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Top 3 high-altitude fighters of our time

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Fighter-interceptor MiG-31 in the sky


Fighters are the pride of modern combat aviation... One of the most important and defining characteristics of fighters is their altitude. The higher a fighter has this indicator, the less its reach for enemy air defense systems.

Currently, the most high-altitude fighters have a practical flight ceiling of 15-18 thousand meters. But there are also the most high-altitude aircraft that leave behind the bulk of the fighters used in modern combat aviation.

At the same time, it should be noted that the years of aircraft production are by no means in all cases a XNUMX% guarantee that it will fly higher than its predecessors.

Let's present the top 3 high-altitude fighters of our time.

F-22 "Raptor"


One of the most high-flying fighters in modern aviation is the American F-22 "Raptor" aircraft, in the development and production of which Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Dynamics participated.

The fighter was produced from 1997 to 2011, and then its production was discontinued. The American military department came to the conclusion about the high cost and low maneuverability of the aircraft and decided to redirect funds for the development and production of the F-35 multipurpose fighter.


However, although the F-35 is a more modern aircraft in terms of production time, it is still inferior to the F-22 in maximum flight altitude. Fighter "Raptor" is able to climb 20 meters, while the F-000 - only 35 meters.

Su-35


The Russian multirole fighter of the 4 ++ generation, the Su-35, is currently one of the main fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces. For the first time, a prototype of this aircraft took off back in 2008, and in 2009 a contract was signed for the supply of aircraft to the Russian Air Force.

Currently, the Su-35 aircraft are in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Air Force of the People's Liberation Army of China. The maximum flight altitude of the fighter is 20 meters, that is, it is compared in this characteristic with one of the best fighters of the US Air Force F-000 "Raptor".


It should be noted that in the foreseeable future, the Russian Aerospace Forces should also receive the Su-57 aircraft, whose flight altitude will also be 20 meters. The Su-000 is considered by many military experts as an intermediate option between the Su-35 and Su-27.

MiG-31


In NATO, the MiG-31 was nicknamed "Foxhound". The MiG-31, a supersonic high-altitude all-weather long-range interceptor fighter, was developed back in Soviet times, becoming the first domestic fourth-generation aircraft.

The impressive characteristics of the MiG-31 forced the Soviet command to give the MiG-31 regiments as part of the country's air defense a special status of special forces. Aircraft could perform tasks that other fighters were unable to do.

So, the MiG-31, until recently, remains the only aircraft in the world with the ability to intercept low-flying cruise missiles. As for the flight altitude, the service ceiling is about 21,5 km. Dynamic - all 30 km. Thus, the Russian MiG-31s ​​are superior to both all other domestic fighters and similar aircraft of the American military aviation.
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  1. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 31 August 2020 20: 22 New
    16
    Another incomprehensible rating. Now the tallest tanks, now the deepest submarines, now high-altitude fighters ...
    Everything is correct - The one who hits higher is better and plays!
    1. Grazdanin
      Grazdanin 31 August 2020 20: 23 New
      36
      For Yandex Zen article. Why place on the main site is not clear.
      1. businessv
        businessv 31 August 2020 20: 37 New
        +4
        Quote: Grazdanin
        For Yandex Zen article. Why place on the main site is not clear.
        Come on, colleagues! They ran into a man. The editors like this non-binding article, which is why it was published here. Ilya, thanks, hello to the editor! smile
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    2. Revival
      Revival 31 August 2020 21: 45 New
      +3
      Article like yandex zen
  2. Turist1996
    Turist1996 31 August 2020 20: 39 New
    14
    Well, this is real for Yandex Zen - a short reference based on data from "Aunt Vicki" .. We take data on the static "ceiling" of the aircraft from Pedivikia and write a "fooled" little article from the category: "Do you know ?!"
    Ugh, damn it, e-mine !!!
    1. Revival
      Revival 31 August 2020 21: 46 New
      0
      Damn, did not see about Yandex))) also wrote hi
  3. Fizik M
    Fizik M 31 August 2020 20: 42 New
    15
    fool
    this is not an "article", an absolutely garbage opus from a "murzilochny" aFtor, just a discrediting resource
    angry
    1. Revival
      Revival 31 August 2020 21: 52 New
      +3
      Well, they wrote "Murzilka" sensibly.
      And "Young Naturalist" was generally a magazine, almost made me a botanist, but then the war and ...
      All..
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 31 August 2020 20: 46 New
    +4
    Still, the MiG 31 is a very specific machine for performing specific tasks.
  5. Thrifty
    Thrifty 31 August 2020 21: 02 New
    +2
    Ilya, will there be buggy ratings for the army? ?? And, electric vehicles for the military also compare. ... yes
    1. Cyril G ...
      Cyril G ... 31 August 2020 21: 06 New
      +6
      Quote: Thrifty
      will there be buggy ratings for the army?


