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Next Generation Fighter ... la rivelazione bomba di Will Roper ... :o

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The U.S. Air Force has secretly designed, built and flown at least one prototype of its enigmatic next-generation fighter jet, the service’s top acquisition official confirmed to Defense News on Sept. 14.
The development is certain to shock the defense community, which last saw the first flight of an experimental fighter during the battle for the Joint Strike Fighter contract 20 years ago.
With the Air Force’s future fighter program still in its infancy, the rollout and successful first flight of a demonstrator was not expected for years.
“We’ve already built and flown a full-scale flight demonstrator in the real world, and we broke records in doing it,” Will Roper told Defense News in an exclusive interview ahead of the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference.
“We are ready to go and build the next-generation aircraft in a way that has never happened before.”
Almost every detail about the aircraft itself will remain a mystery due to the classification of the Next Generation Air Dominance program, the Air Force’s effort for fielding a family of connected air warfare systems that could include fighters, drones and other networked platforms in space or the cyber realm.
Roper declined to comment on how many prototype aircraft have been flown or which defense contractors manufactured them.
He wouldn’t say when or where the first flight occurred.
And he refused to divulge any aspect of the aircraft’s design — its mission, whether it was uncrewed or optionally crewed, whether it could fly at hypersonic speeds or if it has stealth characteristics.

... defensenews.com ... The US Air Force has built and flown a mysterious full-scale prototype of its future fighter jet ...

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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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Come il sito dell'AFA riporta la notizia ...

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The Air Force’s Next Generation Air Dominance combat aircraft, intended to complement or succeed the F-22 and F-35 in the air superiority role, has already flown, having been rapidly prototyped through modern digital design, Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper revealed Sept. 15.
Roper made the revelation at the end of a talk at AFA’s virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in which he said the Air Force is at an inflection point in how it will master future uncertainty.
Making an analogy to the choice facing the main character in the movie “The Matrix,” the Air Force can “choose the red pill” and accept a new reality and new ways of buying the equipment it needs, or do things the old-fashioned way - taking the “blue pill” - and “lose,” Roper said.
In the movie, the main character can choose to “wake up” from an elaborate illusion to a harsh reality, or continue in the illusion, which is comforting but false and self-defeating.
He declined to give further details about the NGAD flights, except to say the aircraft has “broken a lot of records.”
In a press conference after his presentation, Roper said he was able to win approval only to reveal the flights, without giving away program details or discussing the aircraft’s performance, in order to reassure stakeholders inside and outside the Air Force that digital engineering is producing “real things…in the real world.”
He declined to say, for example, whether the aircraft was competitively developed, what companies were involved, or whether it will be produced in its present form.

... airforcemag.com ... Roper Reveals NGAD Has Flown, But Doesn’t Share Details ...


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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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Chissà ... :scratch:

https://twitter.com/HQ_AFMC/status/1306916125297516544

... theaviationist.com ... Did The Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Give Us A Hint At The Design Of The Demonstrator Of USAF Next Generation Fighter? ...


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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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GE XA100 e XA101 ... se la loro sperimentazione andrà a buon fine ... saranno questi i motori che verranno utilizzati sui futuri caccia di sesta generazione americani ?

... aviationweek.com ... Going With The Flow: The U.S. Air Force’s New Adaptive Powerplants ...


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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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Quando, giusto un mese fa, venne annunciata l'esistenza di un dimostratore segreto del caccia di 6^ generazione americano, vi fu chi esaminò le capacità tecnologiche dei vari produttori aerospaziali d'oltreoceano per tentare di capire quale di loro avesse realizzato l'oggetto misterioso ... 

... defenseone.com ... https://www.defenseone.com/business/202...er/168541/ ...


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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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Secondo Jane's ...

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The United States may field a new fighter aircraft type by fiscal year (FY) 2029, according to a related contract notification posted on 4 March (*).
The contract awarded to Raytheon for AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) aircraft integration support lists several aircraft types that carry the system, before expanding its remit to potentially include those existing types that do not, as well as a type or types that have yet to enter into service.

janes.comUS may field new fighter by FY 2029

(*) ... vedasi alla voce AIR FORCE ... https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contra...e/2525209/ ...


