Combat Aircraft and the Top 5 deadliest in the sky

From the start of modern warfare, air superiority has been the key to controlling the battlefield. Control the skies and the ground is yours. So aviation technology has rapidly evolved to accommodate newer and better combat aircraft in the military . Here is a list of the top 5 most deadly combat aircraft in the sky.

1. F-22 Raptor

Developed with the latest technology and with no compromise on budget, the F-22 Raptor tops the list combat aircraft list. It moves like a ghost through the radar and carries an impressive armament of weapons. It is manufactured by Lockheed and Martin and costs $42 million.

Top speed: Mach 2.25

Maximum takeoff weight: 38,000 kg

Dry thrust: 23,500 lb with a twin engine

Range: 2,906 km

Armaments: One 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A2 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling cannon, AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAM, JDAM, GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs

2. Eurofighter Typhoon

The Eurofighter is a twin engine single pilot combat aircraft. Known to be one of the most aerodynamically unstable aircraft, it requires 27 microcomputers to handle its flight and its instability makes it one of the most agile combat aircraft in the world.

Top speed: Mach 2.5

Maximum takeoff weight: 23,500 kg

Dry thrust: 60 kN per engine

Range: 2,900 km

Armaments: one 27 mm Mauser BK-27 Revolver cannon, AIM-132 ASRAAM, IRIS-T, Taurus KEPD 350, Paveway IV bombs.

3. T-50

The T-50 is a dual purpose Russian twin engine combat aircraft capable of engaging in ground-to-ground and surface-to-surface operations successfully.

Top speed: Mach 2

Maximum takeoff weight: 37,000 kg

Dry thrust: 147 kN each engine

Range: 2600 km

Armaments: None have been finalized as it is under prototype phase

4. Su-35

The Su-35 is a single pilot, dual purpose Russian combat aircraft. An upgrade of the Su-27, it packs a lot of improvements.

Top speed: Mach 2.25

Maximum takeoff weight: 34,500 kg

Dry thrust: 86.3 kN each engine

Range: 3,600 km

Armaments: one 30 mm GSh-30 cannon,  R-73 air-to-air missiles, Kh-31 Anti-Radiation Missile, Kh-59, LGB-250 laser-guided bombs, S-25LD laser-guided rocket

5. F-15 Eagle

The F-15 is a twin engine, multipurpose combat aircraft which has an impressive track record of no losses in combat. Durable over all conditions, capable of engaging ground and air targets, this combat aircraft has been the backbone of U.S. air superiority for a long time.

Top speed: Mach 2.5

Maximum takeoff weight: 30,845 kg

Dry thrust: 77.62 kN each engine

Range: 5,500 km

Armaments: one  20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling cannon, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder,

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 13/10/2012

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