Towards new European military helicopter programmes

15 June 2022
9 h 00 min | 17 h 00 min
EUROSATORY (Hall 5- Salles 503-502)
Paris-Nord Villepinte - Exhibition Center - 95970 - Paris - (France)

NH90 of the Spanish Air Force © AIRBUS

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 aim of this forum is to present this recommendation and to encourage open discussion at the European level, with the main actors of the military domain.

The following topics will be dealt with:

  • History and current status of fleets;Estimation of future needs ;
  • Evolution of operational needs (participants froeuropean coutrs);
  • Technical perspectives, development of know-how through European research projects;
  • Management of a military program in cooperation: example of OCCAR;
  • The industry viewpoint (major European industrialists);
  • Discussion and conclusions.


9:30 – INTRODUCTION Chair: Bernard FOUQUES

Welcome address

  • Michel WACHENHEIM, president of the Air and Space Academy (AAE)

9:40 – SESSION 1 Chair: Bernard FOUQUES

AAE Dossier 51: summary & recommendations

  • Bernard FOUQUES, AAE

9:55 – Coffee break

10:05 – SESSION 2 Chair: Andrew WARNER

Evolution of operational needs

  • General Olivier de la MOTTE
  • Major General Reinhard WOLSKI
  • An Italian general

11:50 – Buffet lunch

12:50 – SESSION 3 Chair: Klausdieter PAHLKE

Technical Perspectives, through Cleansky

  • Michel HANCART, AAE

13:20 – Chair: Bernard FOUQUES

Management of a military programme in cooperation: example of OCCAR

  • General Patrick BELLOUARD, former OCCAR director

13:50 – Coffee break

14:05 – SESSION 4 Chair: Blanche DEMARET

The industry point of view

  • Airbus Helicopters, Jérome COMBE, H/O Portfolio Policy and Strategy
  • Leonardo Helicopters, Andrea BIANCHI, Strategy & Innovation
  • Safran Helicopter Engines, José COSTA, Director of Business Development

15:35 – Closing speech

  • Bernard FOUQUES

16:00 – ROUND TABLE (Exhibition Hall)

Chairs: Bernard Fouques and Louis-Alain Roche


  • Major General Stefano CONT, Capability Armament Planning Director, European Defence Agency
  • Roberto GARAVAGLIA, Senior Vice-president Strategy & Innovation, Leonardo Helicopters
  • Matthieu LOUVOT, Executive Vice-president programmes, Airbus Helicopters
  • Ferre Van WILDER, on behalf of Admiral Matteo BISCEGLIA, General manager of OCCAR
  • General Bertrand VALLETTE d’OSIA, Commander of ALAT (French Army Light Aviation)

17:00 – Cocktail courtesy of GICAT

The language of the forum will be English (no simultaneous translation).

If the forum cannot go ahead on site for health reasons, it will be held remotely.


Airbus Tiger. © Anthony Pecchi / AIRBUS

Registration will only be completed after reception of payment (or for public bodies, after reception of order form).

Registration fee: 

  • Full fee: €250
  • Serving military personnel: €100

Registration fees include:

  • all presentations and discussions;
  • online forum documents and recommendations dossier;
  • coffee breaks and lunch;
  • the cocktail organised in the GICAT pavilion.

ATTENTION: A Visitor Badge (free) will be required to access the Forum venue. (Red button below)

Registration closes on June 10th, 2022 (Any subsequent registration will no longer allow you to provide a Visitor Badge)

Programme Committee

Chairman: Bernard FOUQUES (AAE)
Members: Blanche DEMARET (AAE), Michel HANCART (AAE), Manfred HAJEK (AAE), Klausdieter PAHLKE (AAE), Fulvia QUAGLIOTTI (AAE), Louis Alain ROCHE (AAE), Bernard RONTANI (AAE), Martine SEGUR (AAE), Andrew WARNER (AAE)


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