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SMi is pleased to offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of Military Airlift and Tankers by attending our 7th annual conference. This year’s Conference will explore all aspects of Airlift and Tankers in the modern battlefield and examine the evolution of the armed forces within this field.

Conference attendees will learn about the relevant issues concerning non-lethal air power including acquisition, policy, doctrine, country specific requirements, programmes and new technological developments. All these key issues will be discussed within the operational framework of the last year, examining the lessons learned and issues for the future.

Benefit from SMi’s expertise in this field and attend this event which offers delegates the opportunity to build their presence within the international marketplace through networking and learning from key industry players. This really is a must attend event for anyone involved in the industry.

This Annual event covers all relevant issues concerning non-lethal air power including:
  • policy and doctrine
  • country specific requirements
  • acquisition and procurement
  • programmes
  • new technological developments


All these key issues will be discussed within the operational framework of the last year, examining the lessons learned and issues for the future.

Sessions will cover the following:

Indepth assessment of airlift and tanker requirements across NATO
Analysis of the USAF's current and future airlift capabilities
Analysis of the USAF's tanker modernisation programmes
Updates on Europe's future airlift requirements
Updates on NATO's air to air refuelling requirements
Update on French airlift initiatives from the French Air Force
Analysis of Germany's large aircraft programmes
Case studies from USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Denmark
Future procurement plans and air mobility modernisation programmes
Latest electronic protection and defensive aid technologies for large aircraft
Key flight training and safety issues in airlift and tanker operations

Speaker Panel:

Brigadier General Ted Bowlds, Program Executive Officer for Aircraft, Deputy for Acquisition, United States Air Force
Group Captain Stephen Bucholtz
, Officer Commanding No 84 Wing, Royal Australian Air Force
Wing Commander Dave Houghton, S01 AT/AR Capability, HQ 2 Group, The Royal Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Soren Andersen, Chief of Current OPS Division, Tactical Air Command, Royal Danish Air Force 
Lawrence Fielding
, Technical Director, C-17 System Office, United States Air Force
Gerhard Mey, Project Manager, Large Aircraft, Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement
Warrant Officer Mark Campbell, No 84 Wing, Royal Australian Air Force

Previous years delegates include:

Aerospatiale, Aerosystems International, AF C2 & ISR Center Global Mobility Division, US Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Foyle, US Air Mobility Command, Airbus, The Airlift and Tanker Association, Alenia Aeronautica, Antonov Airlines, Antonov Design Bureau, BAE SYSTEMS, Boeing, Bombardier, Brown & Root Services, Canadian National Defence, US Department of The Air Force, DLO (UK), EADS, Embraer, Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement, Flight Refuelling, FMV (Swedish Defence Material Administration), FRA Serco, French Air Force, GE Aircraft, Hellenic Airforce, HQ Air Mobility Command, HQLC RAF (UK), Institute for Defense Analyses, International Committee Of The Red Cross, IAI, Lockheed Martin, Logistics Management Institute, Lufthansa, Marshall Aerospace, MoD (UK), NATO, Pratt & Whitney, RAF (UK), Raytheon, Rolls Royce, Royal Australian Airforce, Russian Embassy, Serco Defence & Aerospace, Smiths Aerospace, Swiss Air Force, The Boeing Company, Volga-Dnepr, and many, many more...

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Wing Commander (Ret’d) Andrew Brookes

Wing Commander (Ret’d) Andrew Brookes, Aerospace Analyst, International Institute for Strategic Studies

9:10 AFPEO FOR AIRCRAFT PORTFOLIO

Brigadier General Ted Bowlds

Brigadier General Ted Bowlds, Program Executive Officer for Aircraft, Deputy for Acquisition, United States Air Force

  • Description of AFPEO for aircraft organisation and program responsibilities
  • Discussion on aircraft acquisition programs and related issues
  • Discussion on program challenges and issues
  • Overview of AF acquisition restructure
  • Streamlining initiatives to simplify acquisition decision-making process
  • 9:50 GERMAN MILITARY AIRLIFT AND TANKERS

    Gerhard Mey

    Gerhard Mey, Project Manager, Large Aircraft, Federal Office for Military Technology and Procurement

  • Definition of airlift
  • Current capability
  • Military doctrine
  • Strategic lift requirements
  • Interoperability issues

    Air mobility modernisation

  • Procurement policies
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 ENHANCING AIRLIFT CAPABILITIES

    Lawrence Fielding

    Lawrence Fielding, Technical Director, C-17 Program Office, United States Air Force

  • Meeting requirements: C-17 Globemaster
  • Operational case study
  • Current operational requirements
  • The future for the C-17 in the US
  • 11:40 TACTICAL TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT

    Lieutenant Colonel Soren Andersen

    Lieutenant Colonel Soren Andersen, Chief of Current OPS Division, Tactical Air Command, Royal Danish Air Force

