United Stated of America Airforce-Weapons and Technology

1] As of 2009 the USAF operates 5,573 manned aircraft in service (3,990 USAF; 1,213 Air National Guard; and 370 Air Force Reserve); approximately 180 unmanned combat air vehicles, 2,130 air-launched cruise missiles, and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. With this huge number of aircraft with only airforce and with constant research in future planes definitly makes it number 1 airforce in the world but not only number one this gives it to caputure no 2 and 3 also. But as we are considering top 10 so we just place it at 1 only. US is having one of the best weapon companies like boeing , lockheed which have equiped it with F-22 , F-18 , F-16 fighter planes and lot of unmanned planes. Everyday new research is going on new future technology and future of US airforce looks bright but with still new economies are booming in asia and new research is fuming up to develope next generation planes. May be within 20-30 years there could be possibilty of change in shift from west to east. (10/10)

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2] The US Air Force has over 5,778 aircraft commissioned as of 2004.[citation needed] Until 1962, the Army and Air Force maintained one system of aircraft naming, while the U.S. Navy maintained a separate system. In 1962, these were unified into a single system heavily reflecting the Army/Air Force method. For more complete information on the workings of this system, refer to United States Department of Defense aerospace vehicle designation. The various aircraft of the Air Force include:
A - Ground attack
A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft.

The ground-attack aircraft of the USAF are designed to attack targets on the ground and are often deployed as close air support for, and in proximity to, U.S. ground forces. The proximity to friendly forces require precision strikes from these aircraft that are not possible with bomber aircraft listed below. They are typically deployed as close air support to ground forces, their role is tactical rather than strategic, operating at the front of the battle rather than against targets deeper in the enemy's rear.

* A-10A/C Thunderbolt II
* AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II

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B - Bombers
B-2 Spirit stealth strategic bomber.
B-1 Lancer supersonic strategic bomber.

In the US Air Force, the distinction between bombers, fighter-bombers, and attack aircraft has become blurred. Many attack aircraft, even ones that look like fighters, are optimized to drop bombs, with very little ability to engage in aerial combat. Many fighter aircraft, such as the F-16, are often used as 'bomb trucks,' despite being designed for aerial combat. Perhaps the one meaningful distinction at present is the question of range: a bomber is generally a long-range aircraft capable of striking targets deep within enemy territory, whereas fighter bombers and attack aircraft are limited to 'theater' missions in and around the immediate area of battlefield combat. Even that distinction is muddied by the availability of aerial refueling, which greatly increases the potential radius of combat operations. The US is the only country, besides Russia, that operates strategic bombers.

The majority of the USAF's dedicated bombers are rapidly aging. The B-52 Stratofortress airframe is over 50 years old, and are scheduled to remain in service for another 30 years, which would keep the airframe in service for over 90 years, an unprecedented length of service for any aircraft. Plans for successors to the current strategic bomber force remain only paper projects, and political and funding pressures suggest that they are likely to remain paper-bound for the foreseeable future.

* B-1B Lancer
* B-2A Spirit
* B-52H Stratofortress



C - Cargo transport
C-17 Globemaster III, the USAF's newest and most versatile transport plane.
C-5 Galaxy heavy airlift.
V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

The Air Force can provide rapid global mobility, which lies at the heart of U.S. strategy in this environment?without the capability to project forces, there is no conventional deterrent. As U.S. forces stationed overseas continue to decline, global interests remain, making the unique mobility capabilities of the USAF even more in demand. Air mobility is a national asset of growing importance for responding to emergencies and protecting American interests around the globe.

Cargo and transport aircraft are typically used to deliver troops, weapons and other military equipment by a variety of methods to any area of military operations around the world, usually outside of the commercial flight routes in uncontrolled airspace. The workhorses of the USAF Air Mobility Command are the C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III, and C-5 Galaxy. These aircraft are largely defined in terms of their range capability as strategic airlift (C-5), strategic/tactical (C-17), and tactical (C-130) airlift to reflect the needs of the land forces they most often support. The CV-22 is used by the Air Force for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). It conducts long-range, special operations missions, and is equipped with extra fuel tanks and terrain-following radar.

