The 5 Best US Army Fighter Jets (yes, the F-35 is on the list)

Top 5 US Army Fighter Jets: You could say that the US military has the best group of fighters in the world. Whether it’s the Air Force or the Navy, this fighter fleet is the envy of many. China and Russia are trying to develop their own warplanes to match American power. Allied countries order American fighters for their own armies. And the US is still upgrading existing cells. Let’s take a look at the top five American fighters.

Top 5 US Army Fighter Jets: F-35

The F-35 Lightning II tops this list. It can evade enemy air defense networks and transmit targeting information to other aircraft. The F-35 can fly at MACH 1.6 and is as stealthy as it gets. It’s called a flying computer that can serve as a “head trainer” in a formation of drones (one day) and bombers. This means the F-35 leads the world in gaining situational awareness in the sky. Its Pratt & Whitney F135 engine produces 40,000 pounds of thrust with an afterburner. He can fight with air-to-air missiles or engage in ground strikes with precision-guided bombs. The F-35 is available in three variants for conventional takeoff, carrier operations, and vertical takeoff and landing.

A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender aircraft over Poland, Feb. 24, 2022. US Air Force/Senior Airman Joseph Barron /Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Top 5 US Army Fighter Jets: F-22

The 5e The F-22 Raptor generation has it all when it comes to aerial dominance. The F-22 has great speed and maneuverability, lethal long-range munitions, unrivaled radar evasion, excellent dogfights, and enviable sensors. Two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 engines give it a speed of MACH 2. Take it from an F-22 pilot. Air Force Col. Terry Scott told Task and Purpose, “The flight controls…are phenomenal, Scott said. “Coming from a fourth-generation background, it’s impressive how nimble the jet is. Even when I’m flying offensively against another Raptor, this plane is stunning when it starts to maneuver visually.

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F-22 Raptor. Image: Creative Commons.

Top 5 US Army Fighter Planes: F/A-18

Just watch Top Gun: Maverick to see what the F/A-18 E/F Block III Super Hornet can do. Oh, I know, it’s just a movie, but the Super Hornet doesn’t disappoint in real life. It is a MACH 1.7 bird with a range of 1,275 nautical miles. The Super Hornet has better survivability, fuel storage, and endurance compared to the previous Hornet. After being alerted to enemy aircraft, the Super Hornet can engage bogeys in less than a minute. Infrared Sidewinders and radar-guided Sparrows are its deadly weaponry. It can also carry precision-guided bombs for a ground strike. It has a reduced radar section. The Navy is pleased that 78 new F/A-18E/F Block III fighters will be added to the fleet by 2024.

F/A-18

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At sea aboard the USS John C. Stennis, December 18, 2001 – After a round of early morning air operations, an F/A-18 Hornet waits for the next round of combat air operations aboard the ‘USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis and his Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) are supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. US Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Jayme Pastoric

The US Army’s 5 Best Fighter Planes: The F-15EX

The F-15EX Eagle II can really deliver that. It is the most advanced Eagle in the Air Force inventory. Speed, weapon payload and reduced maintenance costs are all features of the new Eagle. Two F100-PW-229 turbofans produce 29,000 pounds of thrust with afterburner and a raging speed of MACH 2.5. The range is 2,700 miles with a ceiling of 60,000 feet. The F-15EX can be equipped with Sidewinders, AMRAAMs and air-to-ground munitions. The aircraft also has a six-barreled 20mm cannon.

F-15EX Eagle II

The Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-15EX Eagle II, was revealed and named in a ceremony April 7, 2021, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The aircraft will be the first Air Force aircraft to be tested and fielded from start to finish through combined development and operational testing. (US Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)

Top 5 US Army Fighter Jets: F-16

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is world famous and has been greatly improved over the decades. It has been built since 1975 and at least 4,500 have been produced. Now it has fly-by-wire controls. The pilot has great visibility thanks to the bubble canopy and head-up display. The aircraft allows for easy software upgrades. The fighter is compact with excellent maneuverability and can withstand nine Gs. Avionics and navigation are top notch. The electronic countermeasures modules make it very resistant. It is also an exceptional bomber.

Greece F-16

Greek Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16DJ Fighting Falcon taking off from Chania

Take your pick, they’re all good. Depending on your mission and your needs, you can find the right fighter in this list and you will not be disappointed. Dogfights, bombings, air superiority or interception of enemy aircraft – all missions can be performed exceptionally well. We hope you have at least one of these fighters on your own top five list.

Now as 1945 Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. EastwoodPhD, is the author of Humans, Machines and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an emerging threat expert and former US Army infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood.

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