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The Top 10 Most Advanced Fighter Jets In The World

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The Top 10 Most Advanced Fighter Jets In The World.

Fighter Jets are very essential to a Nations defence, with roles including air to air attacks and air to surface attacks. We see often that most times the defining factor in a war lies upon these fighter jets. For example the 6-day war in the year 1967 that was fought between isreal and a coalition of Arab states. Isreals military was outgunned and outnumbered at every way possible but what gave them the decisive victory in the June war was their airforce, as they were able to attack enemy positions and nullify air bases effectively. So below are the most effective and efficient fighter Jets in the world


10. F16V: the F16 is a combat proven, budget friendly fighter with one of the lowest operational cost of any modern fighter. The F16V which is the new and upgraded version of the f16, has been given many upgrades that makes it a 4.5 Generation fighter. One of these notable upgrades is the very advanced APG AESA Radar system that is also used by the F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters, allowing the F16V to track and engage multiple air to air and air to surface targets from a greater range.

Engine: single Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 or a General Electric F110-GE-129 turbofan engine.

Hardpoints: 9

Max payload: 7700kg

Max range: 4207Km with external fuel tank

Top speed: mach 2

Service ceiling: 58 000 ft.


9. Sukhoi Su-35: the su-35 is a spinoff from the very Agile and formidable su-27. The original su-35 by design is a 4th generation fighter, but it has been given many upgrades that qualifies it as a 4.5 generation fighter. The most important upgrades the su-35 received was an improved Radar that enables it to track and engage multiple targets at a greater distance. It is a very manoeuverable aircraft that is capable of performing 9gs manoeuvers easily.

Engine: Saturn AL-41F1S turbofan engine.

Hardpoints: 12

Max payload: 8000kg

Max range: 4,500km with external fuel tanks

Top speed: mach 2.2

Service ceiling: 59000 ft.


8. F15: the F15 is considered as one of the most formidable Battle proven fighter jet ever made. It has engaged in many aeriel dogfights, scoring over 100 victories with zero losses. It remains the fastest fighter jet that has ever been made in the united states. Once an Isreali f15 pilot landed the aircraft successful with only one wing after it collided mid-air with another fighter, an event once thought to be impossible.

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Engine: : 2 × Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 afterburning turbofans.

Hardpoints: 9

Max payload: 7300

Max range: 5600km with external fuel tanks

Top speed: mach 2.5

Service ceiling: 65000 ft.


7. Eurofighter Typhoon: the eurofighter Typhoon is one of the most technologically advanced fighter jet in the world today. It boasts of being one of the few Jets with the Lowest cross section making it a Hard target for enemy Aircraft and air defence systems. The eurofighter was made from the coalition of four countries, The Uk, germany, italy and spain.

Engine: : 2 × Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan engines.

Hardpoints: 13

Max payload: 9000

Max range: 3790km with external fuel tanks

Top speed: mach 2

Service ceiling: 65000


6. Chengdu J-20: the J-20 was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter with precision strike capabilities. It is China's first stealth program, although there are certain doubts over it's rumored stealth capability mostly due to it's enormous size and the fact that it has never engaged in any many conflict puts the J-20 far up the list. It is one of the only modern day fighter that does no possess an internal Cannon mainly because it was not designed to operate in short range, face to face dogfights but from long ranges with missles such as the PL 15 and PL21.

Engine: 2 × Saturn AL-31 FM2[73][77][79] afterburning turbofan.

Hardpoints: 6 internal bay and 4 external hardpoints.

Max payload: 11000kg

Max range: 5500km with external fuel tanks

Top speed: mach 2

Service ceiling: 66000 ft.


5. F/A 18 Super Hornet: the F/A 18 Super Hornet is the US based Carrier figher jet. It is a very advanced and capable fighter aircraft as it is able of engaging air to air targets when going on a bombing run, capabilities previous cold war carrier based fighters lacked. It excels in electronic warfare and data sharing, making it an invaluable fighter in the US Navy's Arsenal.

Engine: 2 × General Electric F414-GE-400 turbofans.

Hardpoints: 11

Max payload: 4500kg

Max range: 3300km with external fuel tanks

Top speed: mach 1.6

Service ceiling: 50000 ft.


4. Sukhoi Su-57 Felon: the Su-57 is Russia's first 5th generation fighter jet, a response to the united States F22 Raptor. It is also a spin-off from the su-27 with very advanced capabilities, allowing it to excel where the Su27 & Su35 falls short. Although it is not as Stealthy and the American F-22 Raptor or the F-35 lightening II, but it boasts of a very low cross section, one that is likely to be on par or slightly superior to the French Rafale.

Engine: 2 × Saturn AL-41F1 afterburning turbofan.

Hardpoints: 12 ( 6 internal 6 external )

Max payload: 10000kg

Max range: 4500 with external fuel tanks

Top speed: mach 2

Service ceiling: 66000 ft.


3. Rafale: the Rafale is a fighter aircraft that excels at every department. From Air to Air to Air to surface roles. It is also one of the most manoeuverable fighter in the world allowing it to pull 9gs manoeuvers effortlessly. The Rafale is not a 5th generation fighter but it has one of the lowest cross section in the world making it an almost impossible target to track or engage. Most experts compares the Rafale's Stealthiness with the j-20 and Su-57 Stealth fighters. It possesses the beyond visual range Meteor missles that can engage targets at very long distances. The Latest Rafale Variants are said to be more expensive than the American F-35.

Engine: 2 × Snecma M88-4e turbofans.

Hardpoints: 14

Max payload: 9500kg

Max range: 3700km with external fuel tanks

Top speed: mach 1.8

Service ceiling: 52000 ft


2 & 1. The F-22 Raptor and the F-35Lightening II: the F-22 alongside the F-35 are considered to be the stealthiest fighter Jets in the world. They are practically invisible to most Radar systems in the world as they have the lowest radar cross section of any modern day fighter. There are still some debates as to whether the Russian S400 SAM can detect and shoot down the Aircrafts when it breeches the Radars range. With many experts suggesting that the S400 wouldn't be able to detect the Aircrafts until it gets too close. T he F-35 has the most advanced sensor suite of any fighter in history, including the Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA) radar, Distributed Aperture System (DAS), Electro Optical Targeting System (EOTS) and Helmet Mounted Display System.

F-22 Raptor

Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 augmented turbofans

Hardpoints: 4 external hardpoints and two internal weapons bay with ( hardpoints )

Max payload: 9987kg

Max range: 3000km with external fuel tanks

Top speed: mach 2.2

Service ceiling: 65000 ft


F-35 Lightening II

Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 afterburning turbofan

Hardpoints: 10 ( 4 internal and 6 external )

Max payload: 8200kg

Max range: 2800km

Top speed: mach 1.6

Service ceiling: 50000 ft.


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