Past event: International Military Helicopter 2020 Conference

Defining the Future of Vertical Lift

In the United States and around the world, emerging concepts for future vertical lift are advancing our understanding of how next-generation rotorcraft should be designed, deployed and sustained to meet the demands of a complex, contested and multi-domain operating environment. Even as requirements continue to be shaped, we are beginning to see a vision for the future helicopter force which will rely on increased range, speed, survivability and payload, open architectures, connectivity and unmanned systems integration - to name a few. Given the scope of our ambition, it is imperative that we meet to align these future platforms with the threats they will face, and to ensure - as we prepare for new aircraft - that we manage the capability gap to sustain the highest possible standards of readiness, both for today and for tomorrow.

International Military Helicopter unites more than 200 military and industry leaders, at a strategic forum designed to assure the role of the military helicopter by supporting the delivery of capability in practice. Organised in 2020 across three specifically themed days - Vision 2030, War Fighter Readiness/Current Operations and Platform Sustainment - it provides a unique opportunity to look across the life-cycle of the platform, offering a world-class program led by operators, capability leaders and technical specialists alike. Though future capability-focused, the forum does not ignore the challenges of the present, and it remains the opportunity to prepare for the full-spectrum of operations, from combat to search and rescue, logistics to humanitarian support. Covering everything from manned-unmanned teaming to training and  predictive maintenance, it offers an unparalleled chance to ensure our forces are ready to fight and win, whenever they might be called upon to do so.

5 Key Questions for IMH 2020:

  • How will operational concepts and doctrine for vertical lift adapt to meet the demands of multi-domain operations?
  • How will unmanned systems support future helicopter forces, and what are the limits of autonomy in the future air domain?
  • How applicable is 'multi-role' as a concept for future helicopter design?
  • Apart from autonomy, what are the other critical capabilities which will define next-generation platforms?
  • How can we drive up availability and reduce downtime, and how can the MRO and logistics model be improved?

"It was an excellent events goatherd most of the military helicopter users to meet each others and exchange experiences and have better understanding for so many concepts discussed."
Royal Saudi Air Force

"It was very good for networking and getting new information from the industry in line of work"
Finnish Defence Force

"It is always worth for me to attend both the presentation but also for contact opportunities"
Hensoldt France SAS

2020 Conference Chairman

  • Lieutenant General (Retd.) Kenneth E. Tovo, Former Commander, US Army Special Operations Command, United States Army

Day One: Vision 2030

  • Brigadier General Michael McCurry, Director, Army Aviation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff J3/5/7, US Army
  • Commodore Adrian Orchard, Commodore Fleet Air Arm & Assistant Chief of Staff (Carrier Strike and Aviation), Royal Navy
  • Air Commodore Brigadier Steve Hussey, Head of Capability Air Manoeuvre, Army Headquarters
  • Air Commodore Robert Adang, Commander, Dutch Defence Helicopter Command
  • Colonel Matt Isaacson, Chief of Operations & Chief Integration Officer, Future Vertical Lift Cross-Functional Team, US Army
  • Mr Patrick H Mason SES, Deputy PEO, Aviation, US Army
  • Colonel Bruno Paupy, Deputy Chief Plans Division, French Air Force
  • Carvil E Chalk, Acting Director, Aviation Development Directorate, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center
  • Major General Alain Pelletier, Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division, Royal Canadian Air Force (Tentative)

Day Two: Current Operations/Warfighter Readiness

  • Major General Andreas Hannemann, Commander, Rapid Forces Division, Bundeswehr
  • Major General Christos Iliopoulos, Director, Army Aviation, Hellenic Army
  • Brigadier General Enrique Victor Amrein, Chief of Staff, Argentine Air Force
  • Brigadier General Rory O'Connor, General Officer Commanding, Irish Air Corps
  • First Admiral Sazalee bin Shoib, Commander Naval Aviation, Royal Malaysian Navy (Tentative)
  • Colonel Jack Perrin, Programme Manager, PMA-261 H53 Heavy Lift Helicopters, US Naval Air Systems Command
  • Colonel Holger Radmann, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Management, German Air Force
  • Colonel Slawomir Makosa, Commander, 1st Army Aviation Brigade, Polish Armed Forces
  • Colonel Andreas Pfeifer, Deputy Commander Rapid Forces Division, Bundeswehr
  • Commander Sean Dufosee, SO1 Capability Development, Commando Helicopter Force
  • Commander Bart Blok, Commander, 860 Squadron, Dutch Defence Helicopter Command
  • Commander Jean-Luc Richard, Branch Chief, Rotary Requirements / FVL, US Navy
  • Major Eligijus Ruksnaitis, Commander, Air Operations Group, Lithuanian Air Force

Day Three: Platform Sustainment

  • Air Vice-Marshal Graham Russell, Director Helicopters, Defence Equipment and Support, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Lieutenant General Raul Hoyos De Vinatea, Chief of Staff, Peruvian Air Force
  • Colonel Dimitar Pavlov, Deputy Commander, 24th Helicopter Air Base, Bulgarian Air Force
  • Colonel Davide Marzinotto, Chief of 2nd Office - Logistics Department, Italian Air Force
  • Colonel Muhamed Hasanovic Hasanovic, Chief of Staff Air Brigade and Air Defence, Bosnia & Herzegovinia Armed Forces
  • Michael Schafer, Programme Manager, A400M and NH90/TIGER Programme Office, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
  • Jorge Van Hemelryck, Chief of the Strategy Office, Aeronautical Maintenance Directorate, DGA
  • Brigadier General David Sanford, Commander, DLA Aviation (Subject to Legal Confirmation)
  • Senior Representative, Air Force Headquarters, Portuguese Air Force

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Event details
Organizer : IQEU
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-21739