Video: Northrop Teases Sixth-Generation Fighter Design

A screen grab showing Northrop Grumman's new sixth-generation fighter concept from a commercial that premiered Feb. 7, 2016, during the Super Bowl. (Northrop Grumman)A screen grab showing Northrop Grumman's new sixth-generation fighter concept from a commercial that premiered Feb. 7, 2016, during the Super Bowl. (Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Corp., maker of the B-2 stealth bomber and the company chosen by the U.S. Air Force to develop a Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRSB, ran a new commercial this week during the Super Bowl showing its concept for a sixth-generation fighter jet. Check it out:

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  • Larry

    We of the Military community, active, reserve and retired are so thankful for these technological advances that do and have protect us on the ground. We as a nation are advanced in a multiplicity factor not an addition due to our civilian leaders willingness to seek out the brightest and best minds there are in our multi-cultural society. We seek highly educated civilian input and innovation to keep us years ahead of our enemies, thus allowing for a leaner meaner and more intelligent ground fighting force. Our American Volunteer Marines, Air Force, Army and Navy allows for times of draw down knowing a force will arise when the threat arises and we will prevail due to our peacetime research and development of Next Generation fighting equipment. We as a nation have learned from our failures of the past to be ready now for the future.

    • walt

      Honor and respect to you Larry.

    • Stephen Garry

      Good after noon Mr, McGarry. I am related to you, I am Irish my self and my last name is Garry. At one time my asserter name was McGarry. Once my asserters arrived in the United States the name was changed.

      Regards; Stephen Garry

    • Carl Leffall

      I’d go with the one that designed and built the SR-71. It has not been matched. Well, we will not know until if that hasn’t already happened.

      • Dr. G

        Unmanned systems, Carl, that fly at comparable altitudes, but remain on target for 30+ hours at a time, with real time sensor data – rather than “wet film” to be developed later, I think out matches the incredible plane of the 60s. By the way, one of the first AC I ever worked on was the SR71, but we keep moving forward, right?

    • Larry Talleagle

      Staying ahead would be fine… if ever we’d make more than 1 or 2…!

    • Dr. G

      On behalf of others like myself, who take great pride in building innovative defense, reconnaissance, and protective systems for the warfighter, our allies and this country, I thank you for your thoughts, Sir.

    • Craig

      Larry…. Your one of us….we are you!!! US Army Ranger (82nd Abn Div). If anyone one thinks we can be complacent in this world. They are sadly mistaken.

  • benamin

    Larry, what is the name of the planet you live on? URANUS??

    • Heim

      Uranus ???… No, Military-Industrial-Complexeus

      • Daniel

        Twinks.

      • ohioohio66

        How do we develop these weapons without MIC. We have to stay ahead of the enemy.

    • Jim

      Quit eating the crayons son…

      • HiPowerGuy

        Hahahaha didn’t they prove that something in the RED dye is very dangerous..?? :-)

  • Bill

    What the jet jockeys can’t accept is technology has passed them by. I can remember the same thing happening when the 1st electronic calculators came out The mechanical calc. companies poo-poo-ed as it as unfeasible. Friden-Singer produced a “last” great mechanical calculator. To make it smaller. it had counter rotating shafts on the same axis. To make matters worst, the main drive gear was plastic .. . buried in the heart of the machine. Guess what broke 1st ? ? O.K relating it to current times. The F35 costs $40000 an hour to fly. This is just for an incomplete aircraft, fuel and maintenance. It doesn’t take in support aircraft, tankers and AWACs.
    We also have submarines with Tomahawk missiles, which are largely fire and forget.
    Between the F35 and the Tomahawk . . .only one has been successful in the combat theater. But the jet jockeys keep fighting for a ticket to become an astronaut.

    • veej7485

      drones crash at much much higher rates than manned aircraft….also manned aircraft cant be hacked.

    • blight_

      “F35 costs $40000 an hour to fly”

      Feel free to price out which parts are pilot-related. Most of those costs are fuel and maintenance related…yet to see any fuel-less, maintenance-free drones.

  • Founders1791

    Why on earth would you want to show our enemies designs of our military weapons? The ideas from America are the most valuable in the world and should be protected like gold bars.

