In the light of recent events vis-à-vis the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the latter’s total inability to defend its sovereign borders, the concept of hard power has come into picture again. Hard power, in military terms, is the strengt...

In the light of recent events vis-à-vis the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the latter’s total inability to defend its sovereign borders, the concept of hard power has come into picture again. Hard power, in military terms, is the strength of a country’s military to defend the country against conventional warfare from a rival country through deterrence or swift counterattack. In contemporary times, one of the most critical components of hard power is a powerful air force which can undertake a swift offensive on a short notice. In this context, the epitome of advanced warfare is fifth-generation fighter jets (equipped with tech developed in the first decade of 21st century) which boasts features such as stealth (less visible to radar, infrared, sonar, etc.), super cruise flight, latest avionics, advanced frameworks, highly integrated computer systems capable of networking with other elements within the battlespace for situation awareness and C3 (command, control and communications) capabilities. Today, there are four fifth-generation in service and several in development and testing phases across air-forces across the world. Here’s a combined list of such 10 fifth-generation jets:

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