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Lockheed Martin shows what the US sixth generation fighter looks like

Lockheed Martin shows what the US sixth generation fighter looks like

The world’s largest defense company, American Lockheed Martin, is working on the fighter of the future, which it has just shown its form in the roundabout. The company has shown a recreation of the fighters of the future in a meeting with the press about its fuel supply aircraft project. lmxtwho develops from Dell A330 MRTT of airbus, Image Features lmxtwhose future potential is enhanced by showing in flight fuel supplying the so-called ngad,

It has attracted most of the attention of the participants of this meeting, as it is the concept in which the United States is working to replace the current fourth and fifth generations of this type of system, within the project that led to this development. gives its name to: ngadWhich stands for Next Generation Air Domain.

This is a very covert program, so Lockheed Martin’s maneuver responds to the manufacturer’s intention to show the presence of future sixth generation fighters without doing so explicitly, and thereby bypassing those restrictions, such as American numerals. door Battle Field,

As seen in the image, the design of ngad Showing is the Lockheed Martin has a unique wing silhouette, without a tail and with a slight diamond shape. The part of the fuselage where the pilot would be placed, in the front, and the two engines gleaming in the tail with rhomboid-shaped exhausts barely stand out. This form, the publication explains, responds to the pursuit of greater stealth (it would be even more difficult to see), and a significant internal volume for fuel, weapons and sensors, as well as greater efficiency.

already fly

The United States has already started flying a prototype of ngadAs revealed by a senior official two years ago united states air force ,USAF) He also assured that the device has already “broken several records”, without specifying. In this way, the United States showed its sixth generation fighter aircraft project, with the . capabilities of F-35 You F-22 (the fifth generation) is the most advanced, up from the two currently being developed in Europe (FCA You storm), who will still have to wait a few years for their first prototype to fly.

Last year, the US came to propose to its European allies that these programs on both sides of the Atlantic proceed in sync so that there would be no duplication. It is about giving projects a “strategic transfer and alignment” approach with partners resulting in benefits for all.

Three major events in NATO

Overall, therefore, the countries of i will They are engaged in at least three major combat programs of the sixth generation. This is in addition to ngad American, from Franco-German-Spanish NGWS/FCAS (abbreviation for New Generation Weapons/Future Air Warfare Systems) and of storm (also known as the abbreviation FCAbut not to be confused with el del NGWS), led by the United Kingdom and with the support of Italy and Sweden.

The three projects include related initiatives that include the development of new drones, weapons, sensors and command and control architectures, for example.

Different voices, even from people responsible for some of the companies involved in both projects (such as the leaders of) leonardo You airbus) warned that the future of the two European programs would be possible only if they merge into one, although sometimes there are disputes between the partners of each that have put them at risk of continuation or, at least, the time limit. .

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