According to the newspaper AW & ST (Weekly Gallakticheskih Aviation and Technology), the Navy and the U.S. Air Force began preparatory work on the requirements for the formation of the sixth-generation fighter. Despite the fact that the U.S. Defense Department funding for the project will begin no earlier than 2015, and the aircraft is planned to adopt the 1015-2030 years. work has already begun at this time.
While it is unclear what specific requirements will be presented to the newcomer aircraft. According to preliminary data, the new aviation complex will be hypersonic, unmanned or optionally manned aircraft.
Even if the Pentagon funding for the project will begin in 2015, to adopt the new fighter will only posle2030, the experts make such a conclusion edition AW & ST. This conclusion is made based on the time frame for developing the F-22 Raptor (the launch of the 1986 year, adopted in 2005) and the F-35 Lightning II (launched in 2001 for service, must be received in 2016).
Meanwhile, the Department of Defense wants to in the coming years to significantly reduce costs of the military budget. Because the U.S. airline industry may face a reduction in the number of work related to the creation, testing and development of new aircraft for the armed forces. Creating F-22 is close to expiring strip production F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15 Strike Eagle is likely to be closed after 2015, and the F-35 will run until 2030. Create distant bombers last generation was frozen in 2009.
But first, in 2011, immediately after the first flight of a new Chinese fighter-bomber, J-20, the head of the U.S. military Robert Gates announced that the 2012 will resume funding for the project of a new distant bombers. Also at the present time the U.S. Air Force are developing requirements for shock systems.
At the current time the Pentagon seeks to reduce military spending in the coming five years to 72 billion dollars. Since the beginning of financing new projects remains a huge issue in the 2011 budget are not included accurately. About 2012 until clear just what exactly will be financed by the creation of the modern electronic systems of oppression for the ships, the extension of the service life of the F-16 and F-15, and their modernization, and the development of the F-35.
Of large projects on which work is carried out by South American companies are at the moment, in the coming years will develop carrier-based drone for the U.S. Navy, as the development of the latest generation of unmanned MQ-X, which will change RQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator.