Future military aircraft of the United States

Future military aircraft of the United States is a list of military aircraft that are developed to be used by the United States military in the near future. For aircraft in-service see List of active United States military aircraft.

Aircraft Photo Type Operators Notes
Fixed-wing Aircraft
Next Generation Air Dominance Multirole combat aircraft Navy To enter service around 2030.[1]
EMARSS Reconnaissance Army
T-X Trainer Trainer Air Force To enter service around 2023.[2]
Long Range Strike Bomber Heavy bomber Air Force To enter service in 2025.[3]
2037 Bomber Strategic bomber Air Force To enter service around 2037.
KC-46 Aerial Tanker Air Force To enter service in 2017.[4]
MQ-4C Triton Maritime Surveillance Navy To enter service in 2015.[5]
Phantom Eye HALE ISR UAV Air Force
UCLASS Carrier-based UAV Navy To enter service around 2018.[6]
Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System VTOL Payload-carrying Craft
Lockheed SR-72 Hypersonic ISR and Strike Air Force Proposed, could enter service in 2030.[7]
Northrop Grumman RQ-180 ISR UAV Air Force To enter service in 2015.[8]
Future Vertical Lift Multirole Helicopter Army Version to enter service between 2025-2035.[9]
Sikorsky S-97 Raider Recon and Attack USSOCOM
Sikorsky CH-53K Super Stallion Cargo Helicopter Marine Corps
MQ-8C Fire-X Unmanned Utility Helicopter Navy To enter service in 2014.[10]

See also


  1. ^ USN, Industry Seek New Concepts For 6th-generation Fighter - Defensenews.com, 10 July 2013
  2. ^ Budget constraints delay new trainer - Airforcetimes.com, 15 May 2013
  3. ^ Budget Pressures Seen as Biggest Risk to Long Range Bomber Program Nationaldefensemagazine.org, September 2013.
  4. ^ USAF Signs Off On KC-46 Tanker Review - Defensenews.com, 4 September 2013
  5. ^ Navy readies future deployment of long-range maritime patrol UAVs with infrastructure on east and west coasts - sUASNews.com, 2 September 2013
  6. ^ Navy’s New Drones Taking Center Stage - Nationaldefensemagazine.org, October 2013
  7. ^ Hypersonic Successor to Legendary SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane Unveiled - Wired.com, 1 November 2013
  8. ^ Butler, Amy; Sweetman, Bill (6 December 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances". www.aviationweek.com. Penton. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  9. ^ US Army reveals details of Joint Multi-Role fleet vision - Flightglobal.com, 16 August 2011.
  10. ^ Northrop close to completing Firescout weapon tests - Flightglobal.com, 14 August 2013
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