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5th Generation Fighter Aircraft

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

The 5th Generation Aircraft era was ushered in with the formal adoption of the USAF Lockheed F-22 Raptor air superiority platform in 2005.

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The Fifth Generation Fighter is the current standard naming convention for "next-generation" fighter aircraft. While there are no truly defined, widely-accepted features of this breed, the aircraft considered for the title often utilize proven features of Fourth Generation Fighter designs and introduce all-new levels of performance, stealth profiles and advanced avionics with integrated all-digital flight systems. Primary armament is held in an internal internal bay to further preserve the airframe's radar signature. Several Fifth Generation Fighters are in development including the American Lockheed F-35 Lightning II and the Russian T-50 PAK-FA while others are in discussion. The United States Air Force's Lockheed F-22 Raptor, introduced in 2005, remains the only fully-operational Fifth Generation Fighter to date.


There are a total of 11 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2018
Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
The Chinese Chengdu J-20 "Black Eagle" is a 5th Generation fighter design exhibiting stealth characteristics not unlike the A...
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)

2022
HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA
In December of 2010, it was announced that a partnership deal had been reached between the governments of India and Russia on...
Thumbnail picture of the HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA

2020
KAI KF-X
The "5th Generation Fighter" - along with the "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" - is the current buzzword in the aviation defense ind...
Thumbnail picture of the KAI KF-X

2014
Lockheed F-35 Lightning II
The Lockheed F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter development of the United States that incorporates new and learn...
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II

2005
Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor
The Lockheed F-22 "Raptor" represents a culmination of decades-worth of data collection, testing and evaluation for the Unite...
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor

2020
Mitsubishi ATD-X (Shinshin)
Joining several other notable world air powers, Japan is in the process of developing an indigenous 5th Generation Fighter co...
Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi ATD-X (Shinshin)

1990
Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II
The YF-23 Black Widow II was Northrop Grumman's (along with McDonnell Douglas Corporation) answer to the American ATF (Advanc...
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II

2016
Shenyang J-31 (F-60)
China has long since held a desire to showcase itself as a growing power to the world. Besides achieving a strong global econ...
Thumbnail picture of the Shenyang J-31 (F-60)

2017
Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA)
The PAK FA (or "PAK[FA]") is currently in development with the storied Sukhoi OKB, a Russian aircraft firm granted origins in...
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA)

2023
TAI TFX / F-X
For decades, the modern Turkish air force relied on Western partners to stock its available inventory. Prospects changed when...
Thumbnail picture of the TAI TFX / F-X