What will the new U.S. Navy 6th generation fighter look like?
WASHINGTON, (BM) – For the US Navy, a 6th generation fighter is designing, which will be different from the fighter planned for the Air Force, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according news agency Pravda.
The sixth generation of fighters, which is being actively discussed by many today, is considered by experts to be not “independent”, but rather “complementary” to the fifth generation.
The sixth generation is being developed most actively in the USA – the military has a clear concept and a clear understanding of what they want from the new products.
At the same time, the US military already had experience in creating a “single” machine for both sailors and infantry – the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. The multi-purpose aircraft opened up, among other things, wide opportunities for the unification of production, making it possible to quickly repair damaged aircraft and always have the necessary spare parts in stock.
And it seemed that the concept would continue on the sixth generation machines.
However, this time the US military decided to create “specialized” aircraft: according to data provided by the Popular Mechanics publication, the new fighter will be created exclusively for the fleet and will not be included in other types of troops.
What solutions will apply?
Little is known about the new machine: they call it “F / A-XX”, it is planned to replace it with “F / A-18E / F Super Hornet”, the aircraft will be delivered to the fleet around the 2030s. The first information about the new aircraft appeared in 2008.
According to statements by representatives of the US Air Force, the aircraft will be very different from the “land” counterparts. Initially, “F / A-XX” was conceived not even as an airplane, but as a platform around which you can build their various types, moreover, a platform with an open architecture.
They didn’t forget about the latest AI technologies: in 2015, the press got a statement from Ray Mabus (at that time the US Secretary of the Navy) that the new product would be unmanned. This allows us to think that on the “F / A-XX” platform, a whole “family” of aircraft will indeed be launched.
There is very little known directly about the manned F / A-XX: it is a two-seat aircraft without tail stabilizers, made using the technology previously known as the “flying wing” (the “mixed wing” in the current variation). The machine will weigh up to 18 tons; it will be equipped with two engines.
It is planned that the aircraft will play a supporting role:
- destroy land targets,
- suppress enemy air defenses,
- conduct reconnaissance using the latest radar systems.
According to Rear Admiral Scott D. Conn, by the 2030s the fleet plans to put into service about 50% of new aircraft, and the remaining 50% will be “closed” by the F-35.
“Such a scheme is needed for a smoother transition – it is always useful to have a” buffer in case of unforeseen situations,” he said.
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