Local wars of recent decades are often called “air wars,” since the history and practice of conflicts confirm that one who has gained dominance in the air can burn with impunity a crushing score from the helpless wheeled, caterpillar and two-legged “insects” flickering at the crosshairs of the thermal imager .
Here are the fighters of the 3rd and 4th generation, which most actively showed themselves in air battles against enemy aircraft from Vietnam to today’s Syria.
#5 – U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcom
Lightweight multi-functional fighter USA. In operation since the beginning of the 80s, the most massive 4th-generation fighter in the world, more than 4,500 units have been produced, it is still being modernized and manufactured in new versions.
- Aerial victories – 76
- Losses from enemy aircraft – 1
- Losses from fire from the ground – 5
#4 – U.S. F-15 Eagle
The United States, 2 engines, 4th generation, in the armed forces from the mid 70s and is planned to be left in the US Air Force until the mid 30s, the fighter is designed to capture air supremacy.
- Aerial victories – 102
- Losses from enemy aircraft – 0
- Losses from fire from the ground – 0
# 3 – U.S. F-14 Tomcat
USA, in service since 1974, 2 pilots, variable wing geometry.
- Aerial wins – 135
- Losses from enemy aircraft – 4
- Losses from fire from the earth – 4
130 “victories” in the Iran-Iraq war, 8 were lost in the same war.
#2 – USSR-made MiG-21
USSR, 3rd generation. The most massive supersonic aircraft in history. Years of production – 1958-1985. (Chinese until the 2017th of its modification stamped).
- Air victories – 240
- Losses from enemy aircraft – 501
- Losses from fire from the ground – no exact data.
Old Man-Hero of Vietnam, the Middle East and Africa.
#1 – U.S. F-4 Phantom
USA, 3rd generation, was produced from 58 to 81st. The first fighter-bomber with VV medium-range missiles.
- Air victories – 306
- Losses from enemy aircraft – 106
- Losses from fire from the ground – 545
In Vietnam, he suffered from the Li-si-tsins, and he recouped himself over the Persians and Arabs.
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