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5th Generation Fighter Aircraft

Last Updated: 5/12/2015

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


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 by alphanumeric order descending. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2017
Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
The Chengdu J-20 air superiority fighter is expected to reach operational status in 2018 with the Chinese Air Force.
Thumbnail picture of the Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)

2025
HAL AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft)
The Indian Air Force and Navy are studying the feasibility of an indigenously-designed Fifth Generation Fighter concept through the AMCA.
Thumbnail picture of the HAL AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft)

2022
HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA
The HAL-Sukhoi Perspective Multi-Role Fighter is an Indian two-seat derivative of the planned single-seat Russian PAK FA T-50 5th Generation Fighter prototype currently under development.
Thumbnail picture of the HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA

2018
HESA F-313 Qaher (Conqueror)
Many believe the proposed Iranian HESA Qaher-313 stealth fighter to be nothing more than military theatrics for political purposes.
Thumbnail picture of the HESA F-313 Qaher (Conqueror)

2020
KAI KF-X
The South Korean KAI KF-X 5th Generation Fighter program is being threatened by political and funding issues.
Thumbnail picture of the KAI KF-X

2015
Lockheed F-35 Lightning II
The F-35 Lightning II will usher in a new era of flight - that is - if all of the predictions heaped upon the aircraft come to pass.
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II

2005
Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor
Some technological issues have plagued early operational use of the Lockheed F-22 Raptor but she remains a potent fighter mount nonetheless.
Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor

2020
Mitsubishi ATD-X (Shinshin)
Should the ATD-X program come to fruition, it will evolve into the Mitsubishi F-3 Fifth Generation Fighter for the Japanese military.
Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi ATD-X (Shinshin)

1990
Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II
The Northrop Grumman YF-23 competed unsuccessfully with the Lockheed YF-22 Raptor for Next Generation rights.
Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II

2017
Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA)
The Sukhoi PAK FA is a Fifth Generation multi-role aircraft intended to compete directly with the American Lockheed F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA)

2025
TAI TFX / F-X
No longer content on purchasing foreign military goods, Turkey has undertaken programs that look to stock the western Asian power from within.
Thumbnail picture of the TAI TFX / F-X

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