Next Generation Air Dominance

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The Boeing F/A-XX is the only Sixth-generation jet fighter currently known to be proposed

Next Generation Air Dominance[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[citation needed] In late 2011, the Navy plans to analyze alternatives for the NGAD program with a technology demonstration phase beginning in 2013.[1] One of the alternatives being considered is the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which would double the Navy's purchase of that aircraft.[3]

In April, 2012, the Navy issued a formal RFI for the F/A-XX.[4]