US F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-18 and Sukhoi Su-27/30 family of fighter jets are ranked most popular combat aircraft in the world.
According to a report published by Flight International analytical center Monday, US F-16 fighter jet makes up 16 per cent with 2264 jets ranked at number one is followed by F-18 with 1,047 aircraft making up seven per cent jets around the world.
The two US fighter jets are followed by Russian Sukhoi Su-27/Su-30 family of aircraft with 943 fighter jets making up six per cent of the total number of combat aircraft in the world.
With as many as 858 aircraft, US made F-15 fighters rank fourth making up six per cent.
Among the rest of the combat aircraft ranked under 10, Mikoyan MiG-29 ranked fifth with 819 aircraft, Mig-21 ranked sixth with 551 operational aircraft followed by Su-25 with 503 fighters at seventh, Chinese made F-5 with 482 aircraft, F-7 with 459 aircraft and J-7 fighter jet with 418 aircraft are ranked eighth, ninth and 10th positions.
As many as 6,208 aircraft of other types are operational with air forces of other countries, which makes up 43% of the total number of combat aircraft in the world.
As of late 2015, there are 14,552 combat aircraft operational in armed forces across the world.
Singapore has deployed six F-16 fighters for a joint military exercise with the Indian Air Forces four Su-30MKIs held from Nov 12 to Dec 17 at Kalaikunda Air Force Station, India. The Joint Military Training (JMT) exercise saw air assets from both countries involved in mission-oriented training, as well as and air combat 'dogfight' training
India and Russia may soon sign a contract for express delivery of Su-30MKI spares. The spares agreement will provide an express process for the delivery of spares for the fleet for the next five years
India will be sending its frontline Su-30MKI fighter jets and Jaguar attack aircraft to participate in the US ‘Red Flag exercise to be held in Alaska next year. The Indian air force will be sending a 12 aircraft team to the US in April that would include four each of the Su 30 and Jaguar fighters, besides two C 17 tactical lift aircraft and IL 78 mid-air refulers each
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