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Royal Air Force to Speak at Air Mission Planning and Support Conference in April 2018

SMi Reports: Group Captain Richard J Yates MBE, Chief of Staff Air Battle Staff, RAF to discuss the future of British Air Power at a conference held this April in London.

London, United Kingdom, March 08, 2018 --( In recent news, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced “Britain set to launch Combat Air Strategy” in an effort to maintain world-leading combat air capability and power. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier stated that this strategy will “Ensure that the RAF can continue to remain at the forefront of the high-end airpower technology and innovation we need to deal with future threats.” (GOV.UK).

Group Captain Richard J Yates MBE, Chief of Staff Air Battle Staff, RAF, will be speaking at SMi’s 9th annual Air Mission Planning and Support conference, taking place in London on the 17th and 18th April 2018. Group Captain Yates will provide insight into the future of British Air Power in relation to Air Mission Planning and Support, as well as air capability delivery and development.

At the two-day conference, additional expert speakers from the Royal Jordanian Air Force, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Royal Norwegian Air Force, Belgian Air Component, NATO and many others will be discussing technological upgrades and advancements for 5th generation air power and systems, as well as the emerging global threats through maximising joint air power and capabilities.

Key Areas of Discussion:

National Updates to Air Mission Planning
Network-Centric Capabilities and C2
Strategic-Level Analysis of Planning Support
5th Generation Air Power and Development
Air Mission Planning and Power in all Operations
Simulation and Virtual Training for Effective Mission Planning and Support

Latest Attendees Include:

13th ASOS | Airbus Defence and Space | Allied Air Command | BAE Systems | Belgian Air Component | Cobham | FMV - Swedish Defence Materiel Administration | FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency | Global Aviation Support | Jeppesen UK Ltd. | Lockheed Martin | MASS | NATO | Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation | OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) | Ocean Software Pty Ltd | RAF High Wycombe | Royal Jordanian Air Force | Royal Thai Air Force | SAAB | Thales | University of Hertfordshire | US Air Force and more.

There is a brochure available to download, which includes the full agenda and speaker line-up at:

9th annual Air Mission Planning and Support conference
17 - 18 April 2018
St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel, London, United Kingdom

Gold Sponsor: BAE Systems
Sponsor: MASS

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About SMi Group:

Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at
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