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SMi Group are proud to announce an additional focused day of content looking exclusively at Air-to-Air refuelling within the 19th annual Military Airlift meeting in Rome. Analysing Automatic Air-to-Air Refuelling (A3), interoperability standards among allied nations, feedback from operational experience and appraisals on the next generation of AAR technologies – this forum is set to provide essential updates on this critical force multiplier.

 

Focus Day programme

9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Laurent Donnet

Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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9:45 Supporting Global Operations Through Air-Air Refuelling

Colonel Giuseppe Addesa

Colonel Giuseppe Addesa, Incoming Commanding Officer 14th Wing, Italian Air Force

 

 

 

  • How the 14th Stormo fits into the wider Italian chain of command and its function as a support unit for air force
  • Ensuring AAR is in full compliance with the schedules and directives of Air Squadron Command
  • Feedback from Operation Unified Protector – how the Italian air force extended combat aircraft strike time through effective AAR
  • Future technologies to streamline tanking operations and how they can be integrated into platforms
  • Key requirements from a battle commander’s perspective for future refuelling systems
  • What next for the Italian Air Force? How to maintain and extend global capability
  • 10:15 The Multi-National Multi-Role Tanker Transport Project – Path Forward

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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  • An introduction to the Multi-National Multi-Role Tanker Transport Project (MMF) and how it is transforming European airlift capability
  • Work with OCCAR and the EDA to visualise pan-European cooperation within the project
  • Establishment of the Multinational MMRT unit and what this means for Air-Air Refuelling capability
  • Building MEDIEVAC and cargo delivery through the programme
  • Moving towards the life-cycle management stage of fleet management
  • Balancing tanker and transport functions within the platform – how to maximise utility
  • What next for AAR within Europe – key steps forward
  • 10:45 Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE) Support to AAR Activities

    Lieutenant Colonel Gian Luca  D Angelo

    Lieutenant Colonel Gian Luca D Angelo, Cell Chief, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)
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  • The importance of coordinating Air Refuelling through MCCE as an essential capability that increases the range of air activities
  • The coordinating process for effective Air to Air Refuelling Missions, the MCCE cells work in this area
  • Direct support provided to Exercises and training activities
  • Measures to increase cooperation amongst partner nations during mission planning to increase effectiveness
  • MCCE AAR Cell Statistics
  • 11:15 Morning Coffee

    11:45 Delivering Multi-Purpose Transport Capability Through the AAR Features of the Embraer KC-390

    Squadron Leader Luiz Fernando Ferraz

    Squadron Leader Luiz Fernando Ferraz, Senior Officer, Brazilian Air Force

     

     

     

     

     

  • From prototypes to operability: current procurement timelines for the Brazilian Air Force’s KC-390
  • How the new platform will provide robust, modern and high operational capability
  • Current testing to ensure the KC-390 performance remains consistent across different temperatures and regions
  • Successes on test landings on artificial ice in the United States and plans for future testing in Antarctica
  • Additional certifications for in-flight refuelling (REVO) and launching of heavy loads
  • Extending flight time through the KC-390’s enviable autonomy
  • Building bilateral partnerships with the Czech Republic, Portugal and Argentina
  • 12:15 Session Reserved for World Fuel Services

    12:45 Delivering Combat Support Capability Across the European and African Theatre

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein, Commander, 100th Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force
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  • Providing training, operational and expeditionary support to the five US Air Force major commands
  • AAR as a key enabler for medical evacuation – ensuring units can get to remote battlespaces
  • Collaboration with partners such as the RAF and 352nd Special Operations Wing
  • Ground segment considerations – aircraft and equipment maintenance, repair and overhaul
  • Specifications for the KC-135 Stratotanker and its utilisation from FOB in Spain as part of USAFRICOM commitments in Mali
  • US Air Force pooling and sharing with allied European nations
  • 13:15 Networking Lunch

    14:15 Panel Discussion: Air to Air Refuelling Capability Challenges, Strengths and Weaknesses

     

     

     

