Top 10 most advanced fighter jets in 2019
An air force is a crucial part of any army – air superiority provides cover and safety for the troops on the ground. More importantly, fighter jets are a must for every country that wants to keep their airspace sovereign and secure their positions as a prominent military force in the world.
Currently, fifth-generation jet fighters are the most advanced fighter jets. American military aircraft builder Lockheed Martin defines fifth-generation fighters having these characteristics:
- 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 to other systems for situational awareness.
With this in mind, let us count down the top 10 most advanced jet fighter in 2019!
10. Dassault Rafale
The fighter jet developed by the French company Dassault is a multirole fighter.
As the French Air Force were 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, France decided to develop its own fighter – the Rafale. The fighter jet first entered service in 2001 and 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 and later on by Boeing, the F-15 is still produced. But, Boeing is set to end the production of F-15 in 2022. Even though it was delivered more than 35 years ago, the F-15 is still considered a very capable fighter in the air. It still is operated by 4 countries: Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.
Recently, an F-15 has hit headlines as an Israeli F-15 lost a canopy at 30.000 feet in the air.
8. JF-17 Thunder
The JF-17 Thunder or the FC-1 Xiaolong is a multirole combat aircraft. Developed by a joint-operation between China and Pakistan to provide the Pakistani Air Force with a cheap and modern alternative to its aging and a large fleet of various fighters, bombers and interceptors. Because of this, the JF-17 is going to 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 the Block 2 JF-17 – the updated jet has air-to-air refueling, better avionics, better load capacity, data link and electronic warfare capabilities.
8. 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 praise 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.
7. 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 and Leonardo, an Italian company 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 and a change of government in Germany, the Chancellor of Germany at the time made a promise to cancel the project. However, the program survived and after a myriad of delays Germany deployed the first Eurofighter Typhoons.
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