What is the best fighter jet in the world?
We are often asked ‘what is the best fighter jet in the world?’ and our answer is always the same… It depends what you mean by ‘the best’. With so many fighter jets in the world, both past and present, choosing just one that does everything better than any other is almost impossible. Each fighter jet has a particular role to play and is developed to do a number of roles really well, but finding just one single jet that does everything better than any other jet is impossible. This is because if you develop too much in one area, you’ll make compromises elsewhere. Do you make a fighter jet the fastest available, but reduce its manoeuvrability and reduce its air combat effectiveness? Or do you load it up with technology but reduce its speed?
To make things easier, we’ve broken down our criteria into the following categories so we can better determine the best fighter jet in any one particular category.