Top 10 Best Russian Fighter Jets – The 20th century saw the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and with it the rise, fall, and rebirth of Russian aviation. Soviet/Russian jets have long been a fixture military aviation, and look set to remain so. Let’s have a look at some of the best Russian fighter jets produced by the former Soviet machine.
The arms race that resulted from CW tensions between the United States and NATO versus the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact created an environment in which fighter jets were used for PR wars as much as actual combat.
In building their fighter jets Russian aeronautics experts were always concerned with what the US and its allies were doing, and how they could best counter them. This led to a great deal of military spending on the part of both nations.
It has been argued that the increased military spending by the United States (for which it now, ironically, faces its own vast financial deficits) helped expedite the Soviet Union’s economic collapse as they attempted to keep up.
Much of that military spending went into fighter jets, especially those produced by the two companies that dominated Soviet aviation, continue to rule Russian aeronautics, and account for our entire list, Sukhoi and MiG.
The Dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 slowed military exports, including fighter jets. Russia has revived its aviation industry, however, being a huge seller to China and former Soviet nations while itself building one of the strongest air forces in the world.
10. Sukhoi Su-24
9. Sukhoi Su-25
8. Sukhoi Su-27
7. Sukhoi Su-30
6. Sukhoi Su-34
5. Sukhoi Su-35
4. Sukhoi Su-57
3. Mikoyan MiG-29
2. Mikoyan MiG-31
1. Mikoyan MiG-35
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