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Programme highlights:

· Understand current and future considerations in Airborne Strike

· Maximise your technological capabilities in air-to-surface weapons

· Acquire a wide based understanding through a cross spectrum of experts

· Develop key contacts through this focused networking forum

· Identify the main programs affecting strike performance

· Learn of future advances in weapon delivery and targeting systems

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Sherman

John Sherman, Deputy Commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, United States Navy

9:10 INCREASING APPLICATION OF SMART WEAPONS

Colonel Kenneth D. Merchant

Colonel Kenneth D. Merchant, Director, Area Attack Systems, US Air Force

  • Present current state of USAF Area Attack Weapons to include Sensor Fuzed Weapon and Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser
  • Discuss AF participation in the Joint Standoff Weapon program
  • Discuss future capabilities and requirements
  • 9:40 JASSM (JOINT AIR TO SURFACE STANDOFF MISSILE)

    Colonel Tim Moore

    Colonel Tim Moore, Director, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Program, United States Air Force

  • An overview of the current program
  • New generation of PGMs - search for replacement of TSSAM capability
  • Performance ability – system test and evaluation
  • The effect of combining GPS navigation and inertial navigation
  • Aircraft compatibility
  • Conclusions
  • 10:20 THE EVOLUTION OF SEEKER SENSORS IN AIRBORNE STRIKE

    Mark Knowles

    Mark Knowles, Principal Radar Engineer, QinetiQ

  • Overview
  • Radar technology update
  • Impact on Air-to-Surface applications
  • Millimetre wave radar imaging
  • Integration of new technologies into current platforms – projection
  • Increasing requirements for seeker sensors
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 GUIDANCE AND COLLABORATING MISSILES

    Lars Forssell

    Lars Forssell, Senior Research Officer, FOI

  • Overview of current programme
  • Benefits to improving control
  • Design and testing
  • Further developments
  • 12:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

    12:40 Lunch

    13:00 CLOSE AIR SUPPORT WEAPONRY DOCTRINE

    Colonel (Ret’d) John Goodsir CBE

    Colonel (Ret’d) John Goodsir CBE, Formerly Head of Air Support Organisation, UK RAF

  • When is CAS employed?
  • Role of missiles in CAS
  • Precision guidance versus bombs, rockets and guns
  • Missile requirements: appropriate weapon selection – right weapon for right job
  • Attack helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft best for CAS role?
  • How is doctrine evolving to meet current and future threats?
  • 14:40 MAVERICK, CLOSE AIR SUPPORT, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

    Robert Carter

    Robert Carter, Business Development Manager, Raytheon Missile Systems

  • Operational Flexibility through modularity
  • Aircraft integration
  • In country upgrades
  • Continuous evolution
  • Lock on after launch and the future
  • 15:20 THE FUTURE OF FIGHTER AIRCRAFT

    Christopher L. Clay, Chief, Structures Division, United States Airforce

    Christopher L. Clay, Chief, Structures Division, United States Airforce, and, Dr. David J. Moorhouse, Senior Research Engineer, US Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Introduction to fighter aircraft design concepts
  • Current and future operational requirements
  • Capabilities and performance realities
  • Enhancements – manoeuvrability and survivability
  • Future improvements in weapon integration
  • Long range goals
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret’d) John Goodsir CBE

    Colonel (Ret’d) John Goodsir CBE, Formerly Head of Air Support Organisation, UK RAF

    9:10 NAVAL AVIATION

    John Sherman

    John Sherman, Deputy Commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, United States Navy

  • Background to development of program
  • Role of NSAWC in strike training - requirements
  • Training involved – priorities in war time environment
  • Gaining air superiority through the Air Combat Training Continuum
  • Tactical research and its impact on Airborne Strike operational doctrine
  • Conclusions
  • 9:40 SLAM-ER

    Captain Carl E. Reiber

    Captain Carl E. Reiber, Program Manager Standoff Missile Programs, United States Navy

  • Background to SLAM-ER – comparison to SLAM
  • Current capabilities and functions
  • Assessment results
  • Impact of enhancements on efficiency– Automatic Target Acquisition
  • Deployment of the missile
  • Future role in Airborne Strike
  • 10:20 LITENING II TARGETING POD FOR THE USMC AV-8B HARRIER

    Colonel Tom White III, USMC

    Colonel Tom White III, USMC, AV-8B Harrier Program Manager, Naval Air Systems Command

  • Program accomplishments
  • Weapon system enhancements
  • Scope of Integration efforts
  • Capabilities – FLIR and CCD imagery, 24hrs and all weather suitability
  • Long term requirements and upgrades
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE ELINT POD

    LTC(Ret’d) Pierre-Alain Antoine

    LTC(Ret’d) Pierre-Alain Antoine, Senior Marketing Manager, Operational Advisor, Thales Airborne Systems

  • Contribution of ELINT Pod to get air superiority
  • Contribution of ELINT Pod in target location
  • Interoperability between fighter aircraft carrying a COMINT/ELINT pod and conventional striking aircraft
  • ELINT application to UAVS in airborne strike
  • 12:00 RDAF PERSPECTIVE

    Kai E. Poulsen

    Kai E. Poulsen, Branch Chief, F-16 Branch, Air Material Command, RDAF

  • Requirements for precision strike weapons capability (overview)
  • Implementation of precision strike weapons on the F-16 aircraft in a multinational co-operative environment (advantages & limitations)
  • Impact of introduction of new technologies (cost & schedule)
  • Platform compatibility
  • Upcoming events
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TRANSFORMING USAF STRIKE

    Ron Gardner

    Ron Gardner, Senior Military Analyst, Hq USAF/XORC (L-3 Communications Analytics Corp)

  • Review of the JSF program
  • Why the USAF needs the JSF
  • An overview of the JSF’s operational capabilities
  • USAF missions and concepts of operations
  • USAF combat potential in the era of the JSF and F-22 Raptor
  • 14:40 INTERFACING MINIATURE MISSION STORES WITH LEGACY & FUTURE PLATFORMS

    Keith A. Rigby CENG FIEE

    Keith A. Rigby CENG FIEE, Armament Control Systems Technologist, BAE Systems

  • MIL-STD-1760 as a legacy interface
  • Miniature munitions concepts in the USA
  • The need for a new interface standard for miniature munitions
  • MIL-STD-XXXX- the miniature mission store interface standard
  • System concepts
  • The future
  • 15:20 SENSOR FUZED WEAPON (SFW)

    Richard D. Sterchele

    Richard D. Sterchele, Manager, International Business Development, Textron Systems

  • Weapon description and operational concept
  • Target Suite and wide area coverage
  • Littoral target engagement analysis
  • SFW options (WCMD & Longshot Wing Kit)
  • Sample combat scenario
  • Concluding remarks
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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