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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 44 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.






A
1
1994
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the AIDC F-CK-1 (Ching-Kuo) / (Indigenous Defence Fighter)
AIDC F-CK-1 (Ching-Kuo) / (Indigenous Defence Fighter)
Lightweight Multirole Fighter Aircraft
A
2
1980
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Avioane IAR 95 Spey
Avioane IAR 95 Spey
Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Proposal
B
3
1978
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the BAe Sea Harrier
BAe Sea Harrier
Carrierborne VSTOL Strike Fighter Aircraft
B
4
1983
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18 Hornet
Multirole Carrier-based Strike Fighter Aircraft
B
5
1976
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15 Eagle
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15 Eagle
Multirole / Air Superiority Fighter Aircraft
ADVERTISEMENTS
B
6
1988
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15E Strike Eagle
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15E Strike Eagle
Strike Fighter Aircraft
B
7
2015
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet
Boeing F/A-18 Advanced Super Hornet
Carrier-Based Strike Fighter Aircraft Prototype
B
8
1999
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
Carrier-based Strike Fighter Aircraft
B
9
2009
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)
Boeing F-15SE (Silent Eagle)
Multi-Role Stealth Aircraft Proposal
C
10
2007
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) / PAC JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
Chengdu (AVIC) / PAC JF-17 Thunder (FC-1 Xiaolong)
Lightweight Multirole Fighter Aircraft
C
11
2005
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard
Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) / F-10 Vanguard
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
D
12
1979
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Dassault Mirage 2000
Dassault Mirage 2000
Multirole Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
D
13
1979
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Dassault Mirage 4000
Dassault Mirage 4000
High-Altitude Interceptor / Low-Altitude Penetrator Aircraft
D
14
2001
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
E
15
2003
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Eurofighter Typhoon (EF2000)
Eurofighter Typhoon (EF2000)
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
F
16
1989
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the FMA SAIA 90
FMA SAIA 90
4th Generation Multirole Fighter / Fighter-Bomber
G
17
1974
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Swing-Wing Carrierborne Fleet Defense Fighter Aircraft
H
18
2015
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)
HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)
Multirole 4th Generation Lightweight Fighter Aircraft
I
19
1976
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
Multi-Role Combat Aircraft
I
20
1986
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IAI Lavi (Young Lion)
IAI Lavi (Young Lion)
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Prototype / Technology Demonstrator
I
21
1991
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the IAI Nammer (Leopard)
IAI Nammer (Leopard)
4th Generation Fighter Prototype
K
22
1991
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the KAI KF-16 Fighting Falcon
KAI KF-16 Fighting Falcon
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
L
23
1978
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Lockheed Martin F-16  Fighting Falcon
Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
Lightweight Multirole 4th Generation Fighter
M
24
1999
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG 1.42 / 1.44 / MFI
Mikoyan MiG 1.42 / 1.44 / MFI
Technology Demonstrator
M
25
1984
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
Lightweight Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft
M
26
1979
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
Long-Range High-Speed Interceptor Aircraft
M
27
2019
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)
Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
M
28
2000
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Mitsubishi F-2
Mitsubishi F-2
Multirole Fighter / Maritime Strike Aircraft
N
29
1982
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop F-20 Tigershark
Northrop F-20 Tigershark
Multi-Role Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
N
30
1992
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Novi Avion
Novi Avion
Multi-role Aircraft Proposal
P
31
1985
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)
Panavia Tornado ADV (Air Defense Variant)
Air Defense Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
P
32
1990
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Panavia Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance)
Panavia Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat / Reconnaissance)
Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) Aircraft
P
33
1979
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Panavia Tornado IDS (InterDictor / Strike)
Panavia Tornado IDS (InterDictor / Strike)
All-Weather, Low-Level Strike Aircraft
S
34
1997
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
Lightweight 4th Generation Multi-role Fighter Aircraft
S
35
1998
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
4th Generation Multi-role / Air Superiority Fighter
S
36
2013
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-15 (Flying Shark)
Shenyang (AVIC) J-15 (Flying Shark)
Carrierborne Multirole Fighter Aircraft
S
37
2023
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-31 Gyrfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)
Shenyang (AVIC) J-31 Gyrfalcon (FC-31 / F-60)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
S
38
1985
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Air Superiority / Ground Attack / Multirole Fighter
S
39
1996
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
Two-Seat, Twin-Engine Air Superiority / Strike Fighter Aircraft
S
40
1997
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-32/37/47 Berkut (Golden Eagle)
Sukhoi Su-32/37/47 Berkut (Golden Eagle)
Technology Demonstrator Aircraft
S
41
1994
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D)
Sukhoi Su-33 (Flanker-D)
Carrier-Based Air Defense Fighter Aircraft
S
42
2014
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
Multirole Heavy Combat Fighter Aircraft
X
43
1992
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
Fighter-Bomber / Strike Aircraft
Y
44
1987
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Yakovlev Yak-41 (Freestyle / Yak-141)
Yakovlev Yak-41 (Freestyle / Yak-141)
Prototype VTOL Fleet Defense Fighter Aircraft


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