RUSI JournalVolume 162Issue 4members only

The Challenges of Fifth-Generation Transformation


Fifth-generation aircraft will greatly limit the missions that legacy aircraft can undertake.

With Initial Operating Capability (IOC) declared by the US Marine Corps and US Air Force, increasing production and delivery rates, and impressive performances in recent exercises, the F-35 programme and the fifth-generation capability that it represents look to have turned a corner. As the capability moves towards Full Operating Capability (FOC), the debate, so long focused on costs, delays and technical issues, should now begin to be framed in new terms. André Adamson and

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