Flight Globalâ€™s Steve Trimble pulled a coup the other day when he pulled Lockheed Martinâ€™s 2012 holiday calendar out of his trashcan and discovered this Â beauty gracing the month of February.
Yup, sheâ€™s apparenlty Lockheedâ€™s concept for a post 2030 F-22 replacement that would “provide the next quantum leap in capabilities for the next generation of fighters.”
This quantum leap will be so big that it “will be driven by game changing technological breakthroughs in the areas of propulsion, materials, power generation, sensors, and weapons that are yet to be fully imagined,” Lockheed tells Trimble. This tells me the jet that will someday replace the F-22 wonâ€™t be a replica of the plane shown above. That drawing is merely meant to show that the company is already working on 6th-genÂ fighters. More on this tech tomorrow.