Over the next ten years more than 800 new military airlifters are scheduled to be delivered. The result will be a market growth estimated at $65 Billion. As conflict theatres persist and emerge, the stronger a nation’s airlift capacity, the greater their ability to acheve their military objectives and expand/maintain their global influence.
Ahead of the Military Airlift conference (26-28 September 2017; London, England), Defence IQ surveyed professionals in this community to get their perspective on progress within the airlift domain. We asked about operational challenges, future investments in technology, among other topics and uncovered both synergies and divergences between the views of airlift operators and industry providers…
Last year, DefenceIQ interviewed the project manager for the KC-390, Colonel Cláudio Evangelista Cardoso, after they procured 28 aircrafts for the Brazilian Air Force. We decided to check in with the Brazilian Air Force and see how the new aircraft are improving the success of their missions. Air Vice-Marshal Saulo Valadares do Amaral is giving us an exclusive insight into the day-to-day missions, challenges and future of Brazilian Air Force missions, ahead of the 14th edition of the Military airlift conference (26th-28th September 2017).
Overcoming the airlift operational challenges of Hurricane Irma relief mission: A case study from the Heavy Airlift Wing
The Heavy Airlift Wing, equipped with its three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets, brought in 220,000 LBS of humanitarian aid along with personnel in the aftermath of hurricane Irma, proving to be a vital role in the disaster relief mission. Colonel James Sparrow, Vice Commander of the SAC Heavy Airlift Wing and speaker at Military Airlift 2018, was a key witness of the mission. In this exclusive interview, he dives into the mission, from planning it at short notice to facing security and operational challenges on the ground.
Enhancing strategic lift capabilities through regional cooperation: An exclusive look inside the Continental Movement Coordination Centre
When differences in airlift capabilities occur between countries, cooperation on international missions such as peacekeeping deployments and large-scale relief become essential. The African-based Continental Movement Coordination Centre was created in 2015 to create a harmonised and secure strategic airlift process to address the need for African partners to come together in time of need.
Defence IQ had the opportunity to get an exclusive insight into the CMCC from Group Captain David Akrong, its Commander and speaker at the event. In this exclusive transcript of the interview, he discusses the reasons for its creation, the importance of international partnerships and addressing the disparity in capabilities across member countries.
The environmental disasters in 2017 were a sober reminder of the importance of having an efficient and effective airlift capability, while the focus remains on cost-effective solutions on the procurement side and the integration of new technologies over the next few years. When trying to outline the evolution of the airlift market onto 2030, Defence IQ thought of no one better to ask that than one of the Military Airlift conference's key partner, AJW Group. Guy van den Berg, Director of Contracted Services at AJW Aviation will be present at the conference and discusses here the drivers behind the evolution of the market and the resulting solutions that will gradually emerge.