5th Generation Fighter Aircraft - The New Standard: Concepts and Operational-Level Designs
The era of the 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft was ushered in with the introduction 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 14 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft - The New Standard: Concepts and Operational-Level Designs 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.
The Boeing-Saab T-X, unveiled in September 2016, is a competitor in the USAF advanced trainer aircraft replacement ...
The Chengdu J-20 air superiority fighter reached operational service status in September 2017 with the Chinese Air ...
The Indian Air Force and Navy are studying the feasibility of an indigenously-designed Fifth Generation Fighter con...
The HAL-Sukhoi Perspective Multi-Role Fighter is an Indian two-seat derivative of the planned single-seat Russian P...
Many believe the proposed Iranian HESA Qaher-313 stealth fighter to be nothing more than military theatrics for pol...
The South Korean KAI KF-X 5th Generation Fighter program reached full-scale development approval in January 2016 an...
Some technological issues have plagued early operational use of the Lockheed F-22 Raptor but she remains a potent f...
The Lockheed F-35 Lightning II is set to usher in a new era of flight - that is - if all of the predictions heaped ...
The Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin represents what could become the F-3 Fifth Generation Fighter for the Japanese Air Forc...
The Northrop Grumman T-X was, at one point, challenging for the rights to become the next advanced trainer for the ...
The Northrop Grumman YF-23 competed unsuccessfully with the Lockheed YF-22 Raptor for Next Generation rights in the...
The Stavatti Aerospace Javelin is another contender in the lucrative United States Air Force T-X advanced trainer c...
The Russian Sukhoi Su-57 is a Fifth Generation multi-role aircraft intended to compete directly with the American L...