Watch Out China – U.S. Air Force Secretly Developed New Future Jet Fighter in Record Time

Even as the sophisticated 5th generation stealth F-35 fighters continue to roll off assembly lines for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marines, as well as several allied militaries, the U.S. has already secretly developed and is ready to produce, its next 6th generation jet fighter. And the Air Force has done it in record time.

This announcement is certain to send shock waves across the U.S. defense industry, but also shock America’s adversaries like China and Russia, who simply don’t have the entrepreneurial talent and culture to create these revolutionary manufacturing changes.

And at the new development and production pace, the Air Force is creating, countries like China won’t have time to steal the technology and apply it before the next wave is already out.

Will Roper, the Air Force’s top acquisition official revealed this week to Defense News that “We’ve already built and flown a full-scale flight demonstrator in the real world, and we broke records in doing it,” adding, “We are ready to go and build the next-generation aircraft in a way that has never happened before.”

As Popular Mechanics explains, the “Air Force built the new fighter under its Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program, which aims to build a jet that would supplement, and perhaps even replace, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor.”

The production of the highly capable F-22s ended after a mere 186 Raptors had been built, and of those, only about 123 are fully combat-capable. The F-35 is not a true replacement for the F-22.

NGAD is the Air Force’s effort for deploying a “family of connected air warfare systems that could include fighters, drones and other networked platforms in space or the cyber realm,” notes Defense News. This is what next-generation air warfare will be all about.

And that next generation appears to be arriving much sooner than anyone anticipated.

Almost all details of the new combat aircraft remain classified, but to Roper, those details are far less important than the cutting-edge technology and manufacturing processes that allowed the service to accomplish what it just did – to build and test a virtual version of its next fighter and then test-flying a full-scale prototype with a full complement of mission systems onboard – in just one year.

In comparison, Popular Mechanics, the X-35 prototype of the F-35 first flew four years after Lockheed Martin signed the contract to build it, and the first actual F-35 fighter, six years after that – for a total ten-year development cycle.

The Air Force has therefore cut the time to produce a highly sophisticated jet fighter by 90%.

According to Defense News, Roper described the new high-tech manufacturing processes used in this amazing feat as the “holy trinity” of digital engineering, agile software development and open architecture.

This “holy trinity” could revolutionize the way the Air Force, and perhaps other services design, build, and procure new weapons systems, allowing the service to rapidly develop and buy aircraft much more frequently.

Strategically, Roper said, this will put China on the defense, having to respond to U.S. technological advances such as hypersonic missiles or drone wingmen as they are quickly incorporated into the fighter’s production.

“This speeds up the pace at which we can do things so that we can be the disruptor instead of the disrupted, but it does so in a way that can’t be undermined by throwing cheap labor at the problem,” Roper added, according to Defense News.

This is how the U.S. defeats China – unleashing America’s entrepreneurs and shaking up the entire “military-industrial complex” in the process.

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Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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ROBERT POWELL
ROBERT POWELL
10 months ago

the utmost care should be practiced to keep the most-secret information from the Chinese information service in the house of pelousy and company

William Rehs
William Rehs
10 months ago
Reply to  ROBERT POWELL

Even more importantly from the Biden family and Feinstein whom have direct links and interests in China.

Sid Abma
Sid Abma
10 months ago

Thank You President Trump for being our President and being in control. In the past government made sure that things took years to develop so that millions could be made by everyone involved. You are a businessman and you realize that profits are important, but so is time.

Ray
Ray
10 months ago

This kind of tech is normally covert and not released to the public, so why is it not this time? My guess is this could be propaganda to confuse the CCP. But then again, maybe not! So far Trump has been really good at playing the game with the CCP. While he plays chess with the dems and they play checkers the CCP is playing chess but Trump is playing 3D chess with them. They are on the losing end of this whole deal and I believe they know it!

TomB
TomB
10 months ago
Reply to  Ray

My late brother worked for a famous air defense corporation. He used to say, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” (A pretty well known phrase anymore outside of the industry). In any event, he also said that what the public “knows” is always some factor behind what’s already in place to succeed it (think SR-71 years of service prior to public release of its existence.) Like you say Ray, “…Trump has been really good at playing the game…”, not only with CCP but everyone in general…

FM1
FM1
10 months ago

China is never to be trusted. World domination is their total goal at any cost necessary. JGB

Pepe Latoga
10 months ago

Info. like this should not be publish in online and any news around the world. Let the China and Russia keep scratching their heads. “LOOSED LIPS SINKS SHIPS”.

FW4752
FW4752
10 months ago

Joining in Robert Powell’s discussion, has any of the design engineering plans been scalped off the computers by the Chinese, like they did on our Aircraft Carriers, no other nation in this world had any chance of designing Aircraft Carriers like the United States without infiltrating our engineering departments, colleges/universities and or our National Security offices. It is impossible for me to comprehend that China has Aircraft Carriers very much similar to ours without their stealing the design. They built them in the $Millions, and our costs was in the $Billions, and the only way for them to do that was to steal our engineering.

Mike
10 months ago

If you ever bought anything from China.Even there so called top stuff.Then you will know what I’m talking about.Crap.We will make mincemeat out of them.When the time comesAnd it’s going to.

Oldclimber
Oldclimber
9 months ago

I don’t know what everyone is so “fantastic secret” about, the Chicoms probably have stolen the technology, and have improved on it already. Credit the “liberals”, Demorats, and outright communists in our government.

Rudy G
Rudy G
9 months ago

Vote Republican all the way to secure our military fighting superiority.

Richard Haley
9 months ago

Why don’t we, (the USof A), develop a fighter jet that will self destroy after 35 minutes so that the commies will be dumbfounded as to what actually will happen when they copy it.
Their ‘nerw jet looks just like our F-35


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