Well guys we present to you our final list on the most expensive military jet fighters in military. This list contains few of the top notch aircraft in the history of military aviation and the huge price tag which they comes is totally justifiable with all the amazing capabilities they hold. This list also contains the info about the few of the only world’s 5th generation jet fighters.
So let get your engines roaring with this list of most expensive military jet fighters in military (part 3).
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet: $79.8 million
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which is the evolved version of the F/A-18 jet fighter, is one of the most versatile jet fighters in the world. The aircraft has the capability to operate from an aircraft carrier to perform following mission roles.
- Electronic warfare missions
- Air-to-air interdiction
- Bombing runs
The aircraft flew its first mission back in 2002 and it was over the Persian Gulf where the aircraft had to be flown in the “No-Fly” zone. The aircraft is powered by twin General Electric F414-GE-400 turbofan engines that allow this asset of US navy to fly at a top seed of 1190 mph.
The cost of a single F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is approximately 79.8 million dollars.
Dassault Rafale: $93.6 million
Netx up on the list is the Dassault Rafael the flagship aircraft of France that entered the active duty back in 2004 as a multirole jet fighter. The aircraft comes in three different variants and is able to perform following missions.
- Air superiority
- Aircraft carrier missions
- Strategic destruction of aerial and ground targets
- Nuclear deterrence operations
Being powered by twin SNECMA M88-2 afterburning turbofan engines, the Rafael can fly at a top speed of Mach 1.8 along with a combat radius range of 1000 Nm. The aircraft can extend its combat range by adding in three fuel drop tanks on its hardpoints.
The price of a Dassault Rafael is about 93.6 million dollars.
F-35A Lightning II: $94.6 million
There are mainly three versions of the F-35 Lightning II and the one named F-35A Lightning II is the aircraft variant with the CTOL (Conventional Take Off and landing) ability. This fifth generation fighter serves the US Air Force for their air-to-air and their air-to-ground attacking missions.
The aircraft equipped with the latest avionic for tracking are able to lock and engage on the enemy target even before the enemy realizes its existence the aircraft has justifiable put an end to era of dogfighting. Being powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 turbofan engine, the F-35A can fly at a top speed of 1200 mph.
The cost of a single F-35A is about 94.6 million dollars.
Eurofighter Typhoon: $105.7 million
Eurofighter Typhoon is the multirole jet fighter that was came into being after the combined efforts of many European designers and especially the company named Eurofighter. The aircraft flew for its first active duty mission back in 2003. The aircraft is not able to perform air-to-ground attack runs like a Panavia Tornado; it is still able to go toe to toe with many American jet fighters for air superiority.
Powered by twin Eurojet EJ200 afterburner turbofan engines, the aircraft can fly at a top speed of a little over 1550 mph.
The cost of a single Eurofighter Typhoon is about 105.7 million dollars.
F-117 Nighthawk: $107.7 million
The F-117 Nighthawk is the aircraft that was both designed as well as built in complete secrecy o serve the US Air Force as their first ever stealth aircraft. This aircraft entered the service back in `982 with its service ending officially in 2008.
Powered by twin General Electric F404-F1D2 turbofan engines, the F-117 could soar in the skies with a top speed of a little over 700 mph.
The aircraft due to being the very first of its kind was very hard to design and built and thus came with an exorbitantly high price of 107.7 million dollars.
Chengdu J-20 Black Eagle: $110 million
The Chengdu J-20 Black Eagle is the Chinese fifth generation and multirole jet fighter that entered the service of People’s Liberation Army Air Force back in 2017. The PRC Air Force plans to make use of this aircraft until 2050.
The aircraft is powered by two of the after burning turbofan engines that allow it to be propelled in skies with a speed of 1350 mph.
The cost of a single one of the Chengdu J-20 Black Eagles is about 110 million dollars.
F-35B Lightning II: $121.8 million
One of the three variants of the F-35 Lightning II is the F-35B that is renowned for its STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) and is the most advanced fighter jet currently serving the US Army’s Marine Corps.
The aircraft is equipped to handle both air-to-air and air-to-ground attacking missions. As for the prolusion system that the aircraft has is the Rolls Royce patented LiftFan which allows the Marine Corps to land directly on to the battlefield without a need of a runway.
Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 turbofan engine, the F-35B is able to fly at a top speed of nearly 1200 mph.
The price of the F-035B Lightning II is about 121.8 million dollars.
F-35C Lightning II: $122.8 million
F-35C is the carrier version of the famed F-35 Lightning II that is equipped with all the latest technologies for advanced fight generation jet fighter. It currently is the flagship aircraft of the US Navy and has the ability to perform air-to-ground and air-to-air missions.
The aircraft is actually the most expensive out of all the 3 variants of F-35. It comes with not only larger wings but also a state of the art landing gear.
Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 turbofan engine, the F-35C is able to soar in the skies at a top speed of 1200 mph.
All of the advanced features of the aircraft allow the price of 122.8 million dollars for a single F-35C makes it seem justifiable.
F-22 Raptor: $152 million
The cost to maintain a single one of the F-22 Raptor aircraft by SU Air Force has been disclosed to be about 145 million dollars which is extremely high when compared with any other fighter jet in the world. This is the most expensive jet fighter for any military in the world.
F-22 Raptor is among the world’s only 5 fifth generation jet fighters that entered the active duty service back in 2005 and is to serve the US Army for the coming 2 to 3 decades.
Being powered by twin Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines, F-22 Raptor can cross the speed limit of up to 1500 mph along with its Supercruise ability.
The cost for a single F-22 Raptor is about 152 million dollars.