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SMi’ Group’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2020 conference is returning for its fifth successful year to Budapest, Hungary on the 20th and 21st May 2020. As the only conference specialising on rotary systems in the Central and Eastern Europe, this will be a unique opportunity to meet numerous leading of Air Force and Helicopter Programme Managers.

Our past Helicopter Technology events have been recognised for excellence by many leading defence forces in both Central and Eastern Europe, which have hosted more senior heads of Air Force and Helicopter Commands than any other helicopter event in Europe. As Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States continue to be a key focus for defence equipment upgrades, the rotary fleet remains a key asset in both domestic and international military operations. Therefore, a focused conference is essential to ensure continued advancement of capability, equipment, and joint interoperability.

Unlike other events, this conference is a meeting for the military helicopter community across Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on the selection and procurement of new platforms and systems as a means of securing strategic success, whilst putting in place the necessary mechanisms for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of existing legacy platforms. This is the only event that provides a regional focus on Eastern European nations seeking to develop and modernise their fleets, along with NATO and international partners seeking strategic insights into cooperation and interoperability across the region.

Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2020 will continue to run as the only forum focused specifically on Helicopter technology in the region. The conference works as a platform to assist and provide vital knowledge to helicopter program managers and practitioners, as well as technical experts and system integrators. 

Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2020 Highlights:

  • Keynote briefings from senior officers from Central and Eastern Europe
  • A unique focus on multipurpose helicopter technology and joint force interoperability
  • Briefings on: Rotary Procurement, Platform Upgrades and Modernisation, Interoperability, and National Defence Priorities and Capabilities
  • High level panel discussions featuring technical managers and project engineers from military as well as industry
  • Focused discussion groups tackling key challenges facing helicopter programme managers in the region
  • Informal networking time so you can gather insight from peers and colleagues also shaping and influencing regional helicopter programmes today

 

Military Helicopter Programme Managers and Leaders
Helicopter Manufacturers
Helicopter Engine Manufacturers
Integrated Mission Systems
Sensor Technology Providers
Weapons System Experts
Protective Systems Engineers

Airbus; AOBP; Aselsan As; Association Of The Defence Industry Of The Czech Republic; Astronautics; Austrian Air Force; Axnes Aviation ; Bell Helicopter; Bell Helicopter Textron; Boeing Defense, Space and Security ; Croatian Air Force; Czech Air Force; Czech Armed Forces; DEFENCE ATTACHE OFFICE; Defense Express; Embassy of Ukraine; European Defence Agency; FlightSafety International; Heli-one Norway As; Jeppesen Gmb H; Joint Helicopter Command; Keystone Turbine Services; Lockheed Martin; M International Inc.; Ministry of Defence Czech Republic; NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency); Omnipol Ltd; Pall GmbH; Pall Internation SARL; Pall Italia srl; Pinnacle Solutions Inc; Polish Armed Forces; Royal Danish Air Force; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Slovenian Ministry of Defence ; Summit Aviation Inc.; Swedish Air Force; TenCate Advanced Armour; The Boeing Company; The Shephard Group; Trakka; UK MOD; unical Defense Inc; Unical Defense Inc.; University of Defence;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 Transformation of The Hungarian Helicopter Force to a Digitalized Platform

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

Brigadier General Jozsef Koller, Base Commander, HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force

  • Historical lookback of the HUAF RW capability
  • Defence Development Program of HDF
  • Challenges of RW technology, training, maintenance and logistic transformation of HUAF
     
  • 9:50 Modernization of Slovakia’s Air Force Technology through the Acquisition of 9 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

    Brigadier General Robert Klestinec

    Brigadier General Robert Klestinec, Slovak Air Force Deputy Commander, Slovakian Air Force

  • Operational requirements to update and phase out aging Russian Mi-17 helicopters
  • How an updated rotary fleet will allow Slovakian forces unsurpassed tactical movement of troops, weapons, ammunition and stores on the battlefield, as well as the extraction of casualties and in response to medical emergencies on the frontline
  • Integrating the last of the Black Hawks into the Air Force
  • Ensuring continuous development and upgrades for an elite fighting force
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 An Update from the German Federal Ministry of Defence

    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Mr Joachim Sucker, Chief of Division Equipment, In-Service Support, German Federal Ministry of Defence

