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SMi’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2018 conference will be held for a third successful year, returning to Prague, Czech Republic on the 23rd and 24th May 2018.

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.

Taking place on the 23rd and 24th of May in Prague, Czech Republic, this will be a unique opportunity to meet many heads of Air Force and Helicopter Programme Managers.
 

The participants at Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2018 will be the most senior decision-makers responsible for modernising and procuring new military helicopters, as well as some of the region’s most experienced operators of rotary craft, all meeting to demonstrate their intentions to advance capability and lay down foundations for future collaboration and standardisation between nations.
If you are interested in developing business in this key market, do not miss this opportunity to brand yourself in front of those who will be shaping Central and Eastern Europe’s military helicopter capabilities.
 

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.
 

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 Modernisation Plans for the Czech Armed Forces Rotary Fleet

Major General Jaromir Sebesta

Major General Jaromir Sebesta, Commander, Czech Air Force

  • The current roadmap for helicopter acquisitions in the Czech Armed Forces
  • Evaluating integration challenges when onboarding new aircraft platforms
  • Future training plans for pilots and air crew
  • Continuing cooperation in the region through joint exercises and collaboration
  • 9:50 Overhauling the Hungarian Helicopter Fleet to Enhance Operational Capabilities

    Colonel Tamas Bali

    Colonel Tamas Bali, Deputy Commander, 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force

  • Upgrading legacy aircraft to continue national operations as a cost-effective solution to ageing platforms
  • Hungarian participation in Exercise Fire Blade 2017
  • Home-nation support to international exercise
  • Flight safety and interoperability with regional allies
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Role of the Joint Helicopter Command in Supporting Domestic and International Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot, SO1 Force Development and Strategic Plans in Air Manoeuvre Capability, British Army Air Corps

  • Evaluating current mandate and priorities
  • Examining current fleet size, capacity and mission set
  • The importance of international cooperation between helicopter leaders in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Current planned Helicopter upgrades for the UK Armed Forces
  • Predicting the future tempo of operations: fighting expectations in 2035
  • 11:40 Session Reserved for Leonardo

    12:10 French Air Force Helicopter Specific Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric  Goffinon

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Goffinon, CFA/BAAP AFB 106, French Air Force

     

  •        Combined air operation with H225M Caracal in depth of the battlefield
  •        Interception of hostile aircraft by helicopter
  •        Challenges for future
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Procuring the UH-60 Black Hawk to Increase National Security

    Colonel Robert Klestinec

    Colonel Robert Klestinec, Deputy Chief of Staff, Slovakian Air Force

  • The on-going modernisation of the Slovakian Air Force
  • UH-60 support for ground forces and special operations 
  • Managing cost-effective decisions for national security: long-term goals of operational capabilities 
  • Increasing compatibility with NATO standards and allies
  • 14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:00 Optimising H-1 Capabilities and Survivability to Counter and Overcome Current and Future Challenges

    Colonel David Walsh

    Colonel David Walsh, H-1 Helicopter Programme Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Marine Corps

  • Improving UH-1Y transport capabilities for amphibious and land operations 
  • Optimising command and control by improving communication and sensor systems for the UH-1Y 
  • In theatre support for Marine Corps Helicopter Fleet
  • Future upgrade timelines
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:10 Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies

    Mr. Pat  Collins

    Mr. Pat Collins , Science Gateway Helicopters , DE&S, UK MoD

  • Current rotorcraft sustainment planning 
  • NATO activities
  • Key drivers
  • Long term scientific study
  • 16:50 Panel Discussion: How Working Closer with Defence Industry and Regional Partners Will Enable Greater Security in the Region

  • Current national programme and acquisition updates and timelines
  • The need for greater regional cooperation across rotary programmes to ensure effective security in CEE
  • Integrating legacy equipment and systems into new platforms
  • The value of joint training initiatives to save money and improve efficiency
  • How working closer with industry will help develop the next generation of CEE helicopter programmes
  • Colonel Tamas Bali

    Colonel Tamas Bali, Deputy Commander, 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force

    Colonel Robert Klestinec

    Colonel Robert Klestinec, Deputy Chief of Staff, Slovakian Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Miloslav Synek

    Lieutenant Colonel Miloslav Synek, Senior Officer, Helicopter and Transport Air Force, Czech Armed Forces

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa, Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, Polish Armed Forces

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    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 Bolstering Czech Air Capabilities Through Rotary Procurement

    Lieutenant Colonel Miloslav Synek

    Lieutenant Colonel Miloslav Synek, Senior Officer, Helicopter and Transport Air Force, Czech Armed Forces

  • The on-going modernisation of the Czech Air Force - Rotary Wings
  • Exploring procurement of multioperational utility helicopters to bolster national defence
  • Providing support to NATO goals
  • 9:50 Enhancing Training to Maintain 1st Army Aviation Brigade Fleet Readiness

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa, Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, Polish Armed Forces

  • Participating in Search and Rescue national operations 
  • Preparing the helicopter fleet for combat operations: NATO Exercise Saber Strike
  • Increasing logistics operations to enhance helicopter fleet capabilities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Enhancing Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) Operability with the Advanced MK4

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Lenny Brown, Commanding Officer, Commando Helicopter Force, Royal Marines

  • Undergoing upgrades to the more advanced MK4 Merlin to ensure readiness for Royal Marines operations
  • Advancing capabilities for Royal Marine CHF operations
  • Search and detection radar for SAR missions
  • Tactical surveillance radar equipped to relay data to command ship during operations
  • Engaging the CHF in further rotary operations
  • 11:40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:20 An Update on The Czech Air Force Helicopter Modernisation and Procurement Timelines

