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‘It won’t end well’ if US lags in sixth-gen air dominance, Air Combat Command chief says

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Challenges around software and integration must first be overcome for NGAD to come to fruition, Gen. Kelly told reporters this week.

Air Force considering wide range of options to team robotic wingmen with other platforms

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The Air Force plans to field robotic wingmen in the coming years and team them with manned fighter jets. However, it is still pondering a variety of other types of crewed platforms that could be linked with the new uncrewed systems, according to the service’s top officer. Introducing unmanned “collaborative combat aircraft” (CCA) as part of a new family of systems for the Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program is a…

Air Force still fleshing out acquisition strategy for NGAD robotic wingmen

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The Air Force is making progress with its next-generation fighter jet but is still fleshing out its acquisition strategy for the robotic wingmen that will accompany them into battle. Plans for the highly classified Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) initiative include a new manned stealth fighter that would team with new autonomous drones or “collaborative combat aircraft” (CCA) when they go into battle. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall recently revealed that…

HASC chairman worried about making big bets on Air Force’s next-gen fighter

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The Air Force wants to acquire a new stealth fighter jet as part of its Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program. But the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has concerns that he wants addressed before Congress makes “massive investments” in the platform. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall recently told lawmakers that the sixth-gen fighter will likely cost “multiple” hundreds of millions of dollars per plane to procure once it…

Air Force’s next-gen fighter program transitions to critical development phase

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The Air Force’s secretive Next-Generation Air Dominance program has reached a key milestone in the acquisition process that brings it a step closer to production and fielding of new systems, the service’s top official said Wednesday. The NGAD project includes a manned sixth-generation fighter that will be teamed with new drones. The Pentagon started an experimental prototype effort in 2015 to support the initiative. In 2020, service leaders revealed that…