Top 10 4+ generation fighter jets

Top 10 4+ generation fighter jets

1. Sukhoi Su-35

Su-35 is a twin engine, super maneuverable fighter which is in service of the Russian air force since 2014.

The Sukhoi- 35 can detect and track up to 30 aircraft targets at one time at ranges near 350 to 400 kilometers, and attack up to 8 aircraft. In air-to-surface mode the SU-35 can provides mapping allowing to attack four surface targets with precision-guided weapons while scanning the horizon searching for airborne threats that can be engaged using active radar homing missiles.

It can detect a target with radar cross-section (RCS) 3m2 at up to 400 km, (towards each other, in an area of 100 square degrees)[ while a target with RCS 0.01m2 at up to 90 km.

In weapon bay, it can carry 12 lethal missiles with one 30mm auto cannon with 150 rounds installed short range engagement.

2. Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle

Boeing F-15 super hornet is a multi-role fighter specifically designed  for long-range, high-speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic-warfare aircraft. United States Air Force. The F-15E proves its value in different operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya. The F-15E is currently in service in United States, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

3. Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin engine, multi-role and able to land on carrier fighter aircraft which comes into the service in 2001. The United States air force and Royal air force is the prime user of F/A-18E/F.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet weapon bay include 11 hard points enables it to carry different missiles depends on the mission beside this M61A2 Vulcan auto cannon is with 400 rounds is installed for short range engagements.

4. Sukhoi Su-30

Sukhoi SU-30 is all weather, multi-role twin engine fighter jet heaving 400 km search range and a maximum 200 km tracking range, and 60 km in the rear hemisphere. The radar can track 15 air targets and engage 4 simultaneously.

The weapons bay includes 12 hard points for carrying missiles and one GSh-30-1  30mm auto cannon.

5. Dassault Rafael (F3R/F4)

Rafael is a French twin engine multi-role fighter comes into the service in 2001. The prime users are French air force, Egyptian air force and the Qatar air force. Rafael detection range of 200 km and able to engage multiple targets simultaneously. Rafael can carry up to 14 Air-to-air and Air-to-ground missiles and GIAT 30/M791 autocannon with 125 rounds.

6. Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon (Block 50/52+)

The Lockheed Martin F-16 is one of the legendary fighters developed by Lockheed Martin. The F-16C/D radar is a long range detection which is up to 296 km.

The F-16C/D can carry 11 hot weapons for air-to-air and air-to-ground targets while M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon 20mm of 511 rounds for shortest range dog fight.

7. Chengdu J-10B/C

Chengdu J-10 is a single engine, light weight, multi-role fighter developed by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation for People liberation army air force (PLAAF). The J-10 fighter comes into the service of PLAAF in 2006. J-10 can engage 10 targets tracked, 2 can be engaged simultaneously with semi-active radar homing missiles or 4 can be engaged with active radar homing missiles.

The J-10 have 11 hard points of carry air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles with Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 auto cannon for short range engagement.

8. Saab JAS-39E Gripen

JAS-39E Gripen is a single engine, light weight and multi-role fighter jet developed by Swedish aerospace company SAAB. Gripen is capable of locating and identifying targets 120 km (74 mi) away,and automatically tracking multiple targets in the upper and lower spheres, on the ground and sea or in the air. It can guide several beyond visual range air-to-air missiles to multiple targets simultaneously.

Gripen is having 8 hard points for carry war load and Mauser BK-27 revolver cannon  27mm with 120 rounds

9. Mikoyan MiG-29M/35

MIG-29M/35 is a twin engine, air superiority developed as an advanced variant of the MiG-29.

The MIG-29M/35 radar features improved signal processing and has a detection range of up to 120 km vs a 5 m2 RCS target for the export variant, and up to 10 targets tracked and up to 4 attacked at once in air-to-air mode. In air-to-surface mode the radar can detect a tank from up to 25 km away and a bridge from 120 km away, a naval destroyer could be detected up to 300 km away and up to two surface targets can be tracked at once.

MIG-29M/35 is having 7 hard points for carrying war load while 150 rounds of 30mm auto cannon is used for short engagements.

10. CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder (Block 3)

The JF-17 Blk-3 is a light weight, single engine fighter which is jointly developed by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and Chengdu Aircraft Corporation. The JF-17 block-3 will be able to detect and engaged target at the range of 220km.

The JF-17 block-3 can carry up to 9 war load for Air-to-air and Air-to-ground attacks while 23mm twin barrel cannon for short range fire.

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