Does Russia Have a Fifth-Generation Fighter?
"In A Word or two ....'Not Yet' ""
"Fifth-generation" warplanes have stealth characteristics, making them almost invisible to conventional radars.
These attributes include using composite materials, emitting reduced engine heat, and employing other advanced technologies that minimize the plane's optical, infrared, and radio-frequency visibility.
Fifth-generation warplanes also possess sophisticated, advanced integrated weapons and navigation control systems that utilize the latest artificial intelligence. Furthermore, they can "supercruise" - flying long durations at supersonic speeds without using an afterburner.
The Russian defense industry appears to have developed a solid aviation platform that, if it lacks some fifth-generation attributes for the time being, could probably be upgraded with them later.
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