The United States Navy is on the cusp of a groundbreaking development as the F/A-XX program, the future sixth-generation air superiority fighter, is anticipated to receive nearly full funding.

As reported by Naval News, this monumental step emerges from the ongoing discussions surrounding the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and marks a pivotal moment in ushering in a new era of advanced military aviation.

The Funding Resolution

Earlier this year, debates within the House Armed Service Committee led to a reduction of $1.1 billion from the Link Plumeria line, citing “unjustified requirements.”

“The Administration strongly opposes the $1.1 billion reduction to Project 2937 that supports the Navy’s F/A-XX program,” its released July statement read. “The 70 percent reduction breaks the program and leaves the acquisition strategy unexecutable.”

Additional details can be provided at higher classification,” it added.

Despite the US Navy’s initial request of $2.1 billion for Link Plumeria in its FY24 budget, the bill’s latest version revealed a mere $50 million cut from Project 2937, believed to be allocated for the F/A-XX program under Link Plumeria.

The connection between Link Plumeria and the US Navy’s F/A-XX program gained clarity earlier this year following a statement from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The OMB vehemently opposed the substantial reduction to Project 2937, which is crucial for the Navy’s F/A-XX program, emphasizing its vital role in meeting strategic defense objectives.