A senior US Air Force official told Defense News that a prototype of the next-generation fighter has already been designed, built and tested in flight.
The experimental aircraft was developed as part of the ambitious Next Generation Air Dominance program. According to Air Force documents, the goal of NGAD is to develop an improved jet fighter with “increased survivability, lethality and resilience in a wide range of military operations.”
The source declined to provide any specific details about the mysterious plane, the contractors involved in its development, or the first flights of the experimental fighter. However, he claims to be fifth generation fighters such as the F-22 and F-35.
The BBC’s fiscal 2021 budget proposal for Congress includes a request for over $ 1 billion and over $ 6 billion by 2025 for the NGAD program.