International Fighter Conference

Tasked with managing the most advanced equipment available to modern forces, the fighter community must deliver the most out of their capability by continually adapting to emerging and existing threats. Fighter aircraft are no longer constrained to a purely kinetic response, these ever-capable and expensive platforms are expected to deliver in non-traditional ISR, EW and C2 roles and ensure the ability to shape a distributed air operations capability in contested airspace.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, former RAF Chief of the Air Staff, is the chairman for this world-leading conference and we join Sir Stephen in inviting capability developers, technical specialists and acquisition staffers from Air Forces and Air Arms to discuss their fighter capabilities and aspirations, along with what this evolution in the use of airpower means for the business behind - and operation of - these platforms.

The conference programme will cover the critical issues and technologies supporting the mission including: 5th Generation capability, F-35 preparedness,advances in munitions, sensor and radar technology, and ground attack. We are already able to confirm a range of exciting international perspectives on these topics, delivered by experts functioning at both the operational and strategic levels.

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In further developments to the 2016 programming, we will be introducing new-to-show focus days examining mission planning and LVC training. The mission planning sessions will explore continuing advances in mission support technology and the unique demands of today's operational environment- this is a must-attend for operators, manufacturers and solution providers. We would also encourage commanders and service providers to attend the LVC training day to get the latest on the flight training requirements and programmes that are transforming the way that we think about pilot training.

Driven by interactive elements and unrivalled networking opportunities IFC 2016 will enable you to engage with air force chiefs and other senior personnel in an intimate environment, and to network with the sector's key industry and military leaders during conference breaks, drinks and dinner, helping you to establish opportunities for cooperation with and improvement of your organization going forward.

Led by some ofthe world's most Senior military and industry personnel you will also have the opportunity to gain strategic level insight from air force leadership,including information on long-term plans and goals, allowing you to define best practice and to understand how the application of the latest technologies will enable you to deliver greater effect as a Fighter-capable force.

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2016 Will Feature:

  • Interactive Panel Discussions - including; Industry view of the Fighter Market, Senior Leadership 'Commanders' Forum', Communicating Air Power, The Future of Air Power 2035+, and The Optimum Live / Sythetic Training Balance
  • Focus day examining two key areas - A morning dedicated to Air Launch Weapons and an afternoon dedicated to EW and SEAD
  • Independent analysis and global trends in fighter aircraft. The state of the market, current headline hitting stories and the perception of defence procurement in an age of austerity
  • High-level presentations - we are honoured that several Chiefs of Air Staff and other senior leadership officials are delivering presentations and unparalleled insight into their work, challenges and future plan


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  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Former RAF Chief of the Air Staff (2009 to 2013), Royal Air Force (Ret.)

Early-confirmed speakers:

  • General Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, Commander, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force
  • Air General Javier García Arnaiz, Chief of Air Force Staff, Spanish Air Force
  • Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff, Nigerian Air Force
  • Air Vice Marshal Syed Noman Ali, Inspector General, Pakistan Air Force
  • Lieutenant General Jon M. Davis, Deputy Commandant for Aviation, United States Marine Corps
  • Lieutenant General Christos Vaitsis, Chief of Air Staff, Hellenic Air Force
  • 2* Representative of Air Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of Air Staff, Royal Air Force
  • Air Commodore Ian Duguid OBE, Typhoon Force Commander, Royal Air Force
  • Air Commodore Harvey Smyth, Lightning Force Commander, Royal Air Force
  • Brigadier-General Blaise Frawley, Deputy Commander 1 Canadian Air Division, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Air Commodore Frans Osinga, Netherlands Defense Academy, Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Colonel Rob ''Papa'' Cioppa, Chief Flight Operations Division, United States Air Force
  • Colonel Holger Neumann, Commander 74 Tactical Air Wing, German Air Force
  • Colonel Nikolay Rusev, Fighter AB Deputy Commander, Bulgarian Air Force
  • Colonel Jeroen Poesen, Division Chief Air Operations and Training, Belgian Air Force
  • Colonel Professor John Andreas Olsen, Director in the Department of Security Policy, Norwegian MoD
  • Colonel Franz Six, Commander of Fighter Wing, Zeltweg, Austrian Air Force
  • Wing Commander RS Thiranagama, Fighter Squadron Commander, Sri Lankan Air Force
  • Lieutenant Commander Barry Issitt, Commanding Officer 736 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy
  • Squadron Leader Guy Lockwood, Lightning Training SO2, Royal Air Force
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Former RAF Chief of the Air Staff (2009 to 2013), Royal Air Force (Ret.)
  • Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Sean Bell, Senior Adviser, Defence Growth Partnership
  • Squadron Leader (ret) Benjamin George, Aircrew Support to Resident Project Team, Royal Australian Air Force
  • Professor Hew Strachan, Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews
  • Professor Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics
  • Vice Admiral USN (Retired) Dave Buss, President, Cubic Global Defense
  • Member of Senior Leadership, US F-35 Program, United States Air Force
  • Mr. Nick Ernest Phd, Lead, Project ALPHA in conjunction with USAF Research Lab

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Source: ASDEvents
Date: Oct 11, 2016