From amazing stealth and maneuverability to pure deadliness here are 13 of the best and baddest military aircraft
- RQ-170 Sentinel
The Lockheed Martin rq-170 Sentinel is an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the United States Air Force for the Central Intelligence Agency on October 1st 2014 Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps unveiled a new combat UAV called the Thunderbolt modeled after a captured American rq-170 while little is known about the rq-170 it is believed to be a stealth aircraft used to carry out aerial reconnaissance they have operated in several missions in the Middle East and collected intelligence leading to the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011 flying at an altitude of 50,000 feet the rq-170 can offer its operators real-time intelligence data while hopefully not being observed on the borders of Iran China India and Pakistan.
- the Osprey
This half airplane half helicopter has become an indispensable part of the US military playing important roles in missions around the globe the craft swivels to wingtip rotors upward to takeoff and land like a helicopter and forward like an airplane the Osprey can cruise at 290 miles per hour twice as fast as most military helicopters it also can travel two to five times as far more than 1,000 miles and farther still with midair refueling neither the US enemies nor allies have an aircraft like the Osprey it can carry two dozen fully loaded troops as well as flight crew of four or alternatively up to 20,000 pounds of cargo it’s tilting rotors and other features such as rotor blades fold and a wing swivels to let the Osprey fit into the hangar deck of an amphibious assault ship while critics questioned its safety and its cost each one costs about 84 million dollars and millions more to maintain it is still critical in military and humanitarian aid missions around the world.
- Sukhoi SU-35
The su-35 flanker II was a mystery for many years this multi-role fighter is known for its unrivaled maneuverability the su-35 is the top russian air superiority fighter in service today developers refer to the su-35 as a fourth-generation fighter most of its weapons and electronics have caught up to Western equivalents such as the f-15 Eagle besides being highly maneuverable it is very fast and has a very long range high altitude capability and heavy armament while it may be a deadly adversary to the f-15s and euro fighters is not clear how it would contend with fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the f-22 and f-35 the su-35 is primarily an air superiority fighter and can carry an enormous amount of weapons it has 12 to 14 weapons hardpoints and can carry a maximum weight of up to 8,000 kilograms it’s large and powerful engines give it the ability to super cruise for a long time also its engines allow it to reach supersonic speeds without using an afterburner recently a new sukhoi pak fa stealthy air superiority fighter is being developed in russia first operational aircraft might be delivered to the russian air force in 2017 to 2018.
- F-22 Raptor
The f-22 Raptor air superiority fighter is almost invisible to radar for radar viewers its image is not much larger than a bumblebee many aspects of the f-22 remain classified and it is one of the most secretive planes in existence this aircraft carries a powerful array of weaponry it is the most advanced and most expensive production fighter aircraft to date costing about 339 million dollars per aircraft Raptor engines allow the aircraft to supercruise over long ranges while thrust vectoring nozzles combined with xxx fly-by-wire flight control system make it exceptionally maneuverable the f-22 started life as a straight forward air superiority fighter however since its introduction this aircraft lacks a formidable air threat from other countries fighters later it evolved towards the multi-role fighter as mic capability was added they can move at about 1500 miles per hour and although they were first flown in the 90s they made their first combat debut in 2014 in the us-led coalition against Isis this advanced aircraft was never offered for export customers even other allies and NATO countries currently it is the best fighter aircraft ever built.