1. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor – USA
The world’s premier fifth Generation fighter aircraft. The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Being America’s premier air-superiority fighter, the F-22 evolved from its original concept to become a lethal, survivable and flexible multimission fighter. By taking advantage of emerging technologies, the F-22 has emerged as a superior platform for many diverse missions including intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic attack. The aircraft is operational today.
2. Chengdu J-20 (Black Eagle) – China
A single-seat, multirole stealth, twin-engine fighter aircraft, the Chengdu J-20 “Black Eagle” is manufactured by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) of China. It is a fifth generation fighter aircraft being built for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The J-20 made its first flight on 11 January 2011. General He Weirong, Deputy Commander of the PLAAF said that he expected the J-20 to be operational in 2017–2019.
3. Sukhoi PAK FA (T-50) – Russia
The Sukhoi PAK FA is a twin-engine jet fighter being developed by Sukhoi for the Russian Air Force. The Sukhoi T-50 is the prototype for PAK FA. The PAK FA is one of only a handful of stealth jet programs worldwide. The PAK FA, a fifth generation fighter aircraft, is intended to be the successor to the MiG-29 and Su-27 in the Russian inventory and serve as the basis of the Sukhoi/HAL FGFA being developed with India. The T-50 prototype performed its first flight 29 January 2010.