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    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
    • Fifth Generation: The Most Advanced Fighter Jets of 21st Century
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    The US F-22 Raptor fighter is the world’s first fifth generation fighter aircraft, which formally entered service in December 2005 and was produced in several series. Production is currently terminated, but there are regular offers to start it again.

    Since the 1940s, military aviation has developed four generations of jet-powered fighters and with fifth generation fighters coming to the fray now. Following the United States, Russia and China, other countries are designing multi-role fighters with the latest technology.

    The requirements to be a fifth-generation jet fighter include stealth (anti-radar anti-thermal camouflage), supercruise (supersonic speed achieved without afterburners), maneuverability, versatility, a compartment for weapons and an advanced automated on-board guidance system, which is incorporated into a military network and allows conducting full-spectrum attacks.

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