posted on Feb, 19 2016 @ 03:40 PM
a reply to: anzha
Well this sort of depends on your definition of 5th generation aircraft. Polling Wikipedia returns Lockheed Martin's definition: "defining them as
having all-aspect stealth even when armed, low probability of intercept radar (LPIR), high-performance airframes, advanced avionics features, and
highly integrated computer systems capable of networking with other elements within the battlespace for situation awareness."
Funny enough, this pretty much defines 5th generation aircraft as Lockheed products only. What a coincidence. However then you run into the problem of
defining more terms. How stealthy is all-aspect stealth? How armed is armed? How low is low probability? How high performance is high performance? How
advanced are advanced avionics? People often brush this stuff off as "hurr well that's just semantics" but then I would point this entire
interpretation as just that: calling something 5th Gen for the sake of calling it a 5th Gen.
If you actually look at what the word Generation means then you can really see what's going on as aircraft get phased out, and phased in. You might
even say they get generated.
1st Gen: F86 Sabre -> 2nd Gen: F101 Voodoo -> 3rd Gen: F4 Phantom -> 4th Gen: F15 Eagle -> 5th Gen: F-22 Raptor
1st Gen: MiG-15 -> 2nd Gen: MiG-19 -> 3rd Gen: Su-17 -> 4th Gen: Su-27 -> 5th Gen: PAK-FA
The argument can be made pretty easily. The trouble is that saying "well this is this generation, and this is last generation" is trying to put
separations on a continuous scale, and like locating anything on a continuous scale the divisions are usually pretty arbitrary.
2/19/2016 by Darkpr0 because: (no reason given)