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SMi Group Ltd

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The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global event producing company that specialises in Business to Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and Training. We create and deliver events within Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

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Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling 2018 - 04/07/2018

Air-to-Air Refuelling Focus Day Announced for 19th Annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference

An Air-to-Air Refuelling focus day has been added to the 19th Annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference agenda, taking place 3 – 5 December 2018 in Rome, Italy.

After the growing success of SMi Group’s 18th annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, a brand-new pre-conference focus day on Air-to-Air Refuelling has been announced for the 19th conference, taking place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th December 2018.

The need to deploy forces on protracted operations has become a mainstay for defence forces attempting to project global influence. Whether extending flight time to maximise strike time for combat aircraft or to enable rapid and flexible deployment of troops and materiel tanking is now a fundamental competence for all Air Forces.

The pre-conference forum is set to analyse: Automatic Air-to-Air Refuelling (A3), interoperability standards among allied nations, feedback from operational experience and appraisals on the next generation of AAR technologies.

Topics covered throughout the conference after the focus day will include: Air-to-Air Refuelling as a logistical enabler, efforts to maximise safety when deploying AAR systems, ground segment considerations and maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as an analysis of hose and drogue and boom mechanisms for conducting operations.

Roundtable discussions will also address the challenges, strengths and weaknesses surrounding Air-to-Air refuelling adoption and output and will feature technical knowledge from leading subject matter experts on how these systems have been adopted.

The three-day event features senior leader speakers from: France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, the United States and many more nations still to be announced.

For more information or to register for the 19th Annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference or its Air-to-Air Refuelling focus day, visit:

Bookings made by 31st July will be eligible for a £400 early bird discount.

Gold Sponsors: Airbus and Boeing
Sponsored by: IRVINGQ, JBTC, Jetex, Leonardo, SHZ Aviation, TLD Group and Viasat

To sponsor, speak or exhibit at this year’s event, please contact Sadia Malick, Director at:

19th Annual Military Airlift and Air-To-Air Refuelling
Conference: 4th and 5th December 2018
Air-to-Air Refuelling Focus Day: 3rd December 2018
Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa, Rome, Italy

Military, government and public-sector rates available. For more information and for delegate queries, please contact James Hitchen at

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