14-17 September 2021, Excel London                       

Aerospace Capability Conference

Aerospace Capability Conference

Aerospace Capability Conference

The Conference

The Aerospace Capability Conference 2019 was delivered in partnership with the Royal Air Force on DSEI Day Zero (Monday 9 September) at ExCeL London.

The conference focused on the following topics under the overarching theme of 'Delivering the Next Generation Air Force'.

Combat Air: Maximise our Effects

Air C2/ISR: Information at the Speed of Relevance

Space: Coalition Warfighting

A2AD: Dominance in a Contested and Degraded Operational Environment 


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Aerospace Capability Conference DSEI 2019

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Comment from Chief of the Air Staff

Comment from Chief of the Air Staff

Our 100th anniversary epitomised the enduring role of the Royal Air Force in protecting the UK’s skies, projecting its influence and power on a global scale, and promoting National prosperity. To succeed on Operations, now and in the future, we must have people, processes and practices in place that allow it to respond rapidly and decisively to changing threats. The operational environment is likely to become increasingly complex, contested and degraded, so the Royal Air Force must plan and deliver air and space effects, synchronized and integrated with cyber and information activities, in support of Defence outputs. To meet this challenge, we must become a Next Generation Air Force: it is a journey and not a destination. DSEI is an excellent opportunity to explore this journey alongside our international and industry partners and to ensure that we embrace innovative and disruptive ideas along the way."

Then Chief of the Air Staff

Conference Overview

Conference Overview

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. In 2019, the Aerospace Capability Conference challenged 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 explored the integrated approach to operations, fused with Cyber and Space, where commanders require assured information at the speed of relevance. 

Delegates saw several international high-level speakers share their thoughts on the future battlespace and the challenges of a multi-domain environment. The conference reinforced the utmost importance of tight collaboration between the RAF and its industrial colleagues to maintain the advantage in the next generation.

The conference consisted of the following four sessions:

Session 1: Combat Air: ‘Maximising our Effects’

The RAF will become a Next Generation Air Force by not only increasing its Combat Air mass, but also by developing capabilities with optimised survivability, situational awareness and kinetic effects built-in at the design phase. This session explored the RAF’s vision for its current and future Combat Air systems, from Typhoon and Lightning II, to the extraordinary potential of the Tempest capability.

Session 2: Air C2/ISR: ‘Information at the Speed of Relevance’

Information is a critical enabler to today’s military commander. This session explored how Defence can achieve credible advantage, gained through the continuous, adaptive, decisive and resilient employment of information and information systems.

Session 3: Space: ‘Coalition Warfighting’

Space is a key Joint enabler and has become an integral part of the RAF’s ability to deliver decisive Air Power effects whenever and wherever they are required. This session explored the RAF’s vision for its nascent Space capabilities including collaborative ventures with our coalition partners.

Session 4: A2AD: ‘Dominance in a Contested and Degraded Operational Environment’

In order to prevail in a battlespace that is likely to become more competitive, particularly in the electromagnetic spectrum, there is a need for the RAF to deliver integrated effects that incorporate Cyber and Space domains. This session explored the challenge of the future operational environment and how Defence can maintain the competitive edge by instilling innovation and agility into its core business.

General Information

General Information

The Aerospace Capability Conference took place alongside the Maritime Capability Conference and Land Capability Conference in the ICC at ExCeL London on Monday 9 September.

Registration: 0800 - 0900

Opening Plenary Keynote: 0900 - 0930

Conferences: 0945 - 1700

Closing Keynote Plenary: 1715 - 1745

Day Zero Drinks Reception: 1745 - 1900


  • DSEI showcases the best of British defence technology and innovation on the world stage. The UK Government looks forward to engaging with strategic partners, international delegations and pioneering defence companies on the global defence and security agenda.
    Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister for Defence Procurement
    UK MOD
  • I very much look forward to continuing my personal support to DSEI. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore the development of airpower capability, through engagement with the widest range of industry and international partners.
    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC MA RAF Chief of the Air Staff
    Royal Air Force
  • I much look forward to DSEI. We intend to build on the very positive experience as we construct the partnerships we need to deal with the complexity of the future operating environment
    General Sir Nicholas Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen Chief of the Defence Staff
    Ministry of Defence
  • Once again the Royal Navy is proud to be at the vanguard of DSEI 2019 and I look forward to what I know will be a hugely beneficial opportunity for us all to explore maritime warfare development with so many partners from industry and academia, and with our counterparts from overseas.
    Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, The First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Royal Navy
  • DSEI is a highlight within the defence calendar, I use it to find out what the most recent developments are in every technological area affecting for defence. Without DSEI I fear this sort of interaction, information exchange and knowledge of developments across all domains would be lost. DSEI is an invaluable international biannual event .
    Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP, Chairman, House of Commons Defence Select Committee
    UK Parliament
  • DSEI is a fantastic showcase for defence companies where international buyers, sellers, developers, thinkers, educators and the trainers can all get together. The UK defence industry is looking to recruit more engineers, scientists and developers into 200,000 jobs and up to 10,000 apprentices within UK defence companies. DSEI is an excellent tool to highlight the challenges the industry face as well as showcase its capabilities domestically and overseas.
    James Gray MP, House of Commons Defence Committee
    UK Parliament

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