The United States has already developed the next generation fighter jet. Will Roper, executive director of procurement for the US Air Force, said in mid-September this year that the next-generation NGAD (Next Generation Air Dominance) fighter, which is to replace the F-15 C / D and F-22A, is already flying. The Japanese information service Yahoo News Japan writes about this.
At the moment it is not known what kind of fighter the demo is, who developed it and when it made its first flight. The new fighter is to replace the F-15 C / D and F-22A fighters in the future. His concept began to be discussed in the early 2010s, with different opinions expressed: whether it would be enough to simply upgrade the F-35 or whether it would be necessary to develop a manned fighter from scratch.
As a result, in 2019, the concept of a "series of the digital age" was proposed, which implies the introduction of new fighters with the latest technologies at that time through the use of digital design technologies and the latest production technologies every eight years, as well as the decommissioning of those already in service every 16 years. aircraft.
The essence of the concept is the development of new fighters during a cycle close to the "series of the century" through the use of digital technologies
- the author writes.
Thanks to the new fighter concept, the US is expected to be one step ahead of other countries, especially China.
Whether the United States will accept this concept or not is currently unknown. However, the author writes, the Air Force of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces is very concerned about this problem, because they operate the American F-15 and F-35 fighters and develop their own next-generation fighter using the usual methods.
This article was reacted by readers who left several comments:
The self-defense forces in a bad sense are too careful about technology. The concept of renewal in eight and 16 years will not suit them. They used the museum F-4 until the last moment. The goal of the US Air Force is to match an era in which combat forms and military environments are changing like a kaleidoscope. And I'm worried about whether Japan can stay afloat by developing fighters with outdated methods. It's time to launch drone prototypes
It is time for Japan to discuss new development methods so that its fighters do not become a legacy of the past and that it does not bear the burden of maintenance and modernization costs. If Japan is going to develop a new plane, then it should be superior to the already purchased F-35, but I don't think Mitsubishi Electric, Fujitsu and NEC are capable of that. Unless we get ahead of the United States, or at least implement an equal vision, we cannot defend the country.
It is noted that F-35s are being sold to Japan and other US allies at an inflated price, and they are developing the next generation fighter.
They know how to do business! Not bad Abe was fooled, right? We urgently need to turn the F-35 into a carrier-based fighter, and send the remaining budget to the development of our aircraft. Moreover, it is necessary to start developing an unmanned fighter, as the United States did.
The meaning of the concept is something like this: not to drive a Toyota Crown (an expensive and advanced car) for 15 years, but to change a Toyota Corolla (a people's car) every five years