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4th Generation Fighter Aircraft

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.

4th Generation Fighter Aircraft

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.

OVERVIEW



The Fourth Generation Fighter is the modern standard in combat warplanes. The term is used for those aircraft designs bridging the gap between the developments of the 1960s and 1970s and those appearing today under the Fifth Generation Fighter classification. Fourth Generation Fighter types incude the American F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F/A-18 Hornet, the Chengdu J-10 and the MiG-29 Fulcrum. 4th Gen types were the first combat warplanes to make regular use of Fly-by-Wire (FbW) control systems and had increased reliance on digital processing to achieve advanced flying characteristics and performance - meaning designers could make just about any form flyable (case-in-point the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter).

These same aircraft can be further enhanced into 4.5th Generation flying forms through upgrades that bring about an increased level of control and improved performance as well as introducing some stealth-like capabilities - without the expense inherent in procuring and operating 5th Generation Fighers like the F-22 Raptor. Despite the rise of the 5th Generation Fighter, the 4th Generation Fighter appears to have been given an extended service life and should remain the focus of many-and-air-service heading into the next decade.

There are a total of 45 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.






AIDC F-CK-1 (Ching-Kuo) / (Indigenous Defence Fighter)
Lightweight Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the AIDC F-CK-1 (Ching-Kuo) / (Indigenous Defence Fighter)
001
National Flag Graphic
1994
Avioane IAR 95 Spey
Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Proposal
Picture of the Avioane IAR 95 Spey
002
National Flag Graphic
1980
BAe Sea Harrier
Carrierborne VSTOL Strike Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the BAe Sea Harrier
003
National Flag Graphic
1978
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet
Multirole Carrier-based Strike Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet
004
National Flag Graphic
1983
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15 Eagle
Multirole / Air Superiority Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15 Eagle
005
National Flag Graphic
1976
ADVERTISEMENTS
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15E Strike Eagle
Strike Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15E Strike Eagle
006
National Flag Graphic
1988
Boeing F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet
Carrier-Based Strike Fighter Aircraft Prototype
Picture of the Boeing F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet
007
National Flag Graphic
2015
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
Carrier-based Strike Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
008
National Flag Graphic
1999
Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)
Multi-Role Stealth Aircraft Proposal
Picture of the Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)
009
National Flag Graphic
2009
Chengdu (AVIC) / PAC JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
Lightweight Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) / PAC JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
0010
National Flag Graphic
2007
Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard
0011
National Flag Graphic
2005
Dassault Mirage 2000
Multirole Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Dassault Mirage 2000
0012
National Flag Graphic
1979
Dassault Mirage 4000
High-Altitude Interceptor / Low-Altitude Penetrator Aircraft
Picture of the Dassault Mirage 4000
0013
National Flag Graphic
1979
Dassault Rafale
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Dassault Rafale
0014
National Flag Graphic
2001
Eurofighter Typhoon (EF2000)
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Eurofighter Typhoon (EF2000)
0015
National Flag Graphic
2003
FMA SAIA 90
4th Generation Multirole Fighter / Fighter-Bomber
Picture of the FMA SAIA 90
0016
National Flag Graphic
1989
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Swing-Wing Carrierborne Fleet Defense Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat
0017
National Flag Graphic
1974
HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)
Multirole 4th Generation Lightweight Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)
0018
National Flag Graphic
2015
IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
Multi-Role Combat Aircraft
Picture of the IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
0019
National Flag Graphic
1976
IAI Lavi (Young Lion)
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Prototype / Technology Demonstrator
Picture of the IAI Lavi (Young Lion)
0020
National Flag Graphic
1986
IAI Nammer (Leopard)
4th Generation Fighter Prototype
Picture of the IAI Nammer (Leopard)
0021
National Flag Graphic
1991
KAI KF-16 Fighting Falcon
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the KAI KF-16 Fighting Falcon
0022
National Flag Graphic
1991
Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
Lightweight Multirole 4th Generation Fighter
Picture of the Lockheed Martin F-16  Fighting Falcon
0023
National Flag Graphic
1978
Lockheed Martin F-16V (Viper)
Multirole Lightweight 4th Generation Fighter
Picture of the Lockheed Martin F-16V (Viper)
0024
National Flag Graphic
2017
Mikoyan MiG 1.42 / 1.44 / MFI
Technology Demonstrator
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG 1.42 / 1.44 / MFI
0025
National Flag Graphic
1999
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
Lightweight Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
0026
National Flag Graphic
1984
Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
Long-Range High-Speed Interceptor Aircraft
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
0027
National Flag Graphic
1979
Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)
0028
National Flag Graphic
2019
Mitsubishi F-2
Multirole Fighter / Maritime Strike Aircraft
Picture of the Mitsubishi F-2
0029
National Flag Graphic
2000
Northrop F-20 Tigershark
Multi-Role Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
Picture of the Northrop F-20 Tigershark
0030
National Flag Graphic
1982
Novi Avion
Multirole 4th Generation Aircraft Proposal
Picture of the Novi Avion
0031
National Flag Graphic
1992
Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)
Air Defense Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
Picture of the Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)
0032
National Flag Graphic
1985
Panavia Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance)
Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) Aircraft
Picture of the Panavia Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance)
0033
National Flag Graphic
1990
Panavia Tornado IDS (InterDictor / Strike)
All-Weather, Low-Level Strike Aircraft
Picture of the Panavia Tornado IDS (InterDictor / Strike)
0034
National Flag Graphic
1979
Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
Lightweight 4th Generation Multi-role Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
0035
National Flag Graphic
1997
Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
4th Generation Multi-role / Air Superiority Fighter
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
0036
National Flag Graphic
1998
Shenyang (AVIC) J-15 (Flying Shark)
Carrierborne Multirole Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-15 (Flying Shark)
0037
National Flag Graphic
2013
Shenyang (AVIC) J-31 Gyrfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-31 Gyrfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)
0038
National Flag Graphic
2023
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Air Superiority / Ground Attack / Multirole Fighter
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
0039
National Flag Graphic
1985
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
Two-Seat, Twin-Engine Air Superiority / Strike Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
0040
National Flag Graphic
1996
Sukhoi Su-32/37/47 Berkut (Golden Eagle)
Technology Demonstrator Aircraft
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-32/37/47 Berkut (Golden Eagle)
0041
National Flag Graphic
1997
Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D)
Carrier-Based Air Defense Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D)
0042
National Flag Graphic
1994
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
Multirole Heavy Combat Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
0043
National Flag Graphic
2014
Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
Fighter-Bomber / Strike Aircraft
Picture of the Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
0044
National Flag Graphic
1992
Yakovlev Yak-41 (Freestyle / Yak-141)
Prototype VTOL Fleet Defense Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Yakovlev Yak-41 (Freestyle / Yak-141)
0045
National Flag Graphic
1987


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