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Boeing's "F/A-XX" Aims For Future Fighter Contracts

The Navy has its eyes on next-generation replacement fighter aircraft that may be needed as early as 2025 to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and Boeing has publicly unveiled its latest design proposals. Boeing's two twin-engine concepts are both tailless vehicles that may also be mission-capable as pilot-optional aircraft. Boeing displayed one at the Navy League Sea Air And Space Expo on May 3, as a 1/16th scale model and the latest manifestation of its F/A-XX. The design's planform reflects that of the single-engine Phantom Ray, a stealthy unmanned tailless 50-foot-wingspan Phantom Works prototype unveiled on May 10, in St. Louis. Boeing is seeking to fill the Navy's desire for "next generation air dominance," after losing out on the massive Joint Strike Fighter contract won by Lockheed Martin. Decisions that would lead to the creation of technology demonstrators for the next round of aircraft may begin in late 2011 and lead to competition between prototype designs by 2013.

Programs like this not only feed the next generation of military preparedness but also keep the coals burning for Boeing, which lost out when Lockheed Martin in 2001 won its contracts for the Joint Strike Fighter. With that aircraft currently in the works and not yet operationally deployed, Boeing's next chance to see its own fighter design contracted and operational may be at least 15 years away upon the predicted retirement of the Super Hornet. Like the Navy, the U.S. Air Force is also already looking ahead for the vehicle that will replace the F-22, which presents another opportunity for Boeing and its competitors.

By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor, Video Editor
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Kira-SR Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
man,your blueprints are awesome.
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
The problem with unmanned aircraft is tha computers are more prone to failure than humans, and computers can only act based on logic, whereas humans can act based on instinct. The human will always be better. and a human is less expensive (in terms of their pay) than the kind of computer you need for an effective UAV.
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johnnyhoffman83 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great drawing! I'm ok with unmanned fighter jets but the pilots should always rule the air. This would be awesome addition to the arsenal of U.S. Navy.
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bagera3005 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
DID a unmanned one to
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DarkProxy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
may I mod this
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bagera3005 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
yea
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DarkProxy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thanks
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YukikazeB03 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Very cool!!!
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theF-man Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
More like the X-44 Manta!
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bagera3005 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
X-44 Manta a f22 variant
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theF-man Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
I see! thanks!
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Hara-Surya Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The word of mouth from many U.S. military aviation planners is that the JSF is likely the last piloted combat aircraft to be fielded in large numbers. In many ways the pilot is the single biggest liability for designing an aircraft (we're kinda squishy, take up a lot of room and have this annoying thing called a "family") so removing the man in the cockpit means performance can be greatly increased and more daring missions can be tried.
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Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thus begins the debate of man vs machine..while a machine may be able to make split second reaction time and higher maneuvers that would make a man pass out.. they have no free will to engage, no conscience, no real learning ability, and either need to have an AI program..that COULD be taken by surprise.. or not know what to do in some situations.. or constantly be tethers to wireless comm with the HQ ..either way.. a man is much more suited for flying combative operations because you know at least the training he has will help him AND he'll be able to react accordingly to what ever he sees, even if its not with in programmed parameters..
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Raptorguy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
Actually, recently the USAF submitted a request for proposals for an MANNED F-22 replacement in 2025.
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Cool & Well Done!
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Kryptid Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Ah, nice of you to do this design. It needed to have a 3-view of it somewhere online.
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
With defense budgets and equipment costs being what they are, the Navy will probably be able to supply one carrier with them.
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