US 6th Gen Fighter Jet Program

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    This sixth-generation fighter initiative is loosely known as the “F-X program” for the USAF and the “FA-XX” for the Navy.

    The F-X program looks to to finally replace the F-15 Eagle, as well as the F-22 Raptor, and the FA-XX program aims to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. This new aircraft will be as much about reusable weaponry (lasers) as it is about expendable weaponry. Development of solid-state airborne laser capability is already well underway in the white world, and has most likely experienced other application gains in the black world.

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    Lockheed's still bitter about the loss of their YF-23 Black Widow to the F-22 Raptor. Here's their 6th gen design concept:

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    Looks an awful lot like their previous entry doesn't it?

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    This video gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside |Happy|
     
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    What a beauty. I was expecting it to be unmanned not manned. In the video we can see the canopy.
     
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    Air Force's Next Fighter Jet a Program to Watch in 2017


    WASHINGTON — 2017 could be a decisive year for the Air Force’s future fighter jet, as the service begins multiple efforts that will help determine the requirements of its so-called Penetrating Counter Air capability.

    The service’s current plan hinges on several lines of effort. The Air Force is preparing to kick off an 18-month analysis of alternatives this January that will explore a handful of fighter-jet concepts and evaluate their ability to meet future threats, said Col. Thomas Coglitore, chief of ACC’s ‎air superiority core function and next-generation air dominance working groups.

    The AOA group is working hand-in-glove with another team at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, that is responsible for formulating an acquisition strategy and will conduct risk-reduction activities, he said.

    A separate study by the Air Force’s Scientific Advisory board, which will span fiscal year 2017, will identify and review key technologies—including sensors, countermeasures, weapons and low-observability capabilities, among others. The board plans to provide a roadmap documenting essential tech and the timeline for maturing them. It will brief the Air Force secretary in July 2017 and publish its report in December.

    The goal of the Penetrating Counter Air (PCA) AOA is to better understand the attributes the Air Force will need in a future fighter jet to meet projected capability gaps, and the team will deliver their recommendations in June 2018, Coglitore told Defense News in a Nov. 9 interview.

    “We will select concepts that cover the different trade space, if you will, to fulfill the gaps,” he said. For instance, when the team looks at survivability, “there are lots of ways you could survive. You could survive using stealth or speed or altitude or maneuverability. So we will be examining all this to figure out what the best attributes are to survive.”

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    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/air-forces-next-fighter-jet-a-program-to-watch-in-2017
     
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