ADS are delighted to welcome Michael Christie from BAE Systems for this webinar. Michael will provide an up to date view of progress on the Tempest programme and work towards achieving the ambitious vision within the UK’s Combat Air Strategy, launched in 2018. 

He will cover some of the technical challenges faced in implementing a future combat air system and will address the critical area of developing an efficient international partnership. 

The session will then focus on the role of the broader UK defence aerospace enterprise within this international partnership and will provide time for questions and discussion around these and other aspects of the future programme.

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Michael Christie - Director Combat Air Acquisition Programme, BAE Systems - Air

After graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from The University of Glasgow in 1984, Michael joined British Aerospace and progressed through a number of posts in the Aerodynamics area. Michael progressed to becoming an aircraft performance specialist and design signatory for a number of aircraft including Eurofighter, Tornado and Jaguar.

Building on this Engineering background, Michael has held a number of programme management roles, mainly in development programmes, across Land, Sea and C4ISR domains as well as the main domain of Air Systems. The programmes Michael has led include, FOAS (the Future Offensive Air System), Astute Submarine, the UK element of F-35 as well as a long association with the Hawk business in various roles. This association with the Hawk programme also led to a role developing the market for the BAE Systems Military Air business in India.

In 2014, Michael moved to lead the Defence Information business which designs and delivers a range of Information Systems and services for both BAE Systems platforms and directly to other Defence customers.  

Over the last few years, Michael has been heavily involved in the development of the strategy for the Combat Air Sector, initially as Strategy Director for the Military Air business in BAE Systems and more recently as Director of Future Combat Air Systems. During this period, Michael was one of the founder members of “Team Tempest” in 2018 and has been involved in the programme since then working to establish the Combat Air Acquisition Programme. Michael has been heavily involved in developing international partnerships as well as supporting the MoD to formulate a strategy for the programme within the UK.