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Survey report: Main challenges and planned investments in the military airlift space

Did you know the biggest challenge that the airlift community faces is interoperability? Defence IQ surveyed a wide range of experts, to highlight the main challenges in the airlift space, which technologies present the most potential and which ones are going to be the focus point of investment in the coming years. These themes will be addressed at this year’s Military Airlift, where top speakers from the military community, multinational organisations and NGOs will focus on improving equipment, capability, strategy and tactics

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Key benefits of downloading the results:

  • Gain insight into the technologies that are seen as the most promising in the airlift space in the coming years
  • Learn more about the challenges your peers are facing in the airlift space, which will be addressed at this year’s Military Airlift conference
  • Gain knowledge into investment trends of your peers

Key findings of the survey include:

  • Only 6% of respondents are extremely satisfied with the operational effectiveness of current airlift capabilities
  • Equipment is seen as the most important capability to invest in, above personnel development and procedures
  • The pace of progress of technological advancements is more satisfactory in tactical airlift than in strategic airlift
  • Modular components and interoperability will see the most investment in the next 5-10 years
  • In terms of procuring assets, multi-country interoperable aircraft is the first priority for the airlift community

To learn more about Military Airlift 2019, chaired by Major General (Rtd) Dimitrios Petridis, you can download the agenda here. If you would like a copy to be sent to your inbox, please click here instead. 

Why you should attend Military Airlift:

Improve your access to air-to-air refueling capability by adopting new and innovative A3R technology

Defeat Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2AD) challenges by transforming your tactical training approach

Utilise part-pooling and asset exchange mechanisms to protect your fleet investments and sustain your capability

Deliver cost efficiency for your service by diversifying your capability development strategy across  airchartering, fleet management, acquisition and multinational solutions

Expanding the scope of air-to-air refueling in Europe: The MRTT Partnership

In this exclusive interview, Colonel Markus Bestgen, Deputy Commander, Multinational MRTT Unit shares exclusive insight into how the MRTT Partnership looks to expand the scope of air-to-air refueling in Europe, a theme he will elaborate on as a key speaker of this year's conference. 

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Key benefits of downloading the interview:

  • Gain insider’s insight into the MRTT Partnership’s goals
  • Understand the current biggest air-to-air refueling challenges for European and NATO members
  • Get a preview of the brief Colonel Bestgen will give at this year’s Military Airlift Conference

Download the interview to gain Colonel Bestgen’s answers to the following questions:

  • The MRTT partnership created in 2016 by the Netherlands and Luxembourg is formed of five European nations. Could you explain the thought process behind the creation of this partnership and its ultimate goal?
  • What are the short, mid and long-term plans for these nations to achieve their goals?
  • What are the current biggest challenges for European and NATO nations in terms of air-to-air refueling capabilities during operations?
  • Eight Airbus A330 MRTT are expected to be delivered between 2020 and 2022. What impact do you expect these aircraft to have on European air-to-air refueling? 

Colonel Bestgen will speak on expanding the scope of air-to-air refueling in Europe in more details at this year’s Military Airlift, where he will be joined by a panel of senior speakers. To view the full agenda, please click here

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Colonel Bestgen: Operating in a fast changing, extremely challenging and complex environment all over the world, the biggest task for all the nations is to stay up-to-date in terms of processes and technologies. Our state-of- the-art aircraft is combined with highly trained personnel to ensure the success of all our missions. These will encompass the fields of air transport, air-to-air refueling and…

How nations overcame airlift challenges through multinational pooling and sharing initiatives

In this exclusive interview, Major General (Retd.) Dimitrios Petridis, Former Programme Manager of the Aviation Support Programme Office, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) discusses the interconnected challenges facing the military airlift community.

He covers the pooling and sharing of resources among Nations which led initially to the establishment of the C-130 Partnership by the NATO Maintenance & Supply Agency, the expansion of its scope through the Fixed Wing Aircraft Partnership, the establishment of the European Air Transport Command and the Movement Coordination Centre Europe

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Major General (Retd.) answers the following questions:

  • Reflecting on previous experiences, what are the biggest points of change (in mentality) within the multinational pooling and sharing initiatives? 
  • Responding to current economic and geopolitical context, what do you think the main mission demands are on multinational pooling and sharing initiatives?
  • In consideration of these demands, do you believe there is scope for the introduction of part pooling multinational initiatives?
  • Most of the current pooling and sharing initiatives seem to be NATO or EU-centric. Do you see potential for collaboration on a global scale?

