New Generation Fighter

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Dassault FCAS
(Future Combat Air System)
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Role Sixth-generation jet fighter
National origin France / Germany / Spain
Introduction 2035–2040
Status Under development

The New Generation Fighter (NGF) is a sixth-generation jet fighter[1] under development by Dassault Aviation and Airbus Defence and Space that will replace the current generation of Dassault's Rafales, Germany's Eurofighter Typhoons and Spain's F-18 Hornet aircraft by around 2035–2040.[2][3]

With NGF comprising the fighter element of the system-of-systems, the Next-Generation Weapon System (NGWS) comprises the NGF and unmanned ‘wingmen’, while the wider Future Combat Air System comprises the NGWS and all other air assets in the future operational battlespace.[4][5] Dassault will serve as prime contractor for the new fighter, while Airbus will lead the development of accompanying remote carrier vehicles and the broader system's supporting combat cloud.[6]

A new jet engine called Next European Fighter Engine (NEFE) is also under development.[7]

A model of the aircraft was shown at Euronaval 2018. It is a delta wing aircraft, with no vertical stabilizers or canards. Without vertical surfaces to reflect radar laterally, side aspect radar cross section will be reduced as well. It has rectangular air intakes like the F-35 and a V-tail like the YF-23 with overall stealth shape and angle influences from the F-22. The model is very similar to what was already presented by Dassault as the “European New Generation Aircraft” in a promotional video called “Wings for Europe”.[8] It will also be carrier-capable and will fly from Marine Nationale future aircraft carrier.[9][10][11][12]

At the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show, Dassault Aviation and Airbus announced an agreement to cooperate on the development of a stealth fighter jet as a replacement for French Rafale, German Eurofighter and Spanish F-18 Hornet, called Future Combat Air System (FCAS). A test flight of a demonstrator is expected around 2025 and entry into service around 2040.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

A full-scale model was unveiled at the 2019 Paris Air Show,[19] with cranked-delta wings and a V-tail.

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