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Tango0106 Sep 2017 9:09 p.m. PST

"The F-22 Raptor is already the most lethal fighter jet ever built, severely outclassing virtually every other aircraft of a similar class fielded by the rest of the world's air forces.

But with the advent of newer anti-aircraft defense systems, stealth-defeating tracking technologies and the entrance of countries such as China and Russia into the stealth fighter foray, the F-22 will eventually need to be replaced with something even more powerful.

With the looming retirement of the F-15C/D Eagle, its secondary air superiority fighter, in the next decade, the Air Force has begun taking strides towards designing the F-22's follow-on in order to maintain its combat edge over every other air force in the world…"


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Hamilton07 Sep 2017 9:34 a.m. PST

The one in the lower right is interesting – is it unmanned, or is it manned with a completely enclosed cockpit and VR/AR for the pilot?

Umpapa07 Sep 2017 10:29 a.m. PST

Its upside down.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member07 Sep 2017 2:44 p.m. PST

@Umpapa … that's what I thought at first, but I'm not so sure now…

StarCruiser07 Sep 2017 6:47 p.m. PST

The intakes and canards look identical. If it's upside-down, there must be some weird design at work there…

I think it is quite likely that they intend there to be both manned and unmanned versions.

Even though I feel that "drones" aren't even close to there yet, it's a good idea to consider such combos.

Lslegions Inactive Member08 Sep 2017 8:40 a.m. PST

Any body else noticed that it appears to say NAVY at the back – are we back to a multi-Service solution with a single platform approach?

paulgenna Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

The other one looks upside down based on the first fin on the left side. It looks to be a flip of the other one.

deldietch08 Sep 2017 2:04 p.m. PST

It's not upside down as the logos are all in the same position and readable. It's a drone version of the same plane. Assuming that a single pilot would have a drone wingmen, or that the plane could have unmanned versions for specific missions.

If you google "Penetrating Counter Air" you can see all the concepts

Lion in the Stars08 Sep 2017 2:25 p.m. PST

I can see the logic for one plane having 1-3 drone wingmen of the same airframe. Simplifies logistics.

The Navy does need to get the replacement for the Super Bug into flight testing, but I'm not sure that the Super Bug is the equivalent of the F15C/D

SouthernPhantom16 Sep 2017 9:36 a.m. PST

PCA is likely to be a multi-crew, long-range aircraft, potentially based on the B-21 bomber airframe. I doubt that it will be a traditional fighter.

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