Past event: International Military Helicopter Conference

Delivering the Next Generation of Rotorcraft in 2040+

International Military Helicopter 2023 (IMH), held in London, UK from 21 - 23 February 2023, provides the perfect forum for military and industry leaders, from within the vertical lift community, to share their key perspectives to this highly critical subject. As the 17th annual event this year's IMH conference shall address the central themes, balancing between the maritime and land domains. It offers an unparalleled platform for shaping future platform design, for preparing the war fighter for the demands of future airborne conflict, for learning lessons from recent deployments and for sustaining the platform across its life cycle.

With peer adversaries becoming an increasing threat to NATO and partner nations, the possibility of operating rotorcraft within contested airspace is at the forefront of the Armed Forces' concerns. Future vertical lift platforms, including those currently being delivered, must consider the danger, seeking to advance speed, agility, lethality and protection, whilst militaries must equip their pre-existing aircraft to meet the threat. In addition, with many nations having smaller helicopter fleets than before, how can they maximise service mobility to ensure adequate utilisation, and how can specialist tasks be carried out correctly by multirole aircraft?

Military helicopter development shall be a key topic for military, government and industry leaders going into this coming year's conference. Following the imminent decision on the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft for the US Future Vertical Lift programme, the international community shall be interested to see what is next for its integration and the lessons that could be learned for their own sovereign programmes. Furthermore, with programmes often being tri-service, this year's conference must be balanced between the maritime and land domains.

Event Highlights

  • 250+ Attendees
  • 30+ Presentations
  • 40+ Nations
  • 60+ Organisations

Benefits of Attending IMH:

  • Understand the critical requirements for future rotary capability and next-generation platforms
  • Gain insight from a range of military helicopter operators, including Navy, Army, Air Force and Joint Command structures; examining their specific requirements, as well as their independent priorities
  • Explore the challenges of operating within contested airspace, whilst looking at how this will shape doctrine and concepts for vertical lift
  • Identify the best approaches to increasing service mobility; looking at how MRO and T&E can drive up availability
  • Investigate the range of methods for expanding platform agility, lethality, and survivability to meet future threats
  • Discuss the role that uncrewed rotary systems can have in the future composition of the Armed Forces, considering their potential for force multiplication

"Best Event you have conducted due to the large USG presence"

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

2023 Conference Chairman:

  • Rear Admiral Matt Briers, Former Director Carrier Strike, U.K. MoD & IMH 2023 Chairman

2023 Early Confirmed Speakers:

  • Lieutenant General Michael Cederholm, Deputy Commandant For Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Vice Admiral Martin Connell, The Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Royal Navy
  • Air Marshal Valter Borges Malta, Deputy Chief of Staff, Brazilian Air Force
  • Lieutenant General Erik C. Peterson, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, U.S. Army
  • Keith Bethell, Director Helicopters, Defence Equipment and Support, UK Ministry of Defence
  • Major General Petr Hromek, Commander, Czech Air Force (Subject to final confirmation)
  • Major General Fabio Serpa de Carvalho Lima, Commander, Brazilian Army Aviation Command
  • Rear Admiral John. "Oscar" Meier, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, U.S. Navy
  • Major General Pierre Meyer, Commander, French Army Aviation
  • Rear Admiral James Parkin, Director Develop, Royal Navy
  • Major General Walter Rugen, Director Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, U.S. Army Futures Command (subject to final confirmation)
  • Major General Andrea Di Stasio, Commander, Italian Army Aviation
  • Brigadier Mark Ackrill, Commander, 1st Aviation Brigade (United Kingdom)
  • Air Commodore Robert Adang, Commander, Dutch Defence Helicopter Command
  • Brigadier Mike Fayers, Head of Military Capability Plans, D Futures
  • Brigadier General Ulrich Ott, Commander, German Army Helicopter Command
  • Air Commodore Paul Rose, Head of Helicopters 3, DE&S - UK MoD
  • Brigadier General Philip Ryan, Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command
  • Brigadier General Peter Soller, Commander of Anti-Aircraft Training Unit 33, Swiss Air Force
  • Commodore Jol Woodard, Head of Combat Aviation Programmes, Army Headquarters
  • Cyril Heckel, Acquisition Officer - NGRC Project Manager, Acquisition & Development Office, NATO Support and Procurement Agency
  • Colonel Kate Fleeger, Program Manager, PMA-261 H53 Heavy Lift Helicopters, Naval Air Systems Command
  • Captain Rafael Guerra Soler, Head of Naval Aviation, Spanish Navy Headquarter
  • Colonel Phil Kelly, Head Carrier Strike & Maritime Aviation, Navy Command Headquarters
  • Colonel Brian Taylor, Program Manager, V-22 (Osprey) Joint Program, Naval Air Systems Command
  • Javier Castellar, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Aechelon Technology Inc.
  • Jay Macklin, Director, Army, Future Vertical Lift (FVL) and Innovations Business Development, Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
  • Geert Mansvelt, Market Segment Director for Helicopters, HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH

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Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington
4-18 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4LH
Kensington, London, UK

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Event details
Organizer : Defence IQ
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-23914