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originally posted by: Forensick
So does anyone have an idea of what 6 Gen will be? What will the game changer be?
Can I suggest it might not be stealth but perhaps a laser that can shoot any missile out of the sky, this would need power, ultra fast computing, more powerful 360 degree radar, reliable and mission availability and a payload.
So for me, the next gen aircraft will be a B1 style capable of Mach 3 super cruise and designed to be super reliable, onboard power generation to power a suite of processors guiding multiple radar and lasers, rotary hypsersonic BVRAAM missile launchers facing forwards and rear and the ability to drop tens of LGBs with a large fuel tank....
Just putting it out there, why mess around with stealth if you can make something nothing can hit?
Now I am only taking the P but how long do you wait for 6 gen to be designed whilst your '70s aircraft 'may' become fodder to some of these emerging russian or Chinese fighters (neither of which I rate but dont know anything about them) but what happens when you find out the F-15 and F-18 are obsolete and fodder to some new aircraft and you dont have a 6th Gen line running?
What if intelligence already knows that they are in trouble?
Just putting it out there.
a reply to: Zaphod58
originally posted by: Bfirez
a reply to: nwtrucker
The F22 fills the role better than the F35 for many of those nations. Canada and Australia in particular. So how does the foreign sale work though with the current embargo. IIRC congress made it illegal to export the 22
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Jonjonj
Except that what everyone forgets is that the so called second best is that way because it does a completely different job.