Industry And Military Leaders Will Gather At The RAF Museum In
With the current operations in Libya directly impacting the
direction of the fighter jet market, military and industry
professionals are faced with the challenge of defining immediate
upgrade plans and future capability developments. Among the issues
are the prioritizaion for future fighter modernization programs in
light of these recent operations and tightening budgets, and the
options of procuring new fighters now, potentially saving on costs
in the long run, versus service life extensions.
In order to address these topics, as well as provide insight and
assessment of programs such as Typhoon, Gripen, Rafale, Super
Hornet, F-22 and F-35, senior global military and industry leaders
will gather in London, UK at the International Fighter meeting,
taking place from 8th-10th November 2011 at the RAF Museum. "The
Fighter Conference has become the premier event at which to
exchange views on developments in the jet fighter business - both
from an operator's perspective and within industry," comments Rob
Wells, Export Future Business Manager of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeuge,
who participated in last year's event.
Both operator and industry perspectives are key to the
conversations taking place at this event. Air Vice-Marshal Stuart
Atha, Air Officer Commanding Number One Group of the Royal Air
Force will be providing lessons learned from operations in Libya
during his briefing, and Major General Michael R. Boera, Director
of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command of the US DoD will
share his perspective on balancing air supremacy requirements with
the needs of current asymmetric operations.
Representing the industry are representatives from major
aircraft manufacturers Eurofighter, Saab and Boeing, plus key
industry teams including Raytheon, RUAG and Patria.
In addition, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of Air
Staff, Pakistan Air Force will be joining the speaker faculty to
share insights into the development and service-entry of the
Chinese-built JF-17 Thunder, whilst Air Marshal Shah Mohammad Ziaur
Rahman, Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force will discuss their
requirements for new combat aircraft.