Past event: International Fighter Conference 2023

Combat Air Power for Contested Environments

The International Fighter Conference (IFC), now in its 23rd year, has gained a reputation as the world's premier event for all elements of the fighter aircraft community. We are delighted to confirm the 2023 IFC will take place in Madrid with the formal support of the Spanish Air and Space Force.

With many Future Combat Air Systems under development from NGAD to FCAS to TEMPEST to TF-X  there is alot of active discussion on the technologies available and the operational environemnts that these systems will have to contend with when they enter service 2040+

Work to develop, refine, and operationalise key technologies to enable Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T); Artificial Intelligence (AI); dominance of the electro-magnetic spectrum; Live Virtual and Constructive (LVC) Training; Real-time data fusion are underway. There are many technical and ethical challenges to overcome from bandwidth, latency, to rules of engagement and autonomous lethality.

At the same time, with the Russia-Ukraine conflict focussing minds on the ability of nations to fight tonight and defence thier air space there are also pressing priorities. All this at a time of budget contraints and inflation. Tough decisions needs to be made and senior leaders need to act decisively and invest wisely. Challenges include delivering operational effect; sustainment and logistics; delivering airpower from dispersed locations; and the use and replenishment of munitions - including industry capacity and supply chain resiliency.

Attracting over 300 attendees drawn from both senior military officers (60%) and industry personnel (40%) spanning the globe from the Americas, and Europe, to the Middle East and Asia the forum provide an annual opportunity for experts to keep at the cutting edge of airpower delivery in a quickly evolving operating environment

Join us in Madrid in November 2023.

Top 4 Reasons to Attend IFC

  • Define a light attack blueprint which can support the delivery of decisive air-ground capability in the permissive operating environment
  • Integrate cyber, EW and the electromagnetic spectrum to sustain the operational edge in a contested battlespace
  • Optimise the management and fusion of data to support the attainment of information dominance for air operations and the joint force
  • Improve the training model by blending live and synthetic approaches, and support rapid and effective decision-making for the data-age pilot

2023 Co-Chairmen

  • Gen. (Ret.) Frank Gorenc, Former Commander, USAFE/AFAFRICA
  • Lt. Gen (Ret.) Rubén C. García Servert, Former Commander, NATO Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejon, Spanish Air Force

IFC Speakers

  • General Javier Salto Martínez-Avial, Chief of Staff, Spanish Air and Space Force
  • Lieutenant General Günter Katz, Commanding General Air Force Forces Command, German Air Force
  • Lieutenant General Juan Pablo Sánchez de Lara, Commander Combined Air Operations Centres, NATO
  • Lieutenant General Richard G. Moore, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, HQ United States Air force
  • Major General Jean-Luc Moritz, FCAS Project Operational Chief, French Air and Space Force
  • Major General José Antonio Gutiérrez Sevilla, Deputy NAD for Programmes National Armament Directorate, Spanish Air & Space Force
  • Rear Admiral Giancarlo Ciappina, Commander of the Italian Fleet Air Arm, Italian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Daniel Martin, Director Maritime Operations, United States Pacific Fleet
  • Major General Cezary Wisniewskii, Deputy General Commander, Polish Armed Forces
  • Brigadier General Cihangir Yay, Department Head, TF-X Project Management, Turkish Air Force
  • Air Commodore Howard Edwards, Combat Air Force Commander, Royal Air Force
  • Major General Clark Quinn, Commander, Nineteenth Air Force, United States Air Force
  • Major General Sylvain Ménard, Chief Fighter Capability, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Air Commodore Pete Robinson, Commander Air Combat Group, Royal Australian Air Force
  • Brigadier Mayor Fernando Luis Mengo, Commander of Training and Readiness, Argentine Air Force
  • Brigadier General David Shoemaker, Director of Operations, Air Combat Command, United States Air Force
  • Brigadier General Ugrik Csaba, Flight Director, Hungarian Defence Force
  • Colonel Stefano Rigoni, Chief of the Modelling and Simulation Office, Italian Air Force
  • Colonel William Lutmer, Commander, 31st Operations Group, United States Air Force
  • Captain Chris “Pops” Papaioanu, Navy Fighter Weapons School Commander 'Top Gun', United States Navy
  • Captain Vincent Isorce, Chief of Naval Air Training & Operations, French Navy
  • Lieutenant Colonel Miguel Bernard, Director Future Fighter Lead-in Training, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Major Keith Conway, Chief of Fighter Integration, LeMay Center for Doctrine Development, United States Air Force
  • Justin Bronk, Senior Research Fellow for Airpower, RUSI
  • Oscar Bladh, Project Manager, Survivability & EW Gripen E, FMV
  • Christopher Mulder, Director, Air Force International Programs, Defense Security Cooperation Agency
  • Senior Representative, Future Combat Air, UK MOD
  • Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President, Head of Military Air Systems, Airbus Defence and Space
  • José Vicente de los Mozos, CEO, Indra
  • Francisco Javier Sanchez Segura,HO Engineering, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Patrick Doherty, Executive Director AF Field Operations/Programs, Boeing
  • Jeffrey Harrigian, Vice President, Strategic Campaigns, Lockheed Martin
  • Marco Gumbrecht,HO Business Growth Combat, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Donn C. Yates, Executive Director, Air Force Fighters & Trainers Business Development, Air Dominance, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
  • Mikael Grev, CEO/Co-Founder, Avioniq
  • Brett Abbamonte, ELITE Program Manager, Advanced Strategic Insight (ASI)

Please fill in your name and email to receive the Conference Agenda of this event.


Melia Americas Madrid
C. de Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena 36, 28027
Madrid, Spain

TEL: +34 914 23 24 00

Group Rate: €145.00 per night, single occupancy, excluding applicable taxes

Reservation Method: Reserve your room by clicking on this reservation link. We have reserved a selection of rooms at a discounted group rate, subject to availability
Event details
Organizer : Defence IQ
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-24253