25 - 27 February, 2020 | The Hurlingham Club, London, United Kingdom

CONFERENCE DAY THREE (27 February): PLATFORM READINESS

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo, Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command at United States Army

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo

Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command
United States Army

9:40 am - 10:10 am MAXIMISING AVAILABILITY FOR THE UK’S HELICOPTER FLEET

  • Minimising downtime and improving availability rates for the UK’s helicopters
  • Working with industry to streamline the support model
  • Securing performance across the supply chain
Air Vice-Marshal Graham Russell, Director Helicopters at Defence Equipment and Support, UK Ministry of Defence

Air Vice-Marshal Graham Russell

Director Helicopters
Defence Equipment and Support, UK Ministry of Defence

10:10 am - 10:40 am ENHANCING LOGISTICAL SUPPORT TO VERTICAL LIFT

  • Optimising the defence supply chain to enhance aircraft availability
  • Refining predictive approaches to maintenance and re-supply
  • Enabling agility and reach for future helicopter forces. Minimising the logistics footprint and enabling rapid force deployment
Brigadier General David Sanford, Commander at DLA Aviation (Subject to Legal Confirmation)

Brigadier General David Sanford

Commander
DLA Aviation (Subject to Legal Confirmation)

10:40 am - 11:10 am AUTOMATING THE HELICOPTER LOGISTICS AND SUPPORT MODEL

  • NSPA’s experience of rolling out the electronic automated logistics model to support DLM, repair and overhaul for Tiger and NH90 fleets
  • Integrating an automated logistics approach for legacy weapons systems
  • Refining the support model to support platforms operating in different domains
  • Considerations for the future - condition monitoring to improve awareness of wear and tear, faults and usage
Michael Schäfer, Programme Manager, A400M and NH90/TIGER Programme Office at NATO Support and Procurement Agency

Michael Schäfer

Programme Manager, A400M and NH90/TIGER Programme Office
NATO Support and Procurement Agency

11:10 am - 11:50 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:50 am - 12:20 pm HOLDING THE HELICOPTER FORCE AT READINESS

  • Maintaining persistent availability of a contingency helicopter force
  • Refining the maintenance model to regular short-range deployments
  • Extending the life-cycle of the existing fleet
Lieutenant General Raul Hoyos De Vinatea, Chief of Staff at Peruvian Air Force

Lieutenant General Raul Hoyos De Vinatea

Chief of Staff
Peruvian Air Force

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm WORKING WITH INDUSTRY TO IMPROVE FLEET PERFORMANCE

  • Revising the through-life support model. Streamlining industry contracts to overcome performance issues and improve availability rates
  • Harnessing digital transformation to support predictive maintenance and logisticsSafely outsourcing responsibility for performance to industry partners. Sustaining internal competence to enable fleet support on deployed operations
  • Rethinking fleet support for future platforms – what opportunities does innovation provide?
Jorge Van Hemelryck, Chief of the Strategy Office, Aeronautical Maintenance Directorate at DGA

Jorge Van Hemelryck

Chief of the Strategy Office, Aeronautical Maintenance Directorate
DGA

12:50 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm INNOVATING THE HELICOPTER LOGISTICS AND SUPPORT CHAIN

  • Innovating the helicopter logistics model to support deployability and increase readiness
  • Enhancing the forecasting of demand to enable MRO and resupply close to the tactical edge
  • Limiting critical failures and improving the overall readiness of the helicopter force
  • Embedding automated resupply to improve the availability of spare parts and key inventory
Colonel Davide Marzinotto, Chief of 2nd Office – Logistics Department at Italian Air Force

Colonel Davide Marzinotto

Chief of 2nd Office – Logistics Department
Italian Air Force

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm IMPROVING THE DEPLOYABILITY OF BULGARIA’S HELICOPTERS

  • Sustaining consistent readiness for a legacy aircraft fleet as it deploys alongside NATO forces
  • Extending the life cycle of Bulgaria’s existing helicopters
  • Finding opportunities for retrofit and upgrade to improve baseline capability
Colonel Dimitar Pavlov, Deputy Commander, 24th Helicopter Air Base at Bulgarian Air Force

Colonel Dimitar Pavlov

Deputy Commander, 24th Helicopter Air Base
Bulgarian Air Force

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm AFTERNOON COFFEE AND NETWORKING

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm INTEGRATING AN UPDATED MULTI-ROLE HELICOPTER CAPABILITY

·         Integrating AW119Kx and manaing the capability gap during the transition
·         Preparing to sustain new capability through-life
·         Maintaining the multi-role helicopter fleet for a diverse mission set in the maritime and land environments
Senior Representative, Air Force Headquarters at Portuguese Air Force

Senior Representative

Air Force Headquarters
Portuguese Air Force

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm COPING WITH OBSOLESCENCE ISSUES FOR AN AGEING HELICOPTER FLEET

  • Keeping legacy capability operational in readiness to support humanitarian and peacekeeping operations
  • Training and operating alongside regional partners to improve the deployability of the force
  • Mitigating obsolescence issues for medium and light utility platforms
Colonel Muhamed Hasanovic Hasanovic, Chief of Staff Air Brigade and Air Defence at Bosnia & Herzegovinia Armed Forces

Colonel Muhamed Hasanovic Hasanovic

Chief of Staff Air Brigade and Air Defence
Bosnia & Herzegovinia Armed Forces

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: BALANCING OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS FOR OUTSOURCED MRO

•What advantages does an outsourced approach to fleet MRO provide to the ultimate end-user?
•How do we successfully establish accountability for platform availability and risk where MRO is outsourced? 
•How can we overcome a historic reluctance to outsourcing MRO services to commercial providers, and what are the limitations to integrating industry personnel in a defence maintenance context, particularly when forces are deployed forward?
•Do we have an effective framework in place to manage accountability for risk when MRO is outsourced?