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The introduction of the attack helicopter has been compared in importance to the advent of the tank. More and more countries and contractors are investing in new designs and technological advancements for attack helicopters. The helicopter industry is at its most exciting and creative time and Combat Helicopters 2000 will be the event to highlight the latest initiatives that will shape the future of attack helicopters.

As a senior defence executive, you will be aware of the importance and potential of this field. We would therefore like to invite you to register for Combat Helicopters 2000, as organised by SMi Defence Conferences

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Gwyn Winfield

Gwyn Winfield, Associate Publisher, Defence Review

David Ward

David Ward, Managing Director, The Wansbeck Consultancy

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

Brigadier-General Sten Edholm

Brigadier-General Sten Edholm, Head of International Operations Department, Swedish Armed Forces

  • The characteristics of peace keeping and peace enforcement operations
  • Threats and helicopters missions
  • The difference between UN and NATO operations
  • Lessons learned from the Balkans
  • Helicopters or CAS
  • Possible future mission area
  • 9:40 THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY PERSPECTIVE

    Lieutenant Colonel David Hayes

    Lieutenant Colonel David Hayes, HQ Aviation Support Group, Australian Army

  • Australia’s strategic circumstances and defence policy
  • The missions and roles of Army Aviation within the Australian Army’s Concept of Operations for the 21st Century
  • The present Army Aviation structure and capability
  • Identified capability shortfalls and deficiencies
  • The current Army Aviation acquisition programmes
  • Future plans and initiatives
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 WEAPONS AND WEAPON SYSTEMS

    Pierre Clouvel

    Pierre Clouvel, Medium Calibre Program Manager, Giat Industries

  • Mission of combat helicopters and the role of turreted guns
  • Existing combat helicopters equipped with turreted guns: description
  • The thirty turreted gun (THL30): technical description; performances; applications
  • The twenty turreted gun (THL20): technical description; performances; applications
  • Perspective
  • 12:00 THE SH-2G INTERNATIONAL MARITIME HELCIOPTER

    Michael Bowes

    Michael Bowes, Vice President, Engineering, Kaman Aerospace

  • Deployable with offshore patrol vessels corvettes and frigates
  • Advanced technology integrated weapon system
  • User selectable weapons and sensors
  • Operable worldwide in any climate
  • ASW, ASUW, surface surveillance, mine hunting mission capabilities
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 THE A129

    Alex Faccenda

    Alex Faccenda, Programme Manager, A-129, Agusta

  • The initial antitank configuration and the expansion in the weapon system
  • Reducing detectability and expanding airframe capability
  • Electronic warfare capabilities on the A129
  • An examination of training aids for the A129
  • Expansion in mission equipment and the A129 international
  • Further growth in the mission equipment and weapons
  • 14:20 SUPPORT INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR THE APACHE ATTACK HELICOPTER

    Alan Cort

    Alan Cort, Principal Consultant, Aerosystems International

  • Changing priorities and pressures on attack helicopter ownership and operation
  • Creating, maintaining and distributing support information in a deployed environment
  • Benefits of support information systems: Improved availability and sortie generation; Control of through life costs; Automation
  • Challenge of implementing advanced deployable IT
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 THE TIGER ATTACK HELICOPTER

    Roland Wennekers

    Roland Wennekers, Marketing Manager, Tiger, Eurocopter

  • Current program status
  • Firing trials for both the HAP and UHT variants
  • Results achieved through the SimCo development simulator
  • Modular concept to act as a multi-role helicopter
  • Equipping the helicopter with various mission equipment packages for maximum flexibility and operational diversity
  • Likely future developments for the Tiger
  • 16:00 HELICOPTER IFF SYSTEMS

    Daniel Pannisett

    Daniel Pannisett, IFF Product Manager, Thomson CSF Comsys

  • An overview of Thomson CSF-Comsys activities within identification including IFF and Battlefield IFF
  • An in depth study of the military air traffic control features of IFF
  • IFF systems architecture for ASUW and attack helicopters
  • A presentation of Thomson CSF Comsys BIFF
  • BIFF systems architecture for attach helicopters
  • Developments to the IFF
  • 16:30 PANEL DISCUSSION

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks Reception for Delegates and Speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:10 KA - 50-2 ATTACK HELICOPTER

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

    Yair Sagie, Director, Helicopter Business Development, IAI (Lahav Division), , Dr Sergei Mikheev, President and General Designer, Kamov

