In the West, the popularity of various models of combat aviation technology based on the calculation of its number in the armed forces of the countries of the world.
As part of the new World Air Forces 2021 rating, four Russian aircraft were included in the top ten most common aircraft. Thus, the second position was taken by the Su-27/30 models: 1057 Flankers are in service, which is 7% of the world fleet of fighter aircraft. They are second only to the F-16, which has a fleet of 2267 aircraft, or 15%. And this despite the fact that the American "Battle Falcon" belongs to the category of light fighters, in contrast to the heavy "Sushka".
At the same time, just four years ago, the second place was occupied by the American F / A-18 Hornet fighter-bomber, which was ousted to the fourth line of the rating. It is now followed by the MiG-29, the world fleet of which is 817 units or 6%. The sixth position was taken by the Eurofighter Typhoon with 514 aircraft or 3%. The seventh place is taken by the Su-25 attack aircraft - 470 units around the world. Finally, the front-line bomber Su-24 was placed on the tenth line - 389 aircraft.
In the ranking of military helicopters, the second place is occupied by the Mi-8/17 with 2906 units, which is 14% of the fleet (it is preceded by the American UH-60 Black Hawk with 3929 aircraft, or 19% of the world fleet). The Mi-24/35 ranks fifth with 962 units or 5%.