Recently, the famous aviation magazine Aero Time has summarized and voted the Top 10 most modern fighters in the world in 2022.
Besides the ability to fight, modern fighters must also be able to attack targets on the water and at sea. They need to have high speed, stealth, along with carrying large combat loads and performing precise surgical attacks.
The more perfect their features are, the better, especially in the modern combat environment.
Currently, most modern fighters in the world are of the 4th generation with good maneuverability, can carry modern radar and are relatively affordable for most countries in the world.
Meanwhile, 5th generation fighters are the new and most advanced fighters today. They are not only capable of stealth, but are also equipped with next-generation avionics and ultra-sensitive sensors along with a high-speed data connection system.
However, because it is equipped with the most advanced technologies, 5th generation fighters are extremely expensive, so many countries choose to upgrade their 4th generation fighters with top-of-the-line electronics. zero of 5th generation aircraft instead of buying new aircraft. Those are fighters of the 4+ or 4.5 generation.
AeroTime’s assessment of the top 10 most modern fighters in the world in 2022 is based on the following tactical characteristics:
– Engine power and reliability;
– Power and performance of radar and other sensing systems;
– Performance of the avionics system;
– The ability to launch the most modern weapons;
– Sophisticated and highly stable computer systems;
– Stealth ability’
And one of the more important factors to emphasize is that the list only ranks fighters that have been and are being officially produced.
Some 5th generation fighters such as Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate, HAL AMCA or TAI TF-X, have not yet made their first flight test, while KAI KF-21 (of South Korea) despite having taken off for the first time. but it will take several years to complete the construction work.
The 6th generation fighters are expected to have many outstanding features, but they are still in the development stage. We will wait a few more years until the fighter lines NGAD (USA), FX (Japan) or FCAS/NGF (Europe) and Tempest (UK) achieve real operational capability.
With the above assessment, AeroTime’s list of Top 10 most modern fighters in the world 2022 is as follows.
Although not in the TOP 10, but 3 lines of PAC fighters JF-17 Thunder Block 3, HAL Tejas Mark 1A and F-16 Block 70/72 thanks to their relatively affordable prices and impressive features. , so they are appreciated.
The JF-17, a joint venture between China and Pakistan, is a descendant of the legendary MiG-21 light fighter and has some copies of the F-16 (USA). Their latest version is the JF-17A Block III, which has been in production since early 2021.
HAL Tejas is an Indian competitor, competing with China’s JF-17. The latest version of the Mark 1A is starting to be put into production with the features of a new radar system, a powerful jamming complex and an expanded choice of launcher weapons. Meanwhile, the Mark 2 version is currently in development.
JF-17 and Tejas are not a few options for countries that want a light multirole fighter at a reasonable price because the legendary F-16 has launched a new variant in 2021. Block. 70-72 has been used by a number of countries and it is considered powerful and has impressive air combat capabilities.
All of the above aircraft are good, the TOP most modern fighters in the world 2022 only have 10 positions, so we (Aero Time) decided to honor them in the consolation class only.
TOP 10 most modern fighters in the world 2022
10. Saab JAS-39E Gripen
Saab JAS-39E Gripen fighter. Photo: SAAB
While Sweden’s Saab JAS-39 fighter is considered an affordable fighter, its latest JAS-39E E version brings with it a huge surge.
It is comprehensively improved from Gripe with new engines, avionics and a series of upgrades to turn into a fighter not inferior to any 4.5 generation fighter.
Although much more expensive than its predecessor, this new Gripen is still a relatively suitable choice for countries with limited budgets.
So far, only the Swedish and Brazilian Air Force have used the latest version of the JAS-39, but it is being considered by many other countries, with great export potential.
9. Su-35S . fighter
Su-35S fighter. Photo: Dmitry Terekhov / Wikipedia
Russia’s Sukhoi Su-30, Su-35 and Su-37 fighters, and China’s Shenyang J-16 are all developed on the basis of the legendary Su-27 fighter, with many upgrades to turn them into powerful fighters. The aircraft possesses the features of a 4.5-generation fighter. Each of the above lines has many different variations and versions.
However, the Su-35S is considered to be the best version of all thanks to the latest Russian-made avionics, as well as many improvements to the chassis.
Its highlights are having a 3-way thrust vectoring control engine, which allows this fighter to have excellent maneuverability even though they do not have a nose like on the Su-30 variants. and the Su-35 before that.
