Futuristic US Fighter Jet Unveiled During Super Bowl 50 TV Ad

An artist's rendering of what the next generation U.S. fighter jet might look like is seen in this handout photo provided by Northrop Grumman Corporation, December 12, 2015

American defense contractor Northrop Grumman unveiled its vision for the Pentagon’s new futuristic fighter jet on Sunday in a television commercial broadcast to over 100 million viewers during the Super Bowl.

The aircraft, which has no tail and fires lasers in a way that will not alert enemies to its presence, flashed across the television screen in a snippet of Northrop’s 30-second commercial broadcast during Super Bowl 50.

Northrop is expected to compete with Lockheed Martin and Boeing when the Pentagon begins accepting bids for its sixth-generation fighter jet.

As the biggest US sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl draws a massive TV audience, and the commercials are one of the most anticipated parts of the broadcast. A 30-second ad shown during this year’s game cost nearly $5 million.

 On Sunday, Northrop Grumman’s commercial was broadcast to an average 111.9 million viewers who watched Super Bowl 50, the third-most watched TV show in history, according to the Nielsen company. On the field, the Denver Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers, 24 to 10.

The most-watched Super Bowl took place last year, when 114.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks.

That year, Northrop Grumman made history by airing what is believed to be the first Super Bowl ad for a defense contractor. The advertisement focused on the company’s entry in the Air Force’s Long Range Strike Bomber competition, which won a $60-billion contract in October.

A sixth-generation fighter, meanwhile, will likely not be fielded for 15 to 20 years, eventually replacing the F/A-18 Super Hornet and possibly even the F-22 Raptor. The Pentagon is still struggling to fully field its fifth-generation fighter, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The F-35 program has experienced significant system malfunctions, major cost overruns and many schedule delays. It is expected to cost some $1.5 trillion over its 55-year lifespan, making it most expensive weapons program in history.

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11 Responses to "Futuristic US Fighter Jet Unveiled During Super Bowl 50 TV Ad"

  1. phillipmooney  February 9, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Even if they “could” make one of these things, next you would need more wars to use them in. Just leave that up to the War Industrial Complex and the Pentagon to find another one.

  2. splitter  February 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Could it be that all this F-35 narrative is just a decoy?

    • Jack Heart  February 9, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      that’s a great call splitter, looks a lot like the Aurora that don’t exist doesn’t it?

  3. Dan Sheppard  February 9, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    A $2 Trillion dollar program for Sharks with friggin lazer beams attached to their heads ?

    This is obviously just a form of propaganda, lets see if they can actually make this happen

  4. guitargirl  February 9, 2016 at 10:07 am

    That is what it is, Stupid Ass Super bowl on the Mind Control Box.

    As for the latest super duper whatever plane coming out, that game is probably rigged before they even start to build one, just rigging the US tax payers.


  5. Donald Moore  February 9, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Edward add in Northrop Grumman who made the B-2 Bomber. They have to be shelter all the time from sun and especially rain. Not to say the sun destroys them as fast as rain but the US Airforce says they can’t be left standing out in the sun like the B-52 or B-1 because it has an adverse effect on them over time. These planes aren’t all weather but have to fly in good weather or they won’t function as they are suppose to. So Russia will have to be on guard and ready for a clear weather attack from the US and could rest and relax as long as it is raining over Europe and Russia. As for the sixth generation fighter it will be a boondoggle as the F-35 and cost more to make piles of junk. For Russia it’s good that the US Defense Industry is doing so much to protect them by building planes that can’t fly in bad weather and ships that can’t operate in high sea’s or just break down while cruising around.

    • rockwool  February 10, 2016 at 3:56 am

      I would guess the garaging only has to do with keeping the coating (stealth paint) from oxidizing and sun bleaching.

      IIRC the F-22 is also garaged and then probably due to same reason.

  6. Foci  February 9, 2016 at 6:09 am

    ….just what we need. This country is stuck on full retard..

    • Elliott  February 9, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Nail on the head, Foci.

  7. Edward Dodge  February 9, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Lockheed shouldn’t be allowed within a thousand miles of bidding on any military aircraft contract after the F22 and F35 garbage they produced.

  8. Altimometer  February 8, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    They were in reality showing the thumping the tax payers will/are receiving.

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