Military Helicopters Modernisation and Upgrade Plans Unveiled by Central and Eastern European Nations this May in Budapest

  • Posted by Yulia Rotar
  • April 11, 2016 3:24 PM BST
SMi Group reports (London, UK, 2016.04.11): The region’s most focused senior military helicopter meeting has heard high praises from Major General Bohuslav Dvorak, Former Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Czech Armed Forces.

General Dvorak says, “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.”

The conference has seen some great additions to its event agenda with four respected defence experts joining the speaker line-up. This includes:
Colonel Christopher Waters Commander,12th Combat Aviation Brigade, US Army Europe
Presenting on: The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade: A Force Enabler For The US Presence In Europe
Lieutenant Colonel Erik Öhrn, Detachment Commander, Swedish Air Force
Presenting on: Concept of Operations developing HCP ASW in the Swedish Armed Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Henrik Kanstrup, Chief of Operations, Helicopter Wing, Royal Danish Air Force
Presenting on: The Danish Helicopter Wing: Delivering Effective capability For All Operational Environments
Marko Gruden, Secretary, Logistics Directorate, Ministry Of Defence Slovenia
Presenting on: The Slovenian Armed Forces Projects and Missions

Other speakers include key decision makers from Czech Armed Forces, Slovakian Air Force, Ukraine Ministry Of Defense, UK MoD, Italian Army, US Army Europe, Royal Netherlands Air Force, European Air Group, European Defence Agency, NATO Support Agency and OCCAR. To view the event agenda including all speakers and their topics, visit

Hungarian Armed Forces, Polish Ministry of Defence and Royal Netherlands Air Force have confirmed attendance of their delegations at the conference. Other registered attendees include: Dutch Air Force, the Boeing Company, Airbus Group, Pinnacle Solutions, TenCate Advanced Armour and many more.

Helicopter Technology Eastern Europe is sponsored by AmSafe Bridport and Galleon Embedded Computing. Those active in this market could benefit from meeting decision makers from some of Central and Eastern Europe’s leading military helicopter programmes, all with big plans for equipment modernisation. For further information, please contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6748.

To secure your participation and meet and network with the region’s most focused and senior military helicopter experts from Czech Republic, UK, Ukraine, Italy, Slovak Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, France and other countries, visit

For further information, contact Esha Sharma on +44 (0) 207 827 6004 or e-mail to

2nd annual Helicopter Technology Eastern Europe
19th – 20th May 2016
Budapest, Hungary