Most Expensive Fighter Jets in the World

By Muhammad Utban 03/05/2024 10:18 AM

Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70/72

The latest model of the F-16 fighter jet, known as the F-16 Block 70/72 or F-16V, is estimated to cost around $63 million. It incorporates advanced technologies and is often referred to as the F-16V due to the significant upgrades it possesses.

Boeing FA-18EF Super Hornet

The price of a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet can range up to $66.9 million, especially for the latest Block III configuration. This aircraft not only has combat capabilities but also offers the latest electronic warfare options.

Shenyang FC-31

The price of China's FC-31 aircraft, also known as J-35 or J-31, is $70 million. It's a fifth-generation fighter jet designed for air superiority and ground attack missions.

Saab JAS 39E/F Gripen

The newest Saab Gripen aircraft (E and F models) can cost up to $85 million. It has many changes in radar, engine, avionics, and weapon systems, which have increased its price.

Chengdu J-20

The price of China's J-20 aircraft is $110 million. However, it's not available for export as China considers it a crucial part of its defense capabilities.

Dassault Rafale

The price of a Rafale aircraft varies, but estimates typically range between $100 million to $120 million for the basic version.

Boeing F-15EX

The Boeing F-15EX has a flyaway cost of $117 million per unit. This is due to its high operating costs. However, its operating cost is only $29,000 per hour, which is one-third of the total operating cost of the F-35.

Eurofighter Typhoon

The price of a Eurofighter Typhoon varies depending on the country. For European Union member countries involved in its production, it's available at a lower cost, around $50 million.

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

The US Air Force's F-22 Raptor fighter jet is considered one of the best fighter jets in the world, and its price is estimated to be $143 million USD. It is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather fighter jet that is equipped with stealth technology and is considered the best of its kind in the world.

Lockheed Martin F-35

The Lockheed Martin F-35 is the world's most expensive fighter jet, with an estimated price of $177 million. The reasons for its ever-increasing price include inflation, low production volume, and the addition of new capabilities. There are three different models of the F-35, of which the F-35B is the most expensive.

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