Top 10 Best Fighter Jets 2018

The World's Most Advanced And Deadliest Fighter Jets

In modern times, fighter jets play the most critical role as the forefront strategic weapon of any country. The country that can maintain air superiority and dominance has the decided advantage in any military campaign.

Advancements in fighter jet technology is the key, then. There are a select number of powerful countries that have modernized their fighter jets to the edge of current technological limits.

These are the top 10 best, most advanced fighter jets in the world as 2018:

 10. Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon

The Lockheed Martin F-16 is one of the most popular aircraft in the world. It’s advanced combat capabilities are thoroughly combat proven. The F-16 was initially designed to perform air-superiority mission for the U.S. Air Force. In later years, with the integration of latest technologies and avionics, the F-16 has evolved into a multi-role combat aircraft.

  • Max speed at low altitude: Mach 1.2 or 1,470km/hr
  • Max speed at high altitude: Mach 2+ or 2,414km/hr
  • Combat radius: 550km or 295nm on a high-low-high mission and 450kg bomb load
  • Service ceiling: 18,000+m or 60,000+ft
  • Ferry range: 4,220km or 2,280nm
  • Rate of climb: 254m/s
  • Thrust: 1.095
  • Wing loading: 430kg/m2

9. McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

The McDonnell Douglas F-15 is a combat aviation legend. The aircraft has a robust control system and powerful engines that allow a maximum speed of 1,650 mph.

  • Max speed at high altitude: Mach 2.5+ or 2,660+km/hr
  • Max speed at low altitude: Mach 1.2 or 1,450 at low altitude
  • Ferry Range: 5,550km with an additional three fuel tanks to the conformal tanks.
  • Combat radius: 1,967km for interdiction operations
  • Service ceiling: 20,000m or 65,000ft
  • Wing loading: 358kg/m2
  • Rate of climb: 254m/s
  • Thrust:1.30
  • Top Speed 2655 Km/h or 1650 MPH

8. Saab JAS-39 Gripen

Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a single engine, light multi-role combat fighter jet. The aircraft is designed and manufactured by renowned Swedish Aerospace Company and automaker Saab. Th JAS 39 Gripen is a symbol of engineering excellence, with an advanced aerodynamic layout, state of the art avionics and the lowest operating costs among today’s modern fighter jets in service.

7. Mikoyan MiG-35

The illustrious Mikoyan MiG 35 of Russia is no stranger to modern day air combat. The MiG 35 is the technological evolution of the previous MiG 27 Fulcrum. The aircraft has some of the most advanced avionics and weapons systems, making it one of the best modern day fighter jets.

  • Max speed at high altitude: Mach 2.25 or 2,400km/hr
  • Range: 1,240mi or 2,000km
  • Service ceiling: 57,400ft or 17,500m
  • Ferry range: 1,930mi or 3,100km carrying 3 fuel tanks
  • Rate of climb: 65,000ft/min or 330m/s
  • Thrust is 1.03

6. Chengdu J-10

Chengdu J-10 is a Chinese multi-role fighter jet that is capable of all weather operations. It is the first Chinese manufactured fighter aircraft that matches the high standards of American, Western European and Russian fighter jet designs.

The aircraft is light in weight and configured with a canard design and delta wings. The J-10 is designed and manufactured by People’s Republic of China’s Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) for People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

  • Max speed: Mach 1.2 at sea level and Mach 1.9 cruising at altitude
  • Combat radius of 2,540km or 1,370nmi on high-low-high missions and 1,310km or 710nmi on low-low-low missions (these figures include 4,000lb or 1,814kg of two missiles and bomb load)

5. Sukhoi Su-35

Sukhoi Su-35 is one of Russia’s most advanced fighter jets. This air superiority fighter jet answers much of Russia’s modern day air force needs. The Su-35 is a long range, heavy duty, multi-role single seated combat fighter aircraft. It was inspired by and designed and developed from the previous Su-27 fighter aircraft.

  • Max speed at altitude: 2,410km/h or Mach 2.25
  • Ferry range: 2,430nmi or 4,500km
  • Range is 3,600km or 1,580km at low altitude
  • Service ceiling: 59,100ft or 18,000m
  • Wing loading: 84.9lb/ft2
  • Rate of climb: 55,100ft/min
  • Thrust: 1.14

4. Dassault Rafale

The Dassault Rafale fighter jet is the backbone of French Air Force. The aircraft is a testament to the advanced capabilities of French air-weaponry. The Dassault Rafale not only one of the most advanced aircraft in the world, but also one of the most versatile. This multi-role aircraft can carry out air domination and ground attack simultaneously as well as intelligence gathering and nuclear deterrence missions.

3. Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine state multi-role state of the art stealth fighter jet designed for the most advanced missions with integrated avionics and sensors built into all components of the aircraft.

The missions the F-35 is capable of carrying out was historically performed by a small number of highly specialized aircraft. In addition to its air combat superiority, the F-35 can carry out intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as electronic attack missions.

  • Max speed at low altitude: Mach 1.2 or 1,470km/hr
  • Max speed at high altitude: Mach 2+ or 2,414km/hr
  • Combat radius: 550km or 295nm on a high-low-high mission and 450kg bomb load
  • Service ceiling: 18,000+m or 60,000+ft
  • Ferry range: 4,220km or 2,280nm
  • Rate of climb: 254m/s
  • Thrust: 1.095
  • Wing loading: 430kg/m2

2. Eurofighter Typhoon

The Eurofighter Typhoon is one of the top three fighter jets in the world. The aircraft is a product of the largest European multi-national military collaboration in history.

The Typhoon is a fifth generation aircraft with the most modern combat sensors and avionics. The aircraft is equipped with precision guided weaponry and the most advanced fighter jet capabilities such as Super-cruise.

  • Max speed: Mach 2+ or 2,495km/hr at altitude; Mach 1.2 or 1,470km/hr at low altitude; Mach 1.1 at super-cruise
  • Combat radius: Low-low-low ground attack: 601km
  • High-low-high ground attack: 1,389km
  • Range is 2,900km
  • Ferry range: 2,300mi or 3,790km
  • Rate of climb: 62,000ft/min or 315m/s
  • Service ceiling: 65,000ft or 19,810m
  • Wing loading is 63lb/ft2 or 307kg/m2

1. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is the number one most advanced and deadly fighter jet aircraft in the world as of 2017. The F-22 Raptor is supremely stealthy and virtually invisible to radar systems. F-22 has extremely advanced capabilities and unmatched combat maneuverability. The F-22 Raptor is truly the king of modern day fighter jets.

  • Max speed: Mach 2.25 or 2,410km/hr at altitude; Mach 1.82 or 1,963km/hr at super-cruise
  • Combat radius: 759km or 410nmi
  • Service ceiling: 19,812m or 65,000ft
  • Ferry range: 3,219km or 1,738nmi
  • Wing loading: 375kg/m2
  • Thrust: 1.08-1.26 with 50% fuel and loaded weight