      What about military bicycles?

      or

      Not well, but cho! wassat laughing good
      Since the ratings have already begun!
      1. Revival
        Revival 31 August 2020 21: 47 New
        +4
        Like, like recently, three deepest throats, ugh, sub
      2. zwlad
        zwlad 31 August 2020 22: 45 New
        -1
        The armor is not enough.
      3. Avior
        Avior 31 August 2020 23: 13 New
        +2
        21st century in the yard - military scooters drive!


        Bicycles and tanks are already outdated :))))
        1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
          Kote Pan Kokhanka 6 September 2020 18: 25 New
          +1
          But everything could be different!

          From the Museum of Verkhnyaya Pyshma !!!
  6. 7,62h54
    7,62h54 31 August 2020 21: 19 New
    +8
    The rating is clumsy. MiG25 climbed 37 thousand meters, and this record has not been broken so far.
    1. Revival
      Revival 31 August 2020 21: 50 New
      +4
      And the moment 25 is not a fighter, but an airplane!
      Here))))
    2. Bad_gr
      Bad_gr 31 August 2020 22: 27 New
      +2
      Quote: 7,62x54
      MiG25 climbed 37 thousand meters, and this record has not been broken so far.

      M-17 "Stratosphere" (NATO codification: Mystic-A) is a Soviet high-altitude jet subsonic aircraft for intercepting drifting balloons. Service ceiling: 21 m.
      In principle, although specific, but a fighter with a very good flight ceiling.
      1. dauria
        dauria 1 September 2020 00: 36 New
        -2
        M-17 "Stratosphere"

        Ty, much earlier there was a Yak-25RV. 20456 m with a load of 1000 kg. And 20174m with a load of 2000 kg. 1959 records. M-17 was created much later and turned out to be "unimportant" against the background of the old U-2., Frankly. And there are several built. And the Yak was built in a pretty decent series of 155 pieces
        .
        1. Bad_gr
          Bad_gr 1 September 2020 10: 05 New
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          Quote: dauria
          M-17 was created much later and turned out to be "unimportant" against the background of the old U-2

          Why was he "unimportant"?
          The ceiling of the M-17 was higher and he climbed to this height with his weapons, which he could well use.
          Unlike it, the U-2, in order to achieve its ceiling, was structurally lightened to the detriment of its strength characteristics. The landing gear legs (which served to prevent roll over to the side) were dropped during takeoff. The brakes are only on the main chassis, and that's just one rack. There was a case when, hitting indignant from an earlier passenger plane, U-2 simply fell apart in the air.
          After the plane crashed on the territory of the USSR, the aerodynamics of the plane was studied inside and out. Conclusions - designed for a flight altitude of 20 km. If it exceeded this height, it was not significantly.
          1. dauria
            dauria 1 September 2020 10: 14 New
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            Why was he "unimportant"?

            The fact that it was created 20 years later turned out to be practically the same. And the ceiling - this is how the Yak-25RV modification was proposed with a radical modification of the engines and a ceiling of 24 km. We decided that it was not worth doing nonsense. As a scout from the rocket, he will not leave, but to shoot down the balls with a gun, so the balls rise 30 km.
            And the M-17 was built for another. In the late 70s, the United States in Europe came up with a tactical novelty - three U-2 (TR-1) aircraft with side-looking radar were spinning in their tactical depth and saw the front line day and night. Ours decided to do something similar. Then NATO and we spat on the idea.
            1. Bad_gr
              Bad_gr 1 September 2020 10: 25 New
              +1
              Quote: Bad_gr
              Why was he "unimportant"?

              Quote: dauria
              The fact that it was created 20 years later turned out to be practically the same.

              Strong answer. Have you read the above?
              Quote: dauria
              And the ceiling - so the proposed modification of the Yak-25RV with a radical modification of the engines and a ceiling of 24 km.

