|This article needs additional citations for verification. (March 2010) |
Next Generation Air Dominance is a development and acquisition program for a future sixth generation air superiority fighter to replace the US Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the US Air Force's F-22 Raptor beginning in 2025. It is planned to incorporate sixth generation stealth capability. The aircraft is to be operated with or without a pilot, depending on the role. The new fighter is to perform ground attack, air superiority, and reconnaissance roles. Only Boeing is known to have interest in the program, although Northrop Grumman is known to be developing a carrier-based aircraft known as the X-47B. A 1/16 scale model shown at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition 2010 shows a 'Flying wing' design with no vertical tails and twin engines.
The US Navy requirement was originally announced in 2008, as a required replacement for the F/A-18E/F. At the time, the requirement appeared to be focused on strike roles, with a mix of manned and unmanned options on the table. Since then, the emphasis appears to have shifted to supplying a mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities. In late 2011, the Navy plans to analyze alternatives for the NGAD program with a technology demonstration phase beginning in 2013. One of the alternatives being considered is the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which would double the Navy's purchase of that aircraft.
In April, 2012, the Navy issued a formal RFI for the F/A-XX.
- ^ a b Trimble, Stephen (2010-5), "Boeing plots return to next-generation fighter market", The Dewline, Flight Global, http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2010/05/boeing-plots-return-to-next-ge.html
- ^ a b Boeing displays manned F/A-XX concept jet, Flight Global, 2009-07-09, http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/07/09/329472/boeing-displays-manned-fa-xx-concept-jet.html
- ^ "F-35 emerges as candidate to replace 500 Super Hornets."
- ^ Majumdar, Dave. "US Navy issues F/A-XX RfI." Flight Global. April 17, 2012.