Future Battlefield Rotorcraft Capability anno 2035 and beyond

By Air Operations Support Branch, JAPCC


NATO’s operating environment is changing at an exponential rate and is forcing the Alliance to come up with innovative solutions to successfully confront challenges, threats and potential adversaries. As discussed during the Wales Summit of 2014 by Heads of States and Government, in order to meet current and future challenges modern and capable forces at high readiness are required with a focus on a longer term period. The Alliance will be challenged by actors with access to sophisticated off-the-shelf technology. In addition private investment in research and development will continue to outstrip state funding and innovative products will be available to all. The future tactical battlefield will see more automated weapon systems able to make many resolutions that humans take today. The proposal of this project is to provide how the operating environment of 2035 and beyond could shape the Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) in support of NATO operations.

Aim & Scope

The aim of this project is to provide an independent analysis of how the operating battlefield environment of 2035 and beyond could shape the Rotorcraft capability in support of NATO operations. The project, in the preliminary phase, will work in parallel with the development of the NGRC Team of Experts of (TOE) which the JAPCC holds vice-chairmanship. JAPCC will conduct an independent study with the intention of feeding the NGRC TOE and at the same time, if any diverging ideas will come up during the process with the TOE, still be able to proceed independently with the JAPCC SMEs vision.


  • Challenge JAPCC Nations, NATO staff, academia and industry to develop a shared prospective of the future battlefield Rotorcraft capability;
  • Produce a document that highlights the importance of rotorcraft for future military operations;
  • Challenge and involve NSHQ (NATO SOF Head Quarters) and their internal organization ADP (Air Development Program) on their vision for future of SOF operations;
  • Challenge and involve EPRC (European Personnel Recovery Centre) on their vision for future of Personnel Recovery operations.
  • Conduct a Strategic & Operational Environmental Analysis in order to define a first set of requirements, primarily of technical and technological nature;
  • Conduct an Operational Analysis in order to define the user requirements of future clients. This action will lead to a second set of technical and technological requirements more oriented to the tactical and ultimately shape the new capability in terms of platform characteristics, such as size, cargo capacity, speed etcetera, as well as quantity and organisational structure;
  • Based on the established requirements, define the characteristics of the different rotorcraft that ultimately will constitute this new capability.

Project Team

Project Manager
Colonel Galgani, ITA AF

Project Leader
Commander Modesto, ITA N


Project Status

Last Update 12 April 2017
Project Definition Report
Research and Data Gathering