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Shaping the next-generation air power: What do future combat air systems look like?

Shaping the next-generation air power: What do future combat air systems look like?

The FCAS and Tempest programmes are moving ahead quickly, with France and Germany welcoming Spain and Italy confirming their collaboration with the UK and Sweden at DSEI earlier this year. The focus is on a system of systems approach for both, which will require new technologies and innovative solutions to sustain air superiority in the future operating environment. Ahead of this year’s International Fighter conference, Defence IQ delved into the three biggest fighter programmes of our time: the F-35, the FCAS and Tempest. 

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This white paper is divided in the following sections:

  • Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Chris Bogdan, Former PEO F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, U.S. Air Force shares the lessons he learned from managing the F-35 programme
  • Major General Jean-Pascal Breton, Programme Lead FCAS, French Air Force discusses achieving air superiority at the horizon 2040 with the FCAS
  • Bruno Fichefeux, Head of Future Combat Air Systems, Airbus speaks on enabling European air forces to find an answer to future air power challenges through the FCAS
  • Air Commodore Dan Storr, Head Combat Air Acquisition Programme, UK MoD shares insight into preparing for the post-Typhoon era with the Tempest programme

Top benefits of downloading this white paper:

  • Gain exclusive insight on the top three biggest fighter programmes from the heads of these programmes, all of which will attend this year’s International Fighter 
  • Learn more about how new technologies will be leveraged to prepare air forces for the future operating environment, which will be an ongoing theme at this year’s International Fighter
  • Get a better understanding on the role of industry in regard to to achieving Air Forces’ vision for their fighter aircraft

Major General Breton, Air Commodore Storr, Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Bogdan and Airbus will all attend this year’s International Fighter conference. To view the agenda of the conference and learn more about their sessions, please click here

Past presentation: The role of the combat fighter on the joint force

Past presentation: The role of the combat fighter on the joint force

We have exclusively released the presentation Major General Scott J. Zobrist, Commander, 9th Air Force, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force gave at last year’s International Fighter Conference, where he discussed the role of the combat fighter in the joint force. The presentation is divided in four different sections: the readiness for the fight; getting to that fight; multi-domain operations; joint and multinational considerations. Download the piece to have access to his slides and the transcript of his brief, just as if you were in the room.

In this presentation, Major General Zobrist covers the following themes:

  • Integration of the fighter with the joint force. Exploitation of information capabilities of advanced combat aircraft to support C4ISR for the multi-domain operation
  • Management of challenges in the contested environment. Survivability and information dominance for operations in the complex battlespace
  • Global reach for the US Air Combat Command. Sustaining and supporting the F-35 for a global operating environment

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Why should you download this presentation?

  • Gain exclusive insider insight into the role of the fighter aircraft in the joint force, from the US Air Force which will attend this year’s International Fighter conference
  • Learn more about the US Air Force’s cyber considerations of operating next-generation aircraft in the joint force
  • Hear more from the US Air Force’s fighter readiness for the fight of today and tomorrow

Read an exclusive preview of the presentation below:

Major General Zobrist: We have to acknowledge and consider our joint partners; when I say joint, I am mostly talking about the other services, the other domains of land, maritime and, in some cases, broader than that. I will talk a little about that today, but I will primarily discuss airpower, because I believe airpower is key to that joint power that our nations bring independently or, more importantly, when we bring it together as a coalition or a partnership or an alliance of some sort. The fact that airpower is being key to the joint force is summed up very well from…

This presentation is exclusively released ahead of this year’s International Fighter conference where more than 250 from across the globe will meet to discuss meeting the challenges of operations now and in the future. To learn more, you can download the agenda here.


