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The Firepower Index assigns a numerical value to the offensive capabilities of a given warplane.

The Firepower Index is an inhouse formula used to assign a numerical value to a given warplane design. The formula takes into account weapon types supported (both fixed and optional), total warload possible, and total number of hardpoints to generate the value. The result gives an indication of a design's offensive capabilities against other aircraft of similar or different aviation timeframes (this is particularly interesting in comparing capabilities between evolutionary models, such as the transition between the MiG-19 and MiG-21 for example). The value is not out of any fixed total, but rather a standalone rating. Nuclear capability is taken into account.

NOTE: Helicopters - particularly attack types - are judged slightly differently due to their armament options relative to their over-battlefield roles and size and may, in some cases, outclass fixed-wing entries in our listing. Similarly, attack UAVs use a slightly different formula.

There are a total of [ 89 ] Aircraft Ranked by Firepower entries in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.
Fixed-Wing Aircraft
Helicopters




Fixed-Wing Aircraft
335.7
Picture of the Rockwell B-1 Lancer
National Flag Graphic
1986
Rockwell B-1 Lancer
Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
295.6
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack)
National Flag Graphic
1989
Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack)
Strategic Long-Range Heavy Supersonic Bomber Aircraft
145.3
Picture of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
National Flag Graphic
1955
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
High-Altitude, Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
118.7
Picture of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
National Flag Graphic
1997
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Strategic Heavy Bomber / Stealth Bomber
113.6
Picture of the Boeing B-50 Superfortress
National Flag Graphic
1948
Boeing B-50 Superfortress
Heavy Bomber / Long-Range Reconnaissance Platform
109.3
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
National Flag Graphic
1972
Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
Long-Range Anti-Submarine Warfare Bomber
107.8
Picture of the CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker
National Flag Graphic
1949
CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker
Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
97.3
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
National Flag Graphic
1956
Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
Strategic Reconnaissance / Heavy Bomber Aircraft
97.3
Picture of the Xian H-6
National Flag Graphic
1959
Xian H-6
Strategic Bomber Aircraft
90.7
Picture of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
National Flag Graphic
2016
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Advanced Multi-Role Strike Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
87.1
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
National Flag Graphic
2014
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
Multirole Heavy Combat Fighter Aircraft
73.3
Picture of the Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
National Flag Graphic
1946
Douglas A-1 Skyraider (AD-1)
Single-Engine, Single-Seat Fighter-Bomber / Ground Attack Aircraft
73.3
Picture of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
National Flag Graphic
2005
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
5th Generation Air Dominance Fighter
73.3
Picture of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief
National Flag Graphic
1958
Republic F-105 Thunderchief
Single-Seat Fighter-Bomber / Reconnaissance / Wild Weasel
73.3
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
National Flag Graphic
1996
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
Two-Seat, Twin-Engine Air Superiority / Strike Fighter Aircraft
73.3
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)
National Flag Graphic
2014
Sukhoi Su-34 (Fullback)
Fighter-Bomber / Long Range Strike Fighter Aircraft
72.2
Picture of the Eurofighter Typhoon (EF2000)
National Flag Graphic
2003
Eurofighter Typhoon (EF2000)
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
72.0
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-16 (Red Eagle)
National Flag Graphic
2013
Shenyang (AVIC) J-16 (Red Eagle)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
69.0
Picture of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
National Flag Graphic
1967
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
Long-Range Strategic Medium Bomber / Tactical Strike Aircraft
67.2
Picture of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
National Flag Graphic
1999
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
Carrier-based Strike Fighter Aircraft
67.0
Picture of the Dassault Rafale
National Flag Graphic
2001
Dassault Rafale
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
66.7
Picture of the Douglas A-26 / B-26 Invader
National Flag Graphic
1944
Douglas A-26 / B-26 Invader
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber / Heavy Attack Aircraft
65.6
Picture of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Strategic Long-Range, High-Altitude Heavy Bomber Aircraft
64.8
Picture of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
National Flag Graphic
1976
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
Close Air Support (CAS) / Forward Air Control (FAC)
60.0
Picture of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
National Flag Graphic
