Top Ten 4+ Generation Fighter Jets

Top Ten 4+ Generation Fighter Jets

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 the weapon bay, it can carry 12 lethal missiles with one 30mm autocannon with 150 rounds installed short-range engagement.

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.

Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

Panoramic view of cumulus clouds from above

The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin-engine, multi-role, and able to land on carrier fighter aircraft which comes into 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 includes 11 hardpoints enables it to carry different missiles depends on the mission besides this M61A2 Vulcan autocannon is with 400 rounds is installed for short-range engagements.

Sukhoi Su-30

Sukhoi SU-30 is an all-weather, multi-role twin-engine fighter jet heaving a 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 hardpoints for carrying missiles and one GSh-30-1  30mm autocannon.

Dassault Rafale (F3R/F4)

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

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 that is up to 296 km.

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

Chengdu J-10B/C

Chengdu J-10 is a single-engine, lightweight, multi-role fighter developed by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation for the 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 has 11 hardpoints of carrying air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles with Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 autocannon for short-range engagement.

Saab JAS-39E Gripen

JAS-39E Gripen is a single-engine, lightweight, 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 hardpoints for carrying war load and a Mauser BK-27 revolver cannon  27mm with 120 rounds

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 hardpoints for carrying war load while 150 rounds of 30mm autocannon are used for short engagements.

CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder (Block 3)

The JF-17 Blk-3 is a lightweight, 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 an engaged target at the range of 220km.

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

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