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4th Generation Fighter Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/25/2014

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

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There are a total of 37 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 strike / advanced trainers eme...
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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 aerospace industry - the most...
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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 air superiority, incorpor...
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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 fighter. The Strike Eagle ...
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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 fighting into United States nava...
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1999
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Hornet" carrier-borne fighter line of the United States Navy (USN) proved a largely successful ...
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2012
Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)
The Boeing F-15SE "Silent Eagle" is a "stealthified" version of the successful two-seat F-15E "Strike Eagle" debuted in 1988....
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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 originally designed as an...
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2010
Chengdu JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
The FC-1/JF-17 lightweight multirole combat fighter platform was developed jointly by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporati...
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1979
Dassault Mirage 2000
The Dassault Mirage 2000 formed a potent interceptor and strike component of the French Air Force for the last three decades....
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1998
Dassault Rafale
The Dassault Rafale, when released into operational service in the late 1990's, was the pinnacle of French aircraft engineeri...
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2003
Eurofighter Typhoon
The Eurofighter Typhoon represents much of what is both good and bad in multi-national joint ventures. While itself appearing...
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1974
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
The Grumman F-14 "Tomcat" was the quintessential United States Navy (USN) fleet defense interceptor of the latter Cold War ye...
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2015
HAL Tejas
The HAL Tejas is India's newest and latest fighter platform and represents an indigenous design effort culminating from decad...
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1975
IAI Kfir / F-21A
The Kfir (translated to "Lion Cub") was a semi-indigenous Israeli fighter development designed to fulfill an IAF (Israeli Air...
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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 platform produced jointly ...
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1991
KAI KF-16 Fighting Falcon
South Korea's close political ties with the United States allows for access to American military products such as the Lockhee...
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-development and introduced along ...
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1983
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
The McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F/A-18 "Hornet" emerged as one of the very successful 4th Generation Fighter entries of the latt...
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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 through the "Multifuncti...
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1984
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
The Mikoyan MiG-29 "Fulcrum" did much to further Soviet/Russian aviation technology and, along with the Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker...
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1979
Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
The MiG-31 "Foxhound" was developed as an off-shoot of the record-setting MiG-25 "Foxbat". The Foxbat was of a fast breed of ...
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2000
Mitsubishi F-2
The Mitsubishi F-2 fighter was initially intended as a wholly indigenous Japanese multirole fighter design to replace the agi...
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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 model series. The F-20 e...
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1972
Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)
The YF-17 Cobra was a Northrop Aviation creation through NASA to support further testing and research of aircraft at transoni...
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1992
Novi Avion
The Novi Avion ("New Aircraft") was a Yugoslavian effort to produce a home-grown supersonic multi-role aircraft on par with t...
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1985
Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)
The Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant) was developed for the Royal Air Force (RAF) to fulfill the role of long-range, ...
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1997
Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
The Saab JAS 39 "Gripen" ("Griffin") forms the primary fighter wing of the Swedish Air Force (among others). The type is a hi...
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1998
Shenyang J-11 (Flanker B+)
The Shenyang J-11 is based on the Soviet-Russian Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" air-superiority fighter series with some local modifi...
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2016
Shenyang J-15 (Flying Shark)
The nation of China is utilizing whatever means necessary to become a recognized world power - both economically and militari...
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1984
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
The Su-27 "Flanker" series of aircraft is regarded by most airplane aficionados as the ultimate in Russian fighter design. Th...
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 the Su-27 "Flanker" serie...
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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 proceeded with their Su-...
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-produced Sukhoi Su-27 "Fla...
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2012
Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)
The Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name of "Fullback") is a dedicated Fourth Generation two-seat fighter-bomber/strike fighter ...
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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" family of air superiority...
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)