Fighter aircraft are a major part of any country’s military strategy. The more technologically-advanced planes a nation has, the higher are the odds of them winning a war. Most fights of the 21st century are decided from up in the air, with little need for ground troops. This article will show you the Top 10 Most Advanced Jet Fighters.
Equipped with only a 23mm single-barreled cannon, this aircraft fighter takes the tenth spot in our top ten list. It is developed by the Peoples’ Republic of China and is designed for air-to-air as well as air-to-ground combats. There are several variants of this jet in the world, and Pakistan recently reported that they ordered several such fighters. The estimated price for one aircraft fighter is of slightly less than $28 million.
The MiG-35, nicknamed Fulcrum-F by NATO, is an advanced high-tech version of MiG-29M and MiG-29K. It is a multi-purpose jet fighter created by the Russian Federation, with excellent weaponry and a full implementation of the Optical Locator System (OLS) technology. This feature makes it invisible to Ground Controlled Interception (GCI).
The KAI T-10, or the Golden Eagle, comes from South Korea. It can break the sound barrier, which puts this aircraft among the elite fighters in the world. There are several combat variants of this model, and countries like Indonesia, Poland, Philippines, Spain and the United States allegedly own several aircraft of this model. The T-10 is said to cost $21 million.
The F-16IN, nicknamed The Fighting Falcon, is said to be the most technologically advanced aircraft fighter of these days. It is equipped with the innovative Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and an infrared search-and-track system.
6. Dassault Rafale
This French twin-engine combat aircraft is designed and constructed by Dassault Aviation. It is a multi-purpose fighter aircraft – it can engage other aircraft, take down airborne missiles (including those carrying nuclear charges) and perform reconnaissance missions. It is among the most expensive fighters in the world, with an estimated cost of a whopping $125 million for the fully-equipped model.
5. JAS 39
The JAS 39 Gripen model made by Saab is a lightweight multi-purpose fighter aircraft. It is equipped with only one engine and primarily used by the Swedish Army. It has been promoted – with quite a nice success – in Western Europe, southern Asia and southern Africa. Depending on the accessories, a Gripen aircraft can cost between $40 and $60 million.
4. Eurofighter Typhoon
This fighter is mainly used by the NATO forces from Italy, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. It comes with an advanced integrated defense system that can track down air and surface dangers and deal with multiple targets at the same time.
Nicknamed The Russian Flying Monster, this aircraft is heavy, yet extremely maneuverable. It was mainly designed for air superiority missions – and has very few rivals up there – but can perform all kinds of assignments. It can take down any target in a 2 mile radius with utmost precision, which is the reason why it gets the bronze medal in our top 10 most dangerous fighter aircraft of today.
2. Boeing F/A-18E/F
This Boeing model is a multi-purpose fighter. It is equipped with a 22mm gun, but can also carry air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. It is also capable of refueling other airborne jets. Its aerodynamics features are impressive – this fighter can engage a target under very high angles. It’s an all-American model, and costs upwards of $66 million.
1. F-22 Raptor
The Boeing F-22 Raptor is the deadliest fighter aircraft of our times. It uses stealth technology and has been created for air combat, even though it will perform well on ground attacks too. It is the masterpiece of the United States tactical air power, and has yet to be outmatched by other aircraft. And it is the most expensive airplane in our top-ten list – one unit costs $150 million.