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NATO meeting "Future Rotorcraft Requirement" van 12 - 15 oktober 2015

(20-mei-2015)

NATO RTO Specialists’ Meeting Future Rotorcraft Requirements (AVT-245-RSM-032) organised by the Applied Vehicle Technology Panel to be held in
Prague, Czech Republic (Monday 12th October 2015 – Thursday 15th October 2015)
This Specialists’ Meeting is open to NATO Nations plus Australia and Sweden onlyLatest Enrolment Date: 25thSeptember 2015.
 
Theme and Topics
Many of the helicopters operated by NATO countries can trace their origins back to designs which were produced 30 or even 50 years ago. Further, the basic layout of the helicopter has not significantly changed in all of that time. The fundamental rotor system limitations due to advancing tip Mach number and retreating blade stall are ever present.
The most significant recent change in rotorcraft has been the development  of tilt-rotor technology. The introduction of the V-22 Osprey and its  success on operations has shown the potential for tilt-rotor platforms to offer effective lift capability with increased range and speed compared to conventional helicopters. Meanwhile, the first commercial civil tilt-rotor, the AW.609, continues towards certification. Other new technology is emerging which offers the potential to overcome many of the limitations currently experienced with helicopters. These include platform concept demonstration programs which have emerged in the United States and Europe such as the Joint Multi Role technology demonstrator programme led by the US Army, the X3 compound helicopter developed by Eurocopter and AgustaWestland’s “Project Zero” electric powered unmanned vehicle.
Recent operations have shown the exceptional value of helicopters in supporting the front line by providing an essential lift function (rapid medical evacuation, troop insertion, routine resupply) but also providing an attack capability including close combat support in proximity to ground troops or precision strike on specific targets. Thus, the utility of efficient and effective vertical tactical vertical lift has been re-affirmed in recent operations. Now, with rotorcraft development on the edge of an exciting new period there is an opportunity to shape the rotorcraft requirements and provide guidance on future roles and functions, against which the next generation of platforms will be designed. This should ensure availability of effective and affordable rotorcraft to support military operations with efficient tactical vertical lift when the current generation of helicopters reaches their out of service dates.
There are three specific goals of this NATO specialists meeting:
• To identify the roles and requirements for the next generation of military rotorcraft.
• To investigate the relevant technologies applicable to future rotorcraft and to assess their maturity and potential significance.
• To provide direction for NATO activities relating to future rotorcraft technologies.


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