Global Fighter Programmes and Requirements report 2019-20

Global Fighter Programmes and Requirements report 2019-20

Ahead of this year’s International Fighter Conference, Defence IQ compiled a comprehensive report highlighting key requirements and ongoing programmes in the Fighter aircraft space, as Air Forces invest in solutions and adapt to the multi-domain operational environment and retain air dominance against potential adversaries. It offers insights into the activity of nations that will be present at the International Fighter conference, such as:

  • Argentina - purchase of 12 next-generation Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II aircraft from the US
  • Belgium – acquisition of Lockheed Martin F-35A to replace its F-16s. 34 F-35A Block 4 
  • France – development of the Future Combat Air System with Germany and Spain
  • Italy – achievement of F-35A IOC
  • Malaysia – requirement for a Light Combat Aircraft
  • Philippines – Flight Plan 2028 and the requirement for a multi-role combat aircraft over the next five years
  • Poland – replacement of MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-22 fleets
  • Spain – replacement of its 20 oldest F/A-18s
  • Thailand – upgrade of its F-5ST Super Tigers
  • United Kingdom – the Tempest programme to replace its Typhoon by 2035
  • United States – US$ 915 million request to modernise its F-22

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Key benefits of downloading the report:

  • Know top acquisition priorities from countries that will be present at International Fighter 
  • Develop business strategies by meeting the right people from countries having active programmes and key requirements at International Fighter 
  • Gain insights into investment trends from your peers

Top Fighter aircraft market manufacturers are covered in this report through contracts they won and ongoing bids they are taking part in. The following companies are included:

  • Beechcraft
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Eurofighter
  • Boeing 
  • Dassault Aviation 
  • Saab
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
  • General Dynamics
  • United Aircraft Corporation
  • Sukhoi
  • Korea Aerospace Industries
  • Alsalam Aerospace Industries
  • Mikoyan
  • Hongdu Aviation Industry Group
  • Thai Aviation Industries
  • Elbit Systems

This report also offers insights into other countries from all around the globe such as: 

  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Slovak Republic
  • South Korea
  • Sudan
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • UAE
Rethinking the role of the fighter jet: Interview with LTG (Ret.) David Deptula

Rethinking the role of the fighter jet: Interview with LTG (Ret.) David Deptula

This November, leading military air combat decision-makers and industry professionals will assemble at the annual International Fighter conference in London. Returning to chair the event is Lt Gen (Rtd) David Deptula, the US Air Force’s former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the defence world, General Deptula served more than 34 years of distinguished service, being the principal attack planner for Desert Storm (1991) and the Director of the Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Enduring Freedom (2001) to name just two of his most prominent assignments.

Exclusive preview of International Fighter Conference 2018

Exclusive preview of International Fighter Conference 2018

Have an exclusive look at what to expect at this year’s International Fighter Conference.

Pakistan Air Force discusses the JF-17 Thunder

Pakistan Air Force discusses the JF-17 Thunder

At the International Fighter conference, Air Vice Marshal Farooq Habib, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Training) at the Pakistan Air Force, discussed the service's modernisation efforts and methods of improving the skills of its pilots. In this article, we take a deeper look at the performance of the PAC JF-17 Thunder, from engine and refueling developments to export rumours. ACR Mahmood Khalid, PAC Vice-Director, talks to Georg Mader for Defence Industry Bulletin.

2017 Event Highlights

2017 Event Highlights

In this report, learn more about the highlights of International Fighter 2017 conference from our key speakers. In the transcript of their interviews, find out more about their current and future operational capabilities, along with the challenges they face. Among the themes discussed are interoperability, cyber resilience and the integration of new platforms into joint strike operations. This report features:

  • Major General Alain Pelletier, Chief of Fighter Capability, RCAF and speaker at International Fighter 2018
  • Brigadier General Petr Hromek, Deputy Commander, Czech AF (Now Major General Petr Hromek, Commander, Czech AF)
  • Lt Gen (Retd) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz, Former Commander, German Air Force and speaker at International Fighter 2018
  • Lt Gen Rubén C. Garcia Servert, Commander NATO CAOC Torrejon and speaker at International Fighter 2018