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Focus Day: LVC Training and Light Attack

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS: LIGHT ATTACK

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz, Former Commander, German Air Force

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz

Former Commander
German Air Force

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM OPENING KEYNOTE: SRI LANKA’S DEVELOPMENT OF COMBAT AIRPOWER

Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy, Commander, Sri Lankan Air Force
  • Developing Sri Lanka’s combat air capability to support operations in the coastal and maritime environment
  • Establishing critical requirements for the Air Force. Implementing training that prepares aircrews for the contemporary operating environment
  • Delivering a light attack and armed reconnaissance function that will support the Air Force’s future delivery of combat airpower

Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy

Commander
Sri Lankan Air Force

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM DEPLOYING A LIGHT ATTACK AIRCRAFT TO SUPPORT COUNTER-INSURGENCY OPERATIONS

Brigadier Eric Mbugua Kinuthia, Base Commander Laikipia Air Base, Kenya Air Force
  • Exploring how the Kenya Air Force is deploying light attack combat aircraft to support current counter-insurgency operations. Identifying and prosecuting targets autonomously from onboard the aircraft
  • Delivering an effective mission plan for counter-insurgency ground attack operations. Coordinating close air support in the uncontested operating environment
  • Assessing future requirements for Kenya’s fighter fleet

Brigadier Eric Mbugua Kinuthia

Base Commander Laikipia Air Base
Kenya Air Force

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM ENHANCING TRAINING AND OPERATIONAL DELIVERY FOR THE PAKISTAN AIR FORCE

Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar, Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Training), Pakistan Air Force
  • Recent operational experience for the Pakistan Air Force
  • Training operators to execute armed reconnaissance missions. Prosecuting small targets using combat aircraft to uphold border security
  • Current limitations to Pakistan’s combat airpower. Developing indigenous solutions to upgrade capability

Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar

Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Training)
Pakistan Air Force
This panel will examine the operational challenges of delivering armed reconnaissance for counter-insurgency, air policing and national security missions. It will bring together senior officers grappling with diverse mission briefs, and will ask them to identify the critical requirements of an upgraded light-attack aircraft. It will also be an opportunity to discuss the potential for self-sufficient combat aircraft, which can identify, track and engage low-level, unsophisticated adversaries without a major ISR infrastructure in support.

General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
USAFE/AFAFRICA

Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar

Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Training)
Pakistan Air Force

Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy

Commander
Sri Lankan Air Force

Brigadier Eric Mbugua Kinuthia

Base Commander Laikipia Air Base
Kenya Air Force

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS: LVC TRAINING

General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc, Former Commander, USAFE/AFAFRICA

General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
USAFE/AFAFRICA

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM DELIVERING LVC TRAINING IN THE CONTEXT OF 5th GENERATION INTEGRATION

Captain John Enfield, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, US Navy
  • What are the requirements of a balanced LVC system, and how might those requirements be met by industry?
  • Optimising synthetic training so that systems are readily compatible both with other synthetic systems and with live aircraft
  • Can LVC training support operators conducting missions which combine both 4th/5th generation platforms? Are 4th generation operators being trained to confront a 5th generation adversary?
  • Emitting a high fidelity threat to support live aircrew training for A2/AD environments

Captain John Enfield

Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center
US Navy

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM PREPARING AIRCREW FOR ELECTRONIC COMBAT – INNOVATIONS IN EW TRAINING AND LVC

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Kleeman, Commander, Def/3 Warrior Prep Center, Polygone EW Range, US Air Force
  • Understanding how the Warrior Prep Centre delivers EW and LVC training to support the readiness of the combat aviator
  • Developing a training infrastructure that prepares aircrew for operations in A2/AD environments
  • How will the requirements of EW training change with the introduction of 5th generation aircraft?

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Kleeman

Commander, Def/3 Warrior Prep Center, Polygone EW Range
US Air Force

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM DELIVERING SYNTHETIC TRAINING FOR COMBAT AIRCREWS

Wing Commander Martin Rendall, Officer Commanding, Air Battlespace Training Centre, Royal Air Force
  • Delivering synthetic training that prepares combat airmen for operations in varied and austere environments
  • Establishing the extent to which synthetic training can augment and replace live aggressor training
  • Building a synthetic model for the future fleet. Training airmen for 5th/6th generation aircraft
  • The synthetic training requirements of combat operators, as opposed to aircrews flying AEW and ISR missions

Wing Commander Martin Rendall

Officer Commanding, Air Battlespace Training Centre
Royal Air Force

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM DELIVERING TRAINING TO SUPPORT THE PILOT IN A MULTI-DOMAIN BATTLESPACE

NATO JEWCS provides SACEUR and ACO subordinate commands with Electronic Warfare (EW) expertise and training in support of the planning and execution of NATO operations and exercises. In addition, JEWCS, under the direction of SHAPE, supports NATO HQ, SACEUR and SACT in the development of EW policy, doctrine, concepts and experimentation.

  • Assessing how the introduction of new capabilities will impact the EW training requirements of NATO aircrews
  • Optimising EW training to augment SEAD capability. Preparing the operator for the A2/AD battlespace
  • Delivering training to support the warfighter who is operating in a “downed” EM environment
  • How does EW training fit within the broader approach to combat air training? What are the EW requirements of an LVC training balance?

  • Overcoming the challenge of integration. How can industry and operators develop an LVC training model that gets maximum use from live and synthetic training assets
  • As NATO nations prepare to deploy 5th generation aircraft, how will training requirements change? Will the capabilities of 5th and subsequently 6th generation aircraft denote an augmented focus on synthetic training?
  • Is a training programme that relies solely on virtual training forseeable, or must there be balance between live and virtual options?

General (Retd.) Frank Gorenc

Former Commander
USAFE/AFAFRICA

Colonel Jeroen Poesen

Division Chief Air Operations and Training
Belgian Air Force

Wing Commander Martin Rendall

Officer Commanding, Air Battlespace Training Centre
Royal Air Force

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM CLOSING REMARKS - END OF FOCUS DAY