The Future of Military Rotorcraft Conference examined how new military rotorcraft are being designed beyond traditional lines to increase their performance particularly in range, speed and altitude. The conference also looked at the integration of mission systems for deployment in a rapidly changing defence environment. While the United States Department of Defense (DoD) should have its first flying platform technology demonstrations of industry’s proposed new Joint Multi-Role (JMR) aircraft in Q4 2017, any new type that is identified for Future Vertical Lift (Capability Set 3) will not reach front line service until the 2030s.
The conflict in Syria and Iraq has seen a near return to linear, if not scattered, warfare rather than the asymmetric campaigns fought in Afghanistan. The growth of tension between nation states over geographical boundaries and maritime areas, notably in eastern European countries such as the Ukraine and the Baltics, as well as in the South and East China Seas, are increasing the number of challenges facing military rotorcraft operators.
The morning session of the conference set the scene of how military rotorcraft development is addressing future needs, as well the challenges facing today’s military operators. The need to be prepared for a variety of missions and delivering different capabilities - from roles as ISR platforms, through to attack, logistical supply and troop lift, to special missions - will be examined. Speakers will attend from the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command, the U.S. Army (the current acting lead on the JMR programme), NATO and other international military operators.
The afternoon session focused more on deployment challenges and mission equipment. It will include training for national and multi-national deployed operations and will examine some of the systems that are seen as key to modern helicopter operations, including networked communications and information sharing, overcoming degraded visual environments, new engine technology and more.
- Doctrine for Adaptation and Deployment of Military Rotorcraft in a Changing World
- Joint Multi Role (JMR) Technology Demonstration Update
- The Changing Role of Rotorcraft in an Uncertain World
- Managing a Multi-Aircraft Fleet
- Transforming an Existing Force
- The Development of the ITEP Engine
- Inflight Refueling for Helicopters - French Air Force H225M Operational Experience With Multiple Refueling Platforms
- The Integration of Unmanned Systems With Rotorcraft