U.S. Air Force looks like this in 2030, Next
Generation Air Dominance Concepts. The U.S. Air Force has released a short video
depicting how it thinks aerial warfare might look by the end of the next decade. It’s
a futuristic, but in many ways incomplete vision full of advanced stealthy manned jets,
semi-autonomous unmanned combat air vehicles, lasers and other directed energy weapons,
and a potentially artificial intelligence brings it all together.
The Air Force Research Laboratory, one of the service’s top research and development
arms, put in March 2018 as a “Call To Action” for the Air Force 2030 project.
The first scene depicts an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter working together with six stealth
unmanned combat air vehicles. For years now, the Air Force, and Research Laboratory in
particular, has been working on this type of manned-unmanned teaming, which it has referred
to as the “Loyal Wingman” concept. the F-35 along with unmanned asset loaded
with sensors. It could also potentially help with the Air Force’s chronic pilot shortage
by significantly expanding the capabilities a single manned aircraft or Unmanned.
The concepts shows much more advanced loyal wingmen with completely tailless, low-observable
planforms, internal weapons bays, and an in-flight refueling receptacle on top of the fuselage.
Both the Air Force and the U.S. Navy have demonstrated the ability to refuel an unmanned
aircraft in mid-air. such a force could potentially penetrate deep into denied enemy areas full
of integrated air defenses. sixth generation fighters with Laser-armed.
sixth generation fighter employing a laser weapon to shoot down an enemy aircraft. This
combination is also something the Air Force has expressed an interest and maybe closer
to reality. Air Force Research Laboratory is leading a
project to develop an experimental podded solid-state laser weapon for fighter jets
under the Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program. The main goal there is to
demonstrate a system that would be able to shoot down incoming missiles.
But if this arrangement works, it could provide a starting place for an offensive directed
energy weapon. Such a system could theoretically work in both air-to-air and air-to-ground
roles and could offer a host of advantages over more traditional guns, missiles, and
bombs. And the tailless sixth generation stealth
fighter shooting down another aircraft in a stereotypical dogfight, the Air Force is
still in the process of outlining what it wants from this future aircraft. In its latest
budget request for the 2019 fiscal year, the service asked for more than $500 million to
continue work on this Next Generation Air Dominance platform, which it has also referred
to in the past as Penetrating Counter Air. But it’s clear that the Air Force as a whole,
already has some understanding of the kind of capabilities it is most interested in pursuing.
After giving a brief overview of the service’s already significant history of science and
technology research and development work, the Air Force 2030 advanced air warfare concepts.
the Next Generation Air Dominance program in the 2018 fiscal year. At present, the indication
is that the goal is still have a piloted platform, but unmanned systems are increasingly the
way of the future and the final design, “We believe you have to go fight the enemy
in their airspace if you want to make air superiority work,” U.S. Air Force General
Mike Holmes, head of the service’s Air Combat Command, said in 2017. “Certainly we think
we’re going to pursue counter-air, we’re going to pursue suppression and destruction
of enemy air defenses, we’re going to have to pursue an electronic warfare component
of that.” It’s an aircraft that will fit into this
otherwise potentially revolutionary concept of aerial warfare.
Air Force Research Laboratory has since released concept art of a more purpose built drone
wingman under a project called Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology . That design looked very
similar to the XQ-222 Valkyrie, a multi-purpose unmanned aircraft from drone maker the U.S.
Air Force also calls the XQ-58A. It’s also worth noting that many of these
and other critical assets are curiously absent in that video, including the B-21, advanced
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms, new aerial refueling tankers, fully
autonomous (UCAV), and anything space related. Thank You For Watching. Please Like, Share,
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