Air Combat Command Director of Requirements Maj. Gen. Mark Matthews said sixth-generation planes are on the service's radar.
"What our folks have already begun with are informal discussions [with] think tanks, with people in industry, about what their thoughts and their concepts are for the next generation of air dominance," he said. "What I've asked my people to go back and look at . . . is to look at other concepts for executing air dominance, not just fixed-wing aircraft."
Air dominance, the two-star said, could include cyber effects, directed energy or ground-based systems.
USAF thinks 6th-gen fighters, 'ground-based' air dominance
Inside the Air Force (subscribers only) reports today from the Air Armament Summit in Florida:
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