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Future Helicopter Technology 2017 - 01/03/2017

USMC, Royal Navy and Italian Naval Aviation talk Maritime Helicopter Optimisation at Future Helicopter Technology 2017

SMi Group is delighted to announce that USMC, Royal Navy and Italian Naval Aviation will speak on Maritime Helicopter Optimisation at Future Helicopter Technology, taking place in Rome on 18th and 19th May 2017.

The two day event will focus on the complexity of managing a varied helicopter fleet with strategies to upgrade, modernise and improve rotary platforms for modern day warfare and operations.

Key items that will be covered:

  • International updates from Europe
  • Special operations and rapid deployment
  • Fleet modernisation
  • Updates on global and strategic projects
  • Next generation rotary development
  • New for 2017: A detailed focus on Maritime Helicopter Optimisation with high level briefings from USMC, Royal Navy and Commander Italian Naval Aviation

Naval Helicopter Perspectives:

1. KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Italian Navy Aviation Command: Utilising the SH-90A Helicopter to Operate in Different Environments

  • Maritime reconnaissance (MPH)
  • Maritime attack (ASH)
  • Individuating and neutralizing underwater and above water threats
  • Maritime attack and troop transportation, equipment, vehicles, search and rescue operations

Rear Admiral Giorgio Gomma, Director of the Naval Aviation Dpt. (Italian Navy General Staff) and Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy

2. The Role of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) in Providing UK Defence with a Contingency Capability in Support of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines

  • Transition from Sea King Mk4 and Lynx Mk9 to Merlin Mk3 and the Wildcat Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopter: the Wildcat BRH roles
  • Find and control of fires; Merlin Mk3 roles - air assault, combat recovery, SAR and MERT;
  • The relevance of recent operational lessons
  • Delivering aviation support in the maritime and land environments including the Artic, desert and urban
  • Interoperability with allied nations 
  • Future technological developments

Colonel Lenny Brown MBE, Commanding Officer of the Commando Helicopter Force, UK Royal Navy

3. Increasing Speed, Survivability and Lethality of the USMC Helicopter Fleet to Counter and Overcome Current and Future Challenges

  • Ready to deploy anywhere in the world
  • Improving helicopters capabilities of transporting and supporting troops during amphibious and land operations
  • Optimising command and control by improving communication and sensor systems for every helicopter
  • Maintenance and support programmes
  • Future upgrade timelines

Colonel Romin Dasmalchi, Branch Head to Aviation Manpower and Support, United States Marine Corps

To view the full agenda, download the PDF brochure at 

SMi Group is delighted to offer reduced rates to Military, Government & Public Sector representatives.

For information on sponsoring or exhibiting at Future Helicopter Technology 2017, please contact Sadia Malick on: +44 (0) 207 827 6748,

For media enquiries, contact Shannon Cargan on +44 20 7827 6138 or

Future Helicopter Technology 2017

Rome, Italy

18-19 May 2017

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