A military aircraft is also known as fighter aircraft. It is mainly designed for air-to-air combat against other aircrafts like bombers and attack aircraft. The primary mission of these aircrafts is to attack ground targets. The main attributes of a fighter are its speed, maneuverability, and small size relative to other combat aircraft. Establishing air superiority over a battlefield is the primary purpose of the fighter. In this article we have come with Best Fighter Aircrafts In World. Lets have a look at.
Top 10 Fighter Aircrafts in The World
Chengdu J-10 is also known as “Vigorous Dragon” in West. It is a multirole combat aircraft and is used for all-weather operation. The People’s Republic Of China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) has designed it for People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
Internal armament of the aircraft consists of a 23mm twin-barrel cannon which situated underneath the side of the port of the intake. Designed for both air-to-ground and air-to-air missions.
The Mikoyan MiG-35 is classified as 4++ generation jet fighter. The maximum take-off weight of Mig-35 has increased by 30 percent because of which it is known as medium-weight aircraft. It is a single seat aircraft. It has 4 additional hardpoints.
It is packed with 2 RD-33 MK engines which are digitally controlled smokeless engines, a thrust of 9000kg is produced by each. Having a modern glass cockpit design it is equipped with advanced avionic suite. The Zhuk-AE active electronically scanning array radar is mounted on the aircraft.
8. T-50 Golden Eagle
The T-50 Golden Eagle is the world’s few supersonic trainers and South Korea’s first indigenous supersonic aircraft. Developed in the late 1990s by Korean Aerospace Industries, the T-50 Golden Eagle belongs to the family of South Korean supersonic trainers and multirole fighters.
It has a single General Electric F404-102 turbofan engine. The engine has 3-staged fans, seven axial stage arrangement, and an afterburner. Its maximum speed is Mach 1.4-1.5. 78.7 KN of thrust is produced with the afterburner. Behind the cockpit of the fighter a General Dynamics A-50 20 mm cannon is mounted.
7. F-16 Fighting Falcon
Originally developed for United States Air Force (USAF), the General Dynamics F-16 is the world’s most prolific fighter. The official name of F-16 is “Fighting Falcon”. Because of its resemblance to a viper snake as well as the Battlestar Galactic Colonial Viper Starfighter it is known as “Viper” among the pilots. The F-16 is designed as air superiority day fighter. The aircraft gradually developed as all-weather multirole aircraft.
It is a cost-effective combat “workhorse”. It is a single-engined, very maneuverable, supersonic, multi-role tactical aircraft. F-16 is smaller and lighter as compared to its predecessors. Advanced aerodynamics and avionics is used by F-16. To achieve enhanced maneuver performance, it includes the first use of relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire (RSS/FBW) fight control system. It can reach the maximum speed of over Mach 2 and can pull 9-g maneuvers.
It is a French twin-engine delta-wing fighter aircraft. Dassault described it as “ominirole” fighter with semi-stealth capabilities. It is a multirole combat aircraft. Rafale can simultaneously undertake airborne nuclear deterrent missions, air supremacy, interdiction and reconnaissance.
It has electronic warfare system, SPECTRA, used to defend the aircraft from ground and airborne threats. It has a Snecma M88 engine which provides up to 50 KN (11,250 lbf) of dry thrust and 75 KN (16,900 lbf) with afterburners. It has a speed of up to Mach 1.4.
5. JAS 39 Gripen
Manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab, Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a lightweight single-engine multirole fighter. Its features are delta wings and canards, relaxed stability design and fly-by-wire technology. PS-05/A pulse-doppler X-band radar is used by Gripen developed by Ericsson and GEC-Marconi, based on advanced Blue Vixen radar for the Sea Harrier of the latter.
The radar can detect, locate and can identify the targets 120km away as well as capable of automatically tracking multiple targets in upper and lower spheres on air, sea and ground in all weather conditions.
4. Eurofighter Typhoon
The Typhoon is developed by 3 companies, EADS, Alenia Aeronautica and BAE Systems in partnership. NATO Eurofihter and Tornado Management Agency manages the project which is the prime customer. A twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter is the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Quadrulex digital fly-by-wire system provides artificial stability. It features lightweight construction (82% composites consisting of 70% carbon fibre composites and 12% glass reinforced composites) having an estimated lifespan of 6000 flying hours.
Designed by Sukhoi, the Sukhoi Su-27 is a twin-engine supermanoeuverable fighter aircraft. Also Known as “Russian Flying Monster” has a speed of Mach 1.8 (more than 1,300 mph) and a thrust greater than 1:1 to the weight ration. It was Soviet Union’s premier Cold War weapons.
Armed with 30 mm Grvazev Shipunov GSh-30-1 cannon in the starboard wingroot. Su-27 has up to 10 hardpoints for missiles and other weapons. It has a high-contrast tuneable HUD and a Helmet mounted display capability. It can wipe anything lying under the range of 3,530 km.
2. F/A-18 Hornet
F/A-18 Hornet (F/A for Fighter/Attack) designed by McDonnellDougals and Northrop is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable of multirole fighter jet. Designed to dogfight and attack ground targets. The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels has the F/A-18 Hornet as the aerial demonstration aircraft since 1986.
Having a top speed of Mach 1.8. F/A-18 supplemented by the 20mm M61Vulcan cannon and can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles for air-to-air and air-to-ground. It has 2 General Electric F404 turbofan engines giving the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio.
1. F-22 Raptor
The 5 generation supermaneuverable fighter aircraft, the Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is a single-seat aircraft which uses stealth technology.
The wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems are provided by Boeing Defense, Space & Security the program partners. The maximum speed is estimated to be Mach 1.82 in supercruise mode, without external weapons.
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