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Photo Essay: The Indo-Pacific fighter fleets

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As Australia continues to grow its air fleet, so do other Indo-Pacific regional partners. Defence Connect will showcase some of these air capabilities in a follow up to last year’s discussion piece, Asia’s simmering fighter race’.

Fighter aircraft, like every facet of military technology, are rapidly evolving. The current global and regional transition from fourth to fifth-generation fighter aircraft, like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter platforms, is reshaping the role of fighter fleets and the balance of power in Australia's region. 

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Designed to establish and maintain air superiority or air dominance, fighter aircraft have evolved from relatively simple, wood and canvas air frames during the First World War, to the highly manoeuvrable, long-range aircraft that dominated the skies of Europe and the Pacific during the Second World War; the latest two generations of fighters are the pinnacle of these earlier designs. 

Indo-Pacific Asia's fighter fleets are made up of fighter aircraft ranging from third to fifth-generation aircraft, each with unique capabilities and roles within the regional balance of power. 

Scroll through the photo gallery above for a look at some of these aircraft.

Photo Essay: The Indo-Pacific fighter fleets
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