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- Feb 11, 2007
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The US Air Force is studying a future fighter fleet that might include new Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters or possibly a clean-sheet 4.5-generation fighter.
USAF considering either new F-16 purchases, or developing a clean-sheet 4.5 gen design that would be more rapidly updatable.
“If we’re going to do software defined, and we have the capability to do something even more capable for cheaper and faster, why not?” [USAF Chief of Staff Gen Charles Brown] says. “That’s what we’ve learned with our e-series approach with the T-7, and, what we learned with the NGAD. So, the question is: What is the son of NGAD?”