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USAF's Sixth Gen Fighter demo may be to take to the air soon

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posted on Jun, 4 2018 @ 05:08 PM
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a reply to: Fastmover

Probably, but not yet proven. Enough elements for doubt.




posted on Jun, 4 2018 @ 05:13 PM
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NGAD is not PCA is NGAD.



posted on Jun, 5 2018 @ 04:10 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

have they been flying the 2037 heavy bomber out recently? i was on 'vacation' and i saw a large triangle with two con-trails flying pretty high and silently?


but back on topic i wonder if the Amarillo mystery bird is testing for the new gen fighters
edit on 5-6-2018 by penroc3 because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 5 2018 @ 12:56 PM
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a reply to: penroc3

Silent you say? Triangle? Ooooh, nice sighting. 😎 I'm jealous



posted on Jun, 5 2018 @ 03:37 PM
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a reply to: penroc3

I think it's safe to say that Amarillo was *some* part of the new LRS systems, though whether it was a bomber demonstrator or related to PEA or PCA is another story. It's just a shame that we haven't had any good sightings since 2014.



posted on Jun, 5 2018 @ 10:02 PM
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Just a thought, but has anyone seen any renderings or broad stats for the LM hybrid F-35/F-22 proposal they recently offered Japan as part of its F-3 program? I thought it a little odd that they would offer such a potentially potent 5+ Gen airframe with apparently no upfront US involvement in the program. Could it be that PCA would be covered by this? I would think with an airframe stretch to accommodate a larger weapons bay and additional space for fuel and sensors it would fit the bill. Maybe something along the lines of a multi-role FB-22 but with an interceptor and SEAD capability is not as dead as we thought after all? It would certainly compliment the B-21 nicely.



posted on Jun, 5 2018 @ 10:20 PM
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Whatever comes out of NGAD, whether it be PCA or some other critter, is not likely to be exported. We saw that drama already with the F-22 and things have become even more sensitive with export controlled tech now than back in the 90s: China wasn't considered a concern like she has become, yet Congress wished to constrict the 22's tech export.

We discussed the hybrid F22/35 here and it's really just a 5+ rather than a 6. I'm curious how Lockheed will dodge the restrictions on the 22. After all, the KF-X had items that were not as restricted denied export to the South Koreans.

My bet is there is a follow-on to the 35 that will be exported. it might be the F-35D that's been looked into: a gen 5+ with items like the HEL integrated.



posted on Jun, 5 2018 @ 10:52 PM
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They are a long way away from having anything like renderings or even specs for the program. The earliest we might see some details is probably next year at the absolute earliest. And that's if they rush it. It's more likely we'll start seeing details some time after 2020-21.

Hybrid F-22/F-35 could mean just about anything. It could be anything from an air superiority aircraft, with F-35 avionics to something using tech from both.



posted on Jun, 5 2018 @ 10:53 PM
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a reply to: anzha

They're a little more relaxed with Japan when it comes to tech transfer. They've gotten a few things we didn't offer to anyone else.



posted on Jun, 16 2018 @ 06:51 AM
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I wonder what is their full development timeline? Does it make sense to nail down the specs early and have something that is markedly better than what the Chinese/Russians have relatively sooner, or would it pay off to wait maybe 5 -10 years more, allow greater benefits from R&D to filter into the achievable category, and produce something that blows Russian and Chinese 5th gen planes utterly off the planet with capabilities they have not got a hope of matching for ages (assuming they have not stolen it) and meantime risk a gap of a decade or so where there is something like technical parity, and the real chance for conflict?



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