Arrow wrote:So the US already has a 6th generation prototype. They will again be a big step ahead of Russia and China.
There can be many degrees of freedom in how they are reporting it and what they actually have (not the first or the 1000th time they bullshit us like they actually think they the smartest asses in the world and we are all retards), and more importantly, why they do it. This gentleman was talking little time ago about the "digital century fighters" or something similar about fast tracking aircraft prototypes in order not to loose decades with the development of a new generation. So, in simpler less pompous terms, use what you have instead of developing very new risky concepts, sounds better with that PR cover than saying that after copying Russia with their 4++ fighters, they are also going to copy their evolutionary development approach. This is all relatively compatible with the proposals to create a F-22/F-35 hybrid.
In the end it is about them creating a plane capable of facing a second stage PAK-FA and what China can develop too, they know their current situation is quite vulnerable, if in a few years the VKS starts fielding a VCE equipped, long range high payload and extremely fast fighter with modern systems and weapons like it can be the case, plus backed by the rest of Russian IADS of course. They relaxed with the F-22 and they shut the production down instead of keeping the plane alive and evolving, the F-35 is airframe-wise incompatible with air superiority against high end platforms, no matter how much BS its terminally brain washed fans claim about it being the ultimate air dominance fighter. So what they need is the F-22 airframe with more fuel, systems and avionics based on those of the F-35 and most crucially, adaptive engines. If they manage it to carry bigger weapons it will be great for them, if not they have the F-15EX for that. They are not going to create some kind of alien tech, they much more probably intend to close the gap they have left open and sell it like if they were discovering the hyperspace jump. They have become predictable and boring as f*ck if you ask me, the best they can come up with is applying Musk-style trolling to the military development, as if with a couple of digital tricks they would magically solve the difficulties of developing real technology and leave everyone behind... the only relevant advantage they have is that they have already operational prototypes of three streams engines, this is the key element here and the rest is tired PR crap.