Northrop Grumman has once again included what appears to be a next-generation air superiority (NGAD) crew platform concept in its latest advertising. This follows another ad in 2021 that teased the same design, though that ad didn’t feature a wide-angle view of it.
The main video itself, which is only 15 seconds long, plays in the company former “hangar” reception. This sees us three Northrop Grumman employees discuss the contribution of women to the history of military aviation in the company’s “Advanced Aeronautics Hangar.” Referring to the all-female crew at Grand Forks Air Force Base that recorded the longest full-scale unmanned flight in 2014 military aircraft that do not refuel in the air (34.3 hours) – the trio continues to reflect on possible future contributions to aviation history at the company.
What we can only assume is a manned tactical jet concept similar to the NGAD can be seen in the video on the left. Unlike Northrop’s 2021 ad, which showed more detail on the nose of what appears to be the same concept, the new ad provides a better view of the airframe as a whole. As we mentioned in our previous article, the aircraft certainly seems to fit the NGAD bill –with no vertical tails, quite large with the supposed premium on range, payload and low observability (stealth). Top-mounted low-observable air intakes can also be seen. The design also features a very long chine line around the fuselage, as well as a B-2-like “beak” nose and a single pilot cockpit.