Monday, March 4, 2013

What is, what is not, a "fifth-generation fighter"

As long as the faith-based F-35 hopefuls are going to use the "fifth-generation fighter" meme, it may be good to take a closer look at all this and see what does not qualify.

6 comments:

Another Peter said...

We would like to know what the J-31Falcon Eagle features in this category.

Anonymous said...

Curious as to which "High to supersonic" agility metrics have been used in the chart.

/BB

Horde said...

BB

What would you like to know?

I presume you are talking about the metric described as High to Super Agility (in the) Subsonic/Supersonic regimes.

If so more than happy to oblige.

Anonymous said...

Horde, that's right. Would be interesting to see the points explained in more detail.

/BB

Another Peter said...

Hello Peter Goon (Horde)

What I would like to know will the Shenyang J-31 Falcon Eagle will have similar metrics like in other 5th generation category as listed below: For e.g.

- Supercruising engines

- 2D or 3D thrust vectoring nozzles

- High to Super Agility Supersonic/Subsonic

- Large Thrust to Weight Multi Engine Thrust Growth

- High Combat Ceiling – Loiter/Operate (plus > 7 deg/sec turn rate, sustained @ 30 kft) etc etc.

I'm more happy to find out or is it unclear issue at the moment because the aircraft is still under development testing.

Regards

Another Peter said...

To Peter Goon (Horde)

What I would also like to know is the JAS-39E/F Gripen NG will have similar metrics like in other 4th generation category (A Legacy Threat) as listed below: For e.g.

- High to Super Agility Supersonic/Subsonic

- Large Thrust to Weight Multi Engine Thrust Growth

- High Combat Ceiling – Loiter/Operate (plus > 7 deg/sec turn rate, sustained @ 30 kft) etc etc.

It'll be interesting comparison against the Sukhoi Su-35S or the Chengdu J-10 in air-to-air combat.

Regards