand for light role attack aircraft
  • The needs of light armed helicopters in space constrained environments
  • Minimizing cost and development schedule: Militarization of proven civil helicopters
  • Industry collaboration in enhancing reconnaissance helicopter Fleets
14:30 -
Enhancing lethality in lightweight platforms
  • Changes in scout designs over the past decade
  • Top priorities for the modern day force: lightweight, manoeuvrable, defendable
  • Considerations for next steps in sensor/weapon integration with minimal impact on weight

Safran Electronics & Defence

15:00 -
Ensuring integration of certified components into light Fleets
  • Enabling enhanced C4 performance with advanced cabling & components
  • Roll out program for Afghanistan Army recce aircraft
  • Further collaborative opportunities for the Afghan light force
15:30 -

Closing remarks and end of focus day

The force bought to bear by helicopter fleets makes them high value targets and attention must be paid to how these are best protected. In addition, their ‘low and slow’ flight profile makes them particularly vulnerable. Protection involves a fusion of systems, and it is those on the support role that rely most heavily upon them.

09:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:25 -

Chairman's opening remarks


The potential of hardened, lightweight material to reduce the stress on an airframe whilst improving the survivability on the battlefield and costs to national purses is huge. Furthermore, platform maintenance issues can be significantly reduced via vibration reduction technology. Finally, 3D printing and reinforced carbon have the ability to reinvigorate aircraft capabilities. This session will break this down further.

09:30 -
Increasing efficiencies in rotor blades for austere terrain
  • Current platforms in use by the French Armed Forces and development plans
  • French rotary wing operations: feedback from the current aviation Fleet
  • Acquisition priorities and invitations for collaboration/partnerships
10:00 -
Ballistic options for enhanced protection from small arms threats
  • Combining lightweight materials capabilities to maximize value
  • Built-in avionics compatibility and future growth essentials
  • Situational awareness and safety

Tencate Armour

10:30 -
Ensuring appropriate materials for rerolling combat helicopters for the maritime domain
  • 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
11:00 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


The potential of hardened, lightweight material to reduce the stress on an airframe whilst improving the survivability on the battlefield and costs to national purses is huge. Furthermore, the weight and size of the platforms discussed above 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 -
Capability assurance for Defensive Aid Suites
  • Closing the BIT gap
  • Capability Assurance - Checking and maintaining operational capability
  • Mission rehearsal and supply chain benefits
12:00 -
Improving sensor support for current threat portfolio
  • Small arms to MANPADs, the range of incoming threats and how best to protect the platform
  • Integrating countermeasures to bolster battlefield safety
  • Benefits of including digital receivers to enhance control of EMS

UTC Aerospace Systems

12:30 -
Stage 2 feedback from the EDA counter-surface-to-air-fire project
  • Current rotary wing options for detecting incoming fire as part of the threat spectrum
  • Acoustic sensors vs radar for rapid detection of incoming threats
  • Next step developments for achieving better situational awareness with less assumed knowledge
13:00 -

Lunch and Networking


Once the DAS has identified a threat, pilots can increase the ability to manoeuvre using countermeasures. There is an array of options available and as the technology going into threats increases, so too must the considerations for effective countermeasures.

14:00 -
Russian helicopters in Syria: What we know and subsequent actions
  • Build up to the incident and video footage
  • Russian press releases vs news reports
  • Potential for follow up action and impact on aviation forces based overseas
14:30 -
Enabling effective ranges for simulated incoming missiles to provoke appropriate live countermeasures
  • The challenges of working with ground troops
  • Integrating land based targeting
  • Networking opportunities for combining simulators with live exercises
15:00 -
Enabling effective ranges for simulated incoming missiles to provoke appropriate live countermeasures
  • Counter insurgency threats and likely MANPAD evasive manoeuvres
  • Current investigations from previous year’s incidents
  • Debrief from multi-ship, multi-platform incidents and recommendations
15:30 -

Closing remarks & end of focus day

Force on force conflict will see Combat Helicopters becoming a crucial part of the air domination campaign, and Fleets with the right balance of platforms, weapons, sensors and training will have the advantage. The main conference will identify the key factors in obtaining and maintaining this balance.

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Maj Gen (Retd) Dimitrios Petridis,, Aeronautical Advisor, Hellenic Ministry of Interior


As nations move away from traditional environments to near peer threats attention must be paid to feedback from recent operations. There is an abundance of lessons that must be incorporated into national programmes, particularly as nations align their investments around receiving better value for their procurement. The main conference will start with a look at these operations.

