Survivability in the future battlespace depends on a number of factors and rotary wing operations mush recapitalise and modernise in order to create a full spectrum force which is capable of meeting the demands of a challenging security environment. Defence IQ spoke exclusively to Major Dana Howe, AH-1Z Instructor Pilot, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One to discuss:
- The key challenges likely to affect survivability in the future battlespace
- How the role of helicopters will evolve over the next decade
- Specific new threats that will most significantly effect the rotary domain
- The prevalence of manned and unmanned platforms and systems
Defence IQ compiled its update of the annual Global Military Helicopters report, highlighting key requirements and ongoing programmes around the world. Emerging concepts for future vertical lift across the globe are furthering our understanding of how next-generation rotary wing aircraft should be designed, deployed and sustained to meet the demands of the complex and contested multi-domain environment.
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This report offers insights into the activity of nations that have confirmed their attendance at International Military Helicopter 2020, such as:
- United States – Marine Corps’ $29 billion acquisition of 200 CH-53K platforms and the DoD’s $154.8 million contract modification with Boeing to procure new-build Apache AH-64E attack helicopters
- United Kingdom – contract with FLIR to provide the Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance System nano unmanned helicopter
- Germany – replacement of the CH-53 fleet from 2020
- Greece – request to buy up to seven MH-60R multi-mission helicopters from the US FMS service
- Argentine - $2.5 million contract with state-owned Fàbrica Argentina de Aviones company to put into service ten of the 20 Agusta-Bell AB206 helicopters purchased from the Italian government
- Poland – plans to acquire new attack helicopters through the Kruk project
- Portugal – replacement of its Alouette III fleet with the AW1 19 MkII Koala
- Netherlands – $1.19 billion modernisation of 28 AH-64D Block II attack helicopters to AH-64E standard
Top three benefits of downloading this report:
- Know top acquisition priorities from countries that will be present at International Military Helicopter
- Develop business strategies by meeting the right people from countries having active programmes and key requirements at International Military Helicopter
- Gain insights into investment trends from your peers
Chaired by Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo, Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command United States Army, International Military Helicopter 2020 will focus on defining the future of vertical lift. To view the agenda, please click here.
Despite budgetary restraints, there is still continuous investment in rotary platforms. The global need for new or upgraded assets is being driven by worldwide environmental and humanitarian crises and increasing threat contexts in various regions.
Ahead of the International Military Helicopter conference, we've compiled a free global report in order to provide the community with inventories and trends from countries such as Germany, France, UAE, Argentina and Pakistan , which will all be represented at this year's conference, along with many more.
International Military Helicopter 2019 gathered more than 200 military and industry leaders to provide a global perspective on helicopter operations, current and future. Chaired by Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Kenneth E. Tovo, Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command, United States Army, the three-day programme covered training, MRO, platform survivability and provided a comprehensive look at the challenges facing helicopter forces.
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Download this report to get access to:
- An exclusive interview conducted with Chairman Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Kenneth E. Tovo ahead of International Military Helicopter 2020, outlining his highlights of the 2019 event and what he expects from the 2020 edition
- The top four takeaways from the 2019 event
- A breakdown of attendees, both from military/government representatives and industry organisations
- The 2019 senior speaker faculty
- The 2019 programme in review, with summaries from the following presentations
- PEO aviation - delivering lethal and survivable vertical lift with agility, now and in the future by Brigadier General Thomas Todd, Program Executive Officer, Aviation, US Army
- The role of rotary assets in counter terrorism and drug interdiction operations by Lieutenant General Raul Hoyos De Vinatea, Chief of Staff, Peruvian Air Force
- The role of rotary assets in delivering a rapid response capability for the Canadian Armed Forces by Major General Christian Drouin, Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division, Royal Canadian Air Force
- An exclusive interview conducted onsite at the 2019 event with Joel Best, Director, Global Military Sales & Strategy, Bell, which will sponsor again in 2020
- 2019 event sponsors and 2020 early confirmed sponsors
- An exclusive preview of what to expect at International Military Helicopter 2020
International Military Helicopter 2020 will be organised across three specifically-themed days – Vision 2030, War Fighter Readiness/Current Operations and Platform Sustainment. You can view the agenda of the conference, by clicking here.
