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The Future Helicopter Technology conference returns for its 3rd annual conference, this time being hosted it Rome, Italy.

This unique and technically focused conference brings together leaders and programme managers from the military rotary community as well as industry experts, all to share information, ideas and the very latest platform and strategic developments relating to rotary advancement and modernisation.


Unlike other events, we strive to deliver real insight and learning experiences through the expertly selected speakers, all who are recommended through our extensive research and consultation that is carried out across the industry. For 2017, we are delighted to welcome speakers from Germany, Spain, USMC, France, the Royal Navy, NATO, Belgium, Austria and OCCAR. We are also delighted to welcome our host nation keynote speakers from the Italian Army, Air Force, Navy and Special Operations command.

At Future Helicopter Technology 2017 there will be a unique focus on the complexity of managing a varied helicopter fleet and key strategies not only to maintain, service and repair key airframes in a variety of networks, but also how best to upgrade, modernise and improve rotary platforms for modern day warfare and operations.

Whether you want to hear from leading OEMS, system integrators, niche component manufacturers, technical engineers, chief scientists or rotary programme managers, Future Helicopter Technology 2017 is the only place you will return to your office with a set of strategies and solutions.
 

  • Top Military Rotary commanders from Italy, Spain, Germany and Denmark, Belgium, giving you essential access to those making strategic and equipment decisions
  • More helicopter platforms represented than any other military event in 2017 including: NH90, TIGER, Sikorsky UH-60, Bell UH-1D, CH-53E Super Stallion and Merlin Mk3
  • NEW for 2017: A detailed focus on Maritime Helicopter Optimisation with high level briefings from USMC, Royal Navy and Commander Italian Naval Aviation
  • A dedicated solutions zone where cutting edge solution providers will showcase the very best helicopter technologies and systems available today
  • Chaired by Brigadier General (Ret’d) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force
     
  • Aviation commanders
  • Helicopter experts
  • Research centres
  • Industry providers

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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

9:00 The Italian Army Aviation: The Present and Future Objectives

Major General Antonio Bettelli

Major General Antonio Bettelli, Commander Italian Army Aviation, Italian Army

  • An overview of the current fleet
  • Maximising interoperability and survivability
  • Improving capabilities for joint operations
  • Contributing to missions outside national boundaries
  • Future objectives
  • 9:30 How The German Army Aviation Will Continue to Modernise and Equip its Fleet

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein, Commander International Helicopter Training Centre (IHTC) and Head of German Army Aviation, German Army

  • The TIGER and NH90 multirole support helicopter must be maintained and extended in the long term
  • What will the next generation of German military helicopters look like in 2040 
  • 10:00 The Multi-Roles of the Spanish Army Aviation: Adapting to Present and Future Challenges by Providing a Dynamic Force

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez, Commander Spanish Army Aviation, Spanish Army

  • Indipendent actions that require high mobility and firepower: air attack and air assault operations
  • Actions that increase the operational capacity of large unitis and controls: tacticial and logistical aero-transporters; recognition and security; command and control; electronic warfare; sanitary evacuations; special operations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Present and Future Capabilities of Rotary Wing Aircrafts

    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Major General Fabio Molteni, Commander Flying Experimental Centre, Italian Air Force

  • The present: What are the main current challenges for helicopters?
  • The future: What are the main technological upgrades that will improve flying capabilities?
  • The role of the Experimental Flying Centre in providing the right ground for new developments
  • 11:30 Session Reserved For Lead Sponsor

    12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Assessing Future Helicopter Technical Requirements Needed For Modern Battle Environments

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

    Major General Antonio Bettelli

    Major General Antonio Bettelli, Commander Italian Army Aviation, Italian Army

    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Major General Fabio Molteni, Commander Flying Experimental Centre, Italian Air Force

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein, Commander International Helicopter Training Centre (IHTC) and Head of German Army Aviation, German Army

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez, Commander Spanish Army Aviation, Spanish Army

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Deploying Helicopters to Rapidly Infiltrate and Extract Special Forces

    Major General Nicola Zanelli

    Major General Nicola Zanelli, Commander Italian Special Forces Operations Joint Command, Italian Army

  • Operating anywhere in the world
  • Providing fast and agile transportation and support of special forces operators
  • Utilising new technological developments to upgrade helicopter assets in order to always be ready to overcome new challenges
  • 14:00 Helicopter Wing Karup: Ready to Deploy in Any Environment