09:00 -

Host nation keynote address: Increasing the role of Romanian aviation capabilities at home and overseas

  • Peace support operations: no longer a non-contested environments
  • Developing Army flying capabilities whilst utilitsing Naval and Air Force experience
  • Decision timeline and industry opportunities
09:30 -

Ensuring complete communications across the Fleet to enable all-informed taskforces

  • Overcoming challenges to allowing Link-16 aboard rotary platforms: retrofit vs new programmes
  • Winning the international guard, air force and combat search and rescue programmes
  • Where next DLS can assist the warfighter and the primes in delivering capabilities

Doug Henderson, Principal Account Manager, Data Link Solutions - BAE Systems/Rockwell Collins

10:00 -

NATO Allied Command Transformation efforts to enhance Combat Helicopter response

  • Current force laydown and national responsibilities
  • Planned deployments and expected platform numbers
  • How the future operating environment is affecting rotary plans
10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


The ability of Fleets to communicate nationally and with partner nations is paramount to successful operations. From avionics that can connect across multiple channels to cross-queued-sensors for targeting from external platforms, integrated connectivity is crucial to mission success.

11:15 -

Fast, high, congested and cluttered; overcoming the communications challenge

  • Latest interoperable solutions for today's multi-domain battlespace
  • Keeping war fighters connected in congested, contested and denied environments
  • Today's best tactical investments that evolve with future mission need
11:45 -

Harmonising multi-platform connectivity suites

  • Avionic requirements to ensure interoperability of small form factor technologies
  • Need for battlespace awareness and clarity of communication lines both A2A and A2G
  • Proliferation of lower altitude platforms and effect on communications

Harris Communications

12:15 -

Enhanced navigational opportunities for SOF environments

  • Active denial of GPS vs spoofing and methods of avoidance
  • The role of COTS in achieving rapid solutions
  • Product innovation to enhance current capabilities
12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


Countries must consider to what extent they wish to develop their rotary arsenal. It is a key consideration for future Fleets and here we will explore the options.

14:15 -

Offset targeting using other platform downlinks

  • Arsenal of over-the-horizon options
  • Integration concept, the process for the weapon integration
  • Benefits of MUM-T, combat experience and future vision
14:45 -

Expanding communication links across platforms

  • The key challenges in enabling platform to platform links in congested environments
  • Planned MUM-T activities and the impact of the advance programme of events
  • Further integration for multi role platforms


15:15 -

Feedback from attack helicopter activities on Ex ANAKONDA’18

  • Aviation support plan and C2 structure
  • Early challenges and how these were overcome
  • Key lessons and invitation to ANAKONDA ‘19
15:45 -

Afternoon coffee and networking


Pilots must effectively identify, track and engage targets. This section will examine the limitations and explore the possibilities for guided missile development.

14:15 -

Improving capabilities for the RNLAF Apache

  • Royal Netherlands Apache Program: Current capabilities and future developments
  • 30mm HE Proximity Round
  • Vision on a networked tactical simulator (multi-ship multi-type simulation)
14:45 -

Missile designs based around modern conflicts

  • Guided weapons in complex environments
  • Reducing the through life costs through applications on board multiple platforms
  • Enabling 3-axis inertial measurements for offset prosecution

Rafael Advanced Defence Systems

15:15 -

Overcoming challenges to retrofitting guided weapons to legacy

  • Host aircraft requirements to ensure smooth integration of targeting data
  • Weapon requirements to ensure effective C2 from the platform
  • Bid for proposal dates and points of contact
15:45 -

Afternoon coffee and networking


The ability to reduce manufacturing costs, fuel usage, total weight and through life costs and be seen quickest in the application of new transmission and/or propulsion systems.

14:15 -

Drivers for enabling complete engine overhauls

  • Combining technology to enhance lift capability
  • Case study of programmes of implementation
  • Working with industry for solutions
14:45 -

Increasing reliability of health unit monitoring systems (HUMS)

  • The changing face of operational theatres and impact on HUMS
  • From medium multi role to heavy lift platforms: solutions for all
  • Evolving maintenance systems to improve Fleet availability
15:15 -

Impact of US Army Improved Engine Turbine (IET) programme

  • Complete overview of army improvement programmes
  • Proposed increases in power and decrease in weight
  • Plans for rolling out the programme to legacy assets
15:45 -

Afternoon coffee and networking


Multi role platforms will start to feature more heavily on procurement agendas due to reduced risk, increased mission options and rapid rerolling.

16:30 -
Germany Navy rotary operations and plans
  • 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
17:00 -
Multimission rotary system COTS implications
  • How best to exploit COTS technology
  • Enhancing safety with a view to incorporating carriage of soldiers
  • Armed considerations for multi role platforms

Airbus Helicopters

17:30 -

Overcoming the steps to ensuring readiness of multi role assets

  • Host aircraft requirements to ensure receviability of multi mission pods
  • Hosted UAV requirements to ensure effective C2
  • Bid for proposal dates and points of contact


When crews need to suppress an area dumb munitions, from small arms up to ATK size calibre find their niche. This session will review the weapon and how to fire it.