At the 16th annual International Military Helicopter conference, which took place in Canary Wharf, London on 31 January – 2 February, over 200 representatives from global military and industry gathered to examine some of the critical challenges influencing army and naval aviation. The event is the global military helicopter community's annual general meeting place.
View the highlights from this year's event and take a look at what's instore for 2018
The world’s military helicopter fleets in 2025 look set to be dominated by the Sikorsky S-70, the Boeing Chinook, the Mil Mi-17 HIP, the Airbus PUMA/Super PUMA family and the Boeing AH-64 Apache, together with the NH90s, Leonardo AW101 MERLINS and AW139/149/169/189s.
Ahead of the 2019 International Military Helicopter conference, we have put together this report on the programmes, tenders and requirements currently taking place across the globe.
Winning today and preparing for tomorrow: Insight into Military Helicopter Operational and Acquisition Challenges
Rotary wing platforms are confronted with a wide range of physical, environmental and logistical challenges limiting mission success. For the past 17 year, the International Military Helicopter conference has been facilitating the discussion within the community and with the industry.
Ahead of this year's summit, Defence IQ had the privilege to discuss with our co-chairmen, Colonel Jayson Altieri, Chief of Staff of the Army's Chair at the National War College from the U.S. Army and Colonel Paul Edwards (Ret), a former Chief of Staff of the Army Aviation from the British Army, both of whom are subject matter experts and experienced military leaders. In this exclusive interview, discover their view on the enduring need for military and industry to come together to share challenges and discuss current requirements.
Ahead of the 2019 International Military Helicopter conference, we have put together this detailed holdings report offering the most recent data on the rotary aircraft currently being operated or on order across international air forces, armies and navies.
The adaptability of the modern military helicopter, its potential for multi-role and multi-mission deployment, and its ability to penetrate the most austere and hostile environments is testament to its enduring value to armies, air forces, navies and special forces, demonstrated by the increasing spending figures in new platforms, modernization of existing fleets, MRO and serviceability, and sophisticated payloads. But such a diverse set of operations and roles presents the helicopter commander with a complex set of challenges that span technical, tactical and strategic dimensions.
Here, we take an early look at a selection of developments and challenges facing some of the international end-users attending this year's International Military Helicopter conference, including Nepal, France, the USA and the NATO Support & Procurement Agency.
We also provide updates from the commercial sector with insight from companies developing solutions on both sides of the cost and capability scales, including BLR and MD Helicopters...
Once a year, the International Military Helicopter Conference gathers Chiefs of Staff, Commanders, Enginners, Programme Managers and leading industry representatives from across the rotary and broader defence communities to take an in-depth, critical view of the current and future role and capabilities of military helicopters.
Debates this past year revolved around major new acquisition programmes - such as Future Vertical Lift - survivability and training. The next event will continue to provide a vital platform for commanders and operators who can offer their guidance and expertise as we continue to contend with this complex operating environment.
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As far as rotary-wing aircraft go, there are few assets more desirable to almost any military in the modern world. Owing to their ability to carry out a vast range of missions and the rapidity at which they can be deployed for land, sea or air use, helicopters are key to any serious defence budget, be it purchasing new platforms or modernising existing ones. Of course, this range of capabilities also means that today’s aircraft are technologically complex, resulting in difficult decisions for programme managers and increasingly complicated processes for maintenance and upgrades.
Here, we explore the key operational aspects of the 21st century military helicopter – a ‘blueprint’, if you will, of the topics and considerations driving the 2016 Military Helicopter conference (Jan 18-20, London, UK)…