Most Expensive Fighter Jet

by - October 10, 2020


B-2 Stealth Bomber

Flanker Su-27 (Sukhoi)                


            As it costs $41.2 million, the Su-27 Flanker is on the pricier side and is still in operation since being launched in 1977. It was originally created to compete against fourth-gen fighters from the US. Within the architecture, it has air supremacy, although nearly all aerial combat operations are carried out by its other variants. 'Flanker' was the recorded name given by NATO to the Su-27.

Su-30 (Sukhoi)               

                This is a development in Moscow planned by the Aviation Corporation of Sukhoi. Some of the capabilities are that air-to-air and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions can be performed. Initially, its existence was intended as an inner development plan. When the Russian Defense Ministry found out about the discovery in 1996, however, that changed. It was originally used by the Soviet Union and the Russian Air Force, but the Venezuelan Air Force, the People's Air Force of Vietnam & the Algerian Air Force are now present.

Su-34 (Sukhoi) 

                Built by the Soviet Union, the Su-34 is fitted with a twin-engine and is an all-weather supersonic fighter jet. It first flew in 1990, but only started operating in 2014 with the Russian Air Force. This aircraft has the authority to fly squad missions and solo missions.

F-15E McDonnell Douglas Eagle-Strike

                The McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle started operating in 1989 at a cost of $138 million and remains in operation. The darker camouflage and conformal fuel tanks of the aircraft are special characteristics that make the McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle distinctive.

EA-18 G Growler 

                This is an aircraft-mounted on a carrier equipped to specialize in electronic warfare. Replacing the EA-6B Prowlers was the reason behind its formation. It costs $74.8 million for the EA-18 g Growler and has yet to retire.

Tomcat : F-14

        A twin-tail, two-seat, variable-sweep, twin-engine, supersonic fighter plane built by Northrop Grumman is the F-14 Tomcat. This fighter plane entered service in 1970 and is worth 63.9 million dollars. However, in 2006, this jet resigned from the USAF. Initially, Northrop Grumman designed it for the Naval Fighter Experimental Program of the US Navy.

Panavia Tornado 

            The Panavia Tornado is a differential-sweep, twin-engine multi-role combat aircraft fleet which was developed by the merger of forces between Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom. It cost $59.6 million and after being added to the service in 1979, it withdrew from the RAF in 2019. There are three distinct kinds of jets in the Panavia Tornado. 

VH-71 Kestrel

            This fighter jet, which cost $241 million, entered service in 2007. Although the VH-71 Kestrel first took flight in 2007, it was eliminated in 2009 due to its high cost. The approximate expense of 28 Kestrels is a whopping 13 billion dollars. The original justification for Lockheed Martin's development was to serve as a substitute for the One Presidential carrier fleet.

Saab-JAS-39 Gripen

                The Swedish company which produced this aircraft is Saab. It has a single-engine configuration and lightweight multi-role capabilities. It cost between $45 million to $55 million and went into operation for the first time in 1988. A Volvo RM12 is the Gripen's engine, while the flight controls are all fitted with fly-by-wire capabilities.

 Air Force One

                First put into operation in 1990, Air Force One costs a whopping $660 million. This aircraft was primarily designed to carry the President. When the USAF became worried about using commercial airlines to carry the president, protective precautions were set in place. The Boeing 747-8 aircraft is the Air Force One aircraft of choice. The C-54 Sky-master was the first Air Force One, however.

MiG-35 Fulcrum

                The UAC manufactures this aircraft and is a fourth-generation jet fighter, costing $48.6 million to buy. The MiG-35 Fulcrum started operating in 2007 and is not yet ready for retirement. The MiG-35 Fulcrum's first presentation was at the Aero India Air Show.

MiG-31 Foxhound

            Another plane built in the Soviet Union period is the MiG-31 Foxhound jet. In 1975, it was built and later put into service in 1981. As it is still being used by the Kazakhstan Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces, the aircraft has not yet been withdrawn. As a supersonic weapon system, the MiG-31 is known and a total of 519 of these aircraft have already been built. The purpose of the design of the MiG-31 Foxhound was to serve as a substitute for the Foxbat.


