The Drive: Northrop Grumman reveals a new take on the stealth fighter of the future

The American military-industrial company Northrop Grumman Corporation has published several videos, "illuminating" a new look at the stealth fighter of the future. In 2021, the developer is already arranged similar action, showing its conceptual take on a tactical jet similar to the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) manned platform. This was reported on May 17 by the American edition of The Drive, giving details of what is happening.

The publication suspects that the developer continues to tease specialists, the military, competitors, aviation enthusiasts and ordinary people, submitting their variations on various aircraft design details. The first video, which is only 15 seconds long, shows three company employees talking about the possible contributions each of them could make to aviation history and to the future at Northrop Grumman.

In the video on the right, you can see the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft currently used by the Navy, which will continue to fly as a "digital quarterback" well into the 2040s. Behind the E-2D we see the nose of what looks like an EA-18G Growler. Shown on the left is a conventional crewed tactical jet concept similar to NGAD. Unlike the 2021 Northrop ad, which showed the nose of the same concept in more detail, the new ad provides a better view of the airframe as a whole.

- says the publication.

It is noted that the shown prototype of the aircraft, of course, meets the requirements of NGAD. It should have a fairly long range, a serious payload and low visibility without a vertical tail. You can also see the discreet air intakes mounted on top. The design also features a very long chine line around the airframe, as well as a B-2 nose "beak" and a single-flyer cockpit.

Two other videos from the same series give us a partial frontal view that has a strong B-21 Raider vibe and an even wider view of the design in question from a distance.

- specified in the material.

The publication emphasized that how exactly the concept shown in the videos corresponds to what Northrop Grumman came up with regarding the design of the NGAD manned platform is unknown. But it is obvious that the end result will be different from the concept. It is also possible that the concept shown in the videos is partly based on elements of the real-life NGAD demonstrator that has been flying with the US Air Force for several years now.

However, we still do not know who built this experimental demonstrator aircraft. It may belong to Boeing or Lockheed Martin. And the fact that the demonstrator belonged to any of these companies does not mean that the version currently in competition will be the same.

- summed up the media.
  • Photos used: screenshot from Northrop Grumman video
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 18 May 2023 20: 12
    Nothing, our checkmate Su 75 will click them like seeds.
    He "should" show himself in NWO, finally!
    1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
      Sapsan136 (Alexander) 18 May 2023 20: 40
      To click like seeds, you need a serious radar complex and long-range missiles, with fire-and-forget homing heads ... But it’s most likely impossible to cram all this into a light fighter ... Compare the radar capabilities of the MiG-35 light fighter and the heavy Su-35 and you will understand what I'm talking about ... For this, a heavy machine, such as the Su-57, or a new, more advanced machine of this class, is more suitable ... the power of the airborne radar of which will allow you to detect these NATO stealths at a considerable distance before they enter into the airspace of the Russian Federation .. and, if necessary, destroy them with long-range air-to-air missiles
      1. Old Skeptic Offline Old Skeptic
        Old Skeptic (Old Skeptic) 18 May 2023 22: 26
        The fact is that a large radar station may well fit into 75 (the cross-section of the fuselage allows), but it was initially positioned as an export model. Although anything is possible.
        But wing-mounted radars are unlikely to fit into it (but I won’t undertake to say). And his compartments are quite large, not for the R-37, of course, but he doesn’t need it, it’s quite medium-range.
  2. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (voi) 19 May 2023 04: 47
    The future of aviation in suborbital space flights. The West, China, are closely involved in this topic. The tasks of conventional aviation are quite capable, even in our time, of unmanned aircraft.
    1. andrey682006 Offline andrey682006
      andrey682006 (Andrei) 26 May 2023 14: 01
      Balloons, not some stratospheric bullshit. Cheap, long and you will not bring down ...