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Speed, stealth and armament … Here are 4 of the deadliest fighters on the planet

When talking about military aircraft, many expert experts have different views on the advantages and strength of these fighters, and in this report here is a quick compilation of the best and deadliest military fighters on the planet, from the point of view of the American National Interest magazine, which specializes in military and strategic affairs.

Russian su-33

One of the most powerful and superior fighters in Russia is the Su-33, which is an excellent transport and landing fighter, which is twin-engine and operates in all weather conditions and on board aircraft carriers. It is also derived from the legendary old Soviet-style Su-27 fighter, but the Su-33 is larger and can fly farther distances. Referring to the role of the intended carrier for the platform, the Su-33 can fold its wings up for storage, aboard Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov.

Compared to the Sukhoi Su-33 with the Sukhoi Su-27, it is enhanced with multiple landing gear, a wing-folding structure and stabilizer cranes, for all aircraft carrier takeoffs, in addition to its larger wings than land takeoff aircraft to increase lift, and it is equipped with an air-to-air refueling system.

SU-33 المقاتلة الأكثر قوة على المدى الطويل والقوية في العالم -

 

At the front of the aircraft, the Su-33 has mated winglets with advanced extensions, giving the airframe a degree of maneuverability not often seen for tanker-based fighters. Altogether, the airframe’s large wing space and numerous control surfaces result in a fighter capable of both low landing speeds and high maneuverability.

Despite the impressive characteristics of the Su-33 on paper, it is quite large, and its presence on the roof of a narrow aircraft carrier causes many problems, and therefore, the only Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, will be unable to carry many of these aircraft.

It is believed that there are about 35 Su-33 aircraft in the Russian naval service, while the fleet modernization process is underway and addressing problems that have been left unresolved due to funding constraints, namely high-performance engines, updated radar, and modernization of targeting systems, which will allow targeting from greater distances.

F-22 Raptor fighter

Speaking of speed, the only fighter that easily wins this is the USAF F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. The F-22 – the first fifth-generation fighter from Lockheed Martin’s manufacture – was originally designed to defeat the Soviet Union’s best fighters in air combat during the Cold War years, and with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the role of the advanced tactical fighter expanded to include multi-tasking capabilities such as strike missions Accurate for ground targets.

Not only is the F-22 fast fighter, with a top speed of just over Mach 2.2, but it is also easy to maneuver, outperforming its fifth-generation counterparts. It uses stealth technology and was initially designed as an air superiority fighter, but it had additional capabilities that included ground attack and electronic warfare.

Despite the long and costly development period of this aircraft, the United States considers the F-22 a critical component of the United States’ tactical air force, and claims that the aircraft is unmatched by any fighter in the world, while Lockheed Martin says that it mixes stealth, speed and capability components. Their maneuverability and air-to-ground and air-to-air combat capabilities make this aircraft the best in the world today.

The high cost of the aircraft, the apparent shortage of air combat missions due to the delay of the fifth generation fighters in both Russia and China, the imposition of a ban on US exports of the plane, and the continuous development of cheaper and more diversified plans, ultimately resulted in the production of the F-35, which is considered a copy. It is less expensive than the F-22 and can be exported to friendly countries. In April 2009 only 187 F-22s were produced. Congress refused to finance any new purchase payments for the aircraft, and production stopped at this number.

B-2 Spirit Bomber

And if we talk about launching bombs and missiles, there is another American plane that will be the big winner, namely the B-2 Spirit bomber, which is a warplane that is only available with the US Air Force. It was designed as a nuclear missile launcher during the Cold War. It is the most expensive type of aircraft at all, as the cost of one plane ranged from 737 to 929 million dollars. That is why the US government was satisfied with twenty-one aircraft out of the 135 planes that were to be produced.

This aircraft is characterized by the combination of manufacturing efficiency with high technology and the large payload that it can carry, and it is characterized by great reliance on stealth technology, taking advantage of the design of the highly stealthy bird wing. The plane is 52 meters wide, 21 meters long and 5 meters high.

In addition to stealth technology, the aircraft contains a positive radar (unlike passiv radar) of the AN / APQ-181 designed by Hughes, which is a Synthetic Aperture Radar, or SAR for short. It also contains a system that recognizes the radar or detects the presence of the radar called the AN / APR-50 and also carries an electronic warfare or jamming system called ZSR-63.

Why the B-2 stealth bomber is one of the world's most feared aircraft -  Business Insider

 

The specifications of these machines are classified for this aircraft, but there is information that the APR-50 system operates in the frequency range between 500 MHz and 40 GHz. The engineers had to make the air intake to the engines in the form of S to preserve the stealth of the aircraft, in addition to abandoning the afterburner system, which made the plane need a special mechanical system at takeoff and landing to provide the optimum air intake for the engine for combustion. Also, all weapons are in the fuselage, as carrying it outside it enlarges the radar cross section.

The B2 bomber is capable of carrying everything from the B61 nuclear gravity bombs to the Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) to the massive MOP bombs weighing up to 30,000 pounds.

B-21 Raider Bomber

The B-21 Raider is a heavy grenade launcher under development by Northrop Grumman. As part of the Long Range Rifle Bombers (LRS-) program, which requires the manufacture of a long-range stealth strategic bomber for the US Air Force capable of carrying conventional or thermonuclear weapons.

The B-21 Raider, which has yet to be seen, is the legitimate successor to the B-2, and of the little precious information that can be learned about the airframe, it is also apparently similar to the B-2. It also carries a bird wing design, although it is difficult to independently verify more concrete facts about the airframe. The developments will likely include an improved, smaller radar cross-section, and possibly a faster top speed, as well as a higher payload capacity.

B-21 Raider - Northrop Grumman

This is a bat-free bomber, and the B-21 moves its engines close to the root of the wing, occupying the meeting point between the wing and the fuselage, while the B-2 pairs of the General Electric F118-GE-100 engines are distinctly separate from Fuselage on the wing.

At a cost of $ 550 million per aircraft, this bomber will enter combat service by 2025 and replace the B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress aircraft currently in use in the US Air Force.

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