CONFERENCE DAY THREE (27 February): PLATFORM READINESS

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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

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

Brigadier General David Sanford - Commander, DLA Aviation
  • 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
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Brigadier General David Sanford

Commander
DLA Aviation

  • 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
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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

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?

12:50 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

  • 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
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Lieutenant Colonel Gianluca Spina

Head, Rotary Wing Section, Second 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

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

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

Colonel Fernando Leitao - Head of the Planning Division, Portuguese Air Force
·         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
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Colonel Fernando Leitao

Head of the Planning Division
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

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?