Towards new European military helicopter programmes

Proceedings of the Forum of June 12, 2022 – Eurosatory Exhibition – Paris

An Air and Space Academy working group carried out an analysis that looked back on the development procedures of today’s military rotorcraft, the vast majority of which were built in European cooperation, in order to identify the needs, threats, and specifications to be taken into account for a new generation of VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft and the proper methods for European cooperation.

To this end, it is urgent to decide and implement fleet renewal by means of European inter-army cooperation, and to harmonise requirements.

The Air and Space Academy recommendation is therefore to prepare, without delay, an agreement at State level on the three identified segments – heavy and tactical utility helicopters, very heavy helicopters, and specialised armed helicopters – and allocate leadership among participants in order to define the priority axes for European cooperation.

The purpose of this forum was to present this recommendation and to discuss it in an open manner at the European level, with the actors of the military field.

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