For its sixth-generation fighter jet, the U.S. Air Force intends to award a contract in 2024, hoping to keep up with China’s military technological advancements.
The U.S. Air Force has announced its plans to award a contract in 2024 for the development of its sixth-generation fighter jet. This decision comes as the United States aims to maintain its technological advantage over China’s military advancements. Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co, and Northrop Grumman Corp are expected to compete for the Next Generation Air Dominance program, which will replace the existing F-22 Raptor with a new fighter designed to work alongside drones. The Air Force has released a classified solicitation to the industry, outlining the technical requirements for the project. The new fighter is expected to excel in highly contested operational environments and possess the capabilities to survive, persist, interoperate, and adapt in the air domain.