The U.S Air Combat Command head General Mark D. Kelly posted on twitter a concept image of Lockheed Martin F-22 on April 27.

According to the Air Force Magazine, the new feature appears on the concept F22 is the JATM air-to-air missile. Lockheed Martin is currently developing the JATM. The new type of missile will have a much wider range compared to the AMRAAM. The development is to cope with long range missiles like ones from China’s PL-15.

The U.S. Air Force is spending more than $12 billion to keep the F-22 up to date. The last model was 12 years old when the Air Force owned it.

Retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula said, “The most cost-effective move the Air Force could make today to increase the quality of its force to meet the China threat is to upgrade the 33 Block 20 F-22s to match the rest of the F-22 force.”

General David Deptul’s picture usually shows up before new systems that can be seen by the public start working.

Kyle Mizokami, the author from Popular Mechanics, on May 5, suspected that the new F-22 would cost “multiple hundreds of millions of dollars”; it’s two or three times the value of the F-35. This new fighter jet is likely deployed to target China and cover a vast Asia-Pacific air.

As Mizokami put it, any war with Beijing will involve:

– Easier to take off from remote bases of small islands.
– Long-range missions against enemy air and ground defenses.

The artwork of the 6th generation fighter shows added new external fuel tanks, known as Low Drag Tank, planned to boost the stealthy and aerodynamically efficiency to replace the current 600-gallon one.

This new fighter jet is likely deployed to target China and cover a vast Asia-Pacific air.

The artwork of the 6th generation fighter shows added new external fuel tanks, known as Low Drag Tank, planned to boost the stealthy and aerodynamically efficiency to replace the current 600-gallon one.

This new fighter jet is likely deployed to target China and cover a vast Asia-Pacific air.

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