Military Helicopter Technology: Industry Update from Czech MoD, Czech Armed Forces, UK MoD, US Army Europe, Italian Armed Forces, Slovak Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force

SMi reports: (2016.02.11 – Budapest, Hungary): Helicopter Technology Eastern Europe 2016, Eastern Europe's Most Focused and Senior Military Helicopter Meeting will take place in Budapest in May.

Budapest, Hungary, February 13, 2016 --( In December 2015 it was announced that Czech MoD was looking forward to purchase 12 multipurpose helicopters and two medium size transport aircraft to replace Soviet era Mi-24s and Mi-35s and Yakovlev Yak-40s for the air force. The Czech military procurement strategy is aimed at weaning the Czech military off of Russian-designed and supplied hardware and replacing this materiel with NATO-standard equipment*...

Colonel Jiri Vavra, Head of the Air Force Development, Czech MoD, has joined the expert speaker line up for Helicopter Technology Eastern Europe 2016 and will be speaking on Day Two of the Conference on "The Czech Republic's Helicopter Fleet: Training for Future Mission Effectiveness."

In his unique presentation the Colonel will discuss: Fleet size and mission priorities; Training and simulation goals for the fleet; Feedback from recent deployments and Aircrew training - V4 collaboration and interoperability.

For further information on this presentation and to download a complimentary copy of the complete 2-day event agenda including all speakers and their topics, please go to

Helicopter Technology Eastern Europe 2016 is designed to unite military helicopter procurement and technology experts with one goal, to enhance existing and future air support operation across air, land and sea. The participants will be the most senior decision makers responsible for modernising and procuring new military helicopters, as well as some of the region's most experienced operators of rotary craft.

“It is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in this event. Multinational operations still remain reliant on interoperability of approach, communication and systems. Rotary fleets must be modernised and upgraded across Europe and the need for multipurpose aircraft is a priority for many.

“There is therefore a need for a high level meeting that brings together senior military leadership, project decision makers and technical experts alongside the helicopter manufacturers and cutting edge industry solution providers to collaborate on future endeavours that will enhance the security and stability of Central Europe and its neighbouring countries.

“I believe Helicopter Technology Eastern Europe 2016 is the perfect environment for this collaboration, hence lending my support behind the conference as chairman.” - Major General Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of General Staff , Czech Armed Forces

Expert Speakers Line up 2016 include:
• Major General Richard Felton Commander, Joint Helicopter Command, UK MoD
• Major General William Gayler, Deputy Commanding General, US Army Europe
• Major General Pistriuha Valentyn, Chief of Army Aviation, Ukraine Armed Forces
• Major General Antonio Bettelli, Commander Italian Army Aviation, Italian Armed Forces
• Brigadier General Miroslav Korba, Commander, Slovak Air Force
• Colonel Jiri Vavra, Head of the Air Force Development Department, GS CZE
• Colonel Steen Ulrich, Head of Helicopter Wing, Royal Danish Air Force
• Colonel Peder Söderström, Chief of the Swedish Helicopter Wing, Swedish Air Force
• Colonel Harold Boekholt, Head of Helicopter Branch, Royal Netherlands Air Force
• Colonel Domenico Fanelli, Project Manager, EPRC
• Cyril Goutard, Tiger Programme Manager, Tiger Programme Division, OCCAR-EA
• Major General (Retd) Dimitrios Petridis, Aviation Support Programme Manager, NSPA
• Mr Andy Gray, Helicopter Programme Manager, European Defence Agency
• Major General Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Czech Armed Forces, Conference Chairman.

To download the full agenda please visit the event website

There is currently an early bird offer available; book by 28th of February to save £400 off the conference price. Military and Government rates available, please visit the event website for further details.

For sponsorship enquiries please contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6748 or

For delegate enquiries please contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054 or

2nd annual Helicopter Technology Eastern Europe
19-20 May 2016
Novotel Budapest Centrum, Budapest, Hungary
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Julia Rotar
+44 (0) 207 827 6054