6th generation fighter seen for the first time in the US


Thanks to satellite images from Planet Labs, it was possible to lift the veil of mystery over the large hangar built eight years ago in the southern part of the "underground" US Air Force flight test center in Groom Lake, better known as Area 51, writes the American edition of The Drive.


Looking at the base images every day with a resolution of 3 meters, we noticed the appearance of a deltoid-shaped spot. The first low quality frame of this object was dated January 26, 2022. A high-quality image dated January 29, 2022 revealed more details - it was in fact an exotic, tailless, triangular-shaped, never-before-seen aircraft.

- says the publication.

The aircraft in question is approximately 20 m long and 15 m wide, which is approximately the same as the Soviet Su-27 fighter. But its wings are reminiscent of the British-French Concorde supersonic passenger aircraft, with an elegantly curved leading edge. Even the trailing edges of the mysterious plane's wing are curved, resulting in almost scimitar-like wingtips that can be turned upwards.

Overall, the wings have a smooth, almost organic look. The shape of the wing of the mysterious aircraft indicates the possibility of supercruising flight, i.e. beyond the speed of sound without using an afterburner.

The aircraft has no discernible tail, its exhaust likely going to the rear and mixing with the curved trailing edges of the wings. The forward part of the fuselage of the mysterious aircraft narrows, smoothly turning into a pointed nose. Up close, it should look impressive, according to the publication.

The size and shape are generally similar to the concepts of air dominance (NGAD program), i.e. corresponds to the 6th generation fighters for the US Navy and Air Force. They are all heavy, tailless, stealth jets with variable delta wings.


It is known that the NGAD demonstrator has been on flight tests for some time and, according to the military, "gives great promise." Manned and unmanned NGAD platforms will be developed along with a number of supporting of technologiesthat will allow them to conduct joint military operations.

With all that said, we must stress that the sighting of an entirely new and exotic aircraft design at Area 51 is largely unprecedented.

- summed up the media.
  • Photos used: Planet Labs
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  1. EMMM Offline EMMM
    EMMM 3 February 2022 22: 48
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    So far, I have not heard about the availability of engines in the states that provide non-afterburning flight at a speed of more than 2M in cruising mode with a thrust of 15-20t
    1. Alexander Borodin (Alexander Borodin) 3 February 2022 23: 08
      +2
      and what? Is this a requirement for the 6th gen? invented it yourself? Does anyone have similar engines?
      1. EMMM Offline EMMM
        EMMM 3 February 2022 23: 40
        0
        Don't you think Lame Midget 2 is to suck money out of a deeply deficient US budget?
        And so, from the point of view of American stealth, the 8th generation already existed in the 30s of the last century: AVRO-504 and U-2 (Po-2)
        1. wamp Offline wamp
          wamp 4 February 2022 16: 44
          -1
          Quote: EMMM
          from the point of view of American stealth, the 8th generation already existed in the 30s of the last century: AVRO-504 and U-2 (Po-2)

          https://versia.ru/v-sovetskom-soyuze-pered-vojnoj-byl-sozdan-nevidimyj-samolet
  2. yo yo Offline yo yo
    yo yo (Vasya Vasin) 4 February 2022 07: 50
    -2
    If the United States created a 6th generation fighter, then it flies on high-quality diesel fuel.
  3. Adler77 Offline Adler77
    Adler77 (Denis) 4 February 2022 08: 21
    0
    Here is also analogue)
    What I like is that they silently do and then roll out the finished product. And in our country they will crack the whole world about analogues and .... Nothing.
  4. Teaser Offline Teaser
    Teaser (Vasiliy) 4 February 2022 08: 30
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    Quote: EMMM
    So far, I have not heard about the availability of engines in the states that provide afterburner flight at a speed of more than 2M

    Do you really need "more than 2M"? Why is 1.72M (F-22) not enough for you?

    ... in cruising mode with a thrust of 15-20t

    Here is a graph of thrust at full afterburner of the AL-31F engine, it approximately corresponds to the parameters of the F119 engine of the F-22 aircraft in non-afterburning cruising mode. Look, what kind of thrust is there at an altitude of 12 km and a speed of 1.72M ?! 77 kN, which is approximately equal to 7650 kg per engine, for two engines - 15 kg. Few? wink lol

    1. Teaser Offline Teaser
      Teaser (Vasiliy) 4 February 2022 09: 44
      +1
      If this is actually NGAD, then it is really imprisoned exclusively for high stealth and long-range missile combat ...
      But there will be a competition, and it is not necessary that this particular model will come out the winner in the end.

  5. S WITH Offline S WITH
    S WITH (N S) 5 February 2022 17: 31
    -3
    before the Americans had time to cut 1,5 trillion on falling f35 penguins with a one-time engine, they rolled out a version of f35 with two engines and called it the 6th generation)
    1. Teaser Offline Teaser
      Teaser (Vasiliy) 6 February 2022 00: 46
      +2
      "Green demons" in Alaska: