Contractors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northman Gruman, based in the USA, are some of the world’s leading companies. These are known to produce some of the world’s finest Aircraft.
America is such a country that replaces its fighter jets faster and with more regularity than any other nation. So if we ask that, including U.S./airforce and navy aircraft roaster, how many fighters does the U.S. have?
Well, exact figures are not in the open, but the American Military has around 13264 total aircraft. No other nation has more than five thousand. That alone makes USA a pioneer in Aircraft.
Here are the top seven fighter aircraft of the United States Military.
Mcdonald Douglas F-15 Eagle:
The F-15 Eagle boasts an undefeated record in the air to air combat. It is built in such a way that model still serves today. Despite the design being from the early ’70s, the model is still in service today.
Its longevity can be attributed to its unprecedented acceleration, maneuverability, and amazing weapons capability. Its high thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading allow it to turn tightly without losing its top speed above Mach 2.5, making it the first U.S. fighter capable of vertical acceleration.
F-15 Eagle is capable of air-to-air weaponry like AIM 120 AMRAM missile on its lower fuselage corners and the AIM9x sidewinder or AIM 120 missile on two pylons under the wings.
It is an all-weather air dominator, along with an internally mounted m61a1 Vulcan 21 mm six-barrel cannon with 940 rounds of ammunition in the right-wing route.
F-15 Eagle is still serving the U.S. forces but might retire in 2025. this fighter has been exported to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arab.
General Dynamic F-16 Fighting Falcon:
Designed in 1974, entered service in 1979 still with more than a thousand in service today, this Aircraft is versatile enough to fulfill various missions. Since joining the service, it has gone through numerous upgradation giving it capabilities to be a gem in the air-to-air and ground missions.
Its ability to carry out electronic attacks makes it stand out on the list.
McDonald Douglas F/A-18 Super Hornet:
Developed in the late 1970s F/A- 18 super hornet was created for the carrier-based version by Northrop and McDonnell Douglas The F/A-18 Hornet was the first tactical Aircraft built for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
Marines ordered as an F-18 fighter and the Navy as an A-18 attack aircraft. It can switch roles simply and perform photoreconnaissance and ECM.
The F/A-18 Hornet has the first carbon fiber wings and computerized fly-by-wire flying controls. The two-seater, enhanced fighter, reconnaissance aircraft, and night-attack fighter variants.
During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Hornets transitioned to fighter mode, killed two Iraqi MiG-21s, then returned to attack mode and completed their mission. Hornets gave 24/7 Afghanistan battlefield coverage in 2001.
Hornet has proven itself as one of the reliable nation’s fighter jets.
McDonald Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle:
The F-15E Strike Eagle is an air-to-air and air-to-ground fighter. An array of avionics and electronics equipment allows the F-15E to combat at low altitudes, day or night, in any weather.
F-15E can carry most Air Force air-to-ground weaponry. It can be armed with AIM-9M Sidewinders, AIM-120 air-to-air missiles, or AMRAAM. The “E” model’s 20mm gun can hold 500 rounds.
The strike eagle was extensively deployed by the united states airforce and operations desert shield and desert storm as well as operations southern watch and northern watch.
Other notable combat operations include operation deny flight, operation enduring freedom, operation Iraqi freedom, and operation odyssey dawn.
Boeing F/A-18EF Super Hornet:
The F/A-18 Super Hornet is the Navy’s newest, most capable, inexpensive tactical Aircraft. It has become the backbone of the U.S. Navy carrier air wing.
The combat-proven Super Hornet is a next-generation multi-role attack fighter that outclasses existing and emerging adversaries. The Super Hornet can modernize any country’s air or naval aviation forces.
It’s A larger and improved version of the FA-18cd Hornet. It was inducted into U.S. navy service in 1999 and replaced its Grumman F-14 tomcat.
The excellent 11-weapon station on the Aircraft can hold air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance like other weapons such as laser-guided bombs.
The single-seater E model and the two-seater F model can perform virtually every tactical mission, that includes air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control, and tanker missions.
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor:
F-22 Raptor is said to be the most powerful air fighter on the planet. As the first fifth-generation fighter in the united states, Raptor provides unprecedented air dominance.
F-22’s stealth, speed, agility, situational awareness, and Lethal air-to-air and air-to-ground armament make it the world’s best air domination fighter.
In the air, to air configuration, the Raptor carries six AIM 120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles and two AIM sidewinders, while in the air-to-ground mode, it can carry two gbu-32 jdams.
The F22 Raptor’s sleek design and powerful engines make it capable of cruising at supersonic speed even without using the afterburner. all these amazing features make the F-22 Raptor a truly marvelous Aircraft.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning
The F-35A is the USAF’s newest fifth-generation fighter. It will replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, which have been the premier fighter aircraft for more than 20 years.
Three single-seat F-35 variants exists.
1. F-35CTL variant.
2. F-35 STOVL and
3. carrier variants.
All three models have identical performance characteristics and the same modern avionics, providing service-specific mission capabilities.
The F-35A will provide next-generation stealth, increased situational awareness, and decreased vulnerability for the U.S. and its allies.
The F-35 boasts unequaled stealth to evade hostile detection and enter contested airspace. In stealth mode, the F-35 can carry 18,000 pounds of combined ordnance internally or externally.
The F-35 has the world’s most powerful fighter engine. Even with internal weaponry and fuel, the F-35 has a lengthy range at Mach 1.6. Advanced sensor fusion improves F-35’s battlefield awareness, survivability, and lethality.