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FIRE! What an NGAD vs. F-22 Raptor Dogfight Might Look Like

YF-23 stealth fighter, which could inspire the design of the NGAD.
YF-23 stealth fighter, which could inspire the design of the NGAD.

Digital Combat Simulator Allows You to Have the NGAD vs. F-22 Deathmatch from Hell: Do you want to take a break from this crazy holiday season? 

Maybe you have explained the war in Ukraine to your relatives until you want to get a taste of what Russian and Ukrainian pilots are going through as they engage in aerial combat. Why not play one of the best military flight simulators in the business? It’s called Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS), and it will give you the ultimate thrill of flying numerous aircraft to your heart’s content.

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So Good Real U.S Air Force Pilots Enjoy It

DCS is so realistic that even bonafide U.S. Air Force pilots use it for training. New A-10 Warthog pilots are utilizing the simulator with Oculus Quest and Rift virtual reality headsets.

DCS is used in addition to standard flight simulators, but the virtual reality adds a level of realism that pilot trainees find irresistible.

The 355th Training Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base have been flying DCS-simulated missions since 2018, and they can rehearse and take advantage of the awesome A-10 ground attack capabilities in the metaverse.

Invest In Realistic Gear

Civilians need a powerful and sophisticated gaming rig plus joysticks, rudder pedals, and throttles. You can play against other members of the online community or take your turn against the game’s artificial intelligence driven aircraft. FCS is a total immersive experience even without virtual reality headsets.

It Can Re-Wire Your Brain

The cockpit feels like being inside a movie. The first time I watched a video of a battle between an F-22 Raptor and a J-20 Mighty Dragon, I became dizzy as the F-22 banked and turned rapidly. In that scenario the F-22 pilot shot down China’s most advanced stealth fighter.

Believe It: You Can Fly the NGAD

The next video I watched pitted the Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) sixth-generation fighter against the F-22.

The NGAD is not even ready to be introduced to the U.S. Air Force and Navy yet. It is supposed to cost hundreds of millions apiece and can control a network of “loyal wingman” drones. It will have high speed and maneuverability plus utmost stealth capabilities.

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NGAD Has Mixed Results

How did the NGAD do during the simulated battle? The sixth-generation fighter quickly maneuvered around the F-22, achieved missile lock, and destroyed the F-22 by taking out the right-wing within minutes. One gamer had to eject and parachute out of the burning wreck.

F-22 Strikes Back vs. NGAD

In Round Two of the video, the NGAD again started dominating the F-22 engaging the Raptor with its guns right off the bat. This fire was not successful, but it makes our player admit that no matter how good a pilot you are, there is always a chance you can get shot down by a better airplane. The NGAD was flying fast and smooth and it launched an infrared-guided missile. This missed. Then it was the F-22’s turn. The F-22 player also shot an air-to-air missile, and it didn’t hit its target. The F-22 then engages in a defensive flat scissors maneuver.

But the NGAD then goes vertical and climbs extremely fast. The F-22 cannot even get its nose in the NGAD’s direction. The NGAD makes a fatal mistake by coming in close to use its guns. Our human pilot doesn’t think the NGAD has any missiles left, and the F-22 has one. The result? The F-22 shoots down the NGAD.

Get Your Own In-Home Dogfight

Are you impressed yet? This is a high-quality flight simulator that looks like it is mega-fun. I recommend you giving it a try to see just how difficult it is to pilot an airplane in a dogfight. According to the game, the NGAD had mixed results, but you may have a better experience. Try the NGAD versus the J-20 Mighty Dragon and see which airplane comes out on top. You’ll have a memorable holiday season, and it could be a nice gift for yourself.

There is a special running now on both gaming platforms where you can get a free trial of 14 days of combat or discounts on Steam for the type of aircraft you want to fly. Once you get hooked, players must pay around $50 for each new aircraft – from the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter to the F/A-18 Hornet – there are almost an unlimited number of makes and models available, so you can be as creative as you want to pick different fighter match-ups. Enjoy.


An F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot flies behind a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 465th Air Refueling Squadron assigned to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, March 8. 2021. The F-22 team from Joint Base Langley–Eustis, Virginia, is assigned to Air Combat Command and received fuel from the Okies during their flight back to their home station after performing at an air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mary Begy)


A Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor fighter streaks by the ramp at the 2008 Joint Services Open House (JSOH) airshow at Andrews AFB.


Maj. Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team commander, performs at the Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth, N.H., Sept. 11, 2021. The mission of the F-22 Demonstration Team is to showcase the unmatched maneuverability of the Air Force’s 5th generation air dominance stealth fighter, highlight the history of the Air Force’s service though heritage formation flights, and interact with local communities through outreach events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Tucker)


A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, above the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, March 14, 2022. The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation aircraft that combines stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, integrated avionics, and is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances, and deter regional aggressors while deployed in the USCENTCOM AOR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Frank Rohrig)

Expert Biography: Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.

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Now serving as 1945s New Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer.