The most popular fighter jets in the world, by market share and total units in service.
Lockheed Martins F-16 is the worlds most popular fighter jet, Source: Wikimedia Commons Top 10 Most Popular Fighter Jets in the World
Lockheed Martin F-16 Falcon The most popular fighter jet on the planet, Lockheed Martins F-16 boasts a 15% global market share 2,309 planes total. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Boeings F-18 Hornet Boeings F-18 Hornet, in its many variations, run a distant second: 1,005 units in service. Thats still 6% of the global fighter jet market. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Boeing F-15 Eagle Add the 870 Boeing F-15s in service around the globe, to its 1,005 F-18s ... and Lockheeds F-16 would still be the worlds favorite. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum Despite a lowly $29 million price tag, Russias MiG-29 comes in a distant fourth. Just 856 planes in service 5% of the global market. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Mikoyan MiG-21 Fishbed Russias MiG-21s are beginning to show their age. But with 793 in service, they still retain a 5% market share. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker Take the Su-27, and its updated variants the Su-30 and Su-35 and combined theyre also at 5%, with 791 planes flying. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Northrop Grumman F-5 Tiger An oldie but a goodie, 521 old Northrop F-5 Tigers are still tooling around 3% of all fighter jets in existence. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot Sukhois Su-25 likewise boasts a 3% share of the world fighter jet market, with 487 planes in existence. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer Next up, the Su-24 Fencer 3% market share, 473 planes in existence. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Boeing F-4 Phantom Originally built by McDonnellDouglas 55 years ago, 450 F-4 Phantoms (and their successors) are still flying today. Source: Wikimedia Commons
It just goes to show -- you cant always put a price on quality. Production of Lockheeds F-22 got cut short. Its F-35 is still only available for sale to a select group of international customers. Still, the verdict is clear, and militaries around the globe are voting with their pocketbooks for fighter jets from Lockheed Martin. As F-35 production ramps up, expect Lockheed to beat the competition ... regardless of price.
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