              If it was so good, then why was it to create (and spend money and resources on it) the M-17 aircraft?
              Quote: dauria
              and knocking down the balls with a cannon - so the balls rise 30 km.

              Satellites began to perform the tasks that spy balls were performing, so the M-17 was not in demand, and not because it was something bad.
              1. dauria
                dauria 1 September 2020 10: 33 New
                0
                Satellites began to perform the tasks that the spy balls performed, so the M-17 was not in demand.


                laughing M-17 against balls? It was created as a front intelligence platform. Analogue of NATO U-2 with side-looking radar. Fly at home along the front at a depth beyond the reach of front-line air defense and look behind the front line at tactical depth. 3 planes in single file in a circle. Constant monitoring day and night. Yes, I was late with the birth.
                1. Bad_gr
                  Bad_gr 1 September 2020 10: 37 New
                  0
                  Quote: dauria
                  laughing M-17 versus balls? It was created as a front intelligence platform. Analogue of NATO U-2 with side-looking radar.

                  "..... In 1967, a decree of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the Council of Ministers of the USSR was issued, which V.M. Myasishchev was instructed to carry out research work on" The selection of technical directions for the creation of an aviation complex for intercepting and destroying automatic drifting vehicles. " the most effective and rational solution was the creation of a high-altitude subsonic fighter aircraft ADA with small arms and cannon armament. [1] The development of the aircraft began in 1970 with work on "topic 34" ...... "
                  This M-55 "Geofizika" was created as a scout.
  7. RUnnm
    RUnnm 31 August 2020 21: 27 New
    +2
    No, to support the author !!!! Some critics! You have to start somewhere! All right, in the form of advice, recommendations, all this was drawn up. I just want to say - try it yourself ...
    And, yes, I say in advance, I am indifferent to the "cons" hi
    1. Revival
      Revival 31 August 2020 21: 48 New
      +2
      Well + you then, to unbalance))
      1. RUnnm
        RUnnm 31 August 2020 21: 52 New
        +1
        )))) witty laughing
        1. Revival
          Revival 31 August 2020 21: 57 New
          -1
          Well, what else remains for an ordinary lawyer, every day faced with the formalism of the judicial system, only humor is like that, at the moment ...
    2. vVvAD
      vVvAD 31 August 2020 23: 24 New
      0
      Advice and recommendation: consider aircraft of the same generation, purpose and class.
      F-22 - 5th generation, fighter-interceptor, heavy fighter.
      Su-35 4 ++ generation, multipurpose, heavy fighter.
      MiG-35, 3-4 generation, (aerodynamics 3, avionics 4), interceptor. There is nothing special to compare with.
      AND SO EVERYTHING IS NORM am
      1. ioan-e
        ioan-e 31 August 2020 23: 38 New
        +1
        I agree, it's like comparing an iron with a toaster - both are heated. It's the same here - all these are planes, only completely different.
      2. Alexey Sommer
        Alexey Sommer 1 September 2020 08: 21 New
        +1
        Quote: vVvAD
        MiG-35, 3-4 generation

        instant 35 and what? and it is not 3-4, but specifically 4 ++
        1. Maximilian37
          Maximilian37 1 September 2020 09: 41 New
          0
          Quote: Alexey Sommer
          Quote: vVvAD
          MiG-35, 3-4 generation

          instant 35 and what? and it is not 3-4, but specifically 4 ++


          Are you a reader or writer? "vVvAD" writes in the text of the article, he just typed 1 instead of 5
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    3. Fizik M
      Fizik M 1 September 2020 10: 31 New
      +1
      Quote: RUnnm
      No, to support the author !!!! Some critics! You have to start somewhere!