* C-5A/B/C/M Galaxy
* C-12C/D/F Huron
* C-17A Globemaster III
* C-20A/B/C Gulfstream III
* C-20G/H Gulfstream IV
* C-21A Learjet
* C-27J Spartan
* C-37A/B Gulfstream V
* C-38A Courier
* C-40B Clipper
* C-41A Aviocar
* C-47T Skytrain (6th Special Operations Squadron)[42]
* C-130E/H Hercules
* C-130J Super Hercules
* CV-22B Osprey



E - Special electronic missions
E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system.

The purpose of electronic warfare is to deny the opponent an advantage in the EMS and ensure friendly, unimpeded access to the EM spectrum portion of the information environment. Electronic warfare aircraft are used to keep airspaces friendly, and send critical information to anyone who needs it. They are often called "The Eye in the Sky."

* E-3B/C Sentry
* E-4B
* E-8C JSTARS
* E-9A
* EC-130H/J Compass Call/Commando Solo

F - Fighters
F-22 Raptor stealth air superiority fighter.
F-15 Strike Eagle strike fighter.

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The fighter aircraft of the USAF are small, fast, and maneuverable military aircraft primarily used for air-to-air combat. Many of these fighters have secondary ground-attack capabilities, and some are dual-roled as fighter-bombers (e.g., the F-16 Fighting Falcon); the term "fighter" is also sometimes used colloquially for dedicated ground-attack aircraft. Other missions include interception of bombers and other fighters, reconnaissance, and patrol. Out of the 5,778 manned aircraft in service, 2,402 are fighters, and 1,245 of those are variants of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

From 2006 to 2025, the USAF plans to reduce its inventory of tactical aircraft by 28%.[43]

* F-15C/D Eagle
* F-15E Strike Eagle
* F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
* F-22A Raptor

H - Search and rescue

These craft are used for search and rescue on land.

* HC-130P/N Hercules
* HH-60G/MH-60G Pave Hawk

K - Tanker
KC-10 Extender tri-jet air-to-air tanker.

The USAF's aerial refueling aircraft are derivatives of civilian jets. Usually, the aircraft providing the fuel is specially designed for the task, although refueling pods can be fitted to existing aircraft designs if the "probe and drogue" system is to be used. There is no known regular civilian in-flight refueling activity. In large-scale operations (and even daily air operations), air-to-air refueling is extensively used; fighters, bombers, and cargo aircraft rely heavily on the lesser-known "tanker" aircraft. This makes these aircraft an essential part of the Air Force's global mobility and the U.S. force projection.

* KC-10A Extender
* KC-135E/R/T Stratotanker

L - Laser-equipped
Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser.

Airborne Laser (ABL) weapons system with a megawatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) mounted inside a modified Boeing 747-400F. It is primarily designed as a missile defense system to destroy tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs) in boost phase.

* YAL-1

M - Multi-mission

Specialized multi-mission aircraft provide support for global special operations missions. These aircraft conduct infiltration, exfiltration, resupply, and refueling for SOF teams from improvised or otherwise short runways.

* MC-130E/H/P/W Combat Talon I/Combat Talon II/Combat Shadow/Combat Spear

Multi-mission UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle.

Initial generations of UAVs were primarily surveillance aircraft, but some were fitted with weaponry (such as the MQ-1 Predator, which used AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles). An armed UAV is known as an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).

* MQ-1 Predator
* MQ-9 Reaper

O - Observation

These aircraft are modified to observe (through visual or other means) and report tactical information concerning composition and disposition of forces.

* OC-135B Open Skies

R - Reconnaissance
RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance aircraft.
Lockheed U-2 spy plane.

The reconnaissance aircraft of the USAF are used for monitoring enemy activity, originally carrying no armament. Several unmanned remotely-controlled reconnaissance aircraft (UAVs) have been developed and deployed. Recently, the UAVs have been seen to offer the possibility of cheaper, more capable fighting machines that can be used without risk to aircrews.

Note: Although the U-2 is designated as a 'utility' aircraft, it is indeed a reconnaissance platform.

* RC-26B
* RC-135S/U/V/W Combat Ball/Combat Sent/Combat Sent/Rivet Joint
* RQ-4A Global Hawk
* RQ-11 Raven
* RQ-170 Sentinel
* U-2R/S "Dragon Lady"

T - Trainer

The Air Force's trainer aircraft are used to train pilots, navigators, and other aircrew in their duties.

