Joint Rotary Wing

Military rotary wing forces play an integral role in the land, sea and air operations of modern services. The support/transport helicopters, as part of these assets, conduct specific tasks in several roles: they provide quick access to the combat area in all domains, can be the lifeline for Joint Personnel Recovery and MEDEVAC, are crucial in supporting Special Operations, and enhance the over-the-horizon view for commanders. They are also able to provide local security support against small attacks from ground forces.

Modern support/transport helicopters are ready for Multi-Domain Operations (MDO), provide maneuverability and flexibility to the commander, and contribute to the success of joint missions.

Featured Publications

A View from Above

Air Domain Focused Observations on the Ukraine Conflict
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Although the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is still ongoing, with no prospect for termination of the hostilities in the foreseeable future, some initial observations can be made with respect to the air domain. These [...]

Future Battlefield Rotorcraft Capability

Anno 2035 and Beyond
By Cdr 
Forecasting the future is a daunting task, however, identified fast-moving trends across the diplomatic, information, military, and economic subjects are rapidly transforming the nature of all aspects of society and human life, including the character [...]

Rotary Wing Unmanned Aerial Systems

Market Snapshot and Support for Maritime Operations
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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 NATO and non-NATO organizations [...]

Subject Matter Experts


Marco Joudioux

Subject Matter Expert 
Joint Personnel Recovery, Joint Rotary Wing

Commander Joudioux embarked on his career with the Italian Navy in 1989. He completed the rigorous US Navy flight school, earning the prestigious “Wings of Gold” in 1992 as a fixed-wing multi-engine pilot. He served as an Anti-Submarine Warfare helicopter pilot aboard various Italian ships, operating UH1 helicopters. In 1999,...


Eelco Tolsma

Subject Matter Expert 
Joint Personnel Recovery, Joint Rotary Wing

Major Eelco S.Tolsma joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1987 to become a helicopter pilot. After earning his wings he started his flying career at 300 squadron at Deelen AB which he soon left to join 303 Search and Rescue Squadron at Leeuwarden AB in the northern part of...


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