receive many questions which is the best fighter aircraft in the
world. Which is the greatest modern fighter and why. Our Top 10
analysis is based on the combined score of stealthiness, armament,
speed, range, maneuverability and technology. We also considered
pilot opinion on capabilities of various warplanes during dog-fight
training. All of these aircraft
mentioned here are incredibly powerful and devastating, however none
of them have seen combat against each other during military
operations yet. Our analysis is based on specifications, available
data and technical comparison. Pilot training is also important, as
performance of the actual aircraft depends from the pilot
performance. This list do not contains aircraft that are currently
under development of at the prototype stage. It includes only
top 10 fighter aircraft in the world are these:
Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor (USA)
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.
Engines of the raptor allow the aircraft to supercruise over long
thrust-vectoring nozzles, combined with a triplex fly-by-wire flight
control system, make it exceptionally maneuverable.
The F-22 started life as a straightforward air superiority fighter.
However since its introduction this aircraft lacks a formidable air
threat from other countries fighters. Later it evolved towards the
multi-role fighter, as strike capability was added.
was never offered for export customers, even other allies and NATO
countries. Currently it is the best fighter aircraft ever built.
Lockheed Martin F-35 (USA)
also known as the Lightning II, is a new multi-role fighter. One of
its variants, the F-35B achieved initial operational capability with
the US Marine Corps in 2015.
The F-35 was
developed under a Joint Strike Fighter program, which was intended
to replace existing aircraft types with a common fighter. In the
near future the F-35 will replace the
F/A-18 warplanes in service with the US military. Also it will
be exported to a number of countries.
The F-35 has
a configuration similar to that of Lockheed Martin's own
design, however it is slightly smaller and has one engine. It
exploits stealth technology, which reduces its radar cross-section
and makes it harder to detect for radars
multi-role fighter can perform on air defense missions, close air
support and tactical bombing. It is compatible with the latest
air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles.
aircraft is proposed in three main variants, including the F-35A
conventional take-off and landing aircraft, F-35B short take-off and
vertical landing aircraft, and F-35C carrier-based aircraft. These
variants share about 80% of their parts to keep development and
production costs low. It also requires less logistic support.
J-20 is the new China's stealth fighter. It was designed to compete
against other fifth-generation fighters, such as the US
F-22 Raptor and Russian
PAK-FA. It is
speculated, that development of the J-20 was assisted by the Russian MiG
aviation company. Low-rate initial production of this stealthy
aircraft commenced in 2015. First operational J-20 stealthy fighters
were delivered to Chinese air force in 2016.
last decade China has taken a more transparent approach to its
military programs. Still though there is little official information
on this plane.
that the new J-20 is a long-range air superiority fighter, which
might also have a secondary ground attack capability. The new
Chinese warplane might actually be an advanced forth-generation
fighter, rather than a true fight-generation fighter.
fighter has two large internal weapon bays for long-range air-to-air
missiles and two small side-mounted weapon bays for short-range
air-to-air missiles. Missiles are stored in these weapon bays in
order to reduce the radar cross-section. It also has large fuel
tanks for long-range missions. It carries more fuel and weapons than
Furthermore this aircraft is capable of high speed operations.
Currently the Super Hornet is the most capable US Navy's multi-role fighter. It
is based on the aircraft carriers can attack both air and surface
targets. The Super Hornet is also in service with Australia
as the main fighter aircraft.
The F/A-18E/F is a larger and more capable derivative of the
F/A-18C/D Hornet. The Super Hornet is fitted with new engines. It
has additional hardpoints and can carry more missiles. This aircraft
has extended range due to larger internal storage of fuel. The Super
Hornet also has improved avionics. Some measures
were taken to reduce radar cross section of this aircraft.
Eurofighter Typhoon (European Union)
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
This aircraft carries advanced European-designed missiles. it is
fitted with a very modern and comprehensive avionics package.
It is claimed that Typhoon is half as combat effective as the
American F-22 Raptor. It is an approximate estimate, however it
seems that Typhoon is superior to the F-15F, French Rafale, evolved
Russian Su-27 variants and many other aircraft.
The Eurofighter Typhoon will form the cornerstone of European air
power until well into the 21st century.
Dassault Rafale (France)
is in service both with the French Air Force and Navy. This
features some of the very latest avionics systems.
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.
aircraft can hold its own against the latest versions of the
The Dassault Rafale will form the cornerstone of French air power
until well into the 21st century.
multi-role fighter is
a significantly developed version of the
Su-27. It is being offered for export as a replacement for the
MiG-29 fighters. In 2012 it has been adopted by the Russian Air
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
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 hardpoints and can carry
ordnance with a maximum weight of up to 8 000 kg.
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.
Russia still lags behind in the development, acquisition and
employment of some of the latest technologies.
Sukhoi PAK FA stealthy air
superiority fighter is being developed in Russia. First operational
aircraft might be delivered to the Russian air force in 2017-2018.
McDonnel Douglas F-15 Eagle
The F-15 Eagle
is a purpose-built air superiority fighter designed to penetrate
Although now in service for over 30 years, it remains a formidable
warplane. This aircraft scored more than 100 air kills and is
considered among the most successful Cold War era fighters.
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.
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.
(NATO designation Foxhound-A) was developed as part of an overall
programme to provide the Soviet air defenses with the ability to
meet the threat posed by NATO low-level strike aircraft and cruise
interceptor has a high speed, altitude and rate of climb, however it
sacrifices maneuverability in order to achieve these capabilities. The MiG-31 is among the fastest production aircraft.
It uses missiles to shot-down enemy aircraft at long distances.
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.
Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
The F-16 was lighter, less expensive alternative to the F-15 Eagle.
Unlike the F-15, which is purely an air superiority fighter, the
F-16 is a multi-role aircraft, capable of attacking air and ground
F-16 has been produced in large numbers and
participated in numerous conflicts. Over 4 500 aircraft have been
built. It has been widely exported and is currently operational with
26 countries around the world. The F-16 is battle proven.
aircraft is small, but highly maneuverable. The
F-16 has a bubble single-piece canopy for excellent pilot
visibility, which becomes during close combat.
The F-16 is still in service with the US Air Force and will remain
operational until 2025. In the future it will be replaced by the new F-35