This wil be a short list of some of the fighters that we know about so far. I won’t go too into depth with the descriptions. There will not be any drones in this article, but I may write a list for drones later. Here are some of the incoming 6th generation fighters that you have to know about.
#1: Mikoyan MiG-41(Russia)
The Mikoyan Mig-41 or PAK DP is an interceptor aircraft under development by Mikoyan. As an interceptor, its primary mission was rumored to offset future reconnaissance aircraft currently being developed by the United States of America and China. It is claimed to be capable of Mach 4–4.3, equipped with an anti-missile laser, and even be able to operate in the Mesosphere, which is very close to space. It could use the Izdeliye-30 engines currently under development for the Su-57. It is expected to come out around 2025.
#3: Boeing F/A-XX(U.S.A)
The F/A-XX is a development program for an air superiority fighter with multi-role capabilities. Primary missions include air combat, ground attack, surface warfare, and close air support. Other missions can include air-to-air refueling, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA), and electronic attack. It is expected to arrive in the late 2020’s. It will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet for the Navy and the EA-18G Growler for electronic warfare.
Penetrating Counter Air(U.S.A)
The PCA is a long range fighter meant to penetrate enemy air defense networks alongside heavy bombers, providing escort over enemy territory. It could be either a fighter or a mothership for drones, which would be a first. The PCA is expected to be operational in the 2030’s.
#2: BAE Systems Tempest(UK)
The Tempest is a stealth fighter aircraft being manufactured for the Royal Air Force. Planned to come out in 2035, the program is expected to cost around 2 billion pounds and is a collaboration in between the UK ministry of defence, BAE systems(creators of the Harrier), Rolls Royce, Leonardo S.p.A and MBDA. It will replace the Eurofighter Typhoon when it arrives.
#4: New Generation Fighter(Germany)
The NGF is under development by Dassault Aviation and Airbus Defence and Space. A model of the aircraft was shown at Euronaval 2018. It is a delta wing aircraft with no vertical stabilisers or canards. It has rectangular air intakes like the F-22. It is expected to arrive around 2035-2040. It will eventually replace the current generation of Dassault’s Rafales, Germany’s Eurofighter Typhoons and Spain’s F-18 Hornets.
#5: Mitsubishi F-3(Japan)
There isn’t enough known about this aircraft for me to go into any real depth, so I’ll just state a few base facts. It is Japan’s first domestically made one man stealth fighter. It is equipped with many advanced systems. The new Japanese aircraft will have a so-called self-repairing flight control capability. It will allow the aircraft to detect failures or damage in its flight control surfaces. The system will calibrate accordingly remaining control surfaces to retain controlled flight.
It is claimed that the F-3 uses advanced stealth technology to reduce its radar cross-section. The engines will be produced by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries. The Mitsubishi F-3 is not expected to be operational until the 2020s.