BLUFThe US Air Force’s next-generation fighter is likely to have the ability to receive upgrades to its software and unlock new capabilities while in flight.
This article written by Kyle Mizokami for Popular Mechanics notes the following:
- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown stated that the Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) fighter separates its flight-control software from the rest of the aircraft's computer systems.
- Separating the aircraft's software means that new software can be installed without undergoing additional flight testing.
- Current fighters run one primary computer system, and any upgrade has to include Flight testing to ensure it doesn't accidentally impede the aircraft's flight controls.
- A central Air Force server using 5G could update the electronic warfare software on NGAD fighters worldwide in minutes, even in flight.
- Next-Generation Air Dominance will be a sixth-generation fighter jet, set to become operational around 2030.
References from the web:
- Oct 2020 Air Force Magazine Roper’s NGAD Bombshell
- Mar 2022 NGAD: The 6th Generation Stealth Fighter That Could Change Everything
- Apr 2022 Divide and conquer: Air Force’s next-gen fighter to get unique software system
Source: Popular Mechanics
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