Top 10 Fighter Aircraft Of The World

we have many questions in our mind, which is the best fighter aircraft in the world ? Which is the greatest modern fighter and why?. In this post we are trying to solve these questions. We are listing the top 10 Fighter Aircraft of the world on the basis of combined score of stealthiness, armament, top speed, range, maneuverability and technology.

 10. Saab JAS 39 Gripen

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light single-engine multi role fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force.

Gripen is a new generation of multi-role fighter aircraft featuring state-of-the-art technology. It is capable of performing an extensive range of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions employing the most modern range of weapons. Gripen is designed to meet the demands of current and future threats, while at the same time meeting strict requirements for flight safety, reliability, training efficiency and low operating costs.

Designed to ensure outstanding combat agility. Gripen features a delta-canard configuration with relaxed aerodynamic stability. The delta wing and canards, along with the digital Fly-By-Wire Flight Control System, give the fighter an optimum combination of manoeuvrability, acceleration, top speed and short-field performance.

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Range: 3,250 km

Wingspan: 8.41 m

Weight: 6,622 kg

Length: 14 m

Unit cost: 40,000,000–60,000,000 USD

Manufacturer: Saab Group

Engine types: Volvo RM12, Turbofan

9. Su-30MKI (Flanker-H)

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a twin jet multi role air superiority fighter developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force. A variant of the Sukhoi Su-30, it is a heavy, all-weather, long-range fighter. he first Russian-built Su-30MKI variant entered into service with the IAF in 2002, while the first India-made aircraft was introduced into the IAF in 2004. The Su-30MKI features multinational avionics and sub-systems, as the components are supplied by 14 manufacturers from six nations.

The Su-30MKI can carry a range of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, including the Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles. The armament also includes a 30mm GSh-30-1 gun and variety of bombs.

sukhoi 30

Top speed: 2,120 km/h

Range: 3,000 km

Wingspan: 15 m

Unit cost: 25,000,000–25,000,000 USD

Engine type: Saturn AL-31

Designer: Sukhoi

Manufacturers: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Sukhoi

8. Mikoyan MiG-31

The Mikoyan MiG-31  is a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for use by the Soviet Air Forces. The aircraft was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau as a replacement for the earlier MiG-25 “Foxbat”; the MiG-31 is based on, and shares design elements with the MiG-25.  The MiG-31 has the distinction of being one of the fastest combat jets in the world.  It continues to be operated by the Russian Air Force and the Kazakhstan Air Force following the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991. The Russian Defence Ministry expects the MiG-31 to remain in service until at least 2030.

The latest version is the MiG-31BM; this is billed as a true multi-role Foxhound, able to undertake long-range interception, precision strike and defense suppression tasks. Both cockpits feature advanced displays allowing the crew to deploy precision-guided munitions. A project to upgrade Russian interceptors to the MiG-31BM standard was begun in 2010. This interceptor continue to form the back bone of Russia’s air defenses.

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Top speed: 3,000 km/h

Cruise speed: 2,499 km/h

Wingspan: 13 m

Length: 23 m

Weight: 21,820 kg

Manufacturer: Mikoyan

Engine types: Soloviev D-30, Turbofan

 7. McDonnel Douglas F-15 Eagle

The F-15E Strike Eagle is a twin-engine, all weather fighter that is the backbone for the Air Force’s air superiority. Its proven design is undefeated in air-to-air combat, with more than 100 aerial combat victories. Its two engines provide 58,000 pounds of thrust, which enable the F-15 to exceed speeds of Mach 2.5. Boeing has built more than 1,600 of the aircraft for six countries around the world. None of them plan to retire the F-15.

The F-15 is equipped with weaponry and electronics, enabling it to detect, acquire, track and attack enemy aircraft, while operating in enemy-controlled airspace. This fighter carries a wide range of air-to-air missiles and is extremely maneuverable. Also it has strong high-speed maneuverability. Through modifications and upgrades the F-15 has been constantly improved.

The F-15 Eagle is still in service with the US Air Force and is expected to remain operational at least until 2025. This aircraft has been exported to Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

McDonnel Douglas F-15 Eagle

Wingspan: 13 m

Length: 19 m

Introduced: January 9, 1976

Unit cost: 28,000,000–30,000,000 USD (1998)

Engine type: Pratt & Whitney F100

First flight: July 27, 1972

Manufacturers: McDonnell Douglas, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

6. Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet and related twin-seat F/A-18F are twin-engine carrier-capable multi role fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a combat-proven strike fighter offering next-generation multi role strike fighter capabilities. It is a larger and improved redesign of the F/A-18C/D Hornet. The Super Hornet is in service with the US Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The US Navy inducted the aircraft into service in 1999 for replacing its Grumman F-14 Tomcat. The F/A-18F Super Hornet (two-seat version) entered service with the RAAF in 2010.

Combat capabilities of the fighter jet were proved during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Southern Watch and War in Afghanistan.

The Super Hornet’s suite of integrated and networked systems provides enhanced interoperability and total force support for the combatant commander and for troops on the ground. The 11 weapon stations on the aircraft can hold mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance, as well as a variety of smart weapons, including laser-guided bombs.

