s navy carriers could be unmanned someday, including the possibility of drone fighter jets. A top aviation leader said this week. Like the air force, the navy will take a family of systems approach to its next generation. Air dominance or ngad program which will use aircraft, sensors and other equipment that complement one another and work together to stave off threats. We expect that that family of systems will be a combination of manned and unmanned right now notionally looking at and driving toward an air wing that has a 40 to 60 unmanned man split and over time shift that to a 60 to 40 unmanned man split harris Said the effort will try to drive an air wing, that is at least 50 percent or more unmanned over time. The approach will center on the fa18e f super hornets follow on aircraft which the navy is studying now harris said the service is weighing whether the fighter known as faxx for the time being will be manned unmanned or partially autonomous. We truly see ngad as more than just a single aircraft. He said, echoing the air force’s plan air force officials have said: ngad defies traditional categorization as a single aircraft platform or technology. Instead, it’s made up of a network of advanced fighter aircraft, sensors and weapons and could also include fighters and autonomous drones fighting side by side. Harris said, the navy is whimsically, referring to its drone pairing concept as a little buddy, which would act as an air to air sidekick and potentially an electronic warfare platform.
Many of these decisions are predicated on the performance of the mq 25 stingray, the navy’s new unmanned refueling aircraft. The admiral said service leaders announced in november that they want to base a squadron of 20 mq25a tanker drones, which they expect to revolutionize carrier air wings at naval base ventura county in point magu. California, the navy is studying how the drone capable of refueling aircraft in flight and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations amplifies carrier air wing operations. It may be the manned aircraft interpreting what the unmanned aircraft is doing incorrectly. We just have to get down to the rehearsal piece of operating in and around all those other aircraft. Harris said the navy revealed last year that it has established its own ngad program office in an effort to speed up the fielding of a new fighter prior to the 2030s. According to usni news, the service is conducting separate studies for the faxx, follow on an ea18g growler replacement aircraft. Harris said tuesday in september, the air force revealed it had quietly built and flown a brand new prototype that could become a future advanced fighter jet or something more as part of its own family of systems initiative.