HeliLounge: The world of rotary wing aircraft in one place

ILA Berlin is where the global helicopter sector meets. In the HeliLounge – which is unique in Europe – the Bundeswehr, industry, research and users will showcase all of the latest helicopter innovations. Manufacturers can touch base with buyers from the military and civilian sectors. To round off the program, the Bundeswehr will present a wide-ranging series of talks for trade visitors and the public alike.


Industry will showcase the latest helicopter innovations in a dedicated area, which includes an outdoor section. The Bundeswehr along with civilian actors, national airborne search and rescue services and disaster relief workers will show what modern helicopters are capable of – for all of the armed forces. Representatives of the Bundeswehr will also provide information on current defense expenditure programs and new developments in support logistics.

Comprehensive conference program offered by the Bundeswehr

The Bundeswehr also offers a diverse program of lectures, panel discussions and symposia. Some of the topics include:

  • Aviation in the multinational operational environment

  • Deployment of combat, transport and support helicopters in current and future operations

  • Cooperation between the military and industry: Cooperating on airborne weapons systems – Opportunities and limits of performance-based logistics

  • Successful multinational cooperation: The international helicopter training center in Bückeburg and the French-German training center TIGER

  • Digitalization of helicopter forces in ground and air operations for all armed forces

  • Airborne mission, training & simulation

  • An international perspective: Growing and operating helicopter fleets

  • Successor of P-3C Orion

  • STH, LUH SOF, LUH army & SAR, future developments

  • FwdAirMedEvac and the Golden Hour: Requirements for a multinational helicopter unit

An indispensible role

Modern helicopters can be deployed in a variety of ways:

Patient transport

When equipped with intensive care equipment, helicopters can transport patients requiring ventilators or cardiac support.

Disaster assistance

Rescue helicopters are able to operate even under extreme weather conditions. For example, they can rescue fallen hikers from crevices.

Police operations

Police helicopters are equipped with thermal imaging and low-light cameras, which enable nighttime surveillance and observation.

Maintenance of offshore sites

If equipped with the proper equipment, helicopters can transport maintenance technicians and replacement parts to wind energy sites in the open sea.

Military transport and support missions

Helicopters can be deployed in more situations than any other aircraft. That’s why they play a significant role for the air force, army and navy.

Patient transport, Disaster assistance, Police operations, Maintenance of offshore sites, Military transport and support missions