Air International 2023-04
C.Clark - All-Stealth Air Force
While the F-22A Raptor ushered in the era of fifth-generation stealth fighters, the type is expected to be withdrawn from use and replaced by the USAF’s sixth-generation NGAD solution before 2040
Three F-22As from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam fly together in formation during a training sortie over Hawaii on September 21, 2012. While the USAF initially planned to acquire 750 F-22As, this was later capped at 195 in total
Although it lacks a stealth capability, the F-15EX - which is the most advanced variant of the Eagle family produced to date - will complement the USAF’s growing use of fifth-generation fighters well into the 2030s
This digital rendering depicts Lockheed Martin’s proposed LMXT tanker (which is based on the Airbus A330MRTT) refuelling the company’s NGAD concept - a possible early look at two new USAF platforms that will begin to surface in the 2030s
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III delivers remarks during the B-21 Raider’s unveiling ceremony at Northrop Grumman’s production facility in Palmdale, California, on December 2, 2022
Head on with the world’s first sixth-generation combat aircraft and the initial example of the USAF’s second-generation stealth bomber: the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider. Unveiled to the public for the first time on December 2, 2022, this aircraft will ultimately replace the Rockwell B-1B Lancer and Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit in USAF service
An F-35A from Hill AFB, Utah, prepares to be refuelled over North America as it transits to RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk on April 15, 2017. As the USAF’s first multi-role stealth fighter, the F-35A brings some truly advanced capabilities to the table through a combination of its low-observable design, sensor fusion and network connectivity
The USAF has outlined plans to acquire 2,456 F-35As in total, but it remains unclear as to how many of these will actually be procured
Рисунок гипотетического истребителя PCA от компании «Нортроп-Грумман», вооруженного лазерным оружием
Another digital image, showing Northrop Grumman’s NGAD concept using directed energy weapons technology as a countermeasure against incoming air-to-air missiles