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SMi Group are proud to announce an additional focused day of content looking exclusively at Air-to-Air refuelling within the 19th annual Military Airlift meeting in Rome. Analysing Automatic Air-to-Air Refuelling (A3), interoperability standards among allied nations, feedback from operational experience and appraisals on the next generation of AAR technologies – this forum is set to provide essential updates on this critical force multiplier.

 

Focus Day programme

9:30 Registration & Coffee

10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Laurent Donnet

Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting

10:15 Developing Global Reach Through the Next Generation of Airlift and Air-Air Refuelling Technology

Session Reserved for

Session Reserved for, Air Force Materiel Command, US Air Force

 

  • What air mobility means in the 21st century – why force flexibility remains critical for modern operations
  • Moving towards fielding the Hybrid Flightline Generator Technology by the air force to build ground support for airlift operations
  • Extending operating time for strike craft through effective AAR systems
  • Drogue and hose refuelling technologies and building techniques in future
  • Procurement timetables for future systems and creating a holistic approach to airlift
  • 10:45 The Multi-National Multi-Role Tanker Transport Project – Path Forward

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Royal Netherlands Air Force

     

  • An introduction to the Multi-National Multi-Role Tanker Transport Project (MMF) and how it is transforming European airlift capability
  • Work with OCCAR and the EDA to visualise pan-European cooperation within the project
  • Establishment of the Multinational MMRT unit and what this means for Air-Air Refuelling capability
  • Building MEDIEVAC and cargo delivery through the programme
  • Moving towards the life-cycle management stage of fleet management
  • Balancing tanker and transport functions within the platform – how to maximise utility
  • What next for AAR within Europe – key steps forward
  • 11:15 Morning Coffee

    11:45 Supporting Global Operations Through Air-Air Refuelling

    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa

    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa, Incoming Commanding Officer 14th Wing, Italian Air Force*

     

  • How the 14th Stormo fits into the wider Italian chain of command and its function as a support unit for air force
  • Ensuring AAR is in full compliance with the schedules and directives of Air Squadron Command
  • Feedback from Operation Unified Protector – how the Italian air force extended combat aircraft strike time through effective AAR
  • Future technologies to streamline tanking operations and how they can be integrated into platforms
  • Key requirements from a battle commander’s perspective for future refuelling systems
  • What next for the Italian Air Force? How to maintain and extend global capability
  • 12:15 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:45 Delivering Combat Support Capability Across the European and African Theatre

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein, Commander, 100th Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force*

     

     

     

     

  • Providing training, operational and expeditionary support to the five US Air Force major commands
  • AAR as a key enabler for medical evacuation – ensuring units can get to remote battlespaces
  • Collaboration with partners such as the RAF and 352nd Special Operations Wing
  • Ground segment considerations – aircraft and equipment maintenance, repair and overhaul
  • Specifications for the KC-135 Stratotanker and its utilisation from FOB in Spain as part of USAFRICOM commitments in Mali
  • US Air Force pooling and sharing with allied European nations
  • 13:15 Networking Lunch

    14:15 Panel Discussion: Air to Air Refuelling Capability Challenges, Strengths and Weaknesses

     

     

     

  • Training aircrews in complex AAR operations in a COMAO (composite air operation) environment
  • Facilitating certification processes between tankers and receiver aircraft
  • AAR as a force enabler and multiplier – enhancing combat effectiveness by extending the range and payload of receiver craft
  • Building collaboration on AAR best practise between MCCE and EATC member states & other allied partners
  • What barriers do we need to overcome to successfully deploy in the long term?
  • Looking forward: future capabilities that can deliver optimised operational output
  • Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein, Commander, 100th Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force*

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Royal Netherlands Air Force

    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa

    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa, Incoming Commanding Officer 14th Wing, Italian Air Force*

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto, Deputy Director of Life Cycle Management, NATO SPA

    15:00 MRTT at the Crossroad of European and NATO Cooperation

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto, Deputy Director of Life Cycle Management, NATO SPA

     

  • Building cooperation through NSPA
  • MRTT cooperation as a force multiplier
  • Role of industry in the MRTT European and NATO cooperation
  • MRTT logistic support: challenges and opportunities
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Trends and Developments in Air-to-Air Refuelling Capabilities

    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile

    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile, Junior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali

     

  • What is Air-to-Air refuelling: how it has shaped air power and where it will go over the next 20 years
  • Tankers and receivers – considerations and investment opportunities
  • Emerging and niche AAR markets – integrating new capabilities to emerging nations
  • Platform integration: the peculiar case of C-130s
  • Pooling and sharing mechanisms beyond the national level: the EATC
  • Filling the gap among national airworthiness requirements
  • 16:30 Logistical Approaches Military Operations

    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo

    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo , Head of Project and Logistics Planning, G4 , NATO LANDCOM

     

  • How NATO forces are aligned and current processes for managing cargo and troop manoeuvres
  • Utilising effective Air-Air Refuelling to extend capability and analysis of its use in recent operations
  • The role of the J4 in coordinating deployments and how new
  • Exploiting the hose and drogue technique within aerial refuelling and how to extend further dynamic modelling
  • The importance of the ground segment as a logistical enabler for AAR
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Commander, 100th Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force*
    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Royal Netherlands Air Force

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Commander, 100th Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force*
    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa

    Incoming Commanding Officer 14th Wing, Italian Air Force*
    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Deputy Director of Life Cycle Management, NATO SPA
    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile

    Junior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali
    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile

    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo

    Head of Project and Logistics Planning, G4 , NATO LANDCOM
    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    Mr Laurent Donnet

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