Now and then, you get a few nuggets in open source that gives one confidence that with FA-XX we may get things right.
First point, it looks like the Navy is going their own way. Second, we are bringing on a team with a good track record.
The US military is seeking to avoid the pitfalls of recent aircraft acquisition programmes as it plans for development of sixth-generation fighters.Would be great to see a tight timeline to shadows on the ramp, the victory of the evolutionary over the revolutionary, and the triumph of the doable good over the illusional perfect. For now though, progress.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will lead the effort in cooperation with the navy and air force, Kendall says. .
Both also the US air force and navy set aside small amounts of money in their 2016 budget proposals to quietly continue development of sixth-generation fighter aircraft that would enter service around 2030. DARPA’s budget for the AII is classified.
The air force included an $8 million next generation air dominance (NGAD) aircraft while the navy set aside $5 million for what it calls the FA-XX next generation fighter. Neither appropriation is a new-start for the services. Funding for NGAD fell from $15 million in the current fiscal year. Funding for the navy’s effort staid relatively flat from the $4.9 million it received in fiscal 2015.