The Air Force Association’s 35th annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition will be held 27 February – 1 March in Orlando, Florida and we are covering the event.

The AFA Air Warfare Symposium is one of the nation’s premier events for defense and aerospace professionals from across the U.S. and abroad. The Air Warfare Symposium brings together Air Force senior leaders — including Secretary Heather Wilson, Chief of Staff General David Goldfein, and Acquisition chief Dr. Will Roper — as well as leaders in industry and academia to address the challenges facing the Air Force today and in the future.

The event’s Agenda is here – https://www.afa.org/events/airwarfare/agenda and issues sure to loom large include Secretary Wilson’s ambitious plans to significantly grow the USAF force structure, President Trump’s plans to establish a Space Force. and specific programmatic issues including the outlook for the F-35, the new B-21 bomber, and the prospects for/implications of relaunching Boeing’s F-15 fighter line.

You can watch Day 1 (Thursday) Air Warfare Symposium speakers here — https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/18717 — and Day 2 (Friday) speakers here — https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/18723

The Technology Exposition part of the Air Warfare Symposium, while much smaller than the AFA’s Annual Air, Space & Cyber confab held in September near Washington DC — boasts 27,000 square feet of space with more than 50 companies showcasing the latest technologies and innovations in air warfare capabilities.

Here’s what we heard from some of the exhibiting vendors:

  • BAE Systems (Booth 515) — announced a critical program milestone with the successful insertion of new technology into its EW systems for the global fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. Upgrades to the AN/ASQ-239 system position it to meet future capability requirements and improve warfighters’ ability to conduct critical missions in contested airspace.
  • Collins Aerospace (Booth 815)announced the selection of its Flight2™ aftermarket avionics solution by the Portuguese Air Force for their C-130H transport aircraft as well as the 1,000 unit delivery milestone for the Collins Elbit Vision Systems (CEVS) F-35 Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) System.
  • Elbit Systems (Booth 301)featured its solutions for: Advanced next generation cockpits; Enhanced situational awareness during day, night and degraded visual environments; Early missile warning threat detection and improved aircraft survivability; Laser seekers for PGMs enable precise engagement of targets; Health monitoring capabilities for pilots; and Increased aircraft mission availability and reduced operating costs.
  • Leidos (Booth 831) — focused on military AI/ML and is displaying capabilities that address the Air Force’s challenges regarding: (a) algorithmic warfare and how to get the best analysis through new data sources; and (b) how to rapidly generate realistic real world training databases with sensors.

Air Force Magazine photo by Mike Tsukamoto