    Colonel Henrik  Kanstrup

    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup, Acting Commander Helicopter Wing Karup, Royal Danish Air Force

  • Operational capabilities from the Artic to Afghanistan
  • Efficient search and rescue and surveillance capacity inside and outside national boundaries
  • The importance of joint exercises to face growing threats
  • 14:30 Session Reserved For Event Sponsor

    15:00 The Austrian Aviation Brigade Capabilities and Future Plans for Helicopter Modernisation

    Colonel Hannes Mittermair

    Colonel Hannes Mittermair, Aviation Brigade, Austrian Air Force

  • A look at the helicopter inventory of the Austrian Air Force
  • Ensuring interoperability between air craft and allied nations
  • A look at planned upgrades: avionics; navigation; aircraft survivability equipment (ASE)
  • Creating an helicopter fleet for future multinational missions and joint operations
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Procurement, Development and Purchase of Technological Upgrades for the Next Generation Helicopter of the French Military

    Mr. Ivan Volpoet

    Mr. Ivan Volpoet, Head of Flight Test Division, DGA

  • Feedback from recent test exercises
  • The next technological improvements for rotary wing aircrafts for the French military
  • Current challenges that need to be overcome
  • The NH-90: technological upgrades and possible future deployment scenarios
  • 16:30 The Multi Role Capabilities of the Belgian Helicopter Wing

    Colonel Jean Didier  Vandezande

    Colonel Jean Didier Vandezande, Chief Helicopter Branch , Belgian Air Component

  • Conducting operations in the homeland as well as abroad
  • Mobility and assault tactical and general transport
  • Recognition, support search and rescue and medical evacuation
  • Surveillance and maritime surveillance operations
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

    9:00 The Italian Navy Aviation Command: Utilising the SH-90A Helicopter to Operate in Different Environments

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma, Director of the Naval Aviation Dpt. (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy

  • Maritime reconnaissance (MPH)
  • Maritime attack (ASH)
  • Individuating and neutralizing underwater and above water threats
  • Maritime attack and troop transportation, equipment, vehicles, search and rescue operations
  • 9:30 The Role of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) in Providing UK Defence with a contingency capability in support of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Lenny Brown, Commander, Commando Helicopter Force

  • Transition from Sea King Mk4 and Lynx Mk9 to Merlin Mk3 and the Wildcat Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopter: the Wildcat BRH roles
  • Find and control of fires; Merln Mk3 roles - air assault, combat recovery, SAR and MERT;
  • The relevance of recent operational lessons
  • Delivering aviation support in the maritime and land environments including the Artic, desert and urban
  • Interoperability with allied nations
  • Future technological developments
  • 10:00 Increasing Speed, Survivability and Lethality of the USMC Helicopter Fleet to Counter and Overcome Current and Future Challenges

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi, Branch Head to Aviation Manpower and Support, US Marines

  • Ready to deploy anywhere in the world
  • Improving helicopters capabilities of transporting and supporting troops during amphibious and land operations
  • Optimising command and control by improving communication and sensor systems for every helicopter
  • Maintenance and support programmes
  • Future upgrade timelines
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Managing the 11 NH90 Customers: Overcoming the Complexity of In-Service Support for the Member Nations

    Colonel Thomas  Hoenig

    Colonel Thomas Hoenig , Division Leader Logistics, NATO (NAHEMA)

  • Strategic approach to a though-life-support of the NH90 platform
  • The magic triangle: Capability - Availability - Affordability
  • Synchronising the modification cycle
  • Upgrading the NH90: the need for a modular and affordable approach: contractual tool; SOF air initiative; mid-term and long-term axis
  • Safeguarding the spare parts supply, repair capabilities and product support services throughout the lifetime of the helicopter
  • Success factors for co-operations
  • 11:30 Session Reserved For Gold Sponsor

    12:00 Managing the TIGER Programme’s Through Life Support

    Mr. Cyril Goutard

    Mr. Cyril Goutard, Tiger Programme Manager, OCCAR

  • An overview of the OCCAR Tiger Programme
  • Ensuring all TIGER air platforms are fully serviced and deployable at all times
  • Spare part delivery for active operations
  • Future MRO plans and strategies
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Optimising Rotary Capability and Delivery For Martime Operations