1960
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Multirole / Carrierbased Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
58.7
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon)
National Flag Graphic
2005
Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
57.6
Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-20 (Black Eagle)
National Flag Graphic
2017
Chengdu (AVIC) J-20 (Black Eagle)
Multirole 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft
57.4
Picture of the Panavia Tornado IDS (InterDictor / Strike)
National Flag Graphic
1979
Panavia Tornado IDS (InterDictor / Strike)
All-Weather, Low-Level Strike Aircraft
54.0
Picture of the Dassault Mirage 2000 (M2000)
National Flag Graphic
1979
Dassault Mirage 2000 (M2000)
Multirole Fighter / Strike Fighter Aircraft
54.0
Picture of the Lockheed Martin F-16  Fighting Falcon
National Flag Graphic
1978
Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon
Lightweight Multirole 4th Generation Fighter
53.7
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15E Strike Eagle
National Flag Graphic
1988
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15E Strike Eagle
Strike Fighter Aircraft
53.3
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder)
National Flag Graphic
1962
Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder)
Medium Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
52.6
Picture of the North American B-25 Mitchell
National Flag Graphic
1941
North American B-25 Mitchell
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber Aircraft
52.2
Picture of the Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
National Flag Graphic
1998
Shenyang (AVIC) J-11 (Flanker B+)
4th Generation Multi-role / Air Superiority Fighter
52.0
Picture of the Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
National Flag Graphic
1992
Xian JH-7 (Flounder) / FBC-1 (Flying Leopard)
Fighter-Bomber / Strike Aircraft
51.0
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)
National Flag Graphic
2020
Mikoyan MiG-35 (Fulcrum-F)
4.5th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
50.0
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-24 (Fencer)
National Flag Graphic
1974
Sukhoi Su-24 (Fencer)
Long-Range Strike / Attack Aircraft
48.9
Picture of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
National Flag Graphic
1937
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Four-Engined Heavy Bomber Aircraft
46.4
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Frogfoot)
National Flag Graphic
1981
Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Frogfoot)
Close-Air Support (CAS) / Ground Attack Aircraft
46.4
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
National Flag Graphic
1985
Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker)
Air Superiority / Ground Attack / Multirole Fighter
46.2
Picture of the LTV A-7 Corsair II
National Flag Graphic
1967
LTV A-7 Corsair II
Carrier-Borne Strike Aircraft
45.6
Picture of the Vickers Valiant
National Flag Graphic
1955
Vickers Valiant
Strategic Bomber / Fuel Tanker / Photo Reconnaissance Aircraft
44.0
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
National Flag Graphic
1970
Sukhoi Su-17 / Su-20 / Su-22 (Fitter)
Ground Attack / Strike Fighter Aircraft
43.6
Picture of the Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
National Flag Graphic
1997
Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
Lightweight 4th Generation Multi-role Fighter Aircraft
42.2
Picture of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator
National Flag Graphic
1941
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Four-Engined Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
39.1
Picture of the HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)
National Flag Graphic
2015
HAL Tejas LCA (Light Combat Aircraft)
4th Generation Lightweight Multirole Fighter Aircraft
38.9
Picture of the SEPECAT Jaguar
National Flag Graphic
1973
SEPECAT Jaguar
Strike Fighter Aircraft
38.1
Picture of the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15 Eagle
National Flag Graphic
1976
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15 Eagle
Multirole / Air Superiority Fighter Aircraft
34.4
Picture of the Douglas B-66 / RB-66 Destroyer
National Flag Graphic
1956
Douglas B-66 / RB-66 Destroyer
Tactical Light Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
33.0
Picture of the Boeing F-15EX Eagle II
National Flag Graphic
2021
Boeing F-15EX Eagle II
Air Superiority / Multirole Fighter Aircraft
32.2
Picture of the Grumman A-6 Intruder
National Flag Graphic
1963
Grumman A-6 Intruder
Carrierborne All-Weather Heavy Strike Aircraft
32.2
Picture of the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
National Flag Graphic
1982
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
Low-Observable / Stealth Strike Aircraft
31.1
Picture of the Avro Lancaster
National Flag Graphic
1942
Avro Lancaster
Four-Engined Heavy Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
31.1
Picture of the PAC JF-17 Thunder
National Flag Graphic
2007
PAC JF-17 Thunder
Lightweight Multirole Fighter Aircraft
30.7
Picture of the Boeing (BAe Systems / McDonnell Douglas) AV-8B Harrier II
National Flag Graphic
1985
Boeing (BAe Systems / McDonnell Douglas) AV-8B Harrier II
Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) Strike Aircraft
29.6
Picture of the Dassault Mirage F1
National Flag Graphic
1973
Dassault Mirage F1
Multirole / Interceptor Aircraft
27.2
Picture of the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II
National Flag Graphic
1962
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter / Tiger / Tiger II
Single-Seat Lightweight Multirole Aircraft