16:30 -

Developing skills and capabilities in door gunning

  • Enhancing visual aids for offset crew
  • Optic options for rapid target identification
  • Increasing accuracy via different mounting options
17:00 -
Enhancing unguided close support
  • Maximising accuracy in harsh environments
  • Ensuring spares availability for Mi maintenance
  • Monitoring systems for rapid error detection

FN Herstal

17:30 -
Singapore Air Force Combat Helicopter requirements
  • 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 unguided rockets and timelines for information submittal


MRO is one of the biggest costs to a Fleet Commander. Commanders need MRO results that are dynamic, affordable and enable operationally ready Fleets.

16:30 -

Adapting lessons from the Middle East to mountainous/cold climates

  • Avoiding corrosion in wet/humid conditions
  • Maintenance considerations to ensure optimum readiness levels
  • Options for industry to assist with speed and ease of checks and basic level maintenance
17:00 -
Improving parts availability by smart design of the supply chain
  • Original customer requirements including speed of delivery and sufficient spares
  • Adaptations to improve the current process
  • Where next for optimum repair


17:30 -
Training on Eastern European platforms
  • Opportunities for enhanced rotary training
  • Synthetic training with other nations and units
  • Lessons learnt from operating and training on Mi aircraft
18:00 -

Closing remarks and end of day one

Maj Gen (Retd) Dimitrios Petridis, Aeronautical Advisor, Hellenic Ministry of Interior

18:05 -

Networking drinks reception in the exhibition room

Hosted by

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman's opening remarks

Maj Gen (Retd) Dimitrios Petridis, Aeronautical Advisor, Hellenic Ministry of Interior


With traditional platform design reaching the limit of performance capabilities in terms of speed, lift and range countries are looking to revolutionary changes to propel rotorcraft capabilities forward. US have a future vertical lift programme and other countries are considering more bi/tri/quad lateral programs. This session will analyse them in more detail.

09:00 -
Programme of requirements for the revised heavy lift Fleet for the German Armed Forces
  • Priority list including range, weight, cargo systems, sensor and additional growth capabilities
  • Options for in country through life support
  • Invitation for further input from partner nations and industry
09:30 -

Extending the reach of SOF operations via medium weigh platforms

  • Timeline for development and units considering acquisition/improvements
  • How early integration with design teams is easing air worthiness testing
  • Integrating next generation fast roping, weapons and navigation technology into current systems

Bell Helicopter Textron

10:00 -

Operational feedback from Mali operations: how this is influencing modern design

  • Looking ahead to next stages of development for rotary capabilities post desert conditions
  • Optimum training methods for ensuring Fleet synchronization between platforms
  • Current scope for NH-90 in Mali
10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking


When new programmes are not feasible, countries will look at how to get the best from their current aircraft. Common challenges include the desire for increased power-to-weight ratios, reduced maintenance, improved fuel efficiency and better speed and modernisation programmes can achieve marginal but worthwhile gains in each. This session will analyse these in more detail.

11:15 -

Overview of the Italian Special Operations platform and how it is being employed

  • Retiring the old Fleet and effective use of legacy spares
  • Original requirements and what changed during the design and build process
  • Where next for the platform and opportunities for further collaboration
11:45 -

Using mission pods to enable optimum SAR tools

  • The strains on a CSAR platform compared to traditional rotary platforms including speed and internal space
  • Turnaround time for different mission types
  • Further plans for military and para-military integration


12:15 -

Managing the portfolio of complex weapons aboard upgraded platforms

  • A crew’s insight to array of weapons choices
  • Gun pods vs crew served weapons: best defensive options in combat scenarios
  • The operational benefits of a warfighting weapons for search and rescue helicopters
12:45 -

Lunch and Networking


Every nation has a different perspective on how they view the future of vertical lift. Some want different configurations, be that optimised conventional or tilt rotors whilst others simply want improved propulsion and connectivity. Irrespective of your solution the Combat Helicopter, as part of a layered approach is the key to fielding a confident and adaptable force This final session will dissect the key ingredients of future vertical lift.

13:45 -

Test results from national export programmes, exercises and operations

  • Current customers and roadmap for future decisions
  • Testing plan and feedback
  • Design facets still under consideration

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control

14:15 -

Closing panel discussion: What current challenges are shaping the future for vertical lift?

  • Combat Helicopter 2018 solutions from participating nations
  • Enhancing the relationship between military and industry to achieve long term solutions
  • Prioritising Fleet requirements for the optimum contingent response
15:15 -

Closing remarks and end of conference

Maj Gen (Retd) Dimitrios Petridis, Aeronautical Advisor, Hellenic Ministry of Interior