Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) is a highly classified and secretive programme of the US Air Force (USAF) to increase lethality and ensure air su

Next Generation Air Dominance Programme

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2024-06-13 10:00:23

Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) is a highly classified and secretive programme of the US Air Force (USAF) to increase lethality and ensure air superiority.

The programme revolutionises the USAF’s modernisation plans by adopting a system-of-systems approach instead of a singular platform.

A sixth-generation fighter aircraft will form the centrepiece of the network-connected NGAD family of systems. It will be complemented by multiple manned aircraft, loyal wingman-style unmanned aerial vehicles, and advanced command, control and communication systems.

The USAF intends to initially procure 200 NGAD fighters and 1,000 unmanned collaborative combat aircraft (CCAs), assuming the use of two CCA platforms for each NGAD fighter and another two for each of the 300 F-35 fifth-generation fighters.

In February 2024 Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of RTX, successfully conducted a crucial evaluation of its next-generation adaptive propulsion (NGAP) solution in collaboration with the USAF, advancing the programme towards finalising the detailed design review.

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