  • Training aircrews in complex AAR operations in a COMAO (composite air operation) environment
  • Facilitating certification processes between tankers and receiver aircraft
  • AAR as a force enabler and multiplier – enhancing combat effectiveness by extending the range and payload of receiver craft
  • Building collaboration on AAR best practise between MCCE and EATC member states & other allied partners
  • What barriers do we need to overcome to successfully deploy in the long term?
  • Looking forward: future capabilities that can deliver optimised operational output
  • Mr Laurent Donnet

    Mr Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
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    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein, Commander, 100th Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force
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    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa

    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa, Incoming Commanding Officer 14th Wing, Italian Air Force

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto, Deputy Director of Life Cycle Management, NATO SPA
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    Lieutenant Colonel Gian Luca  D Angelo

    Lieutenant Colonel Gian Luca D Angelo, Cell Chief, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)
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    15:00 MRTT at the Crossroad of European and NATO Cooperation

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto, Deputy Director of Life Cycle Management, NATO SPA
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  • Building cooperation through NSPA
  • MRTT cooperation as a force multiplier
  • Role of industry in the MRTT European and NATO cooperation
  • MRTT logistic support: challenges and opportunities
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Trends and Developments in Air-to-Air Refuelling Capabilities

    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile

    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile, Junior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali
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  • What is Air-to-Air refuelling: how it has shaped air power and where it will go over the next 20 years
  • Tankers and receivers – considerations and investment opportunities
  • Emerging and niche AAR markets – integrating new capabilities to emerging nations
  • Platform integration: the peculiar case of C-130s
  • Pooling and sharing mechanisms beyond the national level: the EATC
  • Filling the gap among national airworthiness requirements
  • 16:30 Logistical Approaches Military Operations

    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo

    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo , Head of Project and Logistics Planning, G4 , NATO LANDCOM

     

  • How NATO forces are aligned and current processes for managing cargo and troop manoeuvres
  • Utilising effective Air-Air Refuelling to extend capability and analysis of its use in recent operations
  • The role of the J4 in coordinating deployments and how new
  • The role of multinational logistics in NATO Operations
  • Strategic Deployment in NATO Command Structure
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Commander, 100th Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force
    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Squadron Leader Luiz Fernando Ferraz

    Squadron Leader Luiz Fernando Ferraz

    Senior Officer, Brazilian Air Force

    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Commander, 100th Air Refuelling Wing, US Air Force
    Colonel Christopher Amrhein

    Colonel Christopher R. Amrhein is the commander of the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, supporting four USAF MAJCOM flying programs and more than 16,800 military, civilian, dependent, and retiree personnel. With 15 KC-135 aircraft, the wing is the only permanently assigned air refueling operation in the European theater.


    Colonel Amrhein entered the Air Force in 1996 after earning his commission as a distinguished graduate from the ROTC program at The University of Texas at Austin. He has served in operational and training assignments logging more than 3100 hours in a variety of aircraft.


    Operationally, while assigned to Air Mobility Command, he served as a KC-135 aircraft commander, instructor and weapons officer. Colonel Amrhein was assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central Command in 2010-2011, where he commanded the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, the USAF's largest Air Refueling Squadron. In these operational capacities, he has supported contingency operations Allied Force, Joint Guardian, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn.


    Colonel Amrhein has served in multiple staff assignments at the joint, Headquarters Air Force, and major command levels. Prior to this assignment Colonel Amrhein was the Vice Commander, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan. The 18th Wing is the largest combat wing in the U.S. Air Force and serves as a key strategic forward base for USPACOM and Pacific Air Forces.


    Colonel Amrhein is a Command Pilot, having logged over 3,100 hours in a variety of aircraft
     

    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa

    Incoming Commanding Officer 14th Wing, Italian Air Force
    Colonel Giuseppe Addesa

    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen

    Colonel Jurgen van der Biezen started his Air Force career in 1981. After graduating from pilot training in 1985 he flew the NF-5 and F-16 and was assigned as squadron commander and Deputy Base Commander Airbase Volkel.

    In 2011 he switched to the Air Transport domain. He was assigned twice to the European Air Transport Command as Head OPS and Functional Division. Currently he is assigned as Head MMF Implementation Team and is assigned to be the first Commander Multinational MRTT Unit .

