The most likely creator of the American Sixth Generation Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) fighter for the US Air Force (Air Force) is the military-industrial company Lockheed Martin, writes Popular Mechanics.
“Lockheed Martin's CFO [Ken Possenriede] has hinted that the aerospace giant is working on a new aviation program – and clues suggest it might be a new secret Air Force fighter,” the newspaper notes.
The magazine recalls that the manager, during a conversation with Wall Street analysts in October, revealed information according to which the program of the Skunk Works division of Lockheed Martin, where, in particular, the fifth-generation fighters F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II were developed. showed strong double-digit growth.
In September, US Air Force Secretary of State Procurement Assistant Will Roper said that the Pentagon, under secrecy as part of the NGAD program, designed, built and at least once flew an X-plane demonstrator, which includes, inter alia, an unmanned or manned aircraft. new generation, including the sixth generation fighter. At the same time, Roper noted that the development of the X-plane involved more than just the use of agile development methodology, open architecture and digital engineering, as was the case with the American-Swedish jet trainer eT-7 Red Hawk, but something more. “We strive for the most sophisticated systems ever built and have tested the full potential of this digital technology. In fact, [we] demonstrated something truly magical, ”added the purchasing assistant.