As 5th Generation aircraft form part of today’s operations, there is a need to understand the future of air systems including the role of Air Power in an information-led, increasingly competitive and complex operational environment. To date, air systems have been divided into so-called ‘generations’, each building on the performance and characteristics of the last, to keep ahead of our adversaries. This year, the Aerospace Capability Conference will challenge this approach by asking international colleagues from the military, academic and industrial sectors, how the Royal Air Force may deliver the Next Generation Air Force. Rather than adopt a stepped approach to Air Power capabilities, the Next Generation Air Force will continuously evolve by instilling innovation and agility within its DNA, driven by technologically-aware and empowered individuals.
To enable the Royal Air Force to prevail in a contested and degraded environment, it is undergoing an exciting and world-leading transformation programme to modernise and mobilise its Combat Air, ISR and Air Mobility fleets as well as delivering nascent Ballistic Missile Defence, Cyber and Space capabilities. The Conference will explore the integrated approach to operations, fused with Cyber and Space, where commanders require assured information at the speed of relevance.