USAF Air Combat Command: Fighter Aircraft Priorities
Maj. Gen. Jerry Harris, Vice Commander of Air Combat Command, USAF, spoke to Defence IQ about the current priorities for fighter development in the ACC and how this needs to be achieved through concerted open architecture efforts. We also asked him to cast a forward look at the implications of fifth (and sixth) generation aircraft.
This interview is part of a series of senior-level dialogues filmed at the most recent iteration of the International Fighter conference in London, UK. The 2016 event will take place November 15-17.
Issues under discussion at this 16th Annual meeting will include EW and SEAD, advances in Munitions, reliance on space assets and low earth orbit technologies, LVC, advanced fighter radar technology, and the limitations of stealth.
The international community has witnessed an increase in irregular and asymmetric conflict; Boko Haram, ISIS, and the situation in East Ukraine. The kinetic response required to address these threats has highlighted the importance of air power and air superiority, including the use of fighter aircraft in non-traditional ISR roles.
With perspectives invited from both large and small nations, we are already able to confirm a range of exciting and relevant perspectives at both an operational and strategic level.
It is a big ambition to have when you have been bringing together Air Force Officers, Air Power advocates and industry for well over a decade – but we are aiming to make, and quietly confident, that 2016 will deliver the best conference experience yet. We have confirmed Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Former RAF Chief of the Air Staff (2009 to 2013), as the conference chairman and we have also arranged a number of excellent session chairs for the interactive panel discussions.