International Military Helicopter
Next Generation Pilot, Next Generation Fleet
The adaptability of the modern military helicopter, its potential for multi-role and multi-mission deployment, and its ability to penetrate the most austere and hostile environments is testament to its enduring value to armies, air forces, navies and special forces, demonstrated by the increasing spending figures in new platforms, modernization of existing fleets, MRO and serviceability, and sophisticated payloads.
But such a diverse set of operations and roles presents the helicopter commander with a complex set of challenges that span technical, tactical and strategic dimensions. For many who attend the IMH conference, the question is no longer ‘what capabilities should the contemporary helicopter have?’, but, rather ‘how should the future helicopter respond to future threats, how will the future helicopter be employed, and how will emerging technologies enhance the capabilities of the future operator’? Through the concepts of Next Generation Pilot and Next Generation Fleet, the 2017 conference will leverage the expertise and experience of its speakers, sponsors and visiting delegates to find answers to these critical questions.
But to do so, we must continue to share our operational experiences to understand the role of the helicopter right now. With this objective in mind, we are delighted to announce the 16th annual International Military Helicopter conference: the bridge between present and future strategic thinking for the global helicopters community.
Topics of special focus this year will include:
• Recent acquisition and modernisation programmes to maintain the lifecycle of army, air force and naval aviation helicopter fleets
• Anti-submarine warfare and multirole helicopters – the challenges for managing multiple serviceability lifelines
• Rotary strike, precision weapons and directed energy technology
• Tactical data link systems, BLoS communications and open architecture requirements to better integrate complex avionics systems
• Training & Simulation – cost effective solutions for helicopter pilots and the challenges for maintaining a combat-ready helicopter force
• Next Generation technologies – from 3D printing and the future of MRO to manned-unmanned teaming and aerial refuelling
• Aircraft survivability and self-protection upgrades - how to better protect the helicopter pilot against a more sophisticated adversary stockpile