The Pentagon has been ordered by the Pentagon to develop a new plane that is both cheap and easy to manufacture, and to begin testing it within the next two years.
The $3 billion program would see the Pentagon start working with aerospace manufacturers to develop the next generation of a plane that has not yet been built, the Defense Department said.
The aircraft would be called the Bravo.
The Pentagon is seeking the best aerospace industry technology to help it design and build a new air superiority fighter that could be ready for testing by 2022, the Pentagon said.
It’s a significant step forward in efforts to get the next-generation bomber ready to enter service by 2023, which is when a second version of the bomber is expected to enter the service.
The Pentagon has already begun the testing phase of the first Bravo aircraft.
The Air Force has been looking for an alternative to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for years, but the Pentagon has not been able to produce enough to meet its needs.
The Bravo would replace the current F-22 Raptor and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
The F-18 has been in service since 2006.
The new aircraft would cost between $100 million and $200 million to build, and would be manufactured by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
The planes would be the workhorse of the Air Force and would replace an aging fleet of the F16, F18 and F-16C fighters.
The cost to build the Bravos could be as much as $300 million, and Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas Corp. are among the companies competing to build it.