posted on Dec, 11 2012 @ 01:19 PM
Sixth Generation aircraft won't be developed without a radical shift in propulsion systems. The ADVENT core engine, just started any kind of testing
in September of this year, and is several years away from flight tests, so it's going to be awhile before a Sixth Gen fighter is even on the drawing
board. In April of 2009, the Air Force said we were "just a few years away from designing the next generation of fighters". In just the last year
or so, they have said there won't be a new fighter, unless there was a jump in technology that would allow a huge improvement in performance (a new
engine that gives longer loiter time, more range, etc).
The Lockheed aircraft entry would feature a "self healing" skin capable of releasing a temporary patch over vulnerable areas, such as wheel well
doors, or the underbelly of the plane, that would allow it to fly on and land after taking damage.