  • Selecting the right platform for the job: how has the use of helicopters evolved in multi-domain operations?
  • How each Army Aviation rotary asset enables the Bundeswehr to operate as an efficient fighting force: Bell UH-1D, NH90, Eurocopter Tiger
  • Scope for future upgrades and prospective opportunities for the integration of additional platforms
  • 11:40 Outlining Polish Armed Forces Ambitions for a Modernised Rotary Fleet by 2030

    Colonel Grzegorz Matejuk

    Colonel Grzegorz Matejuk, Chief of Rotary Wing Aviation Branch, Polish Armed Forces (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Integrating 4 new AW101 multi-role helicopters into the Polish fleet
  • Underlining plans to modernize and renew Polish rotary combat capabilities in the near future – addressing and realizing potential platforms
  • Discussing and highlighting operational necessities to be acquired during the Kruk (Crow) program
  • 12:20 Transformation of the Netherlands Helicopter Force

    Colonel Peter Arts

    Colonel Peter Arts, Chief Helicopter Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force

  • Operating in an increasingly complex and challenging environment
  • Utilising a 5th Generation Air Force to successfully fight and win within this new reality
  • Transforming into an information-driven, agile, operational and tactical Air Force
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Rotary Interoperability in Central and Eastern Europe

    Colonel Jason Gingrich

    Colonel Jason Gingrich, Senior Military Advisor to SECDEFREPEUR and USNATO DEFAD, U.S. Air Force

  • Defining Interoperability
  • Hardware & Modification Considerations
  • Exercising leads to Readiness
     
  • 14:40 British Air Manoeuvre Capabilities: Modernisation, Training and the Roadmap for Future Developments

  • Achieving ‘advantage through industry’ – What the UK Army’s new Industrial Engagement Framework means for aviation in the land environment
  • Delivering competitive advantage using integrated aviation to deliver Air Launched Effects
  • The UK contribution to NATO’s Next Generation Rotary Craft (NGRC)
     
  • Lieutenant Colonel Justin Stein

    Lieutenant Colonel Justin Stein, SO1 Air Manoeuvre Force Development Strategy and Plans, British Army

    Wing Commander Alexander Townsend

    Wing Commander Alexander Townsend, SO1 Capability Development, British Army

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Enhancing Interoperability Across the V4 Nations through the Multinational Aviation Centre (MATC)

    Colonel Karel Valvoda

    Colonel Karel Valvoda, Director MATC, Czech Air Force

  • Providing a broad spectrum of training for aircrews and maintenance specialists by optimising the use of existing capacities and capabilities offered by V4 supporting participants
  • Harmonising and standardising aviation training and education whilst enhancing the quality levels of pilots
  • Improving interoperability and capabilities of participating forces
  • Facilitating the establishment of multinational task forces and their joint deployment to areas of operations led by NATO, the EU or the UN
  • 16:30 NAHEMA Update

    Colonel Francesco Pascali

    Colonel Francesco Pascali, Division Leader Logistics, NAHEMA (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Future design and development plans
  • Special variants for varying operational roles
  • In-service support phases
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:10 Legacy Upgrades to Romanian Helicopter Capabilities: IAR 330L PUMA

    Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu

    Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu, Deputy Commander Joint Forces Command, Ministry of National Defence Romania

  • SOCAT Optical Electronic Reconnaissance and Anti-armour System
  • Upgrading navigation systems across Romanian Platforms: integrated GPS and Inertial Navigation, System (Laser RingGyro)
  • Addressing Armament sub-systems:
  • 8 CCD/FLIR Anti Armor Missiles
  • 64 Non guided Rockets
  • 1 Turreted Gun 20 mm cal. (750 rounds)
  • Enhancing situational awareness through modern cockpit displays and capabilities to improve mission effectiveness
     
  • 9:50 Croatian Airforce Rotary Modernisation Efforts

    Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

    Brigadier General Michael Krizanec, Chief of Staff - Deputy CO AF HQ , Croatian Armed Forces

  • Present capabilities
  • MRO elements for supply and maintenance
  • Long term developments
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Mission Specific Training Standards to Ensure Pilots Can Meet Operational Requirements Now and in the Future

    Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt Simon

    Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt Simon, Chief of Flight Training Department , Hungarian Air Force

  • Platform specific training programmes for pilots to gain the necessary flight hours for success in combat
  • Ensuring consistent training and cooperation with allies for a unified approach across the Central and Eastern European region
  • Working with international partners to further enhance interoperability
     
  • 11:40 Providing the Portuguese Armed Forces with Tactical Support and Search and Rescue Capabilities

