Faster, deadlier, ‘armed with drones and lasers’: US Air Force just flew its 6th generation fighter

Faster, deadlier, ‘armed with drones and lasers’: US Air Force just flew its 6th generation fighter

The next-generation fighter jet secretly built and tested by the US Air Force has been flown for the first time, media reports say. The news of the so-called 6th generation fighters, which are far superior to anything the world has seen so far, was first broken by Defense News this week. The development has come as a bolt from the blue for even some military watchers, as the demonstration of a successful test flight was not expected for several years. The US Air Force has “built and flown a full-scale flight demonstrator in the real world”, Defense News quoted the US Air Force’s head of acquisition Will Roper as saying. Details still remain very sketchy, and enormous secrecy surrounds the project. But that has not stopped analysts and military experts from sharing their perspectives on the next level of aviation technology that will revolutionise air warfare. Also known as the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) fighter, the 6th generation fighters would follow the F-22 stealth jet, a fifth-generation fighter. However, the US Air Force is re-thinking what it means to be ‘next gen’. The new leap forward is not just about a single plane that is technologically more advanced, but in fact reimagines an entire new system which includes both unmanned and manned planes. Boeing and Lockheed (makers of the F-22) are both believed to be in the running to develop sixth-generation fighters, which are being described as “the most complicated systems that have ever been built” -- and some reports suggest that they may ...
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