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Following the overwhelming success of previous Fighter Aircraft events, SMi’s Fourth Annual Fighter Aircraft conference will address the latest technical developments, operational capabilities and deliver up to date reports on platforms such as Eurofighter, JSF, F-22, Rafale C, MiG-29, F/A-18, F-15 and the F-16.

By assembling an international panel of expert speakers, this conference will provide you with an excellent insight into the latest technological developments and platform advancements and will ensure that you are strategically placed to maximise their operational and commercial potential.

Last year’s delegates included representatives from the following companies:

  • Royal Air Force
  • US Air Force
  • Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Belgian Air Force
  • French Air Force
  • BAE Systems
  • Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems
  • Dassault Aviation
  • Thomson-CSF Dextis
  • Saab Gripen
  • Boeing
Please register now to guarantee your place at this important conference.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Ray Whitford

Ray Whitford, Senior Lecturer in Aerodynamics and Aircraft Design, Royal Military College of Science

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Major General John L. Barry

Major General John L. Barry, Director of Strategic Planning, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, United States Air Force

  • Review of the USAF self-transformation processes and events in the recent past
  • The current security environment and future USAF reorganisation
  • The USAF visioning process: changes and improvements
  • The developments of new strategies and concepts of operations
  • The growth and influence of new technology
  • USAF reorganisation and the impact of recent experience and experimentation
  • 9:40 THE F22

    Lt. Colonel (Select) Mark Mason

    Lt. Colonel (Select) Mark Mason, F-22 Deputy Chief of the Test and Evaluation Division, United States Air Force

  • An overview of the F22 program
  • An analysis of the F22’s stealth capabilities
  • Combat effectiveness - an examination of the F22 capabilities:
    Weapon system capabilities
    Weapons upgrade
    Flight performance
    Advanced avionics and sensor fusion
  • Aims and objectives of the F22 development program as an affordable future air power
  • Future challenges and upgrades
  • The future position of the F22 in the international field
  • 10:20 STEALTH AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENTS

    Craig Hoover

    Craig Hoover, Program Manager, F-22 Advanced Product Development, Lockheed Martin

  • An overview of the role and operational requirements of the F-22 stealth fighter
  • The importance of design - an evaluation of the increased stealth advantages of a mutli- disciplinary approach
  • Impacts of stealth on air combat
  • Synergistic effects of stealth, speed and avionics
  • ‘First Look, First Shot, First Kill’ capabilities
  • Current program status
    Affordability and stealth
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 EUROFIGHTER - AN OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS

    Squadron Leader John Hogg

    Squadron Leader John Hogg, Eurofighter Integrated Project Team, Royal Air Force

  • Potential for Eurofighter as a precision ground attack aircraft
  • Proposed Eurofighter Missile capability
  • The future of Eurofighter, potential operational capabilities
  • 12:00 HELMET MOUNTED DISPLAYS (HMD’s)

    Alex Cameron

    Alex Cameron, Chief Systems Engineer, Airborne Displays Directorate, BAE Systems

  • Background of HMD’s - a brief historic survey
  • Overview of the current technology
  • Capabilities of HMD’s
  • Operations in the cockpit of the future
  • Future developments to the HMD’s
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE LOCKHEED MARTIN JSF PROGRAM

    Ivor Evans

    Ivor Evans, UK JSF Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin

  • An overview of the JSF concept - meeting the JSF’s operational requirements
  • New developments in the JSF programme - cost and design
  • An update on Shaft Driven Lift Fan concept to meet STOVL requirements
  • JSF project status:
  • A brief overview of the JSF manufacture facilities
  • Future developments in the JSF programme in the international arena
  • 14:40 AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE

    Wing Commander Steve Drury

    Wing Commander Steve Drury, Assistant Air Adviser (London), Royal Australian Air Force

  • Force structure
  • Support
  • Deployments
  • Upgrade plans and status
  • Life of type and replacement
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CASE STUDY - RAFALE C

    Patrick Masse

    Patrick Masse, Air Operations Expert, Dassault Aviation

  • New technologies used in the development of the Rafale C
  • Concept of discretion
  • Interoperability with NATO air forces
  • Optimisation of man-machine interface
  • Global mission effectiveness capability (Air/ Sea/ Surface)
  • 16:20 FUTURE REQUIREMENTS FOR INTEGRATED AVIONICS

    Jerry Duchene

    Jerry Duchene, Chief Avionics Engineer, F-16 Program Office, United States Air Force

  • Aircraft and mission requirements
  • Overview of current avionics requirements
  • Using technology advances effectively
  • Integrated avionics and information management
  • Meeting the requirements for prolonged platform life
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks Reception for Delegates and Speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Jon Lake