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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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The Air Force and Navy are working together on the Next-Generation Air Dominance program, and the Navy version has a good chance of being unmanned, said Rear Adm. Gregory Harris, the Navy’s director of air warfare, during a Navy League virtual event March 30.
NGAD will be a family of systems for both the Air Force and Navy, and the centerpiece of the Navy variant will be the FA-XX, an aircraft that will succeed the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Harris said.

airforcemag.comNavy, Air Force Team on New Fighter as Navy Aims for 50 Percent Robot Jets

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The Navy is leaning toward replacing its fleet of Super Hornets with another manned fighter that will work with emerging unmanned aircraft concepts under the umbrella of the service’s Next Generation Air Dominance program.
Rear Adm. Gregory Harris, who leads the chief of naval operation’s air warfare directorate (OPNAV N98), said Tuesday that the aircraft following the Super Hornets will “most likely be manned,” but that the Next Generation Air Dominance program will include a mix of both manned and unmanned platforms.

news.usni.orgNavy: NGAD Will be Family of Systems, Super Hornet Replacement Likely a Manned Fighter


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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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Questa immagine rappresenta veramente quello che sarà il caccia americano di sesta generazione (NGAD) o si tratta soltanto di una sottile operazione di disinformazione ?

Immagine

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The US Air Force has revealed concept art of its new fighter jet that was designed, built and tested in secret.
Last September, USAF’s top acquisition official, Will Roper, told Defense News: “We’ve already built and flown a full-scale flight demonstrator in the real world, and we broke records in doing it. We are ready to go and build the next-generation aircraft in a way that has never happened before.”
The new plane, which is intended to replace the F-22, is part of the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) programme and built by Lockheed Martin.
Little is known about the jet, but the Air Force has just dropped a massive clue: concept art of a fighter jet being built under the NGAD programme.
The image appears in USAF’s recently released biennial report for acquisition.

aero-mag.comUS Air Force just revealed a first look at its new fighter jet

Anche qui … theaviationist.comNew Concept Art Of The Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) Featured In Air Force Report

E qui … popularmechanics.comThis Is Our First Look at the Air Force’s Secret New Fighter Jet

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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
 Messaggio Inviato: 14/05/2021, 11:50 
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Una volta ritirato il Raptor ... lo NGAD sarà il cuore della Fighter Force dell'USAF ...

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The Air Force is preparing to unveil a new 30-year fighter force design that includes at least two all-new fighters, a much greater use of autonomous and unmanned aircraft, a new way of providing close air support, and a narrowing timeline for retiring aircraft such as the A-10, F-16, and F-22, said Lt. Gen. Clinton S. Hinote, deputy chief of staff for strategy, integration, and requirements.
Hinote said the F-22 will begin to phase out in about 2030 - the exact timeline will be situation-dependent - and the Next-Generation Air Dominance fighter will be needed soon to defeat a Chinese stealth aircraft and missile threat that is “closer than we think.”
In a May 13 interview with the editors of Air Force Magazine, Hinote said Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s revelation that the USAF is planning to reduce its fighter fleet from seven types to “four plus one” is the kickoff of a “transparency” campaign to explain choices to be unveiled in the fiscal 2022 budget submission.
Brown said the future fighter fleet will include the F-35, F-15EX, late-model F-16s, and the Next Generation Air Dominance, or NGAD family of systems; the “plus one” being the A-10.
Brown did not mention the F-22, and “this was something you all rightly picked up on very quickly,” Hinote said.
The Air Force plans a “transition” from the F-22 to the NGAD, and “we felt like, now is a good time for us to be able to talk about how we’re going to bridge” between the two systems.

airforcemag.comNew Force Design: NGAD Needed Soon, F-22 Sunset Begins in 2030


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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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NGAD ... il CSM dell'USAF afferma che sarà un caccia multiruolo ...

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The Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) system - the fighter that will succeed the F-22 - will have ground attack capability possibly for its own protection, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. told lawmakers June 16.
Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on the fiscal 2022 budget request, Brown said he wants the NGAD to have “multirole” capability, emphasizing that the aircraft’s primary role will be air dominance but with the ability to strike ground targets as well.
Compared to the F-22, Brown said the NGAD will have “increased weapons load [and] … increased range” necessary to operate at the great distances required in the Indo-Pacific theater.
The NGAD will have “some air-to-ground capability to ensure, one, that it can survive, but also to provide options for our air component commanders and for the Joint Force,” Brown said, suggesting that the NGAD will be able to shoot at air defense systems that threaten it.

airforcemag.comBrown: NGAD Will be a Multirole Fighter


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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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Dal sito di AW&ST ... un'opinione ...

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Opinion: Key Questions About USAF’s NGAD Sixth-Gen Aircraft Program ...
Richard Aboulafia - August 19, 2021

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Credit: Kenneth McNulty/U.S. Air Force

It is increasingly clear that the U.S. Air Force’s Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) sixth-generation combat aircraft program will be the next major military aircraft program.
There are two big unknowns:
Is there a flying aircraft, and who is the prime contractor?
And there are five secondary questions that also should be asked about the program.
First, last September, then-Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper revealed the existence of a full-scale prototype combat jet, in flight testing and “breaking records.”
This is purportedly part of NGAD, but given the evolving nature of the program - and given uncertainties about the maturity of this prototype - it isn’t clear how relevant this jet is to NGAD’s ultimate form.
But NGAD clearly is ramping up as a program, with $1.5 billion in R&D funding requested in fiscal 2022 (up from $902 million in fiscal 2021).
Second, we don’t know who built this prototype.
In its second-quarter results, Lockheed Martin took a $0.61 charge per share related to a classified program, and in its first-quarter results the company attributed a $135 million sales increase to classified contracts.
This month, the company opened a large new factory at its Skunk Works site.
Since classified reconnaissance aircraft are built in small numbers and seldom require large, new facilities, this plant may be connected to a new fighter.
But Boeing and Northrop Grumman are also likely competitors.

