F/A-XX at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition

Minions, I bear good news… new fighter programs areemerging. So it won’t be the same old F-22 and F-35 day in and day out…


The F/A-XX sixth-generation fighter emerged as a hot topicat the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition near Washington DC today. The US Navyhas released a Request for Information for a new fighter to replace theF/A-18E/F in the 2030s as of Friday 13 April according to Rear Admiral DonaldGaddis, the Naval Air Systems Command’s program manager for tactical aviation. Butwhile he is willing to say that the Navy wants far greater kinematicperformance and greater range, Gaddis cautions that there will be a longanalysis of alternatives (AoA) before any formal program starts. The Pentagonwill also likely mandate a joint AoA with the US Air Force’s prospective F-Xsixth-generation effort, but the Navy and USAF requirements may not match up,he says.


In the meantime, Boeing is displaying its F/A-XX concept atthe show.IMG-20120416-00015.jpg

And it has revealed its concept for the Navy’s UnmannedCarrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) drone.


More to come later…


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