London, United Kingdom, August 07, 2019 --(PR.com)-- Ahead of the 20th annual Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refuelling conference, taking place on 3rd - 4th December in Lisbon, SMi caught up with conference chair Laurent Donnet, Managing Director, Avidonn Consulting and key speakers Jan Der Kinderen, MMF System Manager, Aviation Support Division, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) and Colonel James Sparrow, Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing
, US Air Force.
The Heavy Airlift Wing
(HAW), which is part of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) program--a multinational mission in Hungary that is the first non-NATO unit of its kind--that uses C-17 Globemaster IIIs to take cargo and equipment in support of military efforts throughout Europe and the Middle East.
The multinational Heavy Airlift Wing
C-17 unit from Papa, Hungary, was unable to provide an alternative because of problems with its diplomatic clearance request processes.
In addition, the speaker panel will also brief on investigating the effort to deliver effective multinational interoperable military airlift entities - with MCCE, the European Defence Agency, NAMA, Heavy Airlift Wing
and European Air Transport Command all delivering briefings on the significant change and progress that has occurred in the last six months Furthermore, high level briefings from major national and multinational airlift organisations will provide key information on major developments which have occurred in the last year.
The aircraft would be assigned to NATO's Heavy Airlift Wing
and jointly operated by the nations from Papa Air Base in Hungary.
* Colonel James Sparrow, Vice Commander of the Strategic Airlift Capability, Heavy Airlift Wing
, briefing on: An Introduction to the Heavy Airlift Wing
- Building Strategic Partnerships
Operating out of Papa Air Base, the international unit is called the Heavy Airlift Wing
, and is the first non-NATO unit of its kind.
The long-awaited deal was confirmed by the signing of the strategic airlift capability memorandum of understanding, creating a Heavy Airlift Wing
for conducting operational and humanitarian flights for members of the consortium.
Military: Spanish Air Force, Air Mobility Command, European Tactical Airlift Center, MCCE, Heavy Airlift Wing
, EU Military Staff, NATO, French Air Force, US Air Forces Europe, Royal Netherlands Air Force, NATO SHAPE, European Air Transport Command, JAPCC, European Defence Agency
Colonel Bjorn Gohn-Hellum, Vice Commander, Heavy Airlift Wing