    Jon Lake, Vice Chairman, Independent Defence Media Association

    9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS - NORWEGIAN OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

    Brigadier Geir Harildstad

    Brigadier Geir Harildstad, Inspector of Flying, Royal Norwegian Airforce

  • Current composition of the Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Maintaining an offensive capability
  • Budgetary constraints and the need to upgrade rather than complete platform replacement
  • Integration of stealth and low observable technologies into the Air Force
  • Potential future developments
  • 9:40 THE F-15

    Colonel Scott M. Britten

    Colonel Scott M. Britten, F15 System Program Director, F-15 System Program Office, United States Air Force

  • Brief overview of the F-15 development program
  • The F-15: an analysis of it’s electronic and weaponry systems for effective air-to-air combat
  • Manoeuvrability: high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading
  • Multimission avionics: head-up display, advanced radar, inertial navigation system, ultra-high frequency communications
  • The versatility of the pulse-Doppler radar; Weapon compatibility
  • An operational analysis of the F-15; Future developments for the F-15
  • 10:20 AIRCRAFT STEALTH - JUST A QUESTION OF DESIGN?

    Colonel Al Piccirillo (Retd)

    Colonel Al Piccirillo (Retd), Manager, Technology Division, ANSER

  • The military’s demands for stealth and the industry’s response to those demands assessed - a retrospective of stealth fighter development
  • Ensuring the effective integration of stealth concepts and technologies into avionics design
  • A cost benefit analysis of incorporating stealth technologies onto existing aircraft against developing stealth aircraft
  • An examination of the issues of maintenance and supportability in stealth design
  • A look ahead at future avionic concepts and mission aspects
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 UCAVS V FIGHTERS

    Sune Andersson

    Sune Andersson, Manager Unmanned Vehicles, SAAB

  • Technical advances that have made UCAVs possible
  • Design and cost benefits from removing the pilot
  • The advantages and limitations of UCAVs as a weapon carrying platform
  • Human control challenges with UCAVs
  • Near term issues for UCAV acceptance
  • UCAVs and/or Fighters for Peace Enforcement/Peace Support Operations
  • 12:00 THE MIG-29 IN THE 21ST CENTURY

    Iouri Poluoshkine

    Iouri Poluoshkine, Chief Specialist, MAPO MiG

  • Characteristics of the MiG -29: modernisation capability and combat efficiency analysis of MiG-29 upgrade package; MMRC, Mil-Bus, western avionics, displays, radar warning receiver, new HOTAS and new ADC
  • NATO/ICAO compatibility and interoperability requirements
  • An overview of the MIG-29 test flight and future test programs
  • Growth potential for the upgraded MiG-29: an international perspective
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 ADVANCED ENGINE TECHNOLOGY

    Phil Combs

    Phil Combs, Manager of New and Derivative Programs and JSF Team Program Manager, GE Aircraft Engines

  • An overview of technology developments in fighter engines
  • Combustor and high pressure turbine performance
  • Developments in engine materials - lower costs and longer life expectancy
  • Control and management of the engine
  • Fore and aft stealth characteristics of future fighter engines
  • Affordability - the main constraint
  • 14:40 ISRAELI PERSPECTIVE

    Nir Itzhaky

    Nir Itzhaky, Operational Design Manager, IAI Lahav Division

  • The market:1990-2010, typical past projects and future options
  • Industry-customer relationship:
    operational requirements analysis
    budget constrains
    customer’s participation in the definition phase: the PVI (Pilot Vehicle Interface)
  • The process: from pilot’s desktop to flight-test
  • Old cockpit constrains V/S new design
  • New sensors in old airframes
    the sky is the limit
    the trade-off: what to replace
    typical problems
  • Implementation and assimilation: the challenge in changing the operational concept
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC WARFARE SYSTEMS

    Jean-Philippe Gourion

    Jean-Philippe Gourion, Deputy Strategy Director, Thomson CSF.Detexis

  • Survivability and cortical covertness
  • Major trends for integrated EWS
  • The digital technical revolution
  • Evolution of EWS man machine interface
  • EW/NWS datafusion
  • Mastering new IEWS complexity
  • 16:20 THE FA-400 CONCEPT

    William Owen

    William Owen, Managing Director, Managing Director

  • The FA-400 concept and it’s commercial reality
  • It’s place and viability within European industry
  • Use of proven airframe templates
  • Total dual source sub systems
  • Weapon and systems based capabilities
  • It’s commercial reality - cost reduction technologies
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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