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Top Fighter Programs (2024)

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These are the top fighter programs currently observed around the globe - presented in no particular order.

For those nations in the hunt for a new top-line air superiority / multirole performer, these offerings are the current batch of fighters available for export. From the capable, budget-concious PAC JF-17 to the proven frameworks of the Sukhoi Su-27, Boeing F-15, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Lockheed F-16. The Lockheed F-35 'Lightning II' is becoming firmly entrenched in the operating fleets of the world, primarily through various Western players across Europe, while the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, and Saab Gripen are all making headway into the fighter market. Updates to classic, Cold War-era designs such as the F-15 and F-16 are represented by the F-15EX 'Eagle II' and the F-16V 'Viper'.

NOTE: The listing below is not presented in any particular order in terms of popularity / success but rather in general alpha-numeric format. The Chengdu J-10 has been added for 2022 following its introduction with export customer Pakistan.

There are [ 11 ] fighter programs to watch in 2024.

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Picture of the Boeing F-15EX Eagle II
Boeing F-15EX Eagle II
Air Superiority / Multirole Fighter Aircraft
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Picture of the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
Carrier-based Strike Fighter Aircraft
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Picture of the Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon)
Chengdu (AVIC) J-10 (Vigorous Dragon)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter Aircraft
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Picture of the Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
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Picture of the Eurofighter Typhoon (EF2000)
Eurofighter Typhoon (EF2000)
4th Generation Multirole Fighter Aircraft
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Picture of the Lockheed Martin F-16V (Viper)
Lockheed Martin F-16V (Viper)
Multirole 4th Generation Fighter
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Picture of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Advanced Multi-Role Strike Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
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Picture of the PAC JF-17 Thunder
PAC JF-17 Thunder
Lightweight Multirole Fighter Aircraft
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Picture of the Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin)
Lightweight 4th Generation Multi-role Fighter Aircraft
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Picture of the Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
Sukhoi Su-30 (Flanker-C)
Two-Seat, Twin-Engine Air Superiority / Strike Fighter Aircraft
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Picture of the Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
Sukhoi Su-35 (Flanker-E / Super Flanker)
Multirole Heavy Combat Fighter Aircraft
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