A robust Airforce is one of the most crucial parts of any army. Air superiority over a region helps to provide cover & safety to its ground troops, artillery & armored vehicles. Fighter jets help to keep a country’s airspace sovereign & secure their positions as a prominent military force in the world.
Currently, fifth-generation jet fighters are the most advanced fighter jets. The characteristics of these fifth-generation fighters are as follows
- All aspect stealth when armed
- Low-probability of intercept radar meaning it can avoid radar detection
- High-performance airframes
- Advanced avionics
- Highly integrated computer systems capable of connecting other systems for situational analysis
So the top 10 advanced fighters in the world are as follows
10) Dassault Rafale
This fighter jet has been developed by French company Dassault which is a multirole fighter.
As the French air force was sought after new aircraft to replace its current fleet, France in order to reduce costs agreed to enter into an agreement with other European countries. As disagreements arose the French decided to develop their own fighter-The Rafale. The fighter jet first entered into service in 2001 & ever since has been regarded as one of the best military aircraft in the world.
9) McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Developed by McDonnell Douglas & later on by Boeing, the F-15 is still produced. It has delivered its might for more than 35 years and still now, the F-15 is still considered a very capable fighter in the air. It is still operated by 4 countries namely Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia & the US.
8) JF-17 Thunder
The JF-17 Thunder or the FC-1 Xiaolong is a multirole combat aircraft. This was developed by a joint-operation between China & Pakistan to provide the Pakistani Air force with a cheap & modern alternative to its aging and a large fleet of various fighters, bombers & interceptors, due to this the JF-17 has become the backbone of the PAF. After a difficult time of testing and redesigning, PAF finally received its first jets in 2007. Ever since then, the Pakistani Air Force has heavily relied on the JF-17 to conclude various missions in its territory. In 2013, PAC Kamra began the production of Block 2 JF-17 – the updated jet has air-to-air refueling, better avionics, better load capacity, data link, and electronic warfare capabilities.
7) HAL Tejas Fighter Jet
The HAL Tejas is an Indian fighter Jet that is replacing the MIG-21, which the Indian Air Force has been using since 1964. Pilots have praised the HAL Tejas for its high maneuverability. Production on the fourth-generation Indian jet fighter began recently due to the fact that the program struggled to obtain an operational clearance.
6) Eurofighter Typhoon
Out of all the fighter jets in the list, the story of the Typhoon is one of the most interesting ones. A joint operation of Airbus, BAE Systems & Leonardo developed the Typhoon. After development began in 1983, the first official test flight took off in 1994. The Typhoon was plagued by delays. After the fall of the Berlin Wall & the change of government in Germany, the chancellor of Germany at that time promised to cancel the project. However, this program survived & Germany deployed the first Eurofighter Typhoons.
5) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
The first fifth-generation fighter jet in the world, the F-22 Raptor entered service in 2005. The US government canceled the Raptor in 2011. Even though it was a critical part of the USAF, the rising development, maintenance cost & lack of air to air missions put an end to the production of these jets. Lockheed delivered the last raptor to the USAF in 2012. The F-22 was a pioneer as it was the first jet to combine supercruise, supermaneuverability, stealth & sensor fusion.
4) Mitsubishi X-2 ShinShin
A unique example on the list, the Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin is a fifth-generation… test aircraft? Yep. Even though it’s not a fighter jet in itself, the Japanese are using the X-2 as a testbed for other fighter jet technologies. The backstory of this jet is that Japan was looking to replace its fleet of current fighters. The Japanese government contacted the United States for the possibility of purchasing F-22 Raptors, but the U.S. Congress shot down any probability of that happening to protect its military secrets.
The first Shinshin flight took off in 2016 and after successful tests, Mitsubishi started producing the aircraft. The X-2 is a predecessor to the F-3, a sixth-generation fighter jet. The Japanese are going to produce the F-3 from 2027.
3) Shenyang FC-31
FC-31 or the J-31 is the second 5th generation aircraft that is going to be introduced into the PLAAF. Although less advanced than its counterpart, the Chengdu J-20, it is still a very capable fighter. The exact specifications remain unclear for anyone that is outside the PLAAF. Foreign experts especially the US ones, indicate that the FC-31 is on par with other 5th generation fighters. However, the better jet is decided by a multitude of other factors namely the readiness of pilots, the capability of radars & sensors of the aircraft.
2) Chengdu J-20
The best Chinese fighter jet, the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation introduced the J-20 in 2017. After more than 20 yrs of development, it first flew in 2011. There were quite a few changes to the design of the aircraft after the first flights took place namely a new intake, new stealth coating & new design of the vertical stabilizers. In spite of some issues that arose after production, the Chengdu J-20 is the first fifth-generation fighter jet in Asia.
1) Sukhoil SU-57
Developed by Sukhoi Company, the SU-57 is going to become the most technologically advanced Russian Fighter jet. It’s the first fighter to tick every box in the list of fifth-generation fighter features. Sergey Bogdan was the first pilot to test the SU-57 in 2010. Compared to the F-35, the SU-57 only costs an estimated $10 Bn to research, develop & prepare for production.
1) Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
USAF introduced the newest fighter jet in 2015. The F-35 has three main variants, with differences in their landing capabilities. The estimated cost of the F-35 program is mind-blowing. The US government spent a whopping $1.5 trillion on the fighter jet. But on the other hand, Lockheed projects that the USAF will utilize the fighter jet until 2070. Although the F-35 has its critics, it certainly cannot be denied that it is the most advanced jet fighter currently in the world.
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