Amid mysteries and speculation, the future of air dominance is being discussed with Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD), an ambitious project that promises to transform military aviation.
The conundrum of Lockheed Martin and its innovative NGAD
Lockheed Martin’s official Instagram account sparked intrigue by sharing plane silhouettes on its 80th birthday. One silhouette, in particular, caught the eye: a next-generation aircraft that appears to be manned.
The ambitious vision of NGAD and its autonomous collaborators
In early May, a call for the 6th generation NGAD fighter, designed to succeed the iconic F-22, was announced. This aircraft will not only face air and ground threats but will also work closely with autonomous unmanned aircraft.
The plan is to procure 200 NGAD fighters and 1,000 autonomous unmanned aircraft, all working together in an interconnected “system of systems.”
The evolution of the NGAD program: from the clandestine to the known
Since 2020, at least one NGAD demonstrator has been flying in secret. In addition, sightings have been made, and evidence found in satellite images could be related to the NGAD program. It was recently revealed on a podcast that three NGAD prototypes are currently being tested, adding even more excitement to the future of air dominance.
The visionary design of the 6th generation of NGAD
The 6th generation NGAD design appears to have distinctive features that match earlier Lockheed Martin designs. Its tailless design stands out, which provides an unmatched level of stealth, and its diamond-shaped wing with straight edges.
The engines are fully integrated into the fuselage, almost completely hiding the infrared signature of the nozzles. This innovative design seems to be the answer to the stealth needs of modern military aviation.
Social media-based interpretations of the NGAD design
Starting from the silhouette shared by Lockheed Martin, an intriguing render has been created. Although purely speculative, this render offers us a glimpse of the future of air dominance.
The NGAD promises to be a revolution in military aviation, and this render gives us a glimpse of how exciting this future can be.