26.4
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)
National Flag Graphic
1975
Mikoyan MiG-27 (Flogger)
Swing-Wing Ground Attack Aircraft
26.4
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
National Flag Graphic
1984
Mikoyan MiG-29 (Fulcrum)
Lightweight Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft
23.3
Picture of the Dassault Mirage III
National Flag Graphic
1961
Dassault Mirage III
Interceptor / Strike Fighter Aircraft
21.3
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
National Flag Graphic
1970
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger)
Swing-Wing Fighter-Interceptor Aircraft
20.7
Picture of the Saab J35 Draken (Dragon / Kite)
National Flag Graphic
1960
Saab J35 Draken (Dragon / Kite)
Multirole Fighter Aircraft
19.4
Picture of the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
National Flag Graphic
1966
North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
Observation / Light Attack / Close-Air Support (CAS) Aircraft
17.8
Picture of the Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
National Flag Graphic
1979
Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound)
Long-Range High-Speed Interceptor Aircraft
16.4
Picture of the Hawker Hunter
National Flag Graphic
1956
Hawker Hunter
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Daytime Interceptor / Strike Fighter Aircraft
16.1
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
National Flag Graphic
1959
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (Fishbed)
Single-Seat Supersonic Fighter Aircraft
15.6
Picture of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Dora)
National Flag Graphic
1944
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Dora)
High-Altitude, High-Performance Fighter Aircraft
15.6
Picture of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Wurger)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (Wurger)
Single-Seat Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
14.7
Picture of the Ilyushin IL-2 Shturmovik (Bark)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Ilyushin IL-2 Shturmovik (Bark)
Ground Attack / Close Air Support Aircraft
12.7
Picture of the Grumman F6F Hellcat
National Flag Graphic
1943
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Carrierborne Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
12.7
Picture of the Vought F4U Corsair
National Flag Graphic
1942
Vought F4U Corsair
Carrier-Based Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Night Fighter
12.3
Picture of the Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
National Flag Graphic
1943
Northrop P-61 / F-61 Black Widow
Night Fighter / Reconnaissance Aircraft
12.0
Picture of the North American F-86 Sabre
National Flag Graphic
1949
North American F-86 Sabre
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
11.3
Picture of the Saab JA37 Viggen (Thunderbolt)
National Flag Graphic
1968
Saab JA37 Viggen (Thunderbolt)
Supersonic Strike Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
10.7
Picture of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning
National Flag Graphic
1939
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
10.7
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
National Flag Graphic
1955
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (Farmer)
Supersonic Jet-Powered Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
10.2
Picture of the McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
National Flag Graphic
1957
McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
Twin-Engine Interceptor / Reconnaissance Aircraft
10.0
Picture of the Messerschmitt Bf 109
National Flag Graphic
1937
Messerschmitt Bf 109
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Aircraft
9.7
Picture of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
National Flag Graphic
1942
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
9.6
Picture of the Lockheed AC-130H Spectre / AC-130U Spooky
National Flag Graphic
1972
Lockheed AC-130H Spectre / AC-130U Spooky
Close Air-Support (CAS) / Air Interdiction / Force Protection Gunship
7.6
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Foxbat)
National Flag Graphic
1972
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 (Foxbat)
Supersonic Interceptor / Reconnaissance Bomber Aircraft
7.1
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
National Flag Graphic
1944
Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
6.9
Picture of the Supermarine Spitfire
National Flag Graphic
1938
Supermarine Spitfire
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
5.1
Picture of the North American P-51 Mustang
National Flag Graphic
1942
North American P-51 Mustang
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
4.4
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
National Flag Graphic
1949
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (Fagot)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
4.4
Picture of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
National Flag Graphic
1952
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (Fresco)
Single-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
3.3
Picture of the Grumman F4F Wildcat
National Flag Graphic
1940
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Carrierborne Monoplane Fighter Aircraft
0.9
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (Comet)
National Flag Graphic
1944
Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (Comet)
Single-Seat Rocket-Powered Interceptor Aircraft
0.4
Picture of the Sopwith Camel
National Flag Graphic
1917
Sopwith Camel
Single-Seat Biplane Fighter Aircraft
Helicopters
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