Total Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft Strength by Country
National airpower is gauged by the number of - and quality of - fighter-type aircraft in inventory.
The fighter aircraft is the principle mount of any modern air arm. Long evolved from its basic origins in World War 1, the fighter of today is a multi-role design capable of engaging both air and land targets with equal precision. Missiles and advanced scanning allow for beyond-visual-range engagements while rotary cannon finish off opponents at close-range. The Fifth Generation Fighter is currently embodied by the Lockheed F-22 "Raptor" with competitors arising in both Russia and China. Fourth Generation Fighters remain a capable - and cost-effective - battlefield component.