German Army, US Air Force and UK Royal Navy to speak at 10th annual International Military Helicopter Conference

8th March 2011, Lon­don, UK
Defence IQ con­firms rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Ger­man Army, US Air Force and UK Roy­al Navy as speak­ers at the Inter­na­tion­al Mil­i­tary Heli­copter con­fer­ence, tak­ing place 11th-13th May 2011 at the Olympia Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Lon­don.

Ded­i­cat­ed to the mil­i­tary heli­copter com­mu­ni­ty, this con­fer­ence is sched­uled to address the cur­rent capa­bil­i­ties and future require­ments of par­tic­i­pat­ing nations, at a time when many mem­bers of the rotary wing indus­try remain cau­tious­ly opti­mistic about the sector’s prospects:

“The total require­ment for heli­copters hasn’t been reduced as dras­ti­cal­ly as, for exam­ple, the fixed wing or the mul­ti-engine side. So in that respect the rotary pipeline has still got quite a sig­nif­i­cant future”, Com­man­der Michael Green­land, Chief Instruc­tor of the Defence Heli­copter Fly­ing School told Defence IQ recent­ly.

How­ev­er, at a time of increased bud­getary restric­tions, inter­na­tion­al mil­i­taries are look­ing at the lessons learned and best-prac­tice tech­niques from recent oper­a­tions in order to ensure the cost-effec­tive­ness of cur­rent plat­forms, and avoid fur­ther scal­ing back of oper­a­tions and reduc­tions in per­son­nel num­bers — par­tic­u­lar­ly fol­low­ing the high­ly-pub­li­cised sack­ing last week of up to one hun­dred RAF trainee pilots as part of cost-sav­ing mea­sures.

Inter­na­tion­al Mil­i­tary Heli­copter 2011 will offer expert insight and analy­sis from an inter­na­tion­al speak­er fac­ul­ty includ­ing:

  • Colonel Hans Wern­er Salews­ki, Com­man­der, 15 Medi­um Trans­port Heli­copter Reg­i­ment, Ger­man Army, who will dis­cuss the Ger­man Armed Force’s rotary wing strat­e­gy for bat­tle­field sup­port oper­a­tions
  • Colonel Sam Michaud, Com­man­der, 12 Wing Shear­wa­ter, Cana­di­an Forces, speak­ing on the Cana­di­an Armed Forces’ mar­itime heli­copter com­mit­ments
  • Com­man­der Jol Woodard, Offi­cer Com­mand­ing, 845 Naval Air Squadron, Roy­al Navy, talk­ing about the oper­a­tion of a mul­ti­role heli­copter sys­tem in sup­port of joint oper­a­tions

Defence IQ is offer­ing all serv­ing Flag Offi­cers 1* and above a free pass to attend the con­fer­ence. Pass­es can be request­ed from Calum Jef­fray at Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion is avail­able at, along with com­pli­men­ta­ry arti­cles, pod­casts and videos in the Down­load Cen­tre. The Defence IQ — Mil­i­tary Com­mu­ni­ty LinkedIn group is open for mem­ber­ship, and relat­ed con­tent can be found at

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