Although there will always be a need for piloted fighter jets, the USAF set on replacing the F-22 Raptor with an unmanned combat fighter by the year 2030. These fighters will be remotely controlled by pilots sitting safely away from the war-zone.
The Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) Capability Development and Planning Division (XRX) is conducting market research analyses to examine applicable materiel concepts and related technology for a Next Generation Tactical Aircraft (Next Gen TACAIR) capability with an initial operational capability (IOC) of approximately 2030. The envisioned system may possess enhanced capabilities in areas such as reach, persistence, survivability, net-centricity, situational awareness, human-system integration, and weapons effects. It must be able to operate in the anti-access/area-denial environment that will exist in the 2030-2050 timeframe.via fbo gizmodo