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Major General Petridis: 

“The message here is that the implementation of high-level targets such as the Strategic Airlift Capability can be achieved only by a strong commitment to a multinational cooperation by the various Nations, regardless of the avenue to be chosen (C-17 or A-400M), which is directly related to other very important parameters such as Budget, Timing or support of the local Industry. In either case, consensus is of paramount importance to materialise these high level-targets which in the current case produced successful results for the International Community by both avenues pursued, making thus possible to bridge the gap of the SAC deficit in Europe within the first decade of the 21st century.”

Will Availability of Strategic Lift Always Be A Challenge?

Ahead of the Military Airlift conference, Defence IQ sat down with Group Captain Purcell to discuss NATO’s priorities and perspective on strategic airlift and to understand more about the challenges and objectives for the future.

NATO SHAPE's role in strategic military airlift operations

Defence IQ talks to Colonel Jennifer Thompson, Chief, Allied Movement Coordination Centre (AMCC), NATO SHAPE on current capabilities and operations conducted by NATO SHAPE and what other Armed Forces from across the world can learn from the agency. Colonel Thompson will be speaking on day two of the event.

The EATC’s Solutions to 21st Century Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refueling Challenges

In this presentation from Military Airlift 2018, by Colonel Jérôme Dufour, Deputy Head Of Policy Division, Head Of Tasking Branch, European Air Transport Command, you will find out: 

  • Solutions to successful pooling and sharing – building and growing
  • EATC as multiplier of the multirole asset’s capabilities
  • An innovative business model to address the transition between legacy assets and new generation assets and to enhance interoperability

Enhancing strategic lift capabilities through regional cooperation: An exclusive look inside the Continental Movement Coordination Centre

When differences in airlift capabilities occur between countries, cooperation on international missions such as peacekeeping deployments and large-scale relief become essential. The African-based Continental Movement Coordination Centre was created in 2015 to create a harmonised and secure strategic airlift process to address the need for African partners to come together in time of need.

Defence IQ had the opportunity to get an exclusive insight into the CMCC from Group Captain David Akrong, its Commander and speaker at the event. In this exclusive transcript of the interview, he discusses the reasons for its creation, the importance of international partnerships and addressing the disparity in capabilities across member countries. 

Onto the 2030 airlift market: Insight from AJW

The environmental disasters in 2017 were a sober reminder of the importance of having an efficient and effective airlift capability, while the focus remains on cost-effective solutions on the procurement side and the integration of new technologies over the next few years. When trying to outline the evolution of the airlift market onto 2030, Defence IQ thought of no one better to ask that than one of the Military Airlift conference's key partner, AJW Group. Guy van den Berg, Director of Contracted Services at AJW Aviation will be present at the conference and discusses here the drivers behind the evolution of the market and the resulting solutions that will gradually emerge.

Overcoming the airlift operational challenges of Hurricane Irma relief mission: A case study from the Heavy Airlift Wing

The Heavy Airlift Wing, equipped with its three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets, brought in 220,000 LBS of humanitarian aid along with personnel in the aftermath of hurricane Irma, proving to be a vital role in the disaster relief mission. Colonel James Sparrow, Vice Commander of the SAC Heavy Airlift Wing and speaker at Military Airlift 2018, was a key witness of the mission. In this exclusive interview, he dives into the mission, from planning it at short notice to facing security and operational challenges on the ground.

Brazilian Air Force - Managing a smooth transition and successful daily operations

Last year, Defence IQ interviewed the project manager for the KC-390, Colonel Cláudio Evangelista Cardoso, after they procured 28 aircrafts for the Brazilian Air Force. We decided to check in with the Brazilian Air Force and see how the new aircraft are improving the success of their missions. Air Vice-Marshal Saulo Valadares do Amaral is giving us an exclusive insight into the day-to-day missions, challenges and future of Brazilian Air Force missions, ahead of the 14th edition of the Military airlift conference (26th-28th September 2017).