The 2015 Wilbur and Orville Wright Named lecture was delivered by Mr Nigel Whitehead FREng FRAeS CEng, Group Managing Director - Programmes & Support, BAE Systems plc.
The United Kingdom has a long and proud history of being at the forefront of the military air sector, boasting a world-renowned Air Force and an innovative industry. But what of the future? How will the changing threat environment impact the operational requirements of the Royal Air Force and other allied air forces? How will UK industry adapt to meet the new challenges its customers face? What technologies will be key to ensuring the UK remains a world-leader in the military air domain, and how will these be harnessed to deliver improved capabilities and value?
Established to honour the successful and experienced mechanical engineers who completed the first successful controlled powered flight on 17 December 1903, the Wilbur & Orville Wright Lecture is the principal event in the Society’s year, given by distinguished members of the US and UK aerospace communities.
About the speaker:
Mr Nigel Whitehead FREng FRAeS CEng, Group Managing Director - Programmes & Support, BAE Systems plc
Nigel was appointed Group Managing Director of Programmes and Support, one of three Global Operating Groups in BAE Systems, in 2008. In this role he has responsibility for UK Businesses including Maritime, Military Air & Information, Combat Vehicles (UK), UK Munitions and the Group’s Shared Services operations. These businesses deliver over £6bn turnover predominantly in UK defence but also in international markets.