Top 10 Most Expensive Fighter Jets by 2020
By 1914, the First World War had broken out and it was only a matter of time until someone discovered they could shoot guns and drop grandees from these very primitive flying machines. Naturally, this led to a chain of developments and progression whereby aircraft became more powerful, maneuverable, and better armed Often with a machine gun or two. It was the birthplace of the fighter plane. Up till 1940s machine gun-armed fighter plane made significant improvement in aerodynamic design and their speeds continually increased as piston engine development progressed since the end of world war 2 however piston engine was drop down as the jet engine promised faster speed. With these speeds came the need for new aerodynamic and wing designs. Off course machine guns gave way to small rapid-fire cannons and more importantly missiles technology. Today this is led to an array of impressive and powerful jet fighters fielded by the air forces around the world.
As the fighter jets, the transition from fourth-generation planes to fifth-generation fighter which is highlighted by its stealth technology, advanced electronics. The following fighter jet is the world most expensive fighter jets in service today (2020).
On top of the list of Saber Rattling is the first true fifth-generation fighter that enters into the service in the world the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine and all-weather stealth entered into the service in 2005 and had set the bar to the countries like Russia and to develop and achieve the milestone of a fifth-generation stealth fighter. The F-22 system and performance remain classified. The F-22 Raptor can achieve a speed of Mach 2.2 while its radar can detect targets and engage targets at 200km.
The cost of production of one F-22 Raptor is $139 Million.
Rafael is a twin-engine canard delta-wing fighter which was built for the French air force and entered into services in 2001. Much of the fighter technology is domestically developed including the radar and infrared tracking system.
The cost of production of one Rafael is $115 million.
3. F-35 Lightning
The latest fifth-generation fighter has just started being delivered to the unit for training and testing. The F-35 lightning rod for criticism and debate in large part this is because the fighter’s development and build cost have ballooned massively.
The F-35 is stealth, advanced design and material used weapons are carried internal to reduced radar signature and the plane own radar is multi-functional allowing for air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities
The cost of production on one F-35 Lightning is $83 million.
4. Euro Fighter Typhoon
The Euro Fighter Typhoon was first introduced in 2003. The typhoon was developed in the corporation with BAE, Airbus, and Alenia Aermacchi. The typhoon is similar to Rafael in that is uses the same twin-engine canard delta design. This particular fighter jet is known for its high maneuverability and agility making it an excellent dogfighter.
The cost of production on one Euro fighter Typhoon is $70 million.
5. F-18 Super Hornet
The F-18 Super Hornet was first introduced in the 1990s. It a bigger in size and improved in every area, to begin with, the plane’s fuselage and wings are larger to accommodate more weapons and equipment. The increase in size allows it to carry more fuel which means the new F-18 has around 35% greater range than its old counterpart. The twin-engine allows F-18 to achieve a speed of Mach 1.8.
The cost of production on one F-18 Super Hornet is $67 million.
6. Sukhoi SU-35
The SU-35 is the most advanced air superiority and high maneuverability fighter which shares many characteristics of many previous Sukhoi fighters but implements a number of improvements to avionics, aerodynamics, and range and engine power. The SU-35 can achieve a top speed of Mach 2.25. The pulse-Doppler radar allows pilots to track multiple targets and engage up to six enemy planes one time.
The cost of production on one Sukhoi SU-35 is $65 million.
7. SAAB Gripen JAS 39B
The Swedish Gripen is similar to super hornet and it’s meant to be a multi-role fighter. This fighter uses a pulse-Doppler radar which can detect and identify enemy planes at a maximum range of 120km. the Gripen was designed as a defensive weapon to protect from potential invasion.
The cost of production on one SAAB Gripen JAS 39B is $61 million.
8. MIG-31 Foxhound
The MIG-31 Foxhound was introduced in the 1980s, Foxhound shares many similarities with the MIG-25. Most importantly the MIG-31 is fast and can achieve a speed of Mach 2.8 making it one of the fastest planes in the world. The MIG-31 large radar allows it to track multiple targets at once and engage six enemy planes at the same time up to a reported range of 200km.
The cost of production on one MIG-31 Foxhound is $60 million.
9. Sukhoi SU-30
The Sukhoi SU-30 is a longer range of all-weather heavy fighters. The SU-30 is an extremely maneuverable and can be seen performing haiji maneuvers at air shows. One of its maneuvers includes cobra which flips the speeding completely vertical before tipping back over to continue forward. It can carry a lot of weaponry which includes up to 10 air-to-air missiles or an array of the rocket, cruise missiles, and bombs.
The cost of production of one Su-30 is $47 million
In the early 1980s, the Soviet Union unveiled the MIG-29 fighter which was meant to encounter the newest American fighter which was developing at that time. Over the following decades the MIG-29 was steadily developed an upgraded within the last few year the Russian Air Force has finalized testing and development of the latest MIG fighter known as the MIG-35 Fulcrum. The MIG-29 fulcrum looks similar to MIG-29 but the MIG-35 is different in three main areas which is engine, sensors and electronic.
The cost of production of one MIG-29 is $30 million
The engines are the advanced version of same unit which powered many newer MIG fighters with a significant deference. Being they’re more powerful ever reduced infrared signature to make detection harder.
The new MIG radar is a powerful and advanced which couple with new infrared optical locator system which makes this fighter a potent hunter.
The planes electronic system use a universal data bus meaning the customers of Fulcrum F can opt to use equipment from a range of suppliers and courtiers without fear of compatibility issues.