The current standard naming convention for "Next Generation" aircrafts is 5th generation fighter aircrafts. With advanced avionics, great stealth profiles and new levels of high-quality performances, this breed is considered as the most deadly breed of fighter aircrafts. Airframe's radar signature is further preserved by holding permanent armament in an internal bay. Russian T-50 PAK-FA and American Lockheed F-35 Lightning II are among the several fighter jets that are under development while American Lockheed F-22 Raptor is the only 5th generation fighter aircraft that is operational till date. In this article, we will discuss some exciting features of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
10. Sukhoi T-50 (PAK-FA)
The Sukhoi T-50 (PAK-FA) is categorized as "Fifth Generation fighter aircraft" having stealth, supermaneuverability, supercruise and advanced avionics which makes it superior to the prior generation of fighter aircraft in terms of maritime and ground defenses. With a high fuel load, the Sukhoi T-50 has a supersonic range of over 1,500 km which is reported to be more than twice that of the Su-27. The aircraft is capable of doing flat rotations with minimum loss of altitude. Although further information is classified but with blended wing body and all moving vertical and horizontal stabilizers the aircraft gives a deadly sleek look. Sukhoi T-50 (PAK-FA) is ranked at number 10 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
9. Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II
A curvy fighter aircraft that appears divided in half when viewed from the front gives a stark contrast to its prior version YF-22. With supercruise technology, Black Widow II can achieve supersonic flight without utilizing afterburning by specialized engine augmentation. Maintaining the capability of interception the supercruise technology will help Black Widow II to achieve stealth like ability. Although the information regarding the material used in the development of aircraft's body is classified but it is believed that Black Widow II is capable of dodging any type of radars with 100% probability. Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II is ranked at number 9 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
8. Mitsubishi X-2 (ATD-X / Shinshin)
Japan’s new Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) revealed that their new 5th generation fighter aircraft is performing quite well, they have run some important tests and reported that everything is going in the direction as they are expected to be. Although Mitsubishi X-2 (ATD-X / Shinshin) is not operational till now but it is believed that the aircraft will be equipped with radar absorbing coatings for outer skin, retractable undercarriage, internal weapons bay and throughout advanced technology. Mitsubishi X-2 (ATD-X / Shinshin) is ranked at number 8 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
7. Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor
The first ever operational fighter aircraft having 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 fightings, playing a role of Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance, and penetrating air strike fighter. Undoubtedly, Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor is the most capable multi-role fighter aircraft in today's age. Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor is ranked at number 7 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
6. Lockheed F-35 Lightning II Advanced Multi-Role Strike Fighter
With fully fused sensor information, amusing speed and agility, sustainment and network-enabled operations, Lockheed F-35 has left F-16, A-10, and F/A-18 far behind. It is an advanced and affordable 5th Generation fighter with extraordinary supportability for all types of military operations.With short takeoff capability and advanced lean manufacturing, vertical landing experience, air systems sustainment, Lockheed F-35 Lightning II Advanced Multi-Role Strike Fighter is ranked at number 6 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
5. KAI KF-X 5th Generation Multirole Fighter
A 5th generation fighter aircraft usually termed as "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" would be a marvel in the today's aviation industry. This aircraft will surely give South Korea an upper hand to North in terms of air force capabilities. The aircraft is believed to have inherent stealth benefits and low-observable features with promising logistical benefits. Development of this aircraft reminds us of jet vs jet combats and undoubtedly it is one of the most deadly prototypes among 5th generation fighter aircrafts. KAI KF-X 5th Generation Multirole Fighter is ranked at number 5 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
4. HESA F-313 Qaher (Conqueror)
An excellent prototype having internal weapon bay, low radar signature, and advanced stealth coatings. It is regarded as one of the most stylish aircrafts with angled surfaces resembling with F-117 "Nighthawk", the aircraft also resemble with F-22 in terms of fuselage structure that shields the engine exhaust port. HESA F-313 Qaher (Conqueror) is ranked at number 4 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
3. HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA
A multi-role fifth generation fighter jet having amusing capabilities of air-air missiles, air-surface missiles and dodging enemy radars. The aircraft is proposed to have sixteen weapon hardpoints to enable the aircraft to pass by radars without getting detected. HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA is also believed to be equipped with supercruise technology making it a deadly weapon against enemies. Moreover, unlike other fighter aircrafts HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA will be having its own secure network for communication between cockpit and aircraft fleet. HAL Sukhoi PMF/FGFA is ranked at number 3 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
2. HAL AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft)
The aircraft has a diamond shaped planform having a single-seat layout, twin engine, and internal weapons bay. The aircraft is believed to be one of the "multi-role" fighter aircraft breed having great air-air and air-ground attack capabilities. The aircraft is also believed to have advanced cockpit displays and digital flight assistance. The aircraft is believed to be utilizing twin vertical tail fin configuration. HAL AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft) is ranked at number 2 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
1. Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle)
Well, the world has to afraid of this 5th generation fighter aircraft, with supercruise technology, short take off landing and amusing stealth capabilities this 5th generation aircraft has left many deadly giants far behind. Further information is classified but no doubt this aircraft will modernize china's air force capabilities to a next level and is becoming a major cause of worry for men in Washington. Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle) is ranked at number 1 in our list of top 10 5th generation fighter aircrafts.
Well, it will be exciting to see these 5th generation fighter aircrafts in operation approximately in 2020's. All these 5th generation fighting aircrafts exhibit some great aeronautical and avionic artwork depicting that the next war will be fought in an open sky rather than ground battlefields.