WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2023 – In an unprecedented move towards the future of American air dominance, the United States Air Force (USAF) has announced plans to award its much-anticipated Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) contract in 2024.
The NGAD initiative represents a comprehensive effort by the Air Force to develop a new generation of air superiority aircraft capable of ensuring U.S. dominance in the skies in the coming decades. The program will focus on flexible, high-capacity, multi-role aircraft that can adapt to a rapidly changing global security landscape.
The competition for the contract, valued in the multi-billion dollar range, has already attracted leading aerospace and defence contractors. Companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon Technologies are expected to submit proposals emphasizing cutting-edge technologies such as advanced propulsion systems, next-generation avionics, stealth technology, and AI-enabled decision-making tools.
“The NGAD program is about more than just building a new fighter jet,” explained Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. “It’s about leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to redefine our capabilities and maintain our edge in the air domain. We’re looking for groundbreaking solutions to meet tomorrow’s battlefields’ complex challenges.”
According to the USAF, the new aircraft will integrate seamlessly into a broader air and space assets network. It’s expected to operate in concert with autonomous drones, satellites, and existing aircraft to provide a comprehensive and interconnected defence system.
The NGAD program is a key component of the National Defense Strategy, emphasizing the need for the U.S. to maintain its military advantage in an era of renewed great power competition. The new aircraft is intended to replace the ageing fleet of F-15 and F-22 fighter jets, some of which have been in service for over 20 years.
“We’re moving beyond the era of single-purpose aircraft,” said Will Roper, the Air Force’s acquisition chief. “The future of air dominance lies in multi-mission systems that can swiftly adapt to any scenario. This approach ensures we’ll continue to outpace our adversaries.”
The announcement has been met with enthusiasm from industry leaders and national security analysts alike, signalling a crucial step in shaping the future of American air power. With the award decision slated for 2024, the nation eagerly awaits the development of the next generation of fighter jets.
For further details, updates on the NGAD program will be posted on the official website of the United States Air Force.