BAE Channels Michael Bay in Pentagon Aircraft Proposals

If you liked Transformers, you’ll love these new fighter jet concepts from defense contractor BAE Systems.

BAE—a British company whose U.S. headquarters is in Arlington, Va., right near the Pentagon—says the technologies could become operational in 2040, or even sooner. Given that Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon have been unable to sort out the myriad woes besetting a far more conventional fighter, the $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, a plane that can heal itself or split into multiple flying portions may be a bit of a financial and technical stretch, at least in this century.

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