Post-Conference Workshop - 26 September
9:00 am - 12:30 pm ‘DESIGN, INTENTION, PRACTICE’: PLANNING FOR FUTURE PROCUREMENT PROCESSES THROUGH AN ASSESSMENT OF CURRENT CAPABILITY GAPS
Capability development comes from a three-point process that can be reviewed through the sub-categories of ‘design’, ‘intention’, and ‘practice’. For any gap to be noted, operational feedback is needed to assess its practice in a mission environment, with this then allowing the user to approach industry with suggestions for a modified design.
The prevalent and future operational requirement of major spenders will be short take off and landing from semi-prepared runways, low maintenance and operational costs, multi-role capability to lower logistics and inventory costs, and the ability to take off and land in high-altitude bases. Modernization and upgrades will be oriented towards life extension, avionics upgrades (especially glass cockpit), and the addition of active protection systems. In relation to this, End Users are facing ever-challenging environments to innovate and facilitate airlift demands.
This workshop positions itself prior to the ‘practice’ point, structured as a round table discussion between National Militaries, NGOs, Multinational Organisations and Industry, in turn completing the procurement triangle. Three key points of procurement and technological development will be discussed:
· Innovative uses of technology in Air-to-Air refuelling operations ~ with this supported by productive partnerships
· ‘Part-pooling’ as an Industry supported solution to equipment indiscrepencies on a global scale
· The prospect of asset ‘exchange’ as a cost effective solution to mitigate cancellations, overspending and changing mission demands
To meet AAR requirements on a global scale, international militaries must share knowledge and optimise the use of existing assets by increasing their interoperability. Moreover, technological innovations are driving the future of this capability with Automated/Autonomous Air-to-Air Refuelling (A3R) systems being developed to meet mission requirements. The development of A3R must be discussed by the leaders of national militaries and multinational organisations to prepare and set requirements for the systems. This presents an opportunity to ‘design’ and discuss the future of A3R with the intention of reducing costs, decreasing logistical footprints and decongesting airspace.
Collaborative Multinational initiatives are the foundation of airlift capability across NATO and EU countries. With ever-changeable restrictions and requirements effecting mission demands on a global scale, national militaries are constantly battling against time, finance and governmental changes. This premise is what originally allowed for the notion of ‘pooling and sharing’ on an international basis, with a consortium providing and sharing resources dependent on the member states fluctuating demands. Looking ahead to future capability and resource requirements, it is becoming evident that as one national military obtains an obsolete excess of a specific equipment ‘part’ another may lack this specific item. The notion of ‘Part-pooling’ is to encourage nations to pool and share not only aircrafts, but the ‘parts’ needed to create and maintain these assets. Opening the discussion out to the floor, alternative forms of pooling and sharing initiatives will be discussed.
Can asset ‘exchange’ between national militaries be a cost effective solution to mitigate cancellations, over spending and changing mission demands? With the current climate causing a variation of asset capability demands across the globe, Industry can now support the notion of ‘exchange’ as a solution to the lengthy procurement processes when assets are required at short notice? Bringing these questions to the roundtable discussion, representatives from national militaries, NGOs, Multinational Organisations and Industry will be able to support and challenge this proposition, offering user experience and insight
9:00 am - 9:30 am MORNING COFFEE & REGISTRATION
9:30 am - 9:40 am INTRODUCTORY REMARKS AND GROUPINGS
9:40 am - 12:00 pm DISCUSSION GROUP 1: AIR-TO-AIR REFUELING INNOVATION
9:40 am - 12:00 pm DISCUSSION GROUP 2: PART-POOLING & ASSET EXCHANGE
Major General (Retd.) Dimitrios PetridisFormer Programme Manager of the Aviation Support Programme Office
NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)