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
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.