    Col van der Biezen accumulated some 2,200 hours in the F-16 with a grand total of 3900 flying hours. He is currently flying the KDC-10.
     

    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Deputy Director of Life Cycle Management, NATO SPA
    Dr Emilio Tunon-Nieto

    Dr. Tuñón commissioned from the Spanish Army Military General Academy, class XXXVII. He holds a Ph.D. degree in automation and robotics from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, a Master (Phil.) degree in Project Engineering from the University of Zaragoza in Spain, and a Master degree on International Politics from the Centre Européene des Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques in Brussels.
    Dr. Tuñón has worked for NATO over the last 25 years. He has occupied technical and management positions in all the stages of Life Cycle Management from system concept definition to retirement. He was a pioneer in the re-engineering and automation of logistic process leading the implementation of logistic information systems widely used in several NATO Nations.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Gian Luca D Angelo

    Cell Chief, Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE)
    Lieutenant Colonel Gian Luca  D Angelo

    Gian Luca D’Angelo

    Born in Milan (Italy) on May 21, 1971
    Joined the Italian Air Force Academy as Pilot on August 1991
    College degree on Aeronautical Science
    Military pilot graduated on May 1995 at Laughlin A.F.B. (Texas, U.S.A.)
    Total Flying hrs around 3800 (3500 hrs of multi crew/multi engine)
    Airplane flown:
    Trainers: SF-260, T-37, T-38, MB-339
    Cargo and passengers: G-222, Boeing 707, Falcon 50, Airbus 319CJ
    C.R.M./M.C.C. course graduated at the Alitalia training center
    E.R.O./E.T.O.P.S. course graduated at the Alitalia training center
    Flight Safety Officer graduated at US Air Force Safety Center (Kirtland A.F.B., U.S.A.)
    Qualified as Military Instructor Pilot on Dassault Falcon 50 and Airbus 319CJ
    From 2012 till 2015 working for the Italian Operational Command (Rome, Italy),
    at the A5 Office as Operational Planning Branch Chief.
    Working at MCCE Eindhoven since July 2015.
     

    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile

    Junior Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali
    Mr Andrea Aversano Stabile

    Andrea Aversano Stabile is Junior Researcher in the programme “Defence” at IAI, where he is mainly monitoring the project concerning military capabilities of EU member States and collaborates to the analysis in the programme “Security”. He graduated with honour in International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli University and at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) thanks to the participation to a double degree programme. His thesis was about EU election observation missions deployed in third countries for the promotion of democracy. He has conducted internships at IAI, at Regione Campania’s Regional EU Office and at the Europe Direct Centre of the University of Siena.
     

    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo

    Head of Project and Logistics Planning, G4 , NATO LANDCOM
    Mr Joao Alexandre Paulo

    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting
    Mr Laurent Donnet

    Laurent Donnet is a colonel in the Belgian Air Force Reserve and as aviation expert working as a freelance consultant since November 2016.
    He joined the Royal Military Academy in 1985 and graduated as a military pilot in 1990. He served as an F16 fighter pilot from 1991 till 2007 and totalizes 2100 Hrs on the aircraft. Throughout his flying career he occupied several positions, finishing as a squadron commander in 2005. He participated to Operation Allied Force in 1999 over Kosovo and was detachment commander of the first Belgian detachment in Kabul in 2005.
    After his operational assignments, he attended Staff College in Paris and worked at the Strategy Department of the Belgian Joint Headquarters in the Capabilities Development Branch as air expert.
    He then joined the European Defence Agency (EDA) in April 2009 and stayed until October 2016. First, as Project Officer in Deployability where he dealt with strategic air and sea lift issues, then as Programme Manager for Airlift and AAR. He was in charge of several projects, out of which EDA’s European Air Transport Fleet partnership signed by twenty Member States in 2011. He also led the C27J and C295 projects and several AAR initiatives like one dealing with A400M AAR role equipment as well as one regarding AAR clearances and certification. In 2012 he initiated an AAR project that resulted into the now well-known Multinational MRTT Fleet.
     

    Squadron Leader Luiz Fernando Ferraz

    Senior Officer, Brazilian Air Force
    Squadron Leader Luiz Fernando Ferraz

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