[World] F-16, F/A-18, Su-30 Ranked World’s Most Sold Fighter Aircraft
US F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-18 and Sukhoi Su-27/30 family of fighter jets are ranked most popular combat aircraft in the world.
According to a report published by Flight International analytical center Monday, US F-16 fighter jet makes up 16 per cent with 2264 jets ranked at number one is followed by F-18 with 1,047 aircraft making up seven per cent jets around the world.
The two US fighter jets are followed by Russian Sukhoi Su-27/Su-30 family of aircraft with 943 fighter jets making up six per cent of the total number of combat aircraft in the world.
With as many as 858 aircraft, US made F-15 fighters rank fourth making up six per cent.
Among the rest of the combat aircraft ranked under 10, Mikoyan MiG-29 ranked fifth with 819 aircraft, Mig-21 ranked sixth with 551 operational aircraft followed by Su-25 with 503 fighters at seventh, Chinese made F-5 with 482 aircraft, F-7 with 459 aircraft and J-7 fighter jet with 418 aircraft are ranked eighth, ninth and 10th positions.
As many as 6,208 aircraft of other types are operational with air forces of other countries, which makes up 43% of the total number of combat aircraft in the world.
As of late 2015, there are 14,552 combat aircraft operational in armed forces across the world.