* T-1A Jayhawk
* T-6A Texan II
* (A)T-38A/B/C Talon
* T-43A
* TG-10B/C/D
* TG-15A/TG-15B
* Diamond T-52A

U - Utility

Utility aircraft are used basically for what they are needed for at the time. For example, a Huey may be used to transport personnel around a large base or launch site, while it can also be used for evacuation. These aircraft are all around use aircraft.

* U-28A
* UH-1N Iroquois
* UV-18A/B Twin Otter

V - VIP staff transport
VC-25A (Air Force One).

These aircraft are used for the transportation of Very Important Persons. Notable people include the President, Vice President, secretaries, government officials (e.g., senators and representatives), the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other key personel.

* VC-9C
* VC-25A (one used as Air Force One)
* C-32A/B (sometimes used as Air Force Two)
* C-40B/C

W - Weather reconnaissance

These aircraft are used to study meteorological events such as hurricanes and typhoons.

* WC-130J Super Hercules
* WC-135C/W Constant Phoenix

Undesignated foreign aircraft used by Special Operations Squadrons

* An-26 Curl (6th Special Operations Squadron)
* CN-235-100[44] (427th Special Operations Squadron)
* Mi-8 (6th Special Operations Squadron)

Ref : wiki (10/10)

3] USAF uses best

Air- Air(ex- The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM (pronounced am-ram), is a modern Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile (AAM) capable of all weather day and night performance. Designed with the same form-factor as the previous generation of semi-active guided Sparrow missiles, it is a fire-and-forget missile with active guidance. It is also commonly known as the Slammer in USAF service.)(9/10),



Air-Ground ( For example, there was an air-launched version of the Tomahawk missile, although this has been superseded by the AGM-86 ALCM. Other missiles used in both roles include the Penguin anti-ship missile and AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile. Many air-to-surface missiles can be used against both ships and land targets, although some of them have to be modified to perform both roles effectively. For example, the Standoff Land Attack Missile is a land-attack version of the Harpoon.)(9/10) ,

Ground-Air missiles ( FIM-43 Redeye, FIM-92 Stinger , MIM-104 Patriot )(7/10) - United States(8/10)

4] Training of Pilots (10/10)

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5] Future fighter for USAF is seen in F-35 which is still under construction and will replace all its fleet. F-35 is 5 th generation fighter with vertical landing / take off plateform. With new UAV`s coming everyday , it seems that with F-35 , F-22 and UAV`s USAF will enter in future but as other contries are also working on these plateform like russia , china and India which are competitors of US and future war will be fought with these countries if possible.



With russian t-50 , Sukhoi and MIG catching up fast , chinese spending in research and reverse engineering it wont be hard to catch USAF in 20-30 years of span. Latest simulation done by USAF in hawai for F-35 , SU-37 outperformed F-35 in lot of aspects. T-50 have started gearing so this will be tough decision to invest more in new research.

F-22 line is closed and F-35 program still under development , but UAV`s getting pace can out perform USAF in future but with big debt and huge spending , 6 th generation manned plane looks absolute at this time.
(7/10)

6] USAF have participated in lots of war from Vietnam to Afghanistan and thus proved that its present weapon is able to crush small or medium sized nation without any lose. Have seen in Iraq , Yugoslavia , Afghanistan. These countries were though ill equipped with old Russian weapons and were no match with modern US missiles but still one old Russian SAM was able to take down F-111 plane in Yugoslavia. If USAF goes on war with any country at present then there is no doubt that it will defeat it without much trouble but will suffer loose with Russian SAM or in Dog fight with Sukhoi`s. (9/10)

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United Stated of America Airforce-Weapons and Technology

1] As of 2009 the USAF operates 5,573 manned aircraft in service (3,990 USAF; 1,213 Air National Guard; and 370 Air Force Reserve); approximately 180 unmanned combat air vehicles, 2,130 air-launched cruise missiles, and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. With this huge number of aircraft with only airforce and with constant research in future planes definitly makes it number 1 airforce in the world but not only number one this gives it to caputure no 2 and 3 also. But as we are considering top 10 so we just place it at 1 only. US is having one of the best weapon companies like boeing , lockheed which have equiped it with F-22 , F-18 , F-16 fighter planes and lot of unmanned planes. Everyday new research is going on new future technology and future of US airforce looks bright but with still new economies are booming in asia and new research is fuming up to develope next generation planes. May be within 20-30 years there could be possibilty of change in shift from west to east. (10/10)

