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


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…