Modern fighters: why so similar?

Let’s make it simple. According to aircraft designers (often accused of copying from other projects….), modern fighters are similar one another because computers model more or less in the same way the shapes required to achieve the requested performances. Maybe. At the end of the day, although showing a certain degree of similarity at first glance, depending on the way a computer uses the law of physics and aerodynamics to solve a common problem, at a more in-depth look, each fighter shows its own peculiarities, as a consequences of the “personal touch” of the designing team.
Below you can find an image that compares a profile picture of the Chengdu J-20 and the profiles (both courtesy of Aviationgraphic.com) of the PA FAK (by Tom Cooper /ACIG.org) and the F-22 (by Ugo Crisponi).


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David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.