The Upcoming Sixth Generation Fighter Jets
The F/A-XX is the future sixth-generation air superiority fighter jet that will replace the united states navy F/A-18E super hornet. The manufacturing of this future generation is referred to as the Next Generation Air Dominance program. The next-generation technologies will explore maximum sensor connectivity and electronic configured ‘ smart skins’. maximum connectivity refers to massively increased communications and sensor technologies to connect with satellites and anything that provides real-time battlefield information. smart skins refereed to sensors and electronics integrated into the fuselage of the aircraft itself to increase sensor performance.
The F/A-XX platform will be a sixth-generation fighter aircraft, the Navy is reluctant to talk about a new aircraft because the project is still in the very early stages of development. A range of next-generation technologies may be explored including maximum sensor connectivity, and electronically configured “smart skins.” Maximum connectivity refers to massively increased communications and sensor technology, such as having the ability to connect with satellites, other aircraft, and anything providing real-time battlefield information. Smart skins would have sensors and electronics integrated into the fuselage of the aircraft itself to increase sensor performance while reducing drag and increasing speed and maneuverability.
The F/A-XX would not rely on speed or stealth as much as previous generation jet fighters due to better signature detection and proliferating high-speed anti-aircraft weapons. Instead, the fighter would carry a new spectrum of weapons to overwhelm or suppress enemy air defenses
Future Combat Air System:
In April 2018, France, Spain, and Germany announced the production of the future. It is said that the FCAS is a system of systems consolidating a large array of interconnected and interoperable elements a new generation fighter aircraft, cruise missiles, and drone swarms. The entire system will be connected and operable with a vast perimeter of mission aircraft, satellites, NATO systems as well as land and naval combat systems. The new generation fighter aircraft will complete and eventually replace the current Rafael and Euro fighters from 2040 onward,” according to FCAS co-manufacturer. FCAS will thus be able to interface with all other satellites and friendly aircraft in the FCAS “air combat cloud,” providing a dynamic, real-time portrait of the battlefield.
FCAS/SCAF is a far-reaching program that encompasses not only a sixth-generation New Generation Fighter (NGF) but also unmanned combat air vehicles. NGF itself may even be unmanned, but that is unlikely, given that both France and Germany have nuclear commitments, for which an on-scene manned control element is desirable. NGF is scheduled to enter service around 2040.
With Spain and its Airbus Defence and Space business joining FCAS/SCAF, the two European teams aiming to build a sixth-generation fighter are slowly taking shape.
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BAE Tempest System:
BAE Tempest system is the future fighter aircraft agreement between Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The agreement was formally signed On 19 July 2019, Sweden and the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding to explore ways of jointly developing sixth-generation air combat technologies. Italy announced its involvement in Project Tempest on 10 September 2019, during DSEI 2019.
Team Tempest was dramatically stepping up its efforts as 2020 gets underway, with the number of people employed on the project across the four companies set to more than double, from 1,000 to 2,500.
The Mikoyan MIG-41 is the Russian upcoming sixth-generation fighter aircraft. This aircraft will be a Prospective air complex for long-range interception. As an interceptor, its primary mission was rumored to offset future reconnaissance aircraft currently being developed by the United States of America and China. To achieve the high speeds rumored for the aircraft, the aircraft would need to be equipped with ramjet or turbofan engines. not much information was available apart from the statement that such aircraft are planned for development, no official data was available concerning its capabilities.