An F-35B joint strike fighter jet conducts aerial maneuvers during aerial refueling training over the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 13, 2015. © United States Marine Corps / Flickr
Kris Osborn, National Interest: Why America's 6th-Generation Fighter (What Comes After the F-35) Could Be a Game Changer
Fighter jets in 20-years may likely contain the next-generation of stealth technology, electronic warfare advanced, sophisticated computer processing and algorithms, increased autonomy, hypersonic weapons and so-called "smart-skins" where sensors are built into the side of the aircraft itself.
Some of these characteristics may have been on display earlier this year when Northrop Grumman's SuperBowl AD revealed a flashy first look at its rendering of a new 6th-generation fighter jet. Northrop is one of a number of major defense industry manufacturers who will bid for a contract to build the new plane - when the time is right.
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WNU Editor: As for the current fifth generation fighter .... the F-35 .... the Pentagon is promising that the issues that are plaguing the fighter will be resolved by year end .... US Military Says Beleaguered F-35 Issues To Be Resolved By Year’s End (Sputnik). On a side note .... a look at what could have been .... Boeing's X-32: The Plane That Could Have Replaced the F-35 Stealth Fighter (Robert Farley, National Interest).