The development of the sixth generation fighter aircraft is under the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) project.
The U.S. Air Force is using Formula One-style engineering to develop its sixth-generation fighters. The details of the corresponding program were announced by the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Will Roper in his publication on Popular Mechanics.
According to Roper, the “sixth-generation fighter jet flight demonstrator” is the second U.S. Air Force aircraft, after the U.S.-Swedish eT-7 Red Hawk jet trainer, to be developed using digital engineering.
“The NGAD-developed product is ‘years ahead of expectations,'” he said, adding that the U.S. Cold War-era government procurement system is “dead” relative to “today’s threats and the pace of technology.”
He stresses that movies like “The Matrix” as well as the approach used to build Formula One race cars “help us explain the core technology of digital engineering, which we call authoritative virtualization.”
“When building Formula One cars, every feature of the car and all the physics that define it, even the rubber that literally meets the road, is thoroughly tested by digital engineering. Such engineering, with its highly skilled labor, use of automation and adaptive manufacturing, is much harder to weaken with cheap foreign labor,” he said.