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The USA has thrown doubts over what its future program for a sixth-generation fighter might look like, with US Air Force officials recently questioning the expense of the Next Generation Air Dominance fighter as originally envisioned. On the contrary, China is believed to be proceeding at pace with its own equivalent fighter development.

Of course, it is difficult to ascertain definitive information on China’s future sixth-generation fighter, since Beijing is extremely secretive about its top military programs. However, there is sufficient evidence that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will eventually field a modern fighter to succeed the current fifth-generation J-20 fighter. Firstly, what is a sixth-generation fighter? Nobody has yet developed one, but there are various efforts around the world to create them.

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