International Fighter USA

July 28 - 30, 2020 | Washington, D.C.

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International Fighter USA Event Guide

International Fighter USA Event Guide

International Fighter USA originated as a result of the current challenges the U.S. and allies are facing in the aerospace field; as an inaugural summit on U.S. soil, it will cover the imperative topics regarding the international efforts and cooperation to maintain global stability through aerospace dominance and technological superiority.

The summit will address those issues by bringing together global allies, leading decision makers, commanders and professionals to discuss:

  • Multi-player & multi-generational operations in a complex battlefield
  • Implementation of 5th generation fighter jets
  • Technologies needed to bridge the generational gaps
  • Vision for the 6th generation fighter jet

Bridging the Gap Between the 5th and 6th Generation Fighters

Bridging the Gap Between the 5th and 6th Generation Fighters

Highlights from the FY2020 Air Force Budget! The U.S. Air Force is requesting $165.6 billion in fiscal 2020, an increase of about $10 billion more than FY19 that the service intends to use to advance readiness as well as spearhead technology development. Out of this budget, $57.7 billion will be used to procure a wide array of aircraft and solutions needed to ensure air dominance for the foreseeable future.

In addition, a considerable amount, roughly $15 billion will be invested in expanding, modifying and complimenting their 5th generation fighter. Though experts expect the 6th generation of fighters to start replacing F-35s as early as 2030, the budget numbers listed in this infographic re-affirm the Air Force’s commitment to 5th generation fighters. Download this USAF fighter budget at-a-glance to find out exactly where the Air Force plans to invest their procurement budget in 2020 and how these investments, as well as those in R&D, will help close the gap between the 6th and 5th generation fighters.

Provides an overview of:

  • 5th generation fighter acquisitions and upgrades 
  • The Block 4 Modernization Program
  • Penetrating Counter Air Program
  • 6th generation fighter R&D
What Will the 6th Generation Fighter Look Like?

What Will the 6th Generation Fighter Look Like?

Though the 5th generation of fighters have yet to be fully deployed, the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Navy (USN) are already hard at work developing the 6th generation of fighters under, respectively, the ‘Penetrating Counter-Air' and FA-XX programs. As of now, they expect to begin fielding the 6th generation fighter as early as 2025-2030 and Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, and Northrop-Grumman have already unveiled sixth-generation concepts.

Though a number of hardware and equipment upgrades are expected, the true differentiator between the 5th and 6th generation fighter will be software. Paradigm-changing air-fighter technologies such as autonomous systems, AI and accelerated real-time analytics could potentially revolutionize warfare as we know it. As one of our keynote speakers, Lt. Gen. (R) David Deptula explained to War Maven, “We are moving into a future where aircraft need to be looked at as not just elements of their own, but as a system of information nodes - sensor - shooter - effectors. It is about creating an entire system of systems that is self-forming and self-healing with a greater degree of awareness than an adversary can achieve, and a much greater degree of survivability.”

To give you a glimpse into the future of air dominance, we highlighted some of the key capabilities and features expected to define the 6th generation fighter in this infographic.