8. EF-2000 Eurofighter Typhoon
Like many 4th generation fighters, the EF-2000 Eurofighter Typhoon was designed in the 1970s and 1980s. However, Europe’s main line of fighters is constantly being upgraded. The latest version Tranche 3 is capable of excelling both in air combat and attacking ground targets thanks to the new radar and electronic system.
The Typhoon is currently in service with some of the most powerful air forces in Europe and the Middle East, including the UK, Germany, Italy, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. It was so successful that Europe even skipped the 5th generation and waited to go straight to the 6th generation with 2 lines of FCAS and Tempest.
7. Dassault Rafale . Fighter
At first, the Rafale and Typhoon were jointly developed as a single aircraft, but then France decided to split the program into two, and design an independent fighter according to its own needs.
Therefore, it is not surprising that these two fighters, at least on the surface, seem quite similar. However, Rafale has been a huge success, having won many export orders in the last few years, and there are several new variants already in development.
F3-R is the latest version with many upgrades in both weapons and sensors. The F4 version is currently under development and will feature further improvements in radar and avionics.
France and the UAE, India and a few other countries will start receiving this variant in the near future, while older versions will also be upgraded.
6. Boeing F-15EX Eagle II
A symbol of US air power, the F015 is the only fighter in the world to have shot down more than 100 air targets without losing a single one.
The F-15EX, developed by Boeing Corporation, is the latest version of the F-15 family. They have new radars, avionics and weapons, along with a host of other improvements.
Currently, this version is attracting special attention from many customers around the world and they will remain in service for a very long time.
5. Shenyang FC-31 . Fighter
Weibo photo / South China Morning post
This line of light 5th generation fighters was designed a decade ago and it was on the verge of failure. However, the project was recently dusted, rebooted, and upgraded. It seems that it will be a good candidate for China’s carrier-based fighter line and may be exported.
Their true capabilities are unknown, recent photos show FC-31 redesigned engine layout, new cockpit cover and many new upgrade points.
4. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
The F-22 was the world’s first true 5th generation fighter, and they are still going strong today thanks to their impressive effectiveness in both close-range (close-range) and long-range (out of sight – BVR) air combat. ), the Raptor is also rated as one of the best stealth designs ever produced.
Only the US Air Force can use this fighter, it seems too advanced to be transferred to any country. However, the F-22s are regularly sent abroad, where they are used to perform various combat missions, and have demonstrated their superiority.
3. Chengdu J-20
The J-20 is China’s fifth-generation heavyweight fighter, designed to counterbalance the F-22 and Su-57. It does not have as good maneuverability as its competitors because of its lack of mobilityAlthough it has thrust vector control, the stealth design of the Chengdu J-20 is also quite impressive.
The exact features of this fighter are still being kept under wraps, but reality shows that China is continuing to upgrade it. New versions are under development, with many improvements.
2. Sukhoi Su-57
Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO designation Felon) is Russia’s first stealth fighter. Its development was slowed down due to many problems and delays. As of early 2022, only a limited number of aircraft have been produced, but they are said to be perfect and much more powerful than previous prototypes, and Russia continues to upgrade this aircraft.
In the coming years, the Su-57 will be equipped with new engines and many improvements, making Russia’s stealth fighter more excellent. This 5th generation heavy fighter has demonstrated stability in penetrating speed as well as stealth characteristics, equipped with the latest sensors and avionics.
1. Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
The F-35 lightning II is a controversial project with many criticized for its high price and limited combat capabilities. It’s not as fast or as maneuverable as fourth-generation fighters, but the F-35 is strong in other respects.
It really is an impressive high-tech fighter, using sensors, computers, data connection systems to interact and share a wide range of information. The results from the latest tests show that it is almost invincible in aerial combat out of sight, and especially in its ability to launch precision-guided weapons.
The F-35 comes in three versions: the conventional F-35A, the short takeoff and vertical landing F-35B, and the carrier-based F-35C.
Currently, they become the best-selling and most-produced 5th generation fighter with a total of 750 units shipped to serve in the air forces of 11 countries, and many other countries are waiting in line to receive the machine. contract flight.
F-35 is considered to be complicated, difficult to maintain, avionics is still faulty, there is a problem with the stealth coating, etc. However, these things are being overcome gradually and continue. continuously improved. Therefore, there is no doubt that the F-35 is considered the most advanced fighter in the world today.