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2] The US Air Force has over 5,778 aircraft commissioned as of 2004.[citation needed] Until 1962, the Army and Air Force maintained one system of aircraft naming, while the U.S. Navy maintained a separate system. In 1962, these were unified into a single system heavily reflecting the Army/Air Force method. For more complete information on the workings of this system, refer to United States Department of Defense aerospace vehicle designation. The various aircraft of the Air Force include:
A - Ground attack
A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft.

The ground-attack aircraft of the USAF are designed to attack targets on the ground and are often deployed as close air support for, and in proximity to, U.S. ground forces. The proximity to friendly forces require precision strikes from these aircraft that are not possible with bomber aircraft listed below. They are typically deployed as close air support to ground forces, their role is tactical rather than strategic, operating at the front of the battle rather than against targets deeper in the enemy's rear.

* A-10A/C Thunderbolt II
* AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II

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B - Bombers
B-2 Spirit stealth strategic bomber.
B-1 Lancer supersonic strategic bomber.

In the US Air Force, the distinction between bombers, fighter-bombers, and attack aircraft has become blurred. Many attack aircraft, even ones that look like fighters, are optimized to drop bombs, with very little ability to engage in aerial combat. Many fighter aircraft, such as the F-16, are often used as 'bomb trucks,' despite being designed for aerial combat. Perhaps the one meaningful distinction at present is the question of range: a bomber is generally a long-range aircraft capable of striking targets deep within enemy territory, whereas fighter bombers and attack aircraft are limited to 'theater' missions in and around the immediate area of battlefield combat. Even that distinction is muddied by the availability of aerial refueling, which greatly increases the potential radius of combat operations. The US is the only country, besides Russia, that operates strategic bombers.

The majority of the USAF's dedicated bombers are rapidly aging. The B-52 Stratofortress airframe is over 50 years old, and are scheduled to remain in service for another 30 years, which would keep the airframe in service for over 90 years, an unprecedented length of service for any aircraft. Plans for successors to the current strategic bomber force remain only paper projects, and political and funding pressures suggest that they are likely to remain paper-bound for the foreseeable future.

* B-1B Lancer
* B-2A Spirit
* B-52H Stratofortress



C - Cargo transport
C-17 Globemaster III, the USAF's newest and most versatile transport plane.
C-5 Galaxy heavy airlift.
V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

The Air Force can provide rapid global mobility, which lies at the heart of U.S. strategy in this environment?without the capability to project forces, there is no conventional deterrent. As U.S. forces stationed overseas continue to decline, global interests remain, making the unique mobility capabilities of the USAF even more in demand. Air mobility is a national asset of growing importance for responding to emergencies and protecting American interests around the globe.

Cargo and transport aircraft are typically used to deliver troops, weapons and other military equipment by a variety of methods to any area of military operations around the world, usually outside of the commercial flight routes in uncontrolled airspace. The workhorses of the USAF Air Mobility Command are the C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III, and C-5 Galaxy. These aircraft are largely defined in terms of their range capability as strategic airlift (C-5), strategic/tactical (C-17), and tactical (C-130) airlift to reflect the needs of the land forces they most often support. The CV-22 is used by the Air Force for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). It conducts long-range, special operations missions, and is equipped with extra fuel tanks and terrain-following radar.

* C-5A/B/C/M Galaxy
* C-12C/D/F Huron
* C-17A Globemaster III
* C-20A/B/C Gulfstream III
* C-20G/H Gulfstream IV
* C-21A Learjet
* C-27J Spartan
* C-37A/B Gulfstream V
* C-38A Courier
* C-40B Clipper
* C-41A Aviocar
* C-47T Skytrain (6th Special Operations Squadron)[42]
* C-130E/H Hercules
* C-130J Super Hercules
* CV-22B Osprey



E - Special electronic missions
E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system.

