The service plans to award a contract for the Next-Generation Air Dominance program in 2024, it announced Thursday.

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The Air Force has solicited proposals from industry for its sixth-generation fighter aircraft — the Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program — and plans to award a contract in 2024, the service announced Thursday.

The Department of the Air Force sent a classified solicitation to industry for “an engineering and manufacturing development contract” for the sixth-generation platform, which is intended to replace the F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft, the release noted. No public information regarding the requirements, when the industry received the solicitation, and response due dates were given. 

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Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said in the release that the NGAD platform will be “a generational leap in technology” over its predecessors.

“NGAD will include attributes such as enhanced lethality and the ability to survive, persist, interoperate, and adapt in the air domain, all within highly contested operational environments,” Kendall said. “No one does this better than the U.S. Air Force, but we will lose that edge if we don’t move forward now.” 

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