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma, Director of the Naval Aviation Dpt. (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Lenny Brown, Commander, Commando Helicopter Force

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi, Branch Head to Aviation Manpower and Support, US Marines

    Colonel Henrik  Kanstrup

    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup, Acting Commander Helicopter Wing Karup, Royal Danish Air Force

    14:00 Session Reserved For Event Sponsor

    14:30 Improve the Four Phases of Personnel Recovery (Preparation, Planning, Execution and Adaptation) by Developing Harmonizing PR Policy

    Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Schleimer

    Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Schleimer, Deputy Commander, European Personnel Recovery Centre

  • Doctrine and Standards through clear lines of communications with partners stakeholders (nations and international organizations)
  • Provide assistance in support of education and training, exercises and operations as required
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 The grow capability of Fly By Wire technology on Rotorcrafts: challenges for Human Machine Interface and Flight Controls Laws

    Colonel (Ret'd) Massimo Bonesi

    Colonel (Ret'd) Massimo Bonesi, Experimental Test Pilot Rotary Wing, International Test Pilot School

    Now that more than 250 FBW helicopter NH90 are in service (together with some CH-148 Cyclone) - and mirroring Fixed Wing evolution from F-16 on - a leap in Flight Control Laws for RW is necessary to exploit the benefits of FBW also on new (or upgraded) Rotary Wing aircraft:, this includes:

  • on platforms
  • in the cockpit
  • on safety and airwothiness
  • 16:00 CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION: Training and Simulation Optimisation for Modern Rotary Fleets

    Colonel Jean Didier  Vandezande

    Colonel Jean Didier Vandezande, Chief Helicopter Branch , Belgian Air Component

    Colonel Thomas  Hoenig

    Colonel Thomas Hoenig , Division Leader Logistics, NATO (NAHEMA)

    Mr. Ivan Volpoet

    Mr. Ivan Volpoet, Head of Flight Test Division, DGA

    Mr. Cyril Goutard

    Mr. Cyril Goutard, Tiger Programme Manager, OCCAR

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi, Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force

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    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force
    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Commander Spanish Army Aviation, Spanish Army
    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Commander International Helicopter Training Centre (IHTC) and Head of German Army Aviation, German Army
    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Commander, Commando Helicopter Force
    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Branch Head to Aviation Manpower and Support, US Marines
    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Commander Flying Experimental Centre, Italian Air Force
    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Director of the Naval Aviation Dpt. (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy

    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Former Deputy MILREP NATO HQ, Italian Air Force
    Brigadier General (Ret'd) Roberto Quattrociocchi

    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Commander Spanish Army Aviation, Spanish Army
    Brigadier General Fernando Garcia Blazquez

    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Commander International Helicopter Training Centre (IHTC) and Head of German Army Aviation, German Army
    Brigadier General Uwe Klein

    Colonel (Ret'd) Massimo Bonesi

    Experimental Test Pilot Rotary Wing, International Test Pilot School
    Colonel (Ret'd) Massimo Bonesi

    Colonel Hannes Mittermair

    Aviation Brigade, Austrian Air Force
    Colonel Hannes Mittermair

    Colonel Henrik Kanstrup

    Acting Commander Helicopter Wing Karup, Royal Danish Air Force
    Colonel Henrik  Kanstrup

    Colonel Jean Didier Vandezande

    Chief Helicopter Branch , Belgian Air Component
    Colonel Jean Didier  Vandezande

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Commander, Commando Helicopter Force
    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Branch Head to Aviation Manpower and Support, US Marines
    Colonel Romin Dasmalchi

    Colonel Thomas Hoenig

    Division Leader Logistics, NATO (NAHEMA)
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    Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Schleimer

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    Major General Antonio Bettelli

    Commander Italian Army Aviation, Italian Army
    Major General Antonio Bettelli

    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Commander Flying Experimental Centre, Italian Air Force
    Major General Fabio Molteni

    Major General Nicola Zanelli

    Commander Italian Special Forces Operations Joint Command, Italian Army
    Major General Nicola Zanelli

    Mr. Cyril Goutard

    Tiger Programme Manager, OCCAR
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    Mr. Ivan Volpoet

    Head of Flight Test Division, DGA
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    Mr. Oris Davis

    Former US Army, Independent Consultant
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    Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma

    Director of the Naval Aviation Dpt. (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy
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