Military Factory

4th Generation Fighter Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/25/2016

Despite the arrival of the technologically advanced - yet cost prohibitive - 5th Generation Fighter, the 4th Generation Fighter still remains the potent multirole platform of choice.





There are a total of (42) 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2000
Aero L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft)
The Aero L-29 Delfin (NATO: "Maya") began the long-running line of indigenously-designed light strik... [Read More]
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1994
AIDC F-CK-1 (Ching-Kuo) / (Indigenous Defence Fighter)
The AIDC F-CK-1 ("Fighter, Ching-Kuo 1") is a modern lightweight fighter developed by Taiwanese aero... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the AIDC F-CK-1 (Ching-Kuo) / (Indigenous Defence Fighter)

2017
Alenia Aermacchi M-345
Currently under development (2015), the Alenia Aermacchi is in contention to become an advanced jet ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Alenia Aermacchi M-345

1976
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
For a time, the McDonnell Douglas (now under Boeing) F-15 Eagle series was the pinnacle of American ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

1988
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
The F-15E "Strike Eagle" is a dual-role version of the highly successful base F-15 air superiority f... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing / McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle

2015
Boeing F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet
Seeking to fill the void now presented by the expected delay of the F-35 Lightning II strike fightin... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet

1999
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Hornet" carrier-borne fighter line of the United States Navy (USN) pro... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet

2009
Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)
The Boeing F-15SE "Silent Eagle" is a "stealthified" version of the successful two-seat F-15E "Strik... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)

2005
Chengdu J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard
The Chengdu Jian-J10 (also "J-10" and "Annihilator" but known to the West as "Vigorous Dragon") was ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard

2010
Chengdu JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
The FC-1/JF-17 lightweight multirole combat fighter platform was developed jointly by the Chengdu Ai... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)

1979
Dassault Mirage 2000
The Dassault Mirage 2000 formed a potent interceptor and strike component of the French Air Force fo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Dassault Mirage 2000

2001
Dassault Rafale
The Dassault Rafale is the primary French multirole 4th Generation Fighter aircraft. During the 1970... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Dassault Rafale

2003
Eurofighter Typhoon
The Eurofighter Typhoon represents much of what is both good and bad in multi-national joint venture... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Eurofighter Typhoon

1974
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
The Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" was the quintessential United States Navy (USN) fleet defense interceptor ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat

2015
HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)
The HAL Tejas is India's newest and latest fighter platform and represents an indigenous design effo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)

1975
IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fu... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)

1986
IAI Lavi (Young Lion)
In the late 1970s, Israeli thinking began to focus on upgrading its stock of aging Douglas A-4 "Skyh... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the IAI Lavi (Young Lion)

1991
IAI Nammer (Leopard)
The prior success of the potent and effective IAI "Kfir" fighter-bomber platform for the Israeli Air... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the IAI Nammer (Leopard)

1972
IAI Nesher (Vulture)
The nation of Israel, in its modern incarnation, was born into war and this meant that a ready and w... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the IAI Nesher (Vulture)

2005
KAI / Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle
The T-50 / A-50 "Golden Eagle" is an advanced supersonic trainer and light strike-capable aircraft p... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the KAI / Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle

1991
KAI KF-16 Fighting Falcon
South Korea's close political ties with the United States allows for access to American military pro... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the KAI KF-16 Fighting Falcon

1978
Lockheed Martin / General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 "Fighting Falcon" was a product of Cold War-developm... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin / General Dynamics F-16  Fighting Falcon

1983
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F/A-18 "Hornet" emerged as one of the very successful 4th Generation Fi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

1999
Mikoyan MiG 1.42 / 1.44 / MFI
Mikoyan designed the MiG 1.42 in response to a Soviet requirement for a multi-role frontline fighter... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG 1.42 / 1.44 / MFI

1984
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
The Mikoyan MiG-29 "Fulcrum" did much to further Soviet/Russian aviation technology and, along with ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)

1979
Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
The MiG-31 "Foxhound" was developed as an off-shoot of the record-setting MiG-25 "Foxbat". The Foxba... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)

2000
Mitsubishi F-2
The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter was initially intended as a wholly indigenous Japanese multirole fighter ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi F-2

1982
Northrop F-20 Tigershark
The Northrop F-20 Tigershark was a further evolution of the F-5 Tiger II line, specifically the F-5E... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop F-20 Tigershark

1972
Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)
The YF-17 Cobra was a Northrop Aviation creation through NASA to support further testing and researc... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)

1992
Novi Avion
The Novi Avion ("New Aircraft") was a Yugoslavian effort to produce a home-grown supersonic multi-ro... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Novi Avion

1985
Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)
The Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant) was developed for the Royal Air Force (RAF) to fulfill... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)

1997
Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
The Saab JAS 39 "Gripen" ("Griffin") forms the primary fighter wing of the Swedish Air Force (among ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)

1998
Shenyang J-11 (Flanker B+)
The Shenyang J-11 is based on the Soviet-Russian Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" air-superiority fighter seri... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-11 (Flanker B+)

2013
Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)
The nation of China is utilizing whatever means necessary to become a recognized world power - both ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)

2020
Shenyang J-31 Gryfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)
China has long since held a desire to showcase itself as a growing power to the world. Besides achie... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-31 Gryfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)

1985
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Designed as a counter to the excellent American swing-wing Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" carrierborne fleet ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)

1996
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
The Sukhoi Su-30 (NATO codename of "Flanker-C") is an air superiority and strike fighter version of ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)

1997
Sukhoi Su-32/37/47 Berkut (Golden Eagle)
While the collapse of the Soviet Empire in 1991 stymied many-a-program in Russia, the Sukhoi concern... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-32/37/47 Berkut (Golden Eagle)

1994
Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D)
The Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO: "Flanker-D") represents the navalized equivalent of the land-based Russian-p... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D)

2014
Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)
The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name of "Fullback") is a dedicated Fourth Generation two-seat fight... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)

2011
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
The Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO: "Flanker-E") is the latest (2013) variant of the successful Su-27 "Flanker" ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)

1987
Yakovlev Yak-41 (Freestyle / Yak-141)
Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) flight of fixed-wing fighter aircraft eluded aeronautical engin... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Yakovlev Yak-41 (Freestyle / Yak-141)