The US Air Force wants to make it easier for pilots to fly the F-35B Lightning II.
The Air Force is developing an aircraft called the “A-Wing” and the service says it has “great ideas” to make this aircraft even better.
“We have great ideas for the A-Wing,” Lt.
Gen. John Abruzzo, the service’s program executive officer, told reporters Tuesday at the Air Force Association’s Air Combat Test and Evaluation Conference.
“I think you can look at it as an example of what we’ve got in mind to make an A-wing even better,” he added.
“A very capable aircraft, a great aircraft that can do what we need it to do.
We’ve got great ideas that we’re looking forward to exploring.”
The service plans to begin flying the aircraft on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in 2020, with the first F/As on the ground by 2021.
The F-16 and F-22 have already flown the A/B-1 Lightning II, a similar-sized aircraft that is more powerful and faster than the F35B.
The service is also planning to test the A&D “A Great Ideas” program, which includes a full-scale demonstration of the A and B-1 in flight.
The A-wings will replace the Aardvark, an earlier version of the aircraft that flew in the 1990s.
The new aircraft will replace all of the F5F Super Hornets currently in service and will be a replacement for the F2H Hellcat, which will be retired from service by the end of 2019.
The next-generation fighter will replace both the F3F Super Hawk and the F16 Fighting Falcon.
The two-seat, twin-engine A-wings will be armed with either the new F-18XE Super Hornets or the F4E F/ A Super Hawk.
The first flight of the first A- wing, which is due to take place on June 1, 2019, will be carried out by the first squadron of the squadron, which has not yet been named.
A-Wings will also have the ability to land on any surface at any time.
The aircraft will be flown by both a crew of up to six and will come equipped with a variety of sensors, including the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), and the Electronic Warfare System (EWS), which will allow the aircraft to jam enemy radars.
The air force is also working on a third-generation aircraft called “A/B2” that will replace some of the current F-5s and the Super Hornets and is expected to begin operational service in 2023.
The Navy will also be flying its new “A” version of a stealthy, medium-lift, single-seat jet called the F13-class “AJ-21.”
The J-21 is expected be capable of carrying up to 12 people, with an estimated range of 500 nautical miles and an altitude of over 50,000 feet.
The JAH-21 will replace F-14s and F15s.
AJ-20s will also replace F13s and Super Hornets.
A single-seater A–Wing has been in service for 20 years and will continue to be in service until 2037.
The plane is expected replace the F15A Strike Eagle, which retired from the service in 2021.
A second-generation A-weden is expected in service by 2029.
The Navy is also testing the AJS-1, a smaller variant of the existing F-15E.
The E-2, which entered service in 2020 and was a replacement of the MQ-1 Predator, is also being tested.
The Pentagon has also developed a version of its F-4E/Fs stealth fighter, called the AAS-X.
An early version of what the service called the XF-18A, which was retired in 2021, will also continue to operate in 2020.
A prototype of what will be called the M1-A, an experimental version of an F-40 Lightning II Lightning II aircraft, was recently flown at the Naval Air Systems Command in the U.S. Air Force’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
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