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6th Generation Fighter, Explained: The United States Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor was the first true “fifth-generation” combat aircraft. Yet, it was Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II that was actually the first aircraft to be described as such – as it was really a marketing ploy that essentially “backfilled” the previous aircraft in the generation they best fit into. Today, however, the concept of “aircraft generations” is readily established.

Fourth-generation aircraft from the Cold War were arguably the first to add fly-by-wire and advanced avionics, while the fifth-generation further added stealth, sensor fusion, and supercruise. These attributes are seen in such aircraft as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, as well as in China’s Chengdu J-20 “Mighty Dragon” and Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO reporting name “Felon”).

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6th Generation Fighters: The Next Generation 

As aviation experts have noted, the 6th generation fighter will add additional capabilities, including some that haven’t been publicly defined, but which are understood to include flexible payloads; an adaptable airframe; long-range sensing; analytics and computing; laser directed-energy weapons; advanced materials; intelligent maintenance; dynamically reconfigurable architecture; cyber protection; manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T); trusted artificial intelligence (AI) reasoning; airspace integration; hypersonic-propulsion technologies; space technologies; and a future ‘wearable’ cockpit.’

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