The Air Force’s Secret New Fighter Jet Will Get Software Updates as It Flies

The Air Force’s Secret New Fighter Jet Will Get Software Updates as It Flies

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Northrop Grumman via Breaking Defense

  • The Air Force’s Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) fighter will include the ability to quickly upgrade a jet’s software.
  • This will allow the fighter to quickly alter onboard software as long as it doesn’t interfere with the jet’s ability to fly.
  • A prototype of the system was likely tested in 2020 using a U-2 spy plane.

    The U.S. Air Force says its next-generation fighter jet will feature a brand-new capability no existing fighter has: the ability to quickly change the onboard software that drives the plane’s hardware. That means Next-Generation Air Dominance’s (NGAD) computer system will

     
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