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Benefits of Attending:
  • Review strike, fighter and maritime aircraft upgrades
  • Hear speakers on the latest fixed and rotary wing retrofits
  • Identify the key benefits of upgrades in the current budgetary climate
  • Discover better means to cost control on upgrade programmes
  • Appraise the newest operational upgraded systems
  • Raise the profile of your retrofit products by learning from your leading competitors

    A unique opportunity to learn from leading military and industry experts including:
    · Air Commodore Nigel Bairsto, IPTL Tornado, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence, UK
    · Rear Admiral Peter Williams, F-14 Program Office Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Navy
    · David King, Nimrod IPTL, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK
    · Wing Commander Ian Thomson, Programme Support Office, Harrier GR9 IPT, Ministry of Defence, UK
    · Lieutenant Colonel Steve McKenna, Directorate of Aerospace Equipment Program Management - Fighters and Trainers, Canadian Air Forces Air Command
    · Lieutenant Colonel Gary Smith, APM, CH-47 Program Office, US Army
    · Group Captain Tim Owen, Air Advisor, Royal Australian Air Force
    · Peter Staehr, Joint Strike Fighter, Fighter Replacement IPT, Royal Danish Air Force
    · Thomas Withington, Research Analyst, Centre for Defence Studies, Kings College London

  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Commodore Ian Tibbitt

    Commodore Ian Tibbitt, Director Logistic Support (Air), Equipment Support (Air), Ministry of Defence, UK

    9:00 UPDATING STRIKE AIRCRAFT

    Air Commodore Nigel Bairsto

    Air Commodore Nigel Bairsto, IPTL Tornado, Defence Logistics Organisation, Ministry of Defence UK

  • The necessity of the GR4 programme
  • The components of the update programme - FLIR/NVG - HUD - GPS
  • New weapons: Brimstone and Storm Shadow
  • Implementing the update across the fleet
  • Combat experience: evaluating the Iraq conflict
  • Extending Tornado’s life towards FOAS
  • 9:40 ENHANCING GROUND ATTACK CAPABILITY

    Wing Commander Ian Thomson

    Wing Commander Ian Thomson, Programme Support Office, Harrier GR9 IPT, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • This presentation will focus on the Harrier GR.Mk9 capability insertion and obsolescence management programmes, commenting on the associated embodiment programmes and work required to prepare the aircraft for Joint Force Harrier maritime operations.
  • 10:20 STRIKE AIRCRAFT UPGRADES

    Group Captain Tim Owen

    Group Captain Tim Owen, Air Advisor, Royal Australian Air Force

  • The continuing update program
  • The decision process behind the update scheme
  • Overview of the upgrade program and lessons learned
  • The need for an expanded training and support infrastructure
  • The problems of being a sole operator
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 PROCUREMENT ANALYSIS

    David King

    David King, Nimrod IPTL, Defence Procurement Agency, Ministry of Defence, UK

  • The procurement challenge posed by Nimrod MRA4 - the world-class capability now projected
  • The lessons that have been learned and applied in seeking to reform joint programme management
  • The achievement of a radically different partnering style that drives behaviour and discipline and programme pace
  • Examples of such good practice and an insight into wider cultural and contractual changes will be provided
  • 12:00 FIGHTER UPGRADES

    Peter Staehr

    Peter Staehr, Joint Strike Fighter, Fighter Replacement IPT, Royal Danish Air Force

  • F-16 upgrade program history
  • RDAF Fighter aircraft requirements
  • The Mid Life Update - basic program - follow-on updates
  • Lessons learned
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 MULTI-ROLE AIRCRAFT UPGRADES

    Lieutenant Colonel Steve McKenna

    Lieutenant Colonel Steve McKenna, Directorate of Aerospace Equipment Program Management - Fighters and Trainers (DAEPM), Canadian Air Forces Air Command

  • History of the CF-18 in Canadian service
  • The challenge of parts obsolescence and supportability
  • Comparison between original proposal and current modernisation plan
  • Implementation and status of Phase 1 modification
  • Status of other projects
  • Preparation for Phase 2
    Co-ordination with in-service modifications
  • 14:40 ADDING FIGHTERS TO NATO STANDARD