    • ReconScout101st

      The Chinese already hack all the info. They knew about before the company knew it was going to tell us.

    • alan lindquist

      are gov is so stupid there all looking for a pat on the back ( look at me aren’t I great ) that’s what they like.

      • Stan

        It must be if this is the best our education system was able to do for you. Or perhaps you are the idiot here.

    • Opie

      Design has little to do with what you see. The reports of hacking are a bit overblown and just because you can make something that looks similar does not mean you can make it perform the same. The conventional weapons divide is far bigger than you could comprehend. The US ideas are worthless, as everyone has the same ideas derived from the same computer modeling and math. The ability to execute them and effectively deploy them is what matters in practice. So make all the fancy CGI videos you want, those are for shareholders anyway. (The real magic in these type of machines is the computer control coding, sensors and framework in which they are deployed). Protecting the ideas is a waste of money and manpower. Failing to maintain the human capital required to make these systems work is the real threat.

      • greensborovet

        Well said.

    • Larry

      They didn’t, these are images from the movie “stealth”…

    • HiPowerGuy

      You would think so…but we CANNOT even prosecute anyone for espionage any more. Take all these Chinese intellectuals who were working for big American contractors, were caught with secret/top secret plans and information with them, and ended up pleading to a charge with no more than 2-5 yrs in jail. Just sad…pitifull really. Almost EVERY SINGLE BIG TICKET DEFENSE PROJECT in the past 20 years has been hacked, stolen, duplicated by China, and to a lesser degree Russia. How is it,that the most technologically advanced defense contractors on the planet, ours, can’t stop from having there plans stolen or hacked? How is that possible, not just once, but every damn time. Then the Norks go and hack info on about 19 million current and ex military/government employee’s. The Russians at least have their own R & D departments, but, they are much , much smaller than ours. But look at the past 5 years with China, their Stealth fighters are almost EXACT replicas of the F22 and F35…..about 92%!!!! It makes me sick to see them….and yea, yea yea, I know that their electronics are not as advanced, but hell, what they can’t steal from us, they will buy from Russia!! hahahahaha

  • BuzzSaw

    I’m OK with Larry’s lavish praise and comfort re the brilliant and innovative minds producing the incredible military hardware he exalts..
    What worries me is that in almost no time, moles at Boeing, L’Martin, N’Grumman, Ratheon, etc. have passed huge amounts of the
    “secret’ tech going into the hardware to their sponsors, i.e. China and Russia., esp the latter. The amazing modernization of the Soviet air force, mostly their fighters over only 5-7 yrs could not have occurred w/o considerable inside spywork.in US DOD industries.

    • Larry Talleagle

      So that explains how Russia developed their new S-500 defense system, they stole it from US …… lol

    • Guest

      So put idiots like Hillary in prison where she belongs for passing on SAP’s.

    • greensborovet

      BuzzSaw, having the plans and building it are two totally different things.

    • blight_

      You can’t modernize your aircraft without factories. And those factories won’t get anywhere without an experienced workforce.

      As GE, P&W start building export-grade commercial jet engines overseas, the expertise to build reasonably modern engines will eventually trickle into the PRC and the Russian federation. But that’s engines…not esoteric things like avionics. And stealing American firmware is one thing, integrating it into their systems will take longer. I guess the migration to C from Ada may be helpful there, given that C is a more ubiquitous language.

  • Artyom

    Почему решили, что такая форма крыла подойдет для 6-го поколения?

    • Guest

      Because that’s what they think Artyom.

      Maybe Russia will show us something different.

    • Потому что они не умны

  • Sooo, more tax increase in these up in coming years I take it??

    • David

      Taxes are increased so we can pay for wefare and foodstamps.i would rather pay for a strong military and a safer country than help to pay for people that doesnt want to work.

