Top 9+ most advanced fighter jets in 2022


An air force is a crucial part of any army – air superiority provides cover and safety for the troops on the ground. More importantly, fighter jets are a must for every country that wants to keep their airspace sovereign and secure their positions as a prominent military force in the world.

Currently, fifth-generation jet fighters are the most advanced fighter jets. American military aircraft builder Lockheed Martin defines fifth-generation fighters having these characteristics:

  • All-aspect stealth when armed;
  • Low-probability-of-intercept-radar, meaning it can avoid radar detection;
  • High-performance airframes;
  • Advanced avionics;
  • Highly integrated computer systems capable of connecting to other systems for situational awareness.

Many nations continue to fly older, fourth-generation fighter jets that do not have fifth-generation features but are very effective war machines too. They are cheaper and easier to produce than fifth-generation fighter jets and sometimes can be almost as good.

Fourth-generation fighter jets can be upgraded with some advanced features, such as stealth coating, better computers and avionics, and new powerful radars. Those fighters are called 4+ and 4++ generation fighter jets as they belong to the previous generation but have features of the next generation.

With this in mind, let us count down the top 10 most advanced jet fighter in 2020!

10. JF-17 Thunder

The JF-17 Thunder or the FC-1 Xiaolong is a multirole combat aircraft. Developed by a joint-operation between China and Pakistan to provide the Pakistani Air Force with a cheap and modern alternative to its aging and a large fleet of various fighters, bombers and interceptors. Because of this, the JF-17 is going to become the backbone of the PAF.

After a difficult time of testing and redesigning, PAF finally received its first jets in 2007. Ever since then, the Pakistani Air Force has heavily relied on the JF-17 to conclude various missions in its territory. In 2013, PAC Kamra began the production of the Block 2 JF-17 – the updated jet has air-to-air refueling, better avionics, better load capacity, data link and electronic warfare capabilities.

10. HAL Tejas Fighter Jet

The HAL Tejas is an Indian fighter jet that is replacing the MiG-21, which the Indian Air Force has been using since 1964. Pilots praise the HAL Tejas for its high maneuverability. Production on the fourth-generation Indian jet fighter began recently, due to the fact that the program struggled to obtain an Operational Clearance.

The HAL Tejas is very light and has wings that allow pilots to control it during hard maneuvering. India is also continuously upgrading its fighters with every new batch of HAL Tejas receiving new advanced features.

 HAL Tejas (Indian Air Force photo)

9. McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

Developed by McDonnell Douglas and later on by Boeing, the F-15 is still produced. Even though it was delivered more than 35 years ago, the F-15 is still considered a very capable fighter in the air. It still is operated by 4 countries: Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

The newest F-15 Eagle variant is called the F-15EX. The United States developed it with elements of fifth-generation fighter jet features for the defense of its airspace. It can carry up to 22 air-to-air missiles and has the newest electronic warfare equipment.

Recently, an F-15 has hit headlines as an Israeli F-15 lost a canopy at 30.000 feet in the air.

F-15 Eagle Fighter Jet (U.S. Air Force photo)

8. Dassault Rafale

The fighter jet developed by the French company Dassault is a multirole fighter.It can intercept and fight other aircraft, attack targets on the ground and at sea. In addition, it can also perform spying missions and even carry nuclear weapons.

As the French Air Force was sought after new aircraft to replace its current fleet, France, in order to reduce costs agreed to enter into an agreement with other European countries. As disagreements arose, France decided to develop its own fighter – the Rafale. The fighter jet first entered service in 2001 and ever since has been regarded as one of the best military aircraft in the world.

It is used not only by France. India, Egypt and Qatar also have Rafale in their Air Forces, and the United Arab Emirates and Greece are buying them too.


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