14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

The Future of Military Rotorcraft Conference

The Future of Military Rotorcraft Conference

The Future of Military Rotorcraft Conference

The Conference

The Future of Military Rotorcraft conference was delivered in partnership with the NATO Joint Capability Group for Vertical Lift (JCG VL) on Wednesday 11 September at ExCeL London.

Under the overarching theme of ‘Enhancing Rotorcraft Relevance in a Networked Battlefield’ the conference focused on topics including:

  • Degraded Visual Environment, NATO Study
  • Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft and Future Long Range Assault Aircraft
  • Manned Unmanned Teaming
  • Improving Rotorcraft Survivability - Electronic Warfare Developments
  • Future Vertical Lift


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The Future of Military Rotorcraft Conference DSEI 2019

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Conference Overview

Conference Overview

As international defence forces rebalance towards a more peer-to-peer footing, armed forces operating military rotorcraft that have proved so invaluable throughout the asymmetric conflicts of the previous decades, must now ensure that they remain relevant in a much more challenging environment.

However, there is a drive not only in North America but also within NATO to replace traditional rotorcraft designs with new concepts that will offer greater speed, longer range and increased performance particularly in hot and high conditions. Within this there is an emphasis on survivability, not only over the battlefield but also when faced with challenging conditions particularly in degraded visual environments.

2019’s conference was supported by the NATO Joint Capabilities Group (JCG) Vertical Lift (VL) Team of Experts (ToE) who examined the potential of a Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).

Several of the NATO ToE presented on a selection of the activities covered by the JCG VL. There was a broad overview of the Science and Technology Organisation (STO), including an overview of an examination of technical areas that will drive future rotorcraft and covered areas including: Active Flight Control Systems; Advanced Avionic Architectures; Increased Performance; Human factors; Survivability; Materials and Manufacturing; and Cost of Ownership Reduction (ST-005).

What to Expect

What to Expect

Delegates were brought up to date with the progress of the Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) rotorcraft, which has recently been directed towards a Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) for the US Army. Delegates also learnt about the US Army’s recently announced requirement for a Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA), which is now the linear successor to the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Although Army Aviation’s reconnaissance role was briefly allocated to Boeing’s Apache AH-64s operating with unmanned aerial systems including the AAI (Textron) RQ-7B Shadow and the General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle, a next generation manned platform is now regarded as the best option - at least in the short to medium term.

The presentations also included the findings of the NATO Industry Advisory Group (NIAG) Sub Group study SG-219 into which looking into next generation rotorcraft capabilities as well as the certification of complex systems (AVT-312), high speed rotorcraft (AVT-319), and a technical study to explore the trade in space for next generation rotorcraft and assess military benefits of new technologies (AVT-329).

There was also a discussion of technological advances that enable new operational concepts with advanced manned-unmanned teaming that promise to increase the operational effectiveness and survivability of rotorcraft aviation forces.

General Information

General Information

The Future of Military Rotorcraft Conference took place in the ICC at ExCeL London on Wednesday 11 September.

Registration 0800 - 0930

Conference 0930 - 1810


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    Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
    UK MOD
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    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC MA RAF Chief of the Air Staff
    Royal Air Force
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    General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen Chief of the Defence Staff
    Ministry of Defence
  • Once again the Royal Navy is proud to be at the vanguard of DSEI 2019 and I look forward to what I know will be a hugely beneficial opportunity for us all to explore maritime warfare development with so many partners from industry and academia, and with our counterparts from overseas.
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
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    Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP, Chairman, House of Commons Defence Select Committee
    UK Parliament
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    James Gray MP, House of Commons Defence Committee
    UK Parliament

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  • General Dynamics

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  • UAE Pavillion




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