  • splasher6

    a manned aircraft limits the capabilities by a 100 fold. The F-22 should have been the last manned fighter, the F-35 should have never been made

    • MICHAEL HOWELL

      AGREE

    • TLEH

      Yes. Totally agree with you. They should have save the money making F-35 to improve the Drones

    • Opie

      There might be a fatal flaw in the unmanned systems in a total conflict and some level of superiority has to be maintained in traditional systems utilized by opponents. The issue with unmanned is that loss of communication and ease of compromise without a fail safe. Let’s say you send a squadron of drones on a mission and the adversary is willing to fry the battlefield, or can provide false signals/programming. A human pilot will intuit issues and can react, a drone may just go to suspense and circle or ground itself. Something like this seems to be a potential for in the RQ “crash” in Iran. SR-71 pilots had specific instructions as to how to ditch that plane in order to keep the technology secret. Not so much with a drone. Unmanned has a large part in the future so long as it is allowed to proceed but it will not be the be all end all. True capabilities are far more than having the biggest maximum load or speed specs and there is still something to be said for the human brains ability to understand information in context that cannot be achieved in a remote or automated system

  • bad wolf

    stargate sg1

  • Preston

    Cancel a few of these planes and we then can afford to take care of our veterans, you know, the ones that actually fought in a war. The VA fiasco simply highlights the failures of this government and the power of the MIC lobbyists, selling us technology we don’t need based upon some esoteric future threat at ridiculous prices and robbing those wounded in our past wars. Further, the costs of these new weapons are so high nowadays, they lose their primary reason for existence, which is utility. What good is a weapon that is too expensive to risk in a high threat environment? .

    • Bernie S.

      VA is only as good as the people that we hire to provide services. I went to VA for pain in the neck and chest and shortness of breath.
      After waiting for an hour and 15 minutes she irritably asked me what I was there for. Even though I had already been triached. She then
      sent me for a chest exay and a cat scan for my head, and later said she could not find anything wrong. I left there walking side ways
      with an extreme headache and light headed. I then went to my private heart doctor had an MRI and evidence of a clot in my head.
      good thing for second opinions

  • cuace

    Being a Broncos fan I wasn’t really paying much attention to the commercials. I saw it briefly and just assumed it was another Independence Day 2 trailer.

  • Chuck

    It is always good to have a diverse array of weapons, be it manned craft or drones. We have to make them cheaper , better , faster….therefore less complicated.
    The reason why TOP GUN was created was that the MiGs were very maneuverable, had good engines. The F4 Phantoms of the time were proof bricks can fly. Have many electronics in a plane is nice, but it is preferable they be made simpler so you can swarm the enemy. By the way our A10 Warthog is one great attack plane

    • Braith

      Avionics, tracking, and evasion are all more important than just being able to swarm. Also, no, the reason MiGs did as well as they did in Vietnam was because Johnson was doing everything possible to handicap the pilots, to the point where the NVA pilots would sit just across the border and the American pilots couldn’t touch them.

  • Jack Handy

    When can we start spending our tax dollars on education and health care? How many stupid weapons do we really need?…..we would do more damage with TNT strapped to a Chinese made robot then any of that multi billion dollar crap.

    F’ing stupid…

    • Larry

      I assume you are a troll b/c your comment is so dense, but I’ll bite and point out we spend far more money on education and healthcare than on the military.

  • itzscott

    Why do these things even need pilots?

    Why can’t they be flown remotely from some secret location??

    • Mock4

      Because they can be hacked.

    • blight_

      Because you just need a jammer to make life living hell. Or you have an inside man carry a brick of C4 into the “secret location” and decapitate the teleoperation system. Want to bet national security on a very, very weak link like that?

  • Suds

    RIGHT WRONGS NOBODY!

  • Bob

    I’ve got a better teaser for you. Search for “U.S. National Debt Clock”.

  • Oscar_X

    You all do realize this is probably just deception. The tile of the article is wrong. It should be “6th Generation Fighter” and not “6th General Fighter”. This whole thing is just military disinformation.

  • bruce

    Chinese can’t wait to get there hands on the design, thank you U,S A.

  • Rick

    You meant, “Northrop Teases Sixth-Generation Fighter Design.”

  • Larry

    That’s funny, these look just like the images from the movie “Stealth”… funny that huh?

  • dasthakeer

    to my knowledge, these fighter have designed for outer space combat as well…

  • Stan

    It’s a cartoon, an artist’s concept.