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Is there a term that encompasses the overall design of modern fighters (e.g. F-15, F/A-18, F-14, Su-27, Su-30,33,35,37, Mig-29, J-11, etc.), with dual vertical stabilizers, leading edge extensions, dogtooth extensions, very similar nose and canopy shape/profile, air intakes, dual engines, and so on?

I know they each fit into one or more of the air superiority, strike fighter or interceptor categories, but I'm looking for a term (if it exists) which describes and/or encompasses this particular design style. Or is "modern air superiority / tactical / strike fighter" as close as I'm likely to find?

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  • $\begingroup$ Maybe by Fighter Generation? $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Oct 15 '16 at 15:56
  • $\begingroup$ @RonBeyer, but this is not any particular generation. F-16, Panavia Tornado, Mirage 2000 belong in the same generation as the above and don't share the design features. $\endgroup$ – Jan Hudec Oct 16 '16 at 21:42
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    $\begingroup$ "Modern" fighters? You are listing all 30-40 year old designs (Sukhoi's incremental improvements to the Su-27 names Su-30, 33, 34 and 35 don't really count as new design, nor does the J-11 that is also derived from Su-27). $\endgroup$ – Jan Hudec Oct 16 '16 at 21:46
  • $\begingroup$ I am pretty sure there isn't, because there isn't really any general design worth speaking of. The elements are either obviously preferred for the intended performance, or vary. $\endgroup$ – Jan Hudec Oct 16 '16 at 22:24
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    $\begingroup$ @JanHudec "Modern" is a subjective term. If you want to be particular, then I am talking about fourth generation fighters, I suppose. I'm not sure, precisely; that's why I asked the question. I was looking for an answer to the question more than for criticism of the question itself, fwiw. $\endgroup$ – tommytwoeyes Oct 18 '16 at 0:46

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