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SMi’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2019 conference is returning for its fourth successful year to Prague, Czech Republic on the 22nd and 23rd May 2019.

Our past Helicopter Technology events have been recognised for excellence by many leading defence forces in both Central and Eastern Europe, and have hosted more senior heads of Air Force and Helicopter Commands than any other helicopter event in Europe.

As Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States continue to be a key focus for defence equipment upgrades, the rotary fleet remains a key asset in both domestic and international military operations. Therefore, a focused conference is essential to ensure continued advancement of capability, equipment, and joint interoperability.

This will be a unique opportunity to meet many heads of Air Force and Helicopter Programme Managers.
 

 

  • Hear from representatives from the V4 nations: Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia
  • A unique opportunity to explore new technologies and programmes from industry and exhibitors
  • The only regionally dedicated military helicopter conference in 2019

 
The audience will include, but not be limited to:

  • Commanders of Air Force
  • Deputy Commanders Air Force
  • Commanders of National Helicopter Forces
  • Directors of Capability Planning
  • National Armaments Directors
  • Helicopter Programme Managers
  • Heads of Army Aviation
  • Heads of Strategy and Defence Planning
  • Commanders of Air Systems
  • Directors of Procurement
  • Chief Scientists/Defence Research Agencies
  • Military Helicopter Programme Managers and Leaders
  • Helicopter Manufacturers
  • Helicopter Engine Manufacturers
  • Integrated Mission Systems
  • Sensor Technology Providers
  • Weapons System Experts
  • Protective Systems

Airbus; AOBP; Aselsan As; Association Of The Defence Industry Of The Czech Republic; Astronautics; Austrian Air Force; Axnes Aviation ; Bell Helicopter; Bell Helicopter Textron; Boeing Defense, Space and Security ; Croatian Air Force; Czech Air Force; Czech Armed Forces; DEFENCE ATTACHE OFFICE; Defense Express; Embassy of Ukraine; European Defence Agency; FlightSafety International; Heli-one Norway As; Jeppesen ; Joint Helicopter Command; Keystone Turbine Services; Lockheed Martin; M International Inc.; Ministry of Defence Czech Republic; NATO (NAHEMA); Omnipol Ltd; Pall GmbH; Pall Internation SARL; Pall Italia srl; Pinnacle Solutions Inc; Polish Armed Forces; Royal Danish Air Force; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Slovenian Ministry of Defence ; Summit Aviation Inc.; Swedish Air Force; TenCate Advanced Armour; The Boeing Company; The Shephard Group; Trakka; UK MOD; unical Defense Inc; Unical Defense Inc.; University of Defence, Czech Republic.

Aeromedia A S; AgustaWestland; Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH; Army Air Corps; Babcock International; Bell Helicopter; Bell Helicopter Textron; Breeze-Eastern ; British Embassy; Commando Helicopter Force; Czech Air Force; Czech Armed Forces; Czech MoD; DE&S; DSTL; FN Herstal; French Air Force; French Embassy; Honeywell; Joint Helicopter Command; Kongsberg; Leonardo; Letectví a kosmonautika; Lidové Noviny; MBDA; MBDA UK Ltd.; Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic; Mladá Fronta a.s. ; National Research Council Canada- Institute for Aerospace Research; NAVAIR; Naval Air Systems Command; Patria Aviation Oy; Polish Armed Forces; S3, Inc.; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Slovakian Air Force; Slovenian Ministry of Defence ; Smith E; U S Army Aviation Center; United States Marine Corps; US Embassy Prague; Vector Aerospace International Ltd; Zespól Badan i Analiz Militarnych Sp. z o.o.; Zodiac Aerospace - Data Systems;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

9:10 Enhancing the rotary fleet of the Czech Armed Forces with increased modernisation

  • Current matters surrounding rotary acquisition in the Czech Armed Forces
  • Training and regional cooperation through joint exercises such as Ample Strike 2018 and Mountain Flight 2018
  • Evaluating modernisation policies, keeping in mind helicopter MRO and the increased rate of technological change in helicopter design
     
  • Colonel Rudolf  Straka

    Colonel Rudolf Straka, Chief of the Combat Training Department , The Czech Air Force HQ

    9:50 Implementing technological advancements to ensure rotary readiness

    Lieutenant Colonel Carsten Lurken

    Lieutenant Colonel Carsten Lurken, Department Head SOF, PR and STH, Air Force Forces Command

  • German Air Force Helicopters’ contribution to NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force for increased regional support for Eastern European allies
  • Current acquisition timeline for updated rotary systems in the German Air Force
  • German Air Force’s Rotary Wing Future Capabilities for the NATO DPP
  • 10:30 Gold Sponsor Session Reserved for Leonardo

