In Recent year, several countries in the world made public statements that they began developing the 6th generation fighter : “F / A-XX” (Boeing, USA), “T-60” Russia and “Team Tempest” (EU) , Japan (F-X) , China (J-XX) and Taiwan Advanced Defense Fighter . And the most shocking news came from China , According to Forbes China will be the first country to be operational 6th gen aircraft .
It’s strange, but even not all countries are armed with 5 generation fighters. So what do we know about 5th generation fighters? Well, firstly, today in the world there are only 4 aircraft declared as 5th generation fighters : F-22 and F-35 (USA), SU-57 (Russia) and J-20 (China). And India AMCA (5th gen aircraft ) Still in design and it may take another 10 years to operational.
Basic Criteria of Fifth Gen Aircraft
- minimum fighter visibility in the radar wavelength range and in the infrared range (EPR).
- multifunctionality, in the form of the ability to defeat air, ground and surface targets.
- the ability to fly a fighter at supersonic speed without including afterburner.
- super maneuverability.
- The fighter must have a circular information system.
- airborne radar with AFAR .
And YES you guessed it right , the first 5-generation fighter, the F-22 , just meets all of the above requirements . Thats why Americans never sold the F-22 to anyone .
Let’s evaluate the rest of the fighters.Let’s start with the the Russian Su-57
Currently Su-57 facing lots of issues like airframe design , its engines are essentially the same as those of the aircraft it is designed to replace, the Su-35S. it seems that the EPR of the aircraft is much worse than that of the F-22, and even without the “product 30” it cannot fly at supersonic speed without afterburner on . In 2018, India withdrew from the planned joint Russian-Indian Su-57 development. Indians were evidently not convinced that the stealth and flight characteristics could provide exactly what they were looking for and they go for their own AMCA . After that Russia face huge budget issues .
Lets first talk about F-35 . The F-35 has neither super-maneuverability, nor the possibility of a fighter flying at supersonic speed without including afterburner . Simply put, a workhorse. Therefore, the Americans are selling, under the guise of a 5th generation fighter, their F-35s to almost anyone who wants it, even to the same Poland . One of the Polish experts (J. Reichel) openly declares that he does not see the fundamental difference between the F-35 and F-16, except at a huge price .
Let’s talk about the Chinese so called J-20 fifth gen aircraft .Immediately it does not meet 2 criteria of the 5th generation aircraft : super maneuverability and the possibility of a fighter flying at supersonic speed without turning on afterburner . The fact is that today the Russian AL-31FN is installed on the J-20 (and this is not even the AL-41FN). Maybe Chinese engines (WS-10 and WS-15) will provide the J-20 with super-maneuverability and the possibility of a fighter flying at supersonic speed without turning on afterburner, but this will only happen in the future. Also J-20 have major defect in stealth design because it was repeatedly detect by Indian Airforce the Chinese so called stealth aircraft also few days back Taiwan airdefense detect J-20 in their radar .
So why Chinese always roar about their J-20 , i will tell how they make their shit aircraft by steal and copy from USA and Russia .
What happens if we combine together Russian and American fighters of the 5th generation?
Of course, countries such as Russia and the United States can create 5 generation fighters (SU-57, F-22 and F-35), since they have a complete cycle in the creation of aircraft . And suddenly, China became the 3rd country with a 5th generation fighter : in 2016, a pair of low-visibility fighter J-20s were presented at the air show . Anyone who is more or less knowledgeable in aviation will immediately have doubts: like China, which fighter aircraft generates 4 generations (J-11 is a copy of SU-27SK, J-13 is a copy of SU-30MK, J-15 is a copy SU-33), and here once and immediately created an inconspicuous fighter of the 5th generation J-20 . Where did the J-20 come from?
According to The National Interest publication, the J-20 is a kind of symbiosis from Russian and American developments : the glider from the experimental MIG-1.44 (aircraft according to the Utka scheme + Russian AL-31FN engines), the nose and the torch are identical to the same elements on the F-22, the air intakes and the vertical tail are very similar to the F-35 elements . Well, the fact that drawings and developments according to MIG-1.42 (the first version of MIG-1.44) were sold to China in 90 years, no one doubts. But where did the Chinese get the data for F-35 and F-22? E. Snowden helped us figure this out : in the documents declassified by him, it is written that Chinese hackers have repeatedly stolen “Lockheed Martin” technical data on the F-35 . But did the Chinese hurry, calling the J-20 a low-visibility fighter? It seems that the Chinese hurried . And this is confirmed by our Indian military pilots : during training flights on the Russian SU-30MKI (still equipped with the Zhuk-AE radar) , the Chinese J-20 was repeatedly spotted on the screens of its radars .
So the talk about the superiority of the J-20 over the SU-57, F-35 and F-22 has no basis. But the Chinese, in this matter , as they say, “got out”: they say, the stealth coverage of the J-20 was not calculated under Russian radars. So are there 5 generations of Chinese J-20?
After the analysis of all aircraft from different aircraft fighters of the 6th generation we will not see soon.