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Feb 22 2010, 1:44pm Anchor

Fighters introduced from 2005 - present are recognized as 5th gen fighters.These aircraft combine high-performance airframes, internally carried advanced air-to-air, and air-to-ground weapons, all aspect stealth, Low Probability of Intercept
Radar (LPIR), and networks for shared situation awareness. Their advanced highly integrated avionics
systems, with on and off-board sensor fusion, free pilots to focus on
the task, rather than the different systems that generate the information.
Only few countries are developing their own fifth gen fighters, but as we know US is the only country that has 5th generation fighters in service.
To make it clear, here's the list of 5th generation fighters:

In Service

Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor (USA)

Introduced: 15 December 2005

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 62 ft 1 in (18.90 m)
  • Wingspan:
    44 ft 6 in (13.56 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)
  • Wing area: 840 ft² (78.04 m²)
  • Airfoil:
    NACA 64A?05.92 root, NACA 64A?04.29 tip
  • Empty weight: 43,430 lb (19,700 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 64,460 lb (29,300 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 83,500 lb
    (38,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 Pitch Thrust
    vectoring turbofans

    • Dry thrust: 23,500 lb
      (104 kN) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 35,000+ lb
      (156+ kN) each
  • Fuel capacity: 18,000 lb (8,200 kg) internally,
    or 26,000 lb (11,900 kg) with two external fuel tanks

Performance

  • Maximum speed:

    • At altitude: Mach
      2.25 (1,500 mph, 2,410 km/h)
    • Supercruise: Mach 1.82 (1,220 mph, 1,963
      km/h)
  • Range: 1,600 nmi (1,840 mi, 2,960 km)
    with 2 external fuel tanks
  • Combat radius: 410 nmi
    (471 mi, 759 km)
  • Ferry range: 2,000 mi (1,738 nmi,
    3,219 km)
  • Service ceiling: 65,000 ft (19,812
    m)
  • Wing loading: 77 lb/ft² (375 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.08 (1.26 with
    loaded weight & 50% fuel)
  • Maximum g-load: -3.0/+9.0 g

Under Development

Sukhoi PAK FA / HAL FGFA (India, Russia) with name T-50 (will be changed after entering service)

Introduction planned on 2015 / 2016

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 22 m (72 ft)
  • Wingspan:
    14.2 m (46.5 ft)
  • Height: 6.05 m (19.8 ft)
  • Wing area: 78.8 m2 (848.1 ft)
  • Empty weight: 18,500 kg (40,785 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 26,000 kg (57,320 lb)
  • Useful load: 7,500 kg (combat load) (16,534 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 37,000 kg
    (81,570 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2× New unnamed engine by NPO Saturn and FNPTS
    MMPP Salyut of 175 kN each
  • Maximum Fuel weight: 10,300 kg (22,711 lb)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 2,600 km/h (Mach
    2.45) (at 17,000 m altitude) (1,615 mph (at 45,000 ft altitude))
  • Cruise speed: 1,300 - 1,800 km/h (808 - 1,118 mph)
  • Range: 4,000-5,500 km[dubious ] (2,500-3,100
    miles)
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,616
    ft)
  • Rate of climb: 350 m/sec (1184 ft/sec)
  • Wing loading: 330(normal) - 470(maximum) kg/m2
    (67(normal) - 96(maximum) lb/ft2)
  • Thrust/weight: 1.4
  • Maximum g-load: +10.0/+11.0 g

Shenyang J-20 (China)

Introduction planned on 2017 - 2019

General characteristics

  • Crew: one (pilot)
  • Length: 21.26 m (69 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.88 m (42 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 4.45 m (14 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 59 m2 (630 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 17,000 kg (37,479 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 36,287 kg (80,000 lb) upper estimate
  • Powerplant: 2 × WS-10G (prototype); WS-15 when J-20 is serving afterburning turbofans dry, 180 kN (40,000 lbf) with afterburner
  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.0 or less (DSI limit)
  • Range: 5,500 km (3,418 mi; 2,970 nmi)
  • Combat range: 2,000 km (1,243 mi; 1,080 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,617 ft)

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (USA, UK, Italy and other program partners)

Introduction planned on 2016

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 51.4 ft (15.67 m)
  • Wingspan:
    35 ft (10.7 m)
  • Height: 14.2 ft (4.33 m)
  • Wing area: 460 ft²
    (42.7 m²)
  • Empty weight: 29,300 lb (13,300 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 44,400 lb (20,100 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 70,000 lb (31,800 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1× Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan
    • Dry thrust: 28,000 lbf (125 kN)
    • Thrust with afterburner: 43,000 lbf
      (191 kN)
  • Internal fuel: 18,480 lb (8,382 kg)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach
    1.67
    (1,283 mph, 2,065 km/h)
  • Range: 1,200 nmi
    (2,220 km) on internal fuel
  • Combat radius: 610 nmi (1,110 km) on internal fuel
  • Service ceiling: 60,000 ft
    (18,288 m)
  • Rate of climb: classified (not
    publicly available)
  • Wing loading: 91.4 lb/ft² (446 kg/m²)
  • Thrust/weight:
    • With full fuel: 0.84;
    • With 50% fuel: 1.04 B:
  • g-Limits: 9 g

Mikoyan LMFS (Russia)

The Mikoyan LMFS (Light Multi-Role Tactical Aircraft)
is a proposed single engine stealth fighter
aircraft based on the canceled MiG 1.44. It is said to be 30 percent lighter
than the Sukhoi PAK FA. It will use either one Lyulka AL-41 or one Klimov
VK-10 Turbofan
.


HAL Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) (India)

Introduction planned on 2018

The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft has been shaped for low radio
observability. It will carry an internal weapons bay. It would feature supercruise
and thrust vectoring capabilities. Large
amounts of composites and other materials will be used for enhancing
stealth features.
The aircraft will also feature Integrated Modular Avionics and Data
fusion capabilities. Its avionics will be specially designed for
complete situational awareness, pilot decision aid and aircraft
management. It will have advanced sensors and Net-centric warfare
capabilities. The aircraft will be equipped with missiles like DRDO
Astra and other future advanced missiles, stand-off weapons and
precision weapons.


Mitsubishi ATD-X (Japan)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 14.174 meters (46.50 feet)
  • Wingspan: 9.099 meters (29.85 feet)
  • Height: 4.514 meters (14.80 feet)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 8 tonnes (17,636 pounds)
  • Powerplant: 2 × IHI XF5-1
    • Dry thrust: 10 tonnes (22,046 pounds) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 15 tonnes (33,069 pounds) each

KAI KF-X (Indonesia, South Korea)

Introduction planned on 2020

The Korea Aerospace Industries KF-X is a South Korean program to develop an advanced multirole fighter for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) and Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU), spearheaded by South Korea with Indonesia as the primary partner.
There are currently two competing designs for the KFX, the KFX-201 which has a tri-plane layout with canards and a more conventional, Single Engine F-35 style KFX-101 design.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the aircraft characteristics.

Edited by: ☦BalkanB☢y☦

Feb 25 2010, 3:11pm Anchor

cant wait for a new MiG :)

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