United State's NGAD & F/A-XX Fighter Programs : Updates and Discussions


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Jun 23, 2021
Navy Aviation Vision 2030-2035:

"...Carrier Air Wing (CVW)...
...The CVW of the 2030s achieves a complementary mix of F-35C Lightning II, F/A-18E/F Block III Super Hornet, and next generation strike fighter (F/A-XX), with the F/A-18E/F Block III providing the backbone of the CVW through 2035. F/A-18E/F Block III with reduced signature, Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Block II, and increased computing, working in tandem with the capabilities provided by the F-35C and E-2D, will make the entire CSG more lethal and survivable.

The F-35C of 2030 and beyond will serve as an invaluable force multiplier for the CSG. The F-35C’s stealth and passive detection capabilities will allow the platform to gain critical intelligence and share throughout the CSG, significantly aiding the kill chain. Additionally, in the maritime domain, the Block IV F-35C will be the Navy’s strike platform of choice with Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C1, Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM ER) and Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II incorporated. During Fighter Integration (FI) events with the F/A-18E/F Block III the F-35C will allow the F/A-18E/F Block III to be a more survivable and lethal platform leveraging the F-35C’s stealth and passive detection abilities to shape the overall air picture....

...As the Super Hornets are retired from service, a combination of F-35C and F/A-XX will provide Navy tactical fighter aircraft capability and capacity within the CVW. The advanced carrierbased power projection capabilities resident in F/AXX will maintain CVN relevance in advanced threat environments...."

Shekhar Singh

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Dec 8, 2017


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