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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2017 9:55 p.m. PST

"The United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan are all in early planning stages for a so-called "sixth generation" of fighter jets. The jets won't fly until the 2030s, but governments around the world are already exploring designs.

Fifth generation fighters were different from their fourth generation predecessors by incorporating stealth directly into the designs of aircraft, resulting in sleeker planes that carry weapons internally and have a reduced radar signature. The downside is while fifth gen jets are capable of carrying fuel and weapons externally, doing so breaks their carefully designed stealth characteristics. Other features of fifth generation fighters include active electronic scanning array radars and engines powerful enough to cruise above the speed of sound without afterburners…"
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Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member29 Mar 2017 2:58 a.m. PST

I thought everything post-F35 was supposed to be unmanned?

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 5:33 a.m. PST

yeah, unmanned drones will kick the butt of anything manned by then.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 11:14 a.m. PST



paulgenna Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2017 9:57 a.m. PST

Sounds like one version would be the command aircraft for that swarm of drones.

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