Top 10 Lightweight Fighter jets

Top 10 Lightweight Fighter jets

In today world, light weight fighters has all the capable to successfully satisfy in air-to-air and air-to-ground effectiveness at a minimum cost. Lighter fighter jets is heaving an advantage over the heavy fighter due to its smaller visual and radar signature, while a single engine light fighter would typically only carry about half the weapons load of a heavy twin engine fighter, its surprise and maneuverability advantages often allow it to gain positional advantage to make better use of those weapons. Light weight fighter jets main role is to engaging in light combat missions, either in light strike or attack missions, reconnaissance or interdiction roles while some keeping its trainer role.

So the top ten light weight fighter jets are

1. F-35 Lightning

The F-35 lightning is world first single engines, 5th generation stealth fighter jet which is develop for air superiority and ground strikes.

 🚂 Engine Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 afterburning turbofan

🚀 Speed Mach 1.5

💲Cost US$94.4M

🌏Range 1,500 nmi

2. J-10

The j-10 is a single engine all weather fighter jet  which is developed by Chengdu aircraft corporation.

🚂 Engine  Saturn-Lyulka AL-31FN afterburning turbofan engines

🚀 Speed Mach 2.2

💲Cost 27.84 million

🌏Range  3,200 km (2,000 mi, 1,700 nmi)

3. Mirage 2000

Dassault Mirage 2000 is a single engine multi-role fighter jet which is develop by Dassault aviation for French air force.

🚂 Engine SNECMA M53-P2 afterburning turbofan engine

🚀 Speed Mach 2.2

💲Cost $30.6 million

🌏Range 1,550 km

4. F-16

The General Dynamics F-16 is a single-engine multi role which is developed by general dynamic for air superiority.

🚂 Engine  Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 afterburning turbofan 

🚀 Speed  Mach 2.05

💲Cost US$121.8 million

🌏Range 4,220 km

5. SAAB Gripen

Saab Gripen is a single engine multi role fighter jet manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab.

🚂 Engine  Volvo RM12 afterburning turbofan engine

🚀 Speed Mach 2

💲Cost 30–60 million 

🌏Range 3,250 km

6. JF-17 thunder

The JF-17 thunder is a single engine multi role fighter jet which is manufactured mutually by Pakistan aeronautical complex and Chengdu aerospace corporation for Pakistan air force.

🚂 Engine   Klimov RD-93MA afterburning turbofan with digital electronic engine control (DEEC)

🚀 Speed Mach 1.8

💲Cost $25-32 million 

🌏Range 3,482 km

7. HAL Tejas

The HAL Tejas is a single engine multi role fighter which is develop by Hindustan aeronautical complex for Indian air force.

🚂 Engine    GE 404F2/J-IN20 turbofan

🚀 Speed Mach 1.6

💲Cost US$39 million

🌏Range  1,850 km

9.Mitsubishi F-2

The Mitsubishi F-2 is a single engine multi role fighter manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Lockheed Martin for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, with a 60/40 split in manufacturing between Japan and the United States.

🚂 Engine     General Electric F110-IHI-129 afterburning turbofan

🚀 Speed Mach 1.7

💲Cost $127 million

🌏Range  834 km

9.Guizhou JL-9

JL-9 is a two-seat supersonic fighter-trainer developed by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Import/Export Company (GAIEC) for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force.

🚂 Engine      Guizhou Liyang WP-13F (C) afterburning turbojet

🚀 Speed Mach 1.5

💲Cost no available

🌏Range  863 km 

10. KAI T-50

T-50 is a light combat aircraft, developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with Lockheed Martin.

🚂 Engine       General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan engine

🚀 Speed Mach 1.5

💲Cost US$30 million

🌏Range  1,851 km