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Air force (USAF) the United States is prepared to radically change the strategy of acquisition of advanced fighter aircraft, relegating the industry to the development of new aircraft for five years or less, Defense News said the Executive Director of the air force procurement will Roper.
According to him, changes in the program Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD), involving the creation of the fighter of the next generation, will enter into force on 1 October. According to Ropero, this approach is reminiscent of the situation with the development of fighters collection the Century Series, when in a relatively short period of time, was created by aircraft from F-100 to F-106.
Roper noted that the basis of the NGAD will lay down three principles: flexibility in software development (SOFTWARE), an open architecture and digital engineering. The Executive Director added that the rapid renewal of military aircraft, receiving the same type of names, is to create uncertainty among potential US adversaries like China and Russia.
The publication adds that the funding NGAD in 2020, the air force asking for one billion dollars, however this amount can be cut in half.
In September it was reported that severe shock-reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) S-70 “Hunter” can become a full replacement combat planes. In July 2018 this UAV in the part of artificial intelligence (AI) called the prototype of the sixth generation fighter.
Currently, the Armed forces of Ukraine (AFU), the U.S. has two fighters of the last (fifth) generation — F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II (three).
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