Multinational Organisations Demonstrate Support for the SAE Media Groups' Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference 2022

A plethora of multinational organisations will be speaking at the 23rd Annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference in Florence, Italy, in November 2022.

Florence, Italy, August 26, 2022 --( Joint cooperation between NATO allies is more critical than ever after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, leaving the 30-nation Western military alliance galvanised, prompting major spending hikes.

Progress is being made regarding a key requirement for member states to spend a minimum of 2% of their GDP on defence.

Pooling and sharing arrangements account for part of this spending, including three Boeing C-17s used by the Strategic Airlift Consortium of NATO and Partnership for Peace members from Papa air base in Hungary.

In addition, five Airbus Defence & Space A330 multirole tanker transports (MRTTs) have so far entered use with the NATO Multinational MRTT Fleet organisation at Eindhoven air base in the Netherlands. This is due to grow to at least nine of the type but could expand further if additional nations join the initiative, which so far involves Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Norway.*

More multinational organisations are represented than ever at the Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling Conference, taking place on 29th and 30th November 2022 in Florence, Italy, which is a demonstration of the significance of interoperability and partnerships.

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SAE Media Group is delighted to announce the following senior representatives from multinational organisations who will be delivering a briefing:

• Colonel Jurgen Van der Biezen, Commander Multinational MRTT Unit, Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF)
• Colonel Peder Söderström, Commander, SAC Heavy Airlift Wing
• Lieutenant Colonel Harald Struzyna, Commanding Officer, Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Coordination Cell
• Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Clow, Business Development, ACT Innovation, NATO ACT
• Lieutenant Colonel Isaiah Oppelaar, Air Mobility Strategist, NATO JAPCC
• Lieutenant Colonel Derek Rankin, Chief, ALCC, Airlift Coordination Centre / NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre
• Major/Dr. Jacopo Frassini, Doctrine Staff Officer, NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine
• Major Walter “Boris” Palumbo, Deputy Chief, Airlift Coordination Centre, NATO CAOC
• Franck Verdierre, Chief of Division, NATO Support and Procurement Agency

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The esteemed line-up of expert speakers will cover the most topical issues in the airlift and AAR community. In addition, delegates will have plenty of networking opportunities with Lead Sponsor Boeing and Gold Sponsor Airbus who will each be hosting a networking reception. Delegates will also have an exclusive opportunity to visit the Pisa Air Base hosted by the Italian Air Force.

Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling
Conference: 29th-30th November 2022
Venue: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Florence, Italy
Lead Sponsor: Boeing
Gold Sponsors: Airbus, Embraer, and Lockheed Martin
Sponsors and Exhibitors: Leonardo and Port City Air

SAE Media Group offers direct access to key decision makers through tailored sponsorship and exhibitor packages. For details contact Sadia Malick at +44 (0) 207 827 6748 or email

For delegate enquiries, please contact Callum Kenmure at +44 (0) 20 7827 6138 or email


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