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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.