The technologies used in aeronautics are becoming more and more sophisticated and challenging. Fighter aircraft in particular are equipped with exponential powers, with really surprising gadgets. It is difficult to establish a ranking because each aircraft evolves in different fields of competence. So we announce it right away, this ranking is subjective. Then, discover through this top 10 of the best fighter aircraft our ranking:
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1 – The Dassault Rafale
The Dassault Rafale was developed by the French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation to replace the aircraft of the French armed forces in the mid-1980s. The programme also made a nose dive into the Eurofighter project, which Dassault considered irrelevant to French defence. The Rafale is an omnirole aircraft that can do several air/air, air/ground missions on a single flight. Long considered too expensive and avoided arms contracts, its effectiveness in the field to sweep away the undermining work of the Americans whose objective is to make the French aircraft manufacturer disappear.
2 – The F-22 Raptor
Manufactured in the United States in the late 1980s, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is the most powerful fighter aircraft in the world. It is a stealth fighter aircraft with supersonic speeds and superb manoeuvrability. Then why isn’t he first? Well, it’s simple, a program that has far exceeded its costs. The F22 is an interceptor aircraft, good for air/air or dog fight, but the only problem is that there is almost no air combat anymore. An expensive piece of jewellery for nothing much. In addition, the aircraft is constantly experiencing technical problems.
3 – The Eurofighter Typhoon
The Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft was developed by the Eurofighter GmbH consortium, which includes the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Germany. It is a multi-role, twin-engine aircraft, the first series of which was released in 2004. Originally Dassault Aviation was supposed to be on board with EADS, but the French aircraft manufacturer found the project unambitious and turned to its own solution. Today the Eurofighter looks more like a Rafale of the poor. Multi-role but not omnirrole. The EuroFighter is still an excellent aircraft.
4 – The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
In fourth place in the ranking is the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, an American multi-role fighter aircraft. With approximately 1,005 aircraft in operation, it is one of the most widely used fighter aircraft in the world. Intended to give way to the F-35, the F18 is still an operational quality aircraft.
5 – The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Known as “air superiority”, the MacDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle was developed by the Americans in the 1970s. It has a variant, the F-15E Strike Eagle for ground attack missions.
6 – General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
Signed by the United States, the F-16 E/F Falcon dates back to the 1970s. It is the most widely used fighter aircraft in the world in 2013, with 2,309 active aircraft.
7 – The Mitsubishi F-2
This Japanese fighter aircraft is a multi-role aircraft. Also called Zero Viper, it stands out above all for its speed and manoeuvrability.
8 – The MIG-29 KUB
First launched into the sky on October 6, 1977, the Mikoyan-Gourevitch MIG-29 was part of the Soviet army from 1983 to the present day.
9 – The MIG-31 BM
Still developed in Russia, the Mikoyan-Gourevitch MIG-31 is derived from the famous MIG-25. Its main feature is its radar, which can detect flying targets and shoot at a lower altitude.
10 – Mirage 2000
The last in the ranking, but far from being the worst performing fighter aircraft, we find the Mirage 2000. A fighter aircraft manufactured by the French company Dassault Aviation in the late 1970s, which is a real reference in terms of maintenance and availability. In the long term, the French army should see all its Mirages replaced in favour of the Rafale.
This Top 10 is finished and we hope we haven’t made the aeronautics enthusiasts jump. As a reminder, this classification is totally subjective. So we invite you to read our top 5 most expensive cars in the world!