Rotorcraft Operations

Rotary Wing Unmanned Aerial Systems

Rotary Wing Unmanned Aerial Systems Market Snapshot and Support for Maritime Operations By Lorenzo Fiori, Strategy and New Initiatives, Leonardo Company Helicopter Division Introduction Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) are proliferating across the spectrum of military and civilian fields. NATO has recognized the importance of these systems, and is transforming to take advantage of them. Various…

Future Battlefield Rotorcraft Capability

Future Battlefield Rotorcraft Capability Operating in the Land and Littoral Environment Anno 2035 Part 3: Defining the Capability By Colonel Wim Schoepen, BEL AF, JAPCC Having established some technological requirements in the first article1 and the most obvious user requirements in the second2, this third and final article will be dedicated to drawing the sketch…

Maritime Rotary Wing

Maritime Rotary Wing The Importance of Helicopters for both Naval and Joint Operations By Commander Paolo Florentino, ITA N, JAPCC Introduction Spurred by a desire to extend their influence in the world through sea power, many nations recognized in the early 1900s airborne assets would become a fundamental component of maritime warfare. Consequently, many traditional…

The JAPCC Rotary Wing Focus Group

The JAPCC Rotary Wing Focus Group (RWFG) Rotary wing assets are widely used by all services among the Alliances’ militaries and have always represented very critical capabilities in NATO-led operations. In order to best assess the current situation, recommend a way ahead, and monitor progress in the development of these capabilities, the JAPCC has established…

Helicopter Users Data Base

Helicopter Users Data Base A New JAPCC Project to Improve Capability Building Helicopter capabilities are probably the most heterogeneous within the Alliance’s military aviation inventory. Helicopter units are scattered through all services and, more than in other flying units, they vary significantly in size, organizational structure, and operational capability. At one end of the spectrum…

Beating Brownout

Beating Brownout Technology Helps, but Training Remains Key By Commander Maurizio Modesto, ITA N, JAPCC Introduction When I started my helicopter pilot training at Whiting Field (US), I practiced my landings on clean, square, cement pavement. Conditions hardly differed when I made my first operational landings as a Navy helicopter pilot. When I approached a…

Future Battlefield Rotorcraft Capability Part I

Future Battlefield Rotorcraft Capability Operating in the Land and Littoral Environment Anno 2035 Part 1: Analysing the Future Operating Environment By Lieutenant Colonel Wim Schoepen, BEL AF, JAPCC This topic was the subject of an essay paper the author recently wrote under supervision of the University of Lincoln, UK. For the purpose of publication in…