posted on Mar, 11 2005 @ 01:02 AM
Most capable? F-22 for sure,stealth,manouverability,and supercruise all in 1. I don't think I need to /can say more,it is proabably the best fighter
today,and not much info is around about it.
Best design? MiG-21.
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed/Mongol
Role: interceptor, dual-role fighter, multi-role fighter
Builder: Mikoyan-Gurevich, Xian Aircraft (Shenyang, China)
Variants: MiG-21F (Fishbed-C), MiG-21PF (Fishbed-D), MiG-21PFS (Fishbed-E), MiG-21PFM (Fishbed-F), MiG-21M/S/R/RF (Fishbed-H), MiG-21PFMA/MF
(Fishbed-J), MiG-21SMT/SMB (Fishbed-K), MiG-21bis-A (Fishbed-L), MiG-21bis-B (Fishbed-N), MiG-21U (Mongol-A), MiG-21US/UM (Mongol-B), MiG-21-93, J-7
(F-7), J-7 II (F-7B), J-7 III, F-7M, F-7P
Operators: Russia, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Azerbiajan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, China, Congo, Croatia, Cuba, Czech
Republic, East-Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Gunea , Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lybia, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique,
Niger, North Korea, North Yemen, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe,and
The MiG-21 was a clear-weather interceptor with two underwing pylons for air-to-air missiles and improved version featured a gun pod on the centre
line. Because of its small size it has a limited fuel and weapon carrying equipment and therefor a limited action radius. It is a fast, relatively
agile and has superb acceleration and rate of climb, making it a dangerous adversary for most aircraft in its time. The aircraft design features
mid-mounted delta wings, a long tubular fuselage, swept back tail section and a round intake in the nose with a nose-cone and one turbojet. The
aircraft was NATO codenamed Fishbed and was exported to China which started its own production, producing the J-7 types (F-7 for export)
Second generation Fishbeds were equipped with Jay Bird radar, internal cannon and two additional wing hardpoints for air-to-surface weapons, making it
a dual-role fighter. There are also variants with dual controls and a tandem two-seat cockpit, used for training, these types have a designation
starting with U and are NATO codenamed Mongol.
Over 15 variants were developed and more than 8000 aircraft were produced. Pakistan is still taking delivery of improved versions of the F-7, produced
by China, to replace its ageing Chinese F-6 aircraft (basically an improved version of the MiG-19). The MiG-21-93 is one of the latest upgrades for
the Fishbed, especially Indian MiG-21s are or will be upgraded to this version. Also IAI introduced an upgrade package, called the MiG-21-2000, Elbit
refurbished and updated Romanian MiG-21s tot the MiG-21 Lancer standard. Most of todays operators would rather like to retire the aircraft instead of
upgrading it, but they simply can not afford to buy new aircraft, because of enormous financial cut-backs since the end of the Cold War. Still most
nations continue to fly the outdated variants because even the upgrade program is a too expensive option. Therefore safety issues arises and more and
more aircraft are scrapped for spares.
Extremely cheap,very agile and manovuerable. Sure,it cannot stand up to a F-22 or Typhoon,but then it is probably the most sucessful design ever,the
widest exported plane yet.