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The first of the UK’s F-35B Lightning II jets at the Royal International Air Tattoo, July 2016. Courtesy of Ministry of the Defence/Tim Laurence/Crown Copyright

The Challenges of Fifth-Generation Transformation

André Adamson and Matthew Snyder
RUSI Journal, 10 August 2017
Aerospace, Defence Policy
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 Matthew Snyder analyse some of the stakes involved as the capability increasingly acts as a driver for fifth-generation transformation, and to consider some of the implications for air forces that have committed to the programme and, perhaps more significantly, for those that have not.

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