5th generation fighter aircraft are the latest class of high-end military aviation technology. With advanced avionics, great stealth profiles and new levels of technological upgrades they are more deadly than ever before. In this article, we will discuss some exciting features of the Top 10 Fighter Aircraft in the World.
10. Sukhoi T-50 (PAK-FA)
The Sukhoi T-50 (PAK-FA) is categorized as a fifth generation fighter aircraft and is known for its stealth capabilities, superb maneuverability, super cruise as well as advanced avionics. These technological advances make the T-50 highly superior to predecessor models in regards to marine and ground defense capabilities. With a high fuel load, the Sukhoi T-50 has a supersonic range of nearly 1000 miles which is reported to be more than twice that of the Su-27 – another highly capable fighter Jet in the Russian arsenal. The T-50 is capable of achieving flat rotations with a minimum loss of altitude which shows the aircraft’s great maneuverability. Other performance capabilities are classified by the Russian government. This aircraft has a blended wing body with vertical and horizontal stabilizers that give the deadly aircraft a sleek look.
9. Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II
With super cruise technology, Black Widow II can achieve supersonic flight without utilizing afterburning because of specialized engine augmentation. Maintaining the capability of supercruise technology will allow the Black Widow II to achieve stealth like ability. The materials used to coat the body of the aircraft are classified. It is believed to evade radar with a 100% probability.
8. Mitsubishi X-2 (ATD-X / Shinshin)
Japan’s new 5th generation fighter aircraft is another cutting edge aircraft. Mitsubishi X-2 (ATD-X / Shinshin) will be equipped with radar absorbing coatings on it’s outer skin, a retractable undercarriage, and an internal weapons bay.
7. Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor
The F-22 Raptor is the first operational fighter aircraft to have a GBU-32 JDAM satellite/inertial smart bomb technology. With a precision strike capability, Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor is capable of air combat fighting, Surveillance and Intelligence Reconnaissance, and delivering air strikes. The Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor is the most capable multi-role fighter aircraft in today’s age.
6. Lockheed F-35 Lightning II Advanced Multi-Role Strike Fighter
The Lockheed F-35 Lightning II is an advanced and relatively affordable 5th Generation fighter with extraordinary supportability for all types of military operations. This aircraft is set to provide the majority of the airpower for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marines. This aircraft is projected to remain in service until 2070. The F-35 Program is the most expensive weapons system ever developed.
5. KAI KF-X 5th Generation Multirole Fighter
KAI KF-X is produced under a joint agreement between South Korea and Indonesia. South Korea holds 80% of the shares and costs in the relationship. The KAI KF-X is set to replace their aging fleet of F-16’s. The new fighter will have a 50% larger combat radius, 34% increased lifespan, with upgraded avionics, stealth and radar systems.
4. HESA F-313 Qaher (Conqueror)
HESA F-313 Qaher is an Iranian single seat stealth fighter aircraft. The fighter is built with cutting-edge materials that allow it to have a very low radar signature at low altitudes. Its design also will allow it to take off from very short runways. It also has a simple design that allows for more affordable maintenance costs, with little downtime.
3. HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA
A multi-role fifth-generation fighter jet that has amazing capabilities including air to air missiles, air to surface missiles radar cloaking. HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA is also believed to be equipped with supercruise technology making it a deadly weapon against enemies. Unlike other fighter aircraft, the HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA have its own secure network for communication between the cockpit and aircraft fleet command.
2. HAL AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft)
The aircraft has a diamond-shaped design and a single-seat layout, twin-engine, with an internal weapons bay. The aircraft is believed to be one of the best “multi-role” fighter aircraft having great air to air and air to ground attack capabilities. The aircraft is also believed to have advanced cockpit displays and digital flight assistance.
1. Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
Well, the world has to be afraid of this 5th generation fighter aircraft. Some of its features are supercruise technology, short takeoff, short landing, and incredible stealth capabilities. This 5th generation aircraft has left many deadly giants in the dust. Further information is classified but there is no doubt that this aircraft will modernize China’s air force. It is also becoming a concern for many people in Washington.
It will be exciting to see all these 5th generation fighters in operation sometime in 2020’s. All these fighters exhibit great aeronautical and technological capabilities. Let’s hope we get to enjoy them at air shows instead of seeing them in military action.