    Major Joao Teixeira

    Major Joao Teixeira, 751 Squadron Commander, Portuguese Air Force

  • Search and rescue and medical evacuation
  • Mobility and assault
  • Tactical and general transport
  • Recognition and support
  • Combatant extraction under CSAR environment
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    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Providing an Update on Modernised Approaches to Interoperability and Training

    Captain Jonas Hoglander

    Captain Jonas Hoglander, EDA Rotary Wing Chief Instructor Team, Swedish Air Force / European Defence Agency

  • Interoperability IRL LL
  • Changing culture
  • Similarity vs. Difference
     
  • 14:00 European Multinational Helicopter Training

    Mr Jose Pablo Romera Martin

    Mr Jose Pablo Romera Martin, EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency

  • Present and future of EDA helicopter training
  • Update of Blade exercises: Swift Blade 2020
  • Multinational Helicopter Training Centre
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Joint Training Exercises and Strategies for Enhanced Battlefield Interoperability

    Captain Jonas Hoglander

    Captain Jonas Hoglander, EDA Rotary Wing Chief Instructor Team, Swedish Air Force / European Defence Agency

    Mr Jose Pablo Romera Martin

    Mr Jose Pablo Romera Martin, EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency

    Colonel Jason Gingrich

    Colonel Jason Gingrich, Senior Military Advisor to SECDEFREPEUR and USNATO DEFAD, U.S. Air Force

    Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt Simon

    Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt Simon, Chief of Flight Training Department , Hungarian Air Force

    15:50 Future Technologies: DVE and MUM-T

    Mr Paul Kennard

    Mr Paul Kennard, Independent Aerospace & Defence Professional, Formerly RAF

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu

    Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu

    Deputy Commander Joint Forces Command, Ministry of National Defence Romania
    Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

    Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

    Base Commander, HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force
    Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

    Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

    Chief of Staff - Deputy CO AF HQ , Croatian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Robert Klestinec

    Brigadier General Robert Klestinec

    Slovak Air Force Deputy Commander, Slovakian Air Force
    Colonel Peter Arts

    Colonel Peter Arts

    Chief Helicopter Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Justin Stein

    Lieutenant Colonel Justin Stein

    SO1 Air Manoeuvre Force Development Strategy and Plans, British Army
    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Chief of Division Equipment, In-Service Support, German Federal Ministry of Defence

    Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu

    Deputy Commander Joint Forces Command, Ministry of National Defence Romania
    Air Flotilla General Valerica Vrajescu

    Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

    Base Commander, HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base, Hungarian Air Force
    Brigadier General Jozsef Koller

    Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

    Chief of Staff - Deputy CO AF HQ , Croatian Armed Forces
    Brigadier General Michael Krizanec

    Brigadier General Robert Klestinec

    Slovak Air Force Deputy Commander, Slovakian Air Force
    Brigadier General Robert Klestinec

    Captain Jonas Hoglander

    EDA Rotary Wing Chief Instructor Team, Swedish Air Force / European Defence Agency
    Captain Jonas Hoglander

    Colonel Francesco Pascali

    Division Leader Logistics, NAHEMA (Subject to Final Confirmation)
    Colonel Francesco Pascali

    Colonel Grzegorz Matejuk

    Chief of Rotary Wing Aviation Branch, Polish Armed Forces (Subject to Final Confirmation)
    Colonel Grzegorz Matejuk

    Colonel Jason Gingrich

    Senior Military Advisor to SECDEFREPEUR and USNATO DEFAD, U.S. Air Force
    Colonel Jason Gingrich

    Colonel Karel Valvoda

    Director MATC, Czech Air Force
    Colonel Karel Valvoda

    Colonel Peter Arts

    Chief Helicopter Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Colonel Peter Arts

    Lieutenant Colonel Justin Stein

    SO1 Air Manoeuvre Force Development Strategy and Plans, British Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Justin Stein

    Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt Simon

    Chief of Flight Training Department , Hungarian Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Zsolt Simon

    Major Joao Teixeira

    751 Squadron Commander, Portuguese Air Force
    Major Joao Teixeira

    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Chief of Division Equipment, In-Service Support, German Federal Ministry of Defence
    Mr Joachim Sucker

    Mr Jose Pablo Romera Martin

    EDA Project Officer Rotary Wing, European Defence Agency
    Mr Jose Pablo Romera Martin

    Mr Paul Kennard

    Independent Aerospace & Defence Professional, Formerly RAF
    Mr Paul Kennard

    Wing Commander Alexander Townsend

    SO1 Capability Development, British Army
    Wing Commander Alexander Townsend

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