    11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Increasing the combat capabilities of the Romanian Air Force for increased regional security

    Air Fleet General Valerica Vrajescu

    Air Fleet General Valerica Vrajescu, Deputy Chief of Joint Forces Command, Romanian Ministry of National Defence

  • Increasing the combat capabilities of the Romanian Armed forces
  • Collaboration with industry to enhance the operational capabilities of the IAR 330
  • Maximising anti-tank and support capabilities through quality of life improvements
  • 12:20 Bell H-1 and Advanced Tiltrotor Technologies: Optimizing Operational Capability for the Modern Battlefield

    Mr Joel Best, US Army (Ret'd),

    Mr Joel Best, US Army (Ret'd),, European Director for Global Military Business Development, Bell Helicopter

  • Bell AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom – Unmatched teaming capability between a combat multi-role helicopter and dedicated attack helicopter
  • Bell V-280 Valor – Next Generation Tiltrotor Technology for the US Army’s Future Vertical Lift Program
  • Bell V-247 Vigilant – Persistent, expeditionary capability, providing lethal reach with runway independence
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 The mobilisation, modernisation and development of UK air manoeuvre capabilities

  • Setting the context: Air Manoeuvre within Defence's Transformation
  • Evaluating combat readiness, collective training and operational commitments
  • Evolving Air Manoeuvre: Meeting the UK's Future Force Concepts
  • Air Manoeuvre Modernisation: Key Themes
  • Lieutenant Colonel Justin Stein

    Lieutenant Colonel Justin Stein, SI1 FD Strat Plans, Cap AM, Capability Directorate, Army Headquarters, British Army

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mitchell

    Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mitchell, Air Manoeuvre Capability Development, SO1 Programmes Army Headquarters, British Army

    14:40 Session reserved for GMRE

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 H145M and H225M rotary advancements and procurement in the Hungarian Air Force

  • Continued modernisation of the Hungarian helicopter fleet
  • H145M/H225M ground support and special operations
  • Enhanced cooperation and interoperability with NATO allies
  • Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt

    Lieutenant Colonel Simon Zsolt, Chief of Flight Training Department , Hungarian Air Force

    16:30 Introduction to the Multinational Aviation Training Centre

    Colonel Karel Valvoda

    Colonel Karel Valvoda, Director, Czech Armed Forces

  • Updating legacy rotary systems for cost-effective solutions
  • Ongoing helicopter cooperation and training with V-4 nations
  • Flight safety and enhancing interoperability capabilities
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

    9:10 Maximising US support in regional operations for increased interoperability

    Colonel Jason Gingrich

    Colonel Jason Gingrich, Senior Military Advisor to SECDEFREPEUR and USNATO DEFAD, U.S. Air Force

  • Interoperability must look at all aspects of employment
  • Impacts of Modifications and Upgrades to Readiness
  • Multi-National Exercises
  • 9:50 NATO NAHEMA’s responsibilities for enhancing interoperability of NH-90 systems

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald  Lixenfeld

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Lixenfeld, User Support Section Leader, NATO Helicopter Management Agency

  • Signature of the NH90 Through Life Support contract between NATO member states
  • Increasing engineering services including airworthiness, configuration management, remote technical assistance and integrated logistics support in the NH-90
  • Providing assistance to V-4 member states through NAHEMA
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:40 Session reserved for Sponsor

    12:20 Enhancing future capabilities for the next 35 to 50 years: developing future rotocraft technologies

    Enhancing data interconnectivity for mission support with the UH-60M
    International cooperation through NATO for enhanced interconnectivity
    National defence readiness to ensure security against regional threats

    Lieutenant Colonel Joefrey Petit

    Lieutenant Colonel Joefrey Petit, Support RW, JPR, Littoral & Special Air Ops, JAPCC

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:40 EDA helicopter programmes – Fostering international cooperation and interoperability

    Mr Jose Pablo Romera Martin

    Mr Jose Pablo Romera Martin, EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency

  • Present and future of EDA helicopter programmes
  • Enhancing multinational helicopter training
  • Role of helicopter Blade exercises
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Panel Discussion: The Role of Internaitional Organisations in Ensuring Regional Security in Central and Eastern Europe

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

    Colonel Jason Gingrich

    Colonel Jason Gingrich, Senior Military Advisor to SECDEFREPEUR and USNATO DEFAD, U.S. Air Force

    Colonel Miloslav Bauer

    Colonel Miloslav Bauer, Head of Department, University of Defence Brno

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald  Lixenfeld

    Lieutenant Colonel Harald Lixenfeld, User Support Section Leader, NATO Helicopter Management Agency

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

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