The Deadliest Fighter Jets in Operation Right Now
The armament race is still on. If you though that the armament race concluded with the cold war, then you are far off the mark. It is still on today, but not in the same pace as before and not by the same actors. Now, it looks like the whole world is involved in the battle for military supremacy. The evidence is the technological advancements in the fields in the last couple of decades.
Let’s take fighter air craft for instance, which is our main topic of discussion here. They have evolved at an incredible pace during the cold war and improving at a pace that is quite amazing. The latest creation, Lockheed’s F-35 Lightning II is a piece of engineering marvel.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
This is the most technologically advanced and the deadliest fighter jet ever to have been made, and make no mistake about it or let anybody tell you otherwise. Built by Lockheed, it borrows its design from its predecessor, the F-22 Raptor. It is the only fighter aircraft in the world that is capable of vertical landing in the world. The videos of its landing looks straight out of a sci-fi flick.
If there is an aircraft in the world that can give the F-35 a run for its money, it is the Su-57. Built by famous Russian manufacturer Sukhoi, it is one of the deadliest sir superiority fighters in the world. It was recently built and commissioned in 2016 and only a squadron or so exist. The fighter is on par with F-35 in most places except for VTOL and some avionics tech.
The dawn of the 21st century signalled a lot of things including the beginning of Chinese dominance in the military tech. Two out of the top five technologically advanced fighters are Chinese, with other countries having a piece of each. The J-20 is China’s answer to the F-22 raptor and is a stealth fighter by its own right.
The Shenyang J-20 is another of China’s home-grown aircraft and is among the deadliest strike fighters youy will ever see. Built by Shenyang, the Chinese equivalent of Boeing, it boasts of some of the most advanced avionics tech in the world and is the inspiration for the creation of the J-20 which would ultimately beat it.
Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin
The X-2 is the only Japanese aircraft to feature in the list. While Japan have strict restrictions on maintaining an army and airforce, they still have some aircraft and machinery built on ome soil and the Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin is one of them. Even then, by no means is this an easy aircraft to deal with.