The US Navy has begun developing a new carrier-based fighter, writes USNI News. The military reportedly opened an office for a program called Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) and held initial consultations with representatives of the aviation industry.
It is noted that the new aircraft should replace the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, and also include "many of the features" of the F-35C Lighting II, but with "updated technology and increased range." According to USNI News, the US Navy is thus planning to adapt to a new strategy aimed at fighting Russia and China.
It is reported that the range of the sixth generation carrier-based fighter will be 1,000 nautical miles (more than 1,852 kilometers) versus 700 nautical miles (1,296 kilometers) for the F-35C Lighting II. In addition, the pilot will rely even more on computer systems to fly the new aircraft than is currently the case.
The new fighter should be ready in the 2030s, but the Navy plans to move this deadline to the left. The main difficulties in the timely implementation of the program are related to the problems of financing GAD. USNI News notes that replacing the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet will cost $ 67 billion and the EA-18G Growler $ 22 billion.
The most likely lead developer of the new aircraft is one of the three leading American military-industrial corporations (Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman). According to USNI News, the final tactical and technical requirements for the Navy carrier-based fighter have not yet been formed.
In July, the publication of the Chinese portal Global Times named the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, as well as the Chinese J-20, and not the Russian Su-57, as fifth-generation fighters. In the same place, one of the features of the fifth-generation fighter was called the use of artificial intelligence, which should increase even more in the sixth generation aircraft.
The F-35 Lightning II family of multifunctional fifth-generation fighters has been produced since 2001 by the American military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin. The aircraft is made in three versions: A (for the air force), B (with a short takeoff and vertical landing), and C (deck).