What is a 5th generation fighter?

The four traits that are commonly accepted for a fighter jet to be of a 5thgeneration are: Stealth, High degree of maneuverability, Advanced avionics systems, Multi-role capabilities and Network or data fusion capabilities.

Some of these capabilities were present on 4th generation aircraft, but each must be present in a 5th generation platform.

Globally, there are four operational 5th generation fighter platforms in the world: America’s F-22 and F-35, China’s J-20, and Russia’s Su-57.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) recently gave nod to designing and developing Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) to fulfil Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) requirement for a fifth generation stealth fighter jet.