      Ilyusha is here the author -> the author -> the author is very prolific. It's just a pity that the "level" of his opuses "is somewhere in the area of ​​the baseboard."
      And the boy is stupid laziness it's even ok to google the topics he tries to write about.
      Quote: RUnnm
      I just want to say - try it yourself ...

      https://topwar.ru/user/Fizik+M/
      There is not a single hack article. "For some reason."
      Probably because that stream of ACHINEA which Ilyusha Polonsky drives wassat a normal person would even say ashamed
  8. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 31 August 2020 22: 05 New
    +2
    My rating 1st place Mig 25.2 place Mig 31, 3rd place is not awarded due to the lack of applicants for altitude. hi
  9. vm68dm
    vm68dm 31 August 2020 22: 06 New
    +3
    Absolute altitude record - 37 m (pilot A.V. Fedotov) On August 650, 31, almost 1977 years ago, the MiG-40 set an absolute altitude record for aircraft with a jet engine !!!
  10. RUnnm
    RUnnm 31 August 2020 22: 08 New
    0
    Quote: Revival
    facing the formalism of the judicial system

    At such a pace you will demand that the courts observe the priority of the spirit of the law over the letter, as required by the Supreme Court)))
    Each area is full of its own idiocy)))
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  12. Andrey VOV
    Andrey VOV 31 August 2020 23: 02 New
    +1
    well, like such a recent pseudo essay about submarines .. who is deeper .... well, kindergarten, by God ... and the straps ... admins .. well, how long can you publish this kind of material ... well, not solid, to put it mildly
  13. Aleks2000
    Aleks2000 31 August 2020 23: 51 New
    +1
    Chapters from Vikepidia?

    No, to condemn Navalny, poisoned at the wrong time, they say.
    Or Belarus. They say that the high-patriotic ankle boots that have sold their ribs to the State Department hurt.
  14. Sergey Valov
    Sergey Valov 31 August 2020 23: 54 New
    +3
    “One of the most important and defining characteristics of fighters is their altitude. The higher this indicator a fighter has, the less its reach for enemy air defense systems” is an amazing phrase. Why should the air defense forces be interested in an enemy fighter? What can this fighter do to you? A fighter is a defensive weapon and requires bombers to attack. The scouts are also dangerous, but not fighters. Since fighters learned how to work as missiles in the upper hemisphere, it became not at all necessary to climb higher than the enemy. Altitude is a good thing, but very specific - it's easier to spot you there, it's more difficult to maneuver, aerodynamic requirements change, the engine is harder to work, you become an excellent target, in the event of an accident the pilot's chances of escape are sharply reduced, the requirements for systems increase dramatically ...
    A little about the records - they are set on specially prepared machines by very experienced pilots. A combat pilot, like an aircraft from the linear part, is not capable of such a thing. Paper will endure any performance characteristics, but it is almost impossible to reach the maximum readings in real life.
  15. Mylenef
    Mylenef 1 September 2020 05: 58 New
    -1
    That's what this fashion is, TOP with or without
    Why not say the best?
    Everyone is stomping somewhere
  16. U-58
    U-58 1 September 2020 07: 08 New
    +1
    Something the MiG-25 missed ...
    And he is the tallest, surpassing his 31st son ..
    I don't even remember exactly where Fedotov climbed on it. Either 35000, or 38000. But ... only a few testers of Fedotov's level could have done it. At such an altitude, the plane is fucking safe from a stall ..
  17. Sergey Medvedev
    Sergey Medvedev 1 September 2020 07: 28 New
    +2
    Why did they attack the author?
    Better to read the totally crazy ratings from National interest or Sohu?
    This is our answer to Chamberlain! soldier
    And by the way, none of the members of the forum denied that the MiG-31 is the highest-altitude fighter in the world from the existing ones.
    We are waiting for new ratings. The main thing is that they are objective.
    1. Fizik M
      Fizik M 1 September 2020 10: 33 New
      0
      Quote: Sergey Medvedev
      Better to read the totally crazy ratings from National interest or Sohu?

      Why be like those garbage dumps?
      Quote: Sergey Medvedev
      This is our answer to Chamberlain!

      this is not an "answer" but a "bunch in a puddle"
      little kids in the kindergarten
      1. Sergey Medvedev
        Sergey Medvedev 1 September 2020 10: 38 New
        0
        Well, write the article yourself, more detailed and not childish.
        1. Fizik M
          Fizik M 1 September 2020 11: 28 New
          0
          Quote: Sergey Medvedev
          Well, write the article yourself,

          https://topwar.ru/user/Fizik+M/
          https://topwar.ru/174451-protivominnaja-tridcatchetverka-podvodnyj-apparat-rar-104-uroki-i-vyvody.html
          1. Sergey Medvedev
            Sergey Medvedev 1 September 2020 12: 17 New
            0
            I haven't seen a single article on the Air Force.
            1. Fizik M
              Fizik M 1 September 2020 13: 59 New
              +1
              Quote: Sergey Medvedev
              I haven't seen a single article on the Air Force.