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Top speed: 1,915 km/h

Range: 3,330 km

Weight: 14,550 kg

Wingspan: 14 m

Unit cost: 66,900,000–66,900,000 USD (2012)

Engine type: General Electric F414

Manufacturers: McDonnell Douglas, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

5. Dassault Rafale

The Dassault Rafale , literally meaning “gust of wind”, and “burst of fire” in a more military sense) is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multi role fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance,ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions.The Rafale is in service both with the French Air Force and Navy. This multi-role fighter features some of the very latest avionics systems. Also some measures were taken to reduce radar cross section of this aircraft. This aircraft is very maneuverable. The Rafale can track 40 targets and fire at four targets simultaneously.

It can carry a 30 mm cannon, air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, nuclear and anti-ship missiles, as well as a range of laser-guided bombs and ground-attack munitions.The maiden combat deployment of the Rafale fighter was in 2002 during the Operation Enduring Freedom. The aircraft has been used in a number of combat missions in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali (Operation Serval).

The aircraft is available in three variants, namely RAFALE C single-seat, RAFALE M carrier-based single-seat and RAFALE B twin-seat version.

Top speed: 1,912 km/h

Range: 3,700 km

Length: 15 m

Wingspan: 11 m

Manufacturer: Dassault Aviation

Engine types: Snecma M88, Turbofa

4. Sukhoi Su-35

The Su-35 multi-role fighter is a significantly developed version of the Su-27. It is being offered for export as a replacement for the Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters. In 2012 it has been adopted by the Russian Air Force.

Developers refer the Su-35 as 4++ generation fighter. It is a very fast and highly maneuverable fighter with very long range, high altitude capability and heavy armament. It poses great threat to Western 4+ generation fighters

The Su-35 is primarily an air superiority fighter. However it has secondary air-to-ground capability. This aircraft can carry enormous amount of weapons. It has 12 wing and fuselage hard points and can carry ordnance with a maximum weight of up to 8 000 kg.

Its large and powerful engines give it ability to supercruise for a long time. Also its engines allow to reach supersonic speeds without using an afterburner. Engines have a three-dimensional thrust vectoring and make this aircraft very maneuverable.

However Russia still lags behind in the development, acquisition and employment of some of the latest technologies.

 

Top speed: 2,500 km/h

Range: 3,600 km

Cruise speed: 1,400 km/h

Unit cost: 40,000,000–65,000,000 USD (2013)

Engine type: Saturn AL-31

Designer: Mikhail Simonov

Manufacturers: Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association,Sukhoi

3. Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter Typhoon is the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft providing simultaneously deployable Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface capabilities.

it is a new generation multirole fighter aircraft that is presently one of the best in the world. It is a foreplane / delta wing aircraft integrating modern avionics and sensors, Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS) and distinct weapons, such as Mauser BK-27 27mm cannon, air-to-air, air-to-surface and anti-ship missiles and precision-guided munitions.

In 1986 the Eurofighter consortium was formed by Germany, Italy, the UK and, later, Spain, to develop a new multi-role combat aircraft, optimized as a beyond visual range interceptor with a secondary ground-attack capability. This aircraft carries advanced European-designed missiles. it is fitted with a very modern and comprehensive avionics package.

Eurofighter Typhoon

Top speed: 2,495 km/h

Range: 3,790 km

Length: 16 m

Wingspan: 11 m

Cruise speed: 1,838 km/h

Engine types: Eurojet EJ200, Turbofan

Manufacturers: BAE Systems, Airbus Group, Eurofighter GmbH, Alenia Aermacchi

2.Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters undergoing final development and testing by the United States. F-35 Lightning II is the only international fifth generation multirole fighter plane in the world. The extreme agility and stealth features along with integrated sensor package and modern weaponry provide the F-35 with a tactical edge over all other fighter aircraft.

The single-seat fighter is armed with a range of weapon systems, such as Sidewinder and Storm Shadow, as well as Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). The F-35 completed its maiden flight in December 2006. The three F-35 variants, including the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL), short take-off / vertical landing (STOVL) and carrier variant (CV), will replace the A-10 and F-16 of the US Air Force, the F/A-18 of the US Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier of the US Marine Corps and various fighters of other allied nations. Its some basic details are:

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Top speed: 1,930 km/h

Range: 2,220 km

Wingspan: 11 m

Length: 16 m

Engine type: Pratt & Whitney F135

Designer: Lockheed Martin

Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

1.Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). The F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter is almost invisible to radars. This aircraft carries a powerful array of weaponry. It is the most advanced and most expensive production fighter aircraft to date. Many of sensors and avionics of this plane remain classified.

The F-22 Raptor employs sophisticated air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. The emerging technologies integrated aboard the F-22 make it a superior platform for a wide array of missions, including surveillance, reconnaissance, attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence. Its some basic details are:

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Wallpapers (1)

Top speed: 2,410 km/h

Range: 2,960 km

Wingspan: 14 m

Length: 19 m

Engine type: Pratt & Whitney F119

Designer: Lockheed Martin

Manufacturers: Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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