  • A review of the joint program of Kamov and Israel Aircraft Industries
  • An overview of the KA-50-2 attack helicopter missions
  • Performance and survivability features of the helicopter
  • The philosophy of the ‘Glass Cockpit’ design
  • A functional review of the upgraded avionics suite
  • Recent demonstrations of the KA-50-2
  • 10:10 INTEGRATED OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE SUITE FOR COMBAT HELICOPTERS

    Eugene Thompson

    Eugene Thompson, Vice President, Longbow International, Northrop Grumman

  • Offensive/defensive systems using a single integrated processor
  • Target/threat management system to process and prioritize inputs From on-board and off-board sensors
  • Feature level censor fusion to maximize detection, classification, and recognition, while minimizing false alarms
  • Automated access to reconnaissance data by multiple echelons, including BDA
  • Management of forward deployed reconnaissance assets
  • 10:50 Morning Coffee

    11:20 SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS

    Dr Jeffrey McCarthy

    Dr Jeffrey McCarthy, Communications Systems Engineer, Defence, Science and Technology Organisation (Australia)

  • An overview of the existing helicopter communication capabilities
  • The unique problem posed by the helicopter in the battlefield in terms of communications
  • The increasing reliance on satellites for effective communications across the services - the need to integrate the helicopter
  • The technical and tactical advantages of information transfer via satellite over other methods
  • An analysis of the developments and plans for future communications architecture
  • A review into future integration projects concerning helicopter communications
  • 12:00 STARSTREAK

    Dr Allister McQuoid

    Dr Allister McQuoid, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Shorts Missiles Systems

  • The development of the Starstreak programme
  • The system configuration and description
  • The operational modes and capabilities of Starstreak
  • Ground to air applications of Starstreak
  • Air to air capabilities of Starstreak
  • Ground to ground capabilities
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 HELICOPTER FIRE CONTROL SYSTEMS

    Jim Clarke

    Jim Clarke, Marketing Manager, Kollsman

  • An overview of Kollsman activities within fire control, including NTS, DNRS and FLIR systems
  • An in depth study of the Night Targeting System (NTS) developed by Kollsman covering the aims and goals of the equipment
  • The systems architecture focusing on the microprocessor technology
  • Capabilities of the NTS which improves tracking and attack of any helicopter in the AH-1 Cobra family. Similarly automatic tracking reduces the workload of the gunner during engagement
  • Compatibility of the NTS design with multi armament and multi role operations including TOW and HELLFIRE missiles
  • Developments to the NTS which will further reduce gunner workload
  • 14:20 INTEGRATING ELECTRONIC WARFARE SYSTEMS

    Major General (Rtd) Ole Fogh

    Major General (Rtd) Ole Fogh, Head EW Systems, Terma Elektronik

  • Introduction - operational considerations. Factors that necessitate harmonized/federated/integrated operation of EW on board EW self protection systems
  • Pilot workload, reaction time, need for automation. Situational awareness; Replacing hardware with software
  • Development of an EW management system, AN/ALQ-213(V)
  • System operating modes, Electronic Warfare Adaptive Processing, ECAP; Special requirements for helicopters
  • Integration of tailor made EW suites into various platforms, Operational users
  • Ongoing and planned developments. Tactical data equipment, tactical threat display, 3-dimensional audio warning
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 ROCKET PROTECTION DEVICES

    Peter Tanton

    Peter Tanton, Marketing Executive, Bristol Aerospace

  • Background to RPD development
  • Requirements; RPD features
  • Design rationale; Environmental protection
  • Rocket exhaust ingestion; Installation
  • Maintainability; Operational life
  • Testing; Program status
  • 16:00 NEXT GENERATION LONGBOW AND HELLFIRE MISSILE FAMILY

    George Minto

    George Minto, Director, Business Development, Lockheed Martin Electronics and Missiles

  • The development programme for the new Hellfire generation
  • System configuration and description
  • Operational modes and capabilities
  • Current program status and future production plans
  • Operational and cost effectiveness
  • 16:30 STINGER WEAPON SYSTEMS

    Celeste Freeman

    Celeste Freeman, Project Manager, Stinger Universal Launcher, Raytheon Systems

  • Summary of Stinger missile system and applications
  • Evolving air-to-air threat requirements
  • Stinger missile improvements to address new threat
  • Stinger launcher improvements to enhance platform effectiveness
  • Recent Stinger integration on AH-64D, RAH-66 and other platforms
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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