              and this opus - "on the topic of the Air Force"? belay no, of course - "sucking a dirty finger"
              and as for my aviation:
              https://www.vpk-news.ru/articles/55595
              https://nvo.ng.ru/realty/2018-12-06/6_1025_sky.html
              http://www.airforce.ru/history/naval/index.htm
              Well
              Was there an effective solution to this problem? Yes, it consisted in the creation of a "long-range missile arm" - long-range anti-ship missiles for arming ships, submarines and naval missile-carrying aviation (MRA). At the same time, most of the anti-ship missiles were placed on aircraft carriers, capable of making an inter-theater maneuver in the shortest possible time.
              The main problem of the Navy was not “the absence of an aircraft carrier”, but the need to “aviationize the Navy” - to endow the command with the ability to “think, see the situation like an aircraft” and ensure close fire and information interaction between ships, submarines and aviation. In many issues, naval aviation “rode” from the fleet in an “unfastened carriage”, which is actually a “special case” of the Navy's control problems. I will give just one example here.
              One of the "pillars of anti-aircraft tactics" was the formation of a single strike with the binding of the actions of the forces to a single time "H" (the time of the approach of the anti-aircraft missile system to the target). At the same time, a real joint strike of NK, submarine and MPA with reference to the "Ch" was impossible for a fundamental reason - the anti-ship missiles that were on the NK and submarines had a target lock on the trajectory, and the anti-ship missiles MPA - on the aircraft suspension (that is, the real time of launching the anti-ship missile MRA was determined by the noise-signal environment). This circumstance not only did not deny the need for close interaction between the NK and submarines of the Navy with the MRA, but also directly demanded this. But on the basis of principles other than the link to "H".
              Of course, MPA and NK and PL had their own advantages and disadvantages, which largely overlapped each other. Thus, it was necessary to ensure interaction between them - "informational" and "tactical". Alas, this was not realized by all "natives of the ships", who sometimes demanded from the pilots what they obviously could not give.

              https://nvo.ng.ru/armament/2015-01-16/1_myths.html
              1. Sergey Medvedev
                Sergey Medvedev 1 September 2020 15: 03 New
                0
                Quote: Fizik M
                and this opus - "on the topic of the Air Force"?

                Well, write your opus on this topic, arrange a scientific discussion, everyone will be interested and informative.
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  19. Outsider
    Outsider 1 September 2020 11: 49 New
    -4
    - "Blame" F-22 "for low maneuverability" - Ilya Polonsky does not understand anything at all about the subject for which he undertakes. The F-22 is the third most maneuverable aircraft in the world, with only Eurofighter and Rafal among them ...
  20. Old26
    Old26 1 September 2020 13: 10 New
    +2
    Quote: 7,62x54
    The rating is clumsy. MiG25 climbed 37 thousand meters, and this record has not been broken so far.

    Ratings are like that. The author would have introduced at least temporary restrictions. And so anything can be "stuffed" into such a rating.
    MIG-25 in the version of a combat aircraft did not rise to an altitude of 37 km. It was a record car, created on its basis, as lightweight as possible and designed specifically for a record flight.

    In addition, the author's phrase
    So, the MiG-31, until recently, remains the only aircraft in the world with the ability to intercept low-flying cruise missiles.
    it is not clear what he is talking about. other fighters are not capable of intercepting low-flying cruise missiles? Exclusively only MIG-31?
  21. iouris
    iouris 1 September 2020 19: 33 New
    -1
    Before the war, according to all ratings, Soviet aircraft were the best (in the USSR).
  22. Pavel57
    Pavel57 1 September 2020 22: 56 New
    0
    MiG-31 interceptor, maneuverable combat is not his.
  23. Pavel57
    Pavel57 1 September 2020 22: 57 New
    0
    Quote: iouris
    Before the war, according to all ratings, Soviet aircraft were the best (in the USSR).

    Where does this infa come from?
  24. Yuri11076
    Yuri11076 2 September 2020 15: 54 New
    0
    Illiterate, this information on the Internet is in a couple of clicks. Why shove this lack here is unclear ...
  25. Lesnov
    Lesnov 9 September 2020 20: 01 New
    0
    after THIS I stop subscribing to the channel. GOODBYE