    Rainier Hankowiak

    Rainier Hankowiak, Business Development, EADS

  • The MiG-29 in Cold War form
  • EADS experience with the MiG-29
  • The upgrade to NATO standards
  • Problems of integration
  • The potential ex-WARPAC upgrade market around the world
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 ADDING ABILITIES TO AGING AIRCRAFT

    Menachem Bargav

    Menachem Bargav, Vice President, Aircraft Upgrades, Elbit Systems

  • The potential market
  • Elbit’s upgrade philosophy
  • Easing pilot workload
  • Cockpit improvements
  • Identified benefits of the upgrade
  • 16:20 CASE STUDY

    Kevin Taylor

    Kevin Taylor, Managing Director, Military Aircraft Solutions and Support, BAE SYSTEMS

  • How we made the Tornado GR4 the ‘platform of choice’ for the Royal Air Force
  • What made the Tornado GR4 Mid Life Update programme a success
  • How we integrated smart weapons onto the GR4 platform
  • Why we need a combined maintenance and upgrade programme for Tornado GR4
  • How the Tornado GR4 capabilities will be maintained for the future to ensure that it continues to meet the customer’s expectations
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Thomas Withington

    Thomas Withington, Research Analyst, Centre for Defence Studies, Kings College London

    9:10 THE POLICY OF UPGRADING AIRCRAFT

    Thomas Withington

    Thomas Withington, Research Analyst, Centre for Defence Studies, Kings College London

  • The political imperatives of the military aircraft upgrade market
  • Why have military aircraft upgrades become so important after the Cold War?
  • What are the political considerations vis-à-vis exports controls in major upgrade projects?
  • What areas of upgrade expertise are offered around the world?
  • What political problems can be encountered in military aircraft upgrade programmes?
  • 9:40 CARGO HELICOPTER UPGRADES

  • A history of constant upgrades and improvements
  • Expanding the envelope of operations
  • Details of the upgrade
  • Engine improvements
  • Structural strengthening
    Improved range
  • Lower maintenance
    Cockpit
    Deployment until the middle of the century
  • Lt Col Anthony Pelczynski

    Lt Col Anthony Pelczynski, Product Manager, CH-47F Improved Cargo Helicopter, US Army

    Jack Dougherty

    Jack Dougherty, Director-Chinook Programs, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

    10:20 HELICOPTER UPGRADE PROGRAMS IN IAI

    Yair Sagie

    Yair Sagie, Director, Helicopter Business Development, IAI, Lahav Division

  • Customized Helicopter Upgrade:
  • Eastern Platforms
  • Western Platforms
  • Advanced Avionics Integration:
  • Missionized Glass Cockpit
  • Digital Moving Map
  • Night Capabilities
  • Smart Data Network
  • Collision avoidance
  • Self defence Passive & Active Suite
  • Advanced Weapons Integration
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UPGRADES AND THE EFFECT ON THE HELLENIC DEFENCE INDUSTRY

    Dr Dinosios Xenos

    Dr Dinosios Xenos, Managing Director, Hellenic Aerospace Industry

  • Threat levels and a summary of the current defence situation
  • An overview of the current requirements and needs
  • Case studies of previous upgrade successes - F-4E - F-16C
  • Next generation upgrades - C-130 - Mirage 2000-5
  • An established NATO air power
  • 12:00 NEXT GENERATION UK MOD HELICOPTER REQUIREMENTS

    Jim Sinclair

    Jim Sinclair, Regional Business Manager, Westland Helicopters

  • Requirement origins
  • Concept of the solution
  • Capability and technology
  • Current status and programme
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 PROPULSION UPGRADES

    Brett Rhodes

    Brett Rhodes, Director, Business Development, Military Engines , Pratt and Whitney

  • Engines in military use world-wide
  • Upgrading in-service units world-wide
  • Retrofitting advances from later designs
  • The F-100 series engines
  • Future expansions
  • 14:40 ENHANCING COMBAT FLEXIBILITY

    Brian Thomson

    Brian Thomson, International Sales Manager, Oxley Avionics

  • The inherent advantage of night strikes
  • Insuring weapon accuracy and crew safety
  • The principles of NVG
  • The internal and external modifications necessary
  • Case study: updates to the C-130
  • The next advancements in NVG technology
  • 15:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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