In the waging rivalry against leading the world of warfare brings this list of the most sophisticated, expensive and controversial fighter aircraft ever produced.
10 – Chengdu J-10 (China)
|Top speed||1,150 miles (1,850 km)|
|Wingspan||32' (9.75 m)|
|Length||51' (15 m)|
|Manufacturer||Chengdu Aircraft Corporation for the People's Liberation Army Air Force|
|Unit cost||27,840,000–27,840,000 USD (2010)|
The Chengdu J-10, Nato reporting name Firebird, export designation F-10 Vanguard is a multirole fighter aircraft designed and produced by the People’s Republic of China’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.
9 – Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Sweden)
|Top speed||680.58 m / s|
|Range||2,019 miles (3,250 km)|
|Wingspan||28' (8.41 m)|
|Length||46' (14 m)|
|Engine type||Volvo RM12|
|Unit cost||40,000,000–60,000,000 USD|
The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light single-engine multirole 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.
8 – General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (USA)
|Top speed||1,345 mph|
|Wingspan||33' (9.96 m)|
|Length||49' (15 m)|
|Manufacturer||Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics|
|Engine type||General Electric F110|
|Unit cost||14,600,000–18,800,000 USD (1998)|
The General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine multirole fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force.
7 – Mikoyan MiG-31 (Russia)
|Top speed||1,864 mph (3,000 km/h)|
|Range||3,300 km (2,050 mi)|
|Wingspan||44' (13 m)|
|Length||74' (23 m)|
|Engine type||Soloviev D-30|
|Unit cost||57 Million USD|
The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed to replace the MiG-25 “Foxbat”. The MiG-31 was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau based on the MiG-25.
6 – McDonnel Douglas F-15 Eagle (USA)
|Top speed||High altitude: Mach 2.5+ (1,650+ mph, 2,665+ km/h)|
Low altitude: Mach 1.2 (900 mph, 1,450 km/h)
|Range||3,450 mi (3,000 nmi, 5,550 km) with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks|
|Wingspan||43' (13 m)|
|Length||64' (19 m)|
|Manufacturer||McDonnell Douglas, Boeing Defense, Space & Security|
|Engine type||Pratt & Whitney F100|
|Unit cost||28,000,000–30,000,000 USD (1998)|
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat.
5 – Sukhoi Su-27 (Russia)
|Top speed||1,553 mph (2,500 km/h)|
|Range||2,193 miles (3,530 km)|
|Wingspan||48' (15 m)|
|Length||72' (22 m)|
|Engine type||Saturn AL-31|
|Unit cost||30,000,000–30,000,000 USD|
The Sukhoi Su-27 (Russian: Сухой Су-27) (NATO reporting name: Flanker) is a twin-engine supermaneuverable fighter aircraft designed by Sukhoi. It was intended as a direct competitor for the large United States fourth-generation fighters, with 3,530-kilometre (1,910 nmi) range, heavy armament, sophisticated avionics and high maneuverability.
4 – Dassault Rafale (France)
|Top speed||1,324 mph (2,130 km/h)|
|Range||2,299 miles (3,700 km)|
|Wingspan||35' (11 m)|
|Length||50' (15 m)|
|Engine type||Snecma M88|
|Unit cost||Rafale B: €74 million, US$101 million (flyaway cost, FY2013)|
Rafale C: €68.8 million, US$94 million (flyaway cost, FY2013)
Rafale M: €79 million, US$108 million (flyaway cost, 2011)
Unit cost: €64 million, US$90.5 million (dependent on type/variant and can be as high as €90 million/US$124 million, 2009)
The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta-wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation.
3 – Eurofighter Typhoon (European Union)
|Top speed||1,550 mph (2,495 km/h)|
|Range||2,355 miles (3,790 km)|
|Wingspan||36' (11 m)|
|Length||52' (16 m)|
|Engine type||Eurojet EJ200|
|Unit cost||£64.8 million (Tranche 1 & 2) |
€90 million (system cost Tranche 3A)
£125m (including development + production costs)
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter. The Typhoon was designed and is manufactured by a consortium of three companies; BAE Systems, Airbus Group and Alenia Aermacchi, who conduct the majority of affairs dealing with the project through a joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, which was formed in 1986. The project is managed by the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, which also acts as the prime customer.
2 – Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet (USA)
|Top speed||1,190 mph (1,915 km/h)|
|Range||2,069 miles (3,330 km)|
|Wingspan||45' (14 m)|
|Length||60' (18 m)|
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
|Engine type||General Electric F414|
|Unit cost||66,900,000–66,900,000 USD (2012)|
The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet and related twin-seat F/A-18F are twin-engine carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
1 – Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor (USA)
|Top speed||1,498 mph (2,410 km/h)|
|Range||44' (14 m)|
|Wingspan||62' (19 m)|
|Length||1,839 miles (2,960 km)|
|Manufacturer||Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics|
|Engine type||Pratt & Whitney F119|
|Unit cost||US$150 million (flyaway cost for FY2009)|
Manufacturers: Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force.