    Mr. Josef Jirka

    Mr. Josef Jirka, Programme Manager, Air Force Armaments Department, Czech MoD

  • The current acquisition roadmap to rotary procurement in the Czech Armed Forces
  • The importance of agreeing through life support contracts with OEMs 
  • Next steps and priorities for new helicopters in the Czech Republic
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Projecting US Support in Regional Activity and Operations

    Major Paul Sheehey

    Major Paul Sheehey, 56th Rescue Squadron, US Air Force Europe

  • Showcasing the HH-60G Pave Hawk against mounted and unmounted air defence systems  
  • Interoperability between allies: working in conjunction with the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force
  • Focusing on personnel recovery and combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions
  • 14:40 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:10 Panel Discussion: Optimising Rotary Fleet Survivability Through New Technology Acquisitions

  • Current threats to helicopter airframes: examining the broad spectrum of threats
  • Don’t be seen, don’t be hit, be survivable! Looking at rotary survivability strategies of leading defence forces
  • New technologies in the market that can be integrated into legacy platforms
  • What will the next biggest threat be to helicopter survivability: defeating the threat with defence research
  • Lieutenant Colonel Eric  Goffinon

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Goffinon, CFA/BAAP AFB 106, French Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Miloslav Synek

    Lieutenant Colonel Miloslav Synek, Senior Officer, Helicopter and Transport Air Force, Czech Armed Forces

    Colonel David Walsh

    Colonel David Walsh, H-1 Helicopter Programme Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Marine Corps

    Mr. Pat  Collins

    Mr. Pat Collins , Science Gateway Helicopters , DE&S, UK MoD

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot, SO1 Force Development and Strategic Plans in Air Manoeuvre Capability, British Army Air Corps

    15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 An Update on the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC)

    Colonel Miroslav Jencik

    Colonel Miroslav Jencik, Director, MATC , Czech Air Force

  • MATC Introduction
  • Executed and oncoming training and courses
  • Projects in consideration
  • MATC activation process
  • 17:00 Slovene COUGAR Upgrade Project

    Mr. Marko Gruden

    Mr. Marko Gruden , Helicopter Programme Manager, Armament Project Management Division, Slovenian Ministry of Defence

  • Project goals and milestones 
  • Present status and missions
  • Challenges for future
  • 17:40 Provoking Change in the Vertical Lift Aircraft Development Space

    Mr. Marc Alexander

    Mr. Marc Alexander, Flight Research Officer, National Research Council Canada- Institute for Aerospace Research

  • A characterization and contextualization of past and present development spaces
  • An interpretation of sciences associated with vehicle design and operation
  • An identification of design enablers in the interplay between technologies, capabilities, and requirements
  • Analyses stimulating change in design, end-use, agency, program, and regulatory processes
  • Provision of unconventional incites to motivate the use of innovative and disruptive development approaches
  • 18:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel David Walsh

    Colonel David Walsh

    H-1 Helicopter Programme Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Marine Corps
    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Commanding Officer, Commando Helicopter Force, Royal Marines
    Colonel Robert Klestinec

    Colonel Robert Klestinec

    Deputy Chief of Staff, Slovakian Air Force
    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, Polish Armed Forces
    Colonel Tamas Bali

    Colonel Tamas Bali

    Deputy Commander, 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    SO1 Force Development and Strategic Plans in Air Manoeuvre Capability, British Army Air Corps
    Lieutenant Colonel Eric  Goffinon

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Goffinon

    CFA/BAAP AFB 106, French Air Force
    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav  Dvorak

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

    Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces
    Major General Jaromir Sebesta

    Major General Jaromir Sebesta

    Commander, Czech Air Force
    Mr. Pat  Collins

    Mr. Pat Collins

    Science Gateway Helicopters , DE&S, UK MoD

    Colonel David Walsh

    H-1 Helicopter Programme Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Marine Corps
    Colonel David Walsh

    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Commanding Officer, Commando Helicopter Force, Royal Marines
    Colonel Lenny Brown

    Colonel Miroslav Jencik

    Director, MATC , Czech Air Force
    Colonel Miroslav Jencik

    Colonel Robert Klestinec

    Deputy Chief of Staff, Slovakian Air Force
    Colonel Robert Klestinec

    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, Polish Armed Forces
    Colonel Slawomir Makosa

    Colonel Tamas Bali

    Deputy Commander, 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force
    Colonel Tamas Bali

    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    SO1 Force Development and Strategic Plans in Air Manoeuvre Capability, British Army Air Corps
    Lieutenant Colonel David Amlot

    Lieutenant Colonel Eric Goffinon

    CFA/BAAP AFB 106, French Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Eric  Goffinon

    Lieutenant Colonel Miloslav Synek

    Senior Officer, Helicopter and Transport Air Force, Czech Armed Forces
    Lieutenant Colonel Miloslav Synek

    Major General (Ret'd) Bohuslav Dvorak

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

    Major General Jaromir Sebesta

    Commander, Czech Air Force
    Major General Jaromir Sebesta

    Major Paul Sheehey

    56th Rescue Squadron, US Air Force Europe
    Major Paul Sheehey

    Mr. Josef Jirka

    Programme Manager, Air Force Armaments Department, Czech MoD
    Mr. Josef Jirka

    Mr. Marc Alexander

    Flight Research Officer, National Research Council Canada- Institute for Aerospace Research
    Mr. Marc Alexander

    Mr. Marko Gruden

    Helicopter Programme Manager, Armament Project Management Division, Slovenian Ministry of Defence
    Mr. Marko Gruden

    Mr. Pat Collins

    Science Gateway Helicopters , DE&S, UK MoD
    Mr. Pat  Collins

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