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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Updates & Countering 5th Generation Threats [UPDATE: Article will be published on 9/25/15]

Image 1: F-35 & F/A-18F. Image Credit: Code One Magazine, 2015.

For the past several weeks I have been researching content for what is among the most difficult and technically complex articles I've written on the American Innovation Blog, "The American Approach Part IV: Future TTP -  Countering Foreign 5th Generation Threats". The article will seek to outline plausible tactics, techniques, and procedures American fighter aircraft and other assets will utilize to combat foreign fifth generation fighter aircraft in air-to-air combat within a highly contested anti-access environment. Many of the capabilities capabilities of American aircraft such as the F-22 and F-35 are highly classified and are not available within the public domain (e.g. cyber and electronic warfare). Similarly, detailed and reliable information on the capabilities of Russian and Chinese fifth generation aircraft is scarce. Thus, the article is based upon hints given by senior officials over the years via reputable aerospace & defense publications as well as my own estimations when the limits of publicly available information have been reached. I have gone to great lengths to ensure that any conjecture on my part is clearly marked as to not confuse readers with confirmed/complete knowledge of capabilities and systems; all conjecture will be based in part in confirmed information. Expect to see the article published in the next couple weeks.

Additionally, the "Blog Articles By Topic" tab has finally been updated to account for articles published within the past year. 


  1. Hi Matt. Our next generation anti-ship (a trio of EA18G sharing a firing solution) and anti-IADS (DARPA's STO system-of-systems SEAD) tactics will be about networked & coordinated attack, so I reckon it will be similarly deployed against foreign 5th gen air threat. Cyber-air-space-ground/sea is fusing into a single battlefield. It's slightly ironic that Swedes were the one who pioneered and deployed tactical datalink. Cheers!

    1. Hi HMS,

      I agree, Time Difference of Arrival (TDoA) to get targeting data via passive detection is very promising and I will be discussing it in the article. The news of the EA-18G's TDoA capability was very informative for my own estimations and helped me get a sense if the ALR-94 & AN/ASQ-239 could potentially be used in a similar capacity. One of the highlights of the article will be an increased emphasis on passive detection.



  2. You have to multiply the article about the South China Sea because I am from Indonesia.