10 of the Most Sophisticated Fighter Aircraft in the World

10 of the Most Sophisticated Fighter Aircraft in the World

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)

Chengdu J-10

Top speed1,150 miles (1,850 km)
Range1,850 km
Wingspan32' (9.75 m)
Length51' (15 m)
ManufacturerChengdu Aircraft Corporation for the People's Liberation Army Air Force
Engine typeTurbofan
Unit cost27,840,000–27,840,000 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)

Saab JAS 39 Gripen

Top speed680.58 m / s
Range2,019 miles (3,250 km)
Wingspan28' (8.41 m)
Length46' (14 m)
ManufacturerSaab AB
Engine typeVolvo RM12
Unit cost40,000,000–60,000,000 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)

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

Top speed1,345 mph
Range1,407 miles
Wingspan33' (9.96 m)
Length49' (15 m)
ManufacturerLockheed Martin, General Dynamics
Engine typeGeneral Electric F110
Unit cost14,600,000–18,800,000 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)

Mikoyan MiG-31

Top speed1,864 mph (3,000 km/h)
Range3,300 km (2,050 mi)
Wingspan44' (13 m)
Length74' (23 m)
Engine typeSoloviev D-30
Unit cost57 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)

McDonnel Douglas F-15 Eagle

Top speedHigh altitude: Mach 2.5+ (1,650+ mph, 2,665+ km/h)
Low altitude: Mach 1.2 (900 mph, 1,450 km/h)
Range3,450 mi (3,000 nmi, 5,550 km) with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks
Wingspan43' (13 m)
Length64' (19 m)
ManufacturerMcDonnell Douglas, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Engine typePratt & Whitney F100
Unit cost28,000,000–30,000,000 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)

Sukhoi Su-27

Top speed1,553 mph (2,500 km/h)
Range2,193 miles (3,530 km)
Wingspan48' (15 m)
Length72' (22 m)
Engine typeSaturn AL-31
Unit cost30,000,000–30,000,000 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)

Dassault Rafale

Top speed1,324 mph (2,130 km/h)
Range2,299 miles (3,700 km)
Wingspan35' (11 m)
Length50' (15 m)
ManufacturerDassault Aviation
Engine typeSnecma M88
Unit costRafale 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)

Eurofighter Typhoon

Top speed1,550 mph (2,495 km/h)
Range2,355 miles (3,790 km)
Wingspan36' (11 m)
Length52' (16 m)
Engine typeEurojet 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)

Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

Top speed1,190 mph (1,915 km/h)
Range2,069 miles (3,330 km)
Wingspan45' (14 m)
Length 60' (18 m)
ManufacturerMcDonnell Douglas
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Engine typeGeneral Electric F414
Unit cost66,900,000–66,900,000 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)

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

Top speed1,498 mph (2,410 km/h)
Range44' (14 m)
Wingspan62' (19 m)
Length1,839 miles (2,960 km)
ManufacturerBoeing Defense, Space & Security, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Engine typePratt & Whitney F119
Unit costUS$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.

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