The Air Force’s Secret New Fighter Jet Could Pack This Highly Classified Tech

From Popular Mechanics

In September, the U.S. Air Force shocked the world when it announced it had secretly designed, built, and tested a new fighter jet—all in the astonishingly short span of just one year.

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The secret new fighter jet—if it’s even a new “fighter” at all—is part of the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program, an Air Force project designed to supplement and eventually replace the F-22 Raptor. The Air Force has identified five major new technologies it believes will be necessary for the program. But what are they?

A new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on NGAD gives a quick rundown of the program. The secret new fighter jet, which Air Force acquisition Secretary Will Roper officially announced on September 15, is just part of a program that will likely include crewed and uncrewed

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F-15EX jet fighter technology | Military & Aerospace Electronics

WASHINGTON – As was widely reported in July, the U.S. Air Force has decided to acquire many F-15EX jet fighter aircraft over the next several years. The F-15EX initially was expected to replace the elderly F-15 C/D, but the latest reports indicate that it also may replace the Air Force’s fleet of F-15E jet fighter-bombers. Kris Osborn at Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

28 Sept. 2020 — Essentially, the F-15EX concept binds generations of technological innovation into the 1970-vintage F-15 airframe. The F-15EX uses the classic F-15 frame but incorporates a host of technological improvements developed over the course of the last thirty years.

Serial production of the F-15, driven largely by foreign sales in recent years, enables the integration of new technology and weapons and keeps the workforce and the manufacturing facilities fresh.

The logic of replacing the F-15E (alongside the

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