  • Background: evolution from C-130 to C-130J
  • The role of the C-130 in the airlift mission
  • Key features of the C-130J in the airlift mission
  • Case study: missions involving C-130J
  • Adaptation to meet changing requirements
  • The future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 TRANSPORT LOGISTICS FOR MILITARY DEPLOYMENT

    Dennis Gliznoutsa

    Dennis Gliznoutsa, Sales Director, Volga-Dnepr UK

  • Outsourcing civil airlift capacity for strategic needs
  • Right capacity for the right time
  • Combining air and sea (for landlocked territories)
  • Possible profit share opportunities
  • 14:30 INDUSTRY VIEW OF TANKER RECAPITALIZATION

    Tom Crawford

    Tom Crawford, Senior Manager Business Development, 767 Tanker, Boeing

  • Urgency of need to begin recapitalization
  • Measures of merit for tanker capability
  • Operating in a NATO environment
  • Aircraft platform and validation process
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 C-130 MULTI-MISSION AIRCRAFT

    Michael Swick

    Michael Swick, Manager, United Kingdom Research and Development Programs, Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

  • Roll-on/roll-off missionisation suites
  • Enabling network centric warfare (NCW) in airlifters
  • Airlift and NCW concept of operations
  • Solutions for NATO and the EU
  • Affordable, Pan-European development
  • 16:20 A400M

    Peter Scoffham

    Peter Scoffham, A400M Capabilities and Programme Updates Military Adviser, Airbus MIlitary

  • The requirements – why now?
  • The programme – the future way of doing business
  • Role capabilities – the fundamental need for versatility
  • Integrated logistic support – the commercial approach applied to the military environment
  • Design evolution – operational effectiveness versus risk
  • Summary: “The versatile airlifter”
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Michael J. Lombard

    Michael J. Lombard, General Manager, Domestic Campaigns, Pratt & Whitney

    9:10 DEFENDING RAF AT/AR AIRCRAFT

  • The threat
  • Countering the threat
  • Equipment
  • Survivability
  • Dave Houghton

    Dave Houghton, S01 AT/AR Capability, HQ 2 Group

    9:50 MULTI-SPECTURAL DEFENSIVE SYSTEMS

    David Peck

    David Peck, Programme Director, BAE SYSTEMS-IEWS

  • Operational limitations resulting from current and future threats
  • Adaptable defensive approaches
  • Interim solution with planned growth
  • Medium / longer term capabilities
  • A new acquisition approach to enhanced protection
  • The future challenge
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 AUSTRALIAN MILITARY AIRLIFT AND TANKERS

    Group Captain Stephen Bucholtz

    Group Captain Stephen Bucholtz, Officer Commanding No. 84 Wing, Royal Australian Air Force

  • Current capability
  • Military doctrine
  • Strategic lift requirements
  • Air 8000 and the new air to air refuelling programme
  • Future considerations for Airlift and Tanker requirement
  • 11:40 AIR TO AIR REFUELLING

    Rory Linehan

    Rory Linehan, Business Development Director, Flight Refuelling

  • The importance of AAR to operations
  • How to overcome funding limitations
  • Selecting the right system
  • Operational limitations of old technology
  • Future equipment – 900 series refuelling pod
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 C-27J SPARTAN

  • Current utilisation
  • Multi-functional capability
  • C-130J interoperability
  • Logistical and tactical roles
  • Operational case study
  • The future
  • Giuseppe Giordo

    Giuseppe Giordo, Head of Marketing, Alenia Aeronautica

    Marcello Cianciaruso

    Marcello Cianciaruso, Sales Engineering, Alenia Aeronautica

    14:30 FLIGHT SAFETY

    Warrant Officer Mark Campbell

    Warrant Officer Mark Campbell, No 84 Wing, Royal Australian Air Force

  • Current RAAF safety programs: CRM, AVRM, DAHRTS
  • The future of RAAF safety: aircraft, equipment, manning and training
  • Developing existing safety programs for future requirements: new generation tanker transport
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MILITARY TRAINING AND SIMULATION

    David Warner

    David Warner, Director, Charleston Operations, AAI Engineering Support

  • Past: C-130, C5, C141, C17, KC-10, KC-135
  • Present: C-130, C-5, C-141, C-17, KC-10, KC-135
  • Future: C-130, C-5, C-17, KC-10, KC-135, KC-X
  • Loadmaster training
  • Boom Operator training
  • 16:20 AERIAL DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND CAPABILITIES

    Rick Allamby MBE

    Rick Allamby MBE, Business Development Manager, IRVIN-GQ

  • Current aerial delivery capabilities
  • Interoperability of systems – UK, Europe and USA
  • Operational requirements
  • The future
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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