            The MiG-21 is a track-holder in aviation and was designed by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau as a venture. The Soviet Union was part of the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau and the aircraft is priced at $25.2 million. This jet was also used by the Indian Air Force, the Air Force of Croatia & the Air Force of Romania. It was reported as one of the most-produced supersonic jets in the history of aviation, as 11,496 of these aircraft were created.

Raptor F-22

            First launched in 1997, the F-22 Raptor cost $350 million. This aircraft is not withdrawn yet and has outstanding characteristics. As a result of the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) Program, it was produced. The aircraft is a single-seat, stealth twin-engine fighter capable of flying in all climatic conditions.

Chengdu J-20 Black Eagle

                    In 2011, the Chengdu J-20 Black Eagle had its first flight and has a price tag of $110 million. The main operator of this aircraft is the People's Liberation Army Air Force. In 2017, 6 years after its initial launch, it was placed into service.

C-17 Globe-Master III

                A whopping $328 million is the expense of this aircraft. This is a Boeing aircraft that was designed by McDonnell Douglas of Boeing. It is used mostly in strategic airlift and tactical airlift operations. The first flight of the C-17 was in 1991, and it was later taken into service by the USAF in 1995. The purpose of its construction was to free up the C-15 fleet and carry out the transport of enormous cargo. To replace the Lockheed C-141 Star-lifter, the C-17 was also planned.

Strike Eagle F-15

                    It's another jet that was built by McDonnell Douglas, a subsidiary of Boeing. This is a tactical, twin-engine military aircraft. In any weather system, it has the capability to travel and costs $43.1 million. The aerial battle of the aircraft holds 100 wins with no losses, rendering this new jet fighter one of the most effective in the world. Among the Israeli Air Force and the USAF, the F-15 Eagle is a favourite.

Dassault Mirage 2000

                This 4th generation jet aircraft, developed by Dassault Aviation, is known for its multi-role capability. It was formed in 1978 and subsequently integrated into the French Air Force in 1984. Many Air Forces still use the Dassault Mirage 2000 aircraft. The Indian Air Force, the United Arab Emirates Air Force, and the Taiwanese Air Force are some of those air forces. There are a significant number of Mirage 2000 models. The 2000D and the 2000N are included in these.

P-8A Poseidon 

                This is another aircraft that Boeing has created and manufactured. It first flew in 2009 and is not yet ready for retirement. The cost of the P-8A is $290 million, and its development was primarily intended for use in the US Navy. Arms such as Harpoon anti-ship torpedoes and missiles are among some of its arsenals. The aircraft will drop sonobuoys as well.

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

            With the idea of emulating the functionality of a standard helicopter, the Osprey was designed. With this, characteristics were introduced that you would normally find in a turboprop aircraft. Long-range cruise performance and high speed are some of these functions. The Japan Ground Self-Defense, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force use this aircraft. In 1989, the V-22 first began flying and cost $118 million.

F-35 Lightning II

                The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, costing  $80 million/unit, is a United States single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole jet fighter family that is designed to carry out missions of air supremacy and strike. It is also able to provide capabilities for electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. With principal partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin is the prime F-35 contractor. The F-35B joined into service with the United States in July 2015 Marine Corps, accompanied by the U.S. Air Force F-35A in August 2016.  In February 2019 in Navy F-35C. In 2018, the F-35 was first joined by the Israeli Air Force in operation.

Dassault Rafale

            The Dassault Rafale is a twin-engine French aircraft designed and developed by Dassault Aviation and costing of Rs.1600 crore/unit (in Indian rupees), canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft. The Rafale is designed to carry out air superiority, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth attack, anti-ship attack & nuclear deterrence operations, fitted with a wide range of weapons. The Rafale is alluded to by Dassault as the 'omnirole' aircraft.

Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

                The most costly aircraft on this list is this one. The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit costs an astounding $2.1 billion worth of money. Northrop Grumman is a highly known corporation that makes more than $30 billion in revenues per year. This makes it one of the largest defense manufacturers in the world. Often classified as the Stealth Bomber, this aircraft is The Stealth Bomber is a large strategic bomber that is planned to puncture thick anti-aircraft defenses with technology.

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