Beyond these uncertainties, there are five more questions about NGAD:

1. What is the timing?
Developing and integrating mission systems and other key components is a bigger challenge than building a test aircraft.
There might be a long gap between flying a prototype and producing an operational weapon.
Twelve years passed between the first flight of Lockheed Martin’s YF-22 and the first F-22 deliveries and almost 10 years elapsed between the X-35 and initial F-35 deliveries.
Digitalization may speed this process, but there is no clear evidence of this.
In fact, the pre-digital F-15 and F-16 saw just two and five years pass, respectively, between first flight and service entry.

2. How many will be procured?
Roper indicated that the service wanted a Digital Century Series approach, with relatively small procurement batches of multiple aircraft developed in succession.
But the procurement number is dependent on the timing: If it takes a decade (and the usual tens of billions of dollars in nonrecurring funding) to produce an operational fighter, then buying small numbers would be incredibly inefficient.
Also, as the saying goes, the enemy gets a vote here, too.
If conflict with a peer adversary is deemed a short- or midterm risk, then focusing on the current production model makes a lot more sense than waiting years for the next thing or series of things.

3. How joint is it?
The Navy’s F/A-XX program would seem to be somewhat behind NGAD in definition and funding.
But history indicates that there is little hope of a navalized NGAD aircraft meeting this requirement.
The Joint Strike Fighter is more of an Air Force/Marine Corps fighter; the Navy refuses to budget for more than tiny numbers of F-35Cs.
For the F-14, F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and F-22, “jointness” failed altogether.
It has been half a century since a U.S. fighter program was truly joint, with the McDonnell F-4 - and the Air Force was not so enthusiastic about it.

4. How global is it?
The F-35 has more than a dozen foreign customers; the F-22 had none, for political and cost reasons.
The F-15 might provide a good baseline for high-end fighter exports, if NGAD stays in production long enough to attract international interest - there are six international Eagle customers.
One was Japan, which might also find NGAD coproduction attractive as an alternative to its indigenous F-3 stealth fighter program.

5. What gets hurt when procurement starts?
Ramping up NGAD procurement cash would inevitably affect U.S. Air Force F-35A and/or F-15EX funding.
Since the latter is an older airframe, and since it is being procured at a much lower rate, NGAD could lead to F-15EX program termination.
Also, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown recently stated that the F-22 will be retired, leaving the F-35A, F-15 and F-16 and, of course NGAD.

In addition to these program questions, another great unknown concerns the new fighter’s capabilities.
Specifically, what will deployment of this aircraft mean for the balance of power, particularly against China?
Will NGAD’s manned-unmanned teaming capabilities redress the quantitative imbalance in the Western Pacific?
The answer to this is years away, but it is crucial to the strategic future of the U.S.

The views expressed are not necessarily those of Aviation Week.

Contributing columnist Richard Aboulafia is vice president of analysis at Teal Group.
He is based in Washington


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 Oggetto del messaggio: Re: Next Generation Fighter per l'USAF ...
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NGAD ... massima priorità dell'Air Combat Command ...
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The Next-Generation Air Dominance Fighter is Air Combat Command’s top priority, because without it, the Air Force can’t provide the control of the air the whole military depends on to operate, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mark D. Kelly said.
He also named a replacement for the E-3 AWACS, new weapons, and command and control improvements among the command’s top needs.
Speaking at a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies virtual event, Kelly said NGAD is his No. 1 requirement.
He described it as a sixth-generation air superiority system able to operate at long ranges - farther than would be encountered in the European theater.
Kelly said NGAD is “designed to operate beyond a single spectral band of the RF [radio frequency] spectrum, to thrive in a multispectral environment,” and it also “senses” the battle space and “connects” the rest of the force, so “that I can put [it] in the adversary’s back yard.”
The NGAD is really a multi-service requirement because the other services are “not remotely - remotely - designed to operate without” control of the air, Kelly noted.
“Everyone’s counting on the Air Force to provide that.”

airforcemag.comNGAD, New Weapons, E-3 Replacement Among Air Combat Command’s Top Priorities, Kelly Says

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