The Royal Air Force has historically enjoyed great success over the past 100 years. They have also varied necessary sacrifices in defending our country, Commonwealth, Europe, and in support of allied forces across the world. To continue delivering to an ever-changing and digitalising world, the Air Force needs to adopt new and progressive strategies for aerospace and air power progression. It needs to remain modern and at the forefront of technological progression.
The service is enjoying a period of mass growth, as it looks to consolidate its place on a global stage. In line with this, the modern Royal Air Force is actively looking for the next disruptive and innovative technologies. They are doing this to revolutionise the way military practices and operations are undertaken, through organisations who are willing and able to implement their solutions in a manner that is appropriate for delivering improvements in efficiency and productivity.
To achieve this, a key focus is to look forward and bring together the world’s most advanced services and technologies to showcase their applicability to a modern Royal Air Force.
The event builds on the recognition of the diverse challenges that the Air Force must face over the next century. Whether it’s delivering on the UK’s push into space, the adoption of AR and VR for engineers, the use of robotics for search and rescue, understanding and the implementation of artificial intelligence into software systems, unmanned technologies, or delivering state of the art cybersecurity using the latest techniques to defend IT infrastructure & communications, the Royal Air Force cannot rely solely on its historic approaches. There is a need to question the efficiency and suitability of current practices to ensure the right technologies are available for the successful delivery of the NEXT GENERATION AIR FORCE.
This desire to look forward builds on key sentiments coming from the Royal Air Force’s recent strategic review. The 2017 review highlighted critical challenges that the modern Service must overcome, to keep to the high-performance levels it has enjoyed over the past century. Some of the most pressing and influential variables highlighted are:
Technology will be pivotal in delivering this advancement and growth for the Royal Air Force. The Air Force is aware and interested in the opportunities that commercial partnerships may have in relation to improved flexibility and solution delivery for the Force according to the review.
The Executive Board will invite 100 companies to Britain’s Royal Air Force Museum. The companies will then demonstrate their services and technologies to the MOD board, heads of departments, procurement teams, service personnel and the future of the Royal Air Force itself – STEM students from across the UK. Handpicked from the UK and across the globe, these organisations aim to collaborate their respective capabilities. Delivering demonstrable solutions across manufacturing, design, and innovation is the goal. Showcasing their newest technologies and relevance to the future of the NEXT GENERATION AIR FORCE.
A key part of this will be achieved via the exclusive ‘Interoperability task forces’. These are designed to provide a demonstrable solution concerning the interoperable cross-sector collaboration of the Ministry of Defence and Royal Air Force’s strategic goals. This will be done by identifying relevant use cases and demonstrating their feasibility.
Technological advancementsKey representatives and industry leaders will be collaborating to achieve new and innovative solutions within the following fields:
All solutions from the interoperability task force teams will present to the entire delegation at the event. Presentations will include specific details on operational requirements and intricacies. Every required component for completing the designed solutions will be demonstrated and elaborated upon. Following this, stakeholders will evaluate and assess these strategies, to review whether they are appropriate for the modern Air Force.
The Centenary event, is about ensuring the Air Force maintains its dominance against increasingly agile and capable enemies over the forthcoming decades. Through showcasing the technologies, organisations, and potential partnerships that will support the NEXT GENERATION AIR FORCE.
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