Fighter jet usage plays a major role in the air forces of any Military, they help protect and guide ground troops bomber aircraft and they can strike fear into the enemy. Here we will list the top 10 fighter aircraft in the world.
10. The F-16
So one of the most versatile aircraft in the United States Air Force is the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-16 has really just been a staple in Different Air Forces actually not just the United States Air Force when it comes to aerial combat The f-16 has been used to complete a number of missions Including ear to ear fighting ground attack as well as electronic warfare. Now it can locate targets in all weather conditions And detect low-flying aircraft the F-16 Fighting Falcon can also fly more than 500 miles per hour. That's 860 kilometers an hour and it delivers its weapons with superior accuracy and it's really good at defending itself against enemy Aircraft so that was number 10.
9. The Eurofighter Typhoon
Now, this one is a beauty. Okay. So the Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced wing role combat aircraft. It's very flexible its agile and it can endure a lot. Now the Eurofighter has deployable air-to-air and air-to-surface Capabilities the Eurofighter Typhoon had its combat debut during the 2011 military intervention in Libya with the UK's Royal Air Force and also during that conflict the Italian Air Force used as well the typhoon was designed originally as an air superiority fighter and it's manufactured by a joint venture of Airbus BAE Systems and Leonardo through the joint company called Eurofighter GmbH and this joint company was formed back in the year 1986.
8. The French Made Dassault Raphael.
This is a fighter jet developed by the French company Dassault Aviation and it's a multi-role fighter the name literally means a gust of wind and Also burst fire when it comes to more military sense The fighter jet was first introduced back in the year 2001 and the Rafael entered in service with the French Navy in the year 2004 and with the French Air Force in 2006 This aircraft is fully versatile and it is capable of carrying out all aviation missions. This is air superiority air defense close air support In-depth strikes for reconnaissance and anti-ship strikes and nuclear deterrence. So the French came in really strong with that aircraft.
7. McDonnell Douglas f-15 Eagle.
We're moving on to well the United States again. There's a McDonnell Douglas f-15 Eagle. So, the f-15 Eagle has been the United States Air Force's primary fighter jet aircraft and intercept platform for decades This jet combines a great mixture of unprecedented maneuverability as well as acceleration range weapons and avionics It was developed by McDonnell Douglas and later by Boeing the f-15 is still in production But Boeing is set to end production of the f-15 in the year 2022 So the Eagle has been around for a very very very long time It made its first flight in the year 1972 and it entered into service in 1976 and since then it's been among the most successful modern fighter aircraft.
6. The JF-17 Thunder
It is also called the CAC Fc-1 Shaolong meaning the fierce dragon. Now, this is a very lightweight single-engine multi-role combat aircraft and it's manufactured by the joint efforts of the PAC which is a Pakistan Aeronautical complex and this Acey which is a Chengdu aircraft corporation of china when we take a look inside the JF-17, we see that it is equipped with both air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles as well as a 23 millimeter Gsh 23 to twin-barrel Autocannon, the JF-17 thunder is powered by either a Gazoo was 13 or Rd 93 afterburning turbofan engine that allows it to achieve a max speed of Mach 1.6 and more.
5. We have the HAL Tejas fighter jet
Of course, You know, this jet has been in the news a whole lot these days as well, anyways. HAL Tejas is the Indian fighter jet that's replacing the Mig-21, which the Indian Air Force has been using since 1964 so yeah, it's time for a replacement, time for an upgrade here the HAL TEJAS is a second supersonic fighter developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and that's where you get the HAL or TEJAS. NOw this aircraft can fly at a speed of Mach 1.8 which is about 2,205 kilometers an hour. This aircraft can also travel to a maximum altitude of 15,000ft or 200 meters. Now inside the aircraft, you know for ease of handling by the pilot. The HAL Tejas is equipped with a quadruplex digital fly-by-wire Flight control system this system is integrated to enhance Maneuverability.
4. Next we have the Chengdu j-20
So the j-20 is designed as an air superiority fighter with precision strike Capabilities its first flight was in the year 2011 and the Chengdu j-20 is a stealth twin-engine fifth-generation fighter aircraft prototype being developed by the Chengdu Aircraft industry group for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force or the PLA an after looking at the aircraft You'll notice that it features a glass cockpit with two main large Control and those are positioned side by side and then there's also three smaller auxiliary displays as well as a wide-angle holographic head-up display or a HUD the J 20 is the world's third operational fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft after the F-22 and f-35 and the first in Asia the main weapon Bay for the j-20 Is really capable of holding both short and long-range air-to-air missiles.
3. We have the Sukhoi Su-57
This is Russia's fifth-generation fighter aircraft. It's formally known as the T-50 and now officially named the SU 57. It was developed by the Sukhoi company. For the Russian Air Force now the SU 57 is intended to succeed the Mig-29 and the Su-27 in the Russian Air Force. It's the first fighter to have all of the 5th generation fighter Features that you would expect and it's the first aircraft also in the Russian military to use stealth technology. So this one yeah, it's of real beauty.
2. At number two spot in this list is a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
y'all probably were expecting this one. So the F-22 Raptor is considered the first fifth-generation fighter in the US Air Force. I mean it really has a great combination of sensor capability integrated avionics Situational awareness, as well as its weapons, really provides first kill opportunity against enemy threats. So the F-22 engines produce more thrust than any other fighter engine currently, However, the F-22 can't even be exported under the American federal law. You see because this is to protect its stealth technology, as well as other features that they have in the fighter jet. One thing to note that it was because of the development of the more versatile F-35. This led to the end of the F-22 in production. In the last set of the F-22s, was delivered to the United States Air Force back in 2012. So yeah, it is done Let's move on with the F-35 than any other plane after that So, you know the F-22 had a really good run and I mean it's still in service,
1. Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning ii
And Lockheed martin projects that the United States Air Force will have fighter jets up until the year 2070. Now the F-35 program costs the US. One point five zero eight trillion Dollars, that's a lot of cash, America Well when you take a closer look at the aircraft. You find why the United States would spend that amount of money. The F-35 is a descendant from the Lockheed Martin X 35 and the F-35 resembles a larger Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and you know the F-35 really combines fifth-generation fighter aircraft characteristics, really? Well, you know, it has advanced stealth. They have integrated avionics sensor fusion and superior logistics support. I mean on top of that it has the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor package of any fighter aircraft in the entire history of fighter aircraft. The -35 s advanced stealth Capabilities allows it to get past enemy lines without being detected by Radars. Now despite what critics have to say about you know, the F-35 having design flaws and all of that It's still really hard to deny the advanced capabilities and the air dominance of the F-35 lightning ii brings.