The purpose of electronic warfare is to deny the opponent an advantage in the EMS and ensure friendly, unimpeded access to the EM spectrum portion of the information environment. Electronic warfare aircraft are used to keep airspaces friendly, and send critical information to anyone who needs it. They are often called "The Eye in the Sky."

* E-3B/C Sentry
* E-4B
* E-8C JSTARS
* E-9A
* EC-130H/J Compass Call/Commando Solo

F - Fighters
F-22 Raptor stealth air superiority fighter.
F-15 Strike Eagle strike fighter.

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The fighter aircraft of the USAF are small, fast, and maneuverable military aircraft primarily used for air-to-air combat. Many of these fighters have secondary ground-attack capabilities, and some are dual-roled as fighter-bombers (e.g., the F-16 Fighting Falcon); the term "fighter" is also sometimes used colloquially for dedicated ground-attack aircraft. Other missions include interception of bombers and other fighters, reconnaissance, and patrol. Out of the 5,778 manned aircraft in service, 2,402 are fighters, and 1,245 of those are variants of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

From 2006 to 2025, the USAF plans to reduce its inventory of tactical aircraft by 28%.[43]

* F-15C/D Eagle
* F-15E Strike Eagle
* F-16C/D Fighting Falcon
* F-22A Raptor

H - Search and rescue

These craft are used for search and rescue on land.

* HC-130P/N Hercules
* HH-60G/MH-60G Pave Hawk

K - Tanker
KC-10 Extender tri-jet air-to-air tanker.

The USAF's aerial refueling aircraft are derivatives of civilian jets. Usually, the aircraft providing the fuel is specially designed for the task, although refueling pods can be fitted to existing aircraft designs if the "probe and drogue" system is to be used. There is no known regular civilian in-flight refueling activity. In large-scale operations (and even daily air operations), air-to-air refueling is extensively used; fighters, bombers, and cargo aircraft rely heavily on the lesser-known "tanker" aircraft. This makes these aircraft an essential part of the Air Force's global mobility and the U.S. force projection.

* KC-10A Extender
* KC-135E/R/T Stratotanker

L - Laser-equipped
Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser.

Airborne Laser (ABL) weapons system with a megawatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) mounted inside a modified Boeing 747-400F. It is primarily designed as a missile defense system to destroy tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs) in boost phase.

* YAL-1

M - Multi-mission

Specialized multi-mission aircraft provide support for global special operations missions. These aircraft conduct infiltration, exfiltration, resupply, and refueling for SOF teams from improvised or otherwise short runways.

* MC-130E/H/P/W Combat Talon I/Combat Talon II/Combat Shadow/Combat Spear

Multi-mission UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle.

Initial generations of UAVs were primarily surveillance aircraft, but some were fitted with weaponry (such as the MQ-1 Predator, which used AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground missiles). An armed UAV is known as an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).

* MQ-1 Predator
* MQ-9 Reaper

O - Observation

These aircraft are modified to observe (through visual or other means) and report tactical information concerning composition and disposition of forces.

* OC-135B Open Skies

R - Reconnaissance
RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle reconnaissance aircraft.
Lockheed U-2 spy plane.

The reconnaissance aircraft of the USAF are used for monitoring enemy activity, originally carrying no armament. Several unmanned remotely-controlled reconnaissance aircraft (UAVs) have been developed and deployed. Recently, the UAVs have been seen to offer the possibility of cheaper, more capable fighting machines that can be used without risk to aircrews.

Note: Although the U-2 is designated as a 'utility' aircraft, it is indeed a reconnaissance platform.

* RC-26B
* RC-135S/U/V/W Combat Ball/Combat Sent/Combat Sent/Rivet Joint
* RQ-4A Global Hawk
* RQ-11 Raven
* RQ-170 Sentinel
* U-2R/S "Dragon Lady"

T - Trainer

The Air Force's trainer aircraft are used to train pilots, navigators, and other aircrew in their duties.

* T-1A Jayhawk
* T-6A Texan II
* (A)T-38A/B/C Talon
* T-43A
* TG-10B/C/D
* TG-15A/TG-15B
* Diamond T-52A

U - Utility

Utility aircraft are used basically for what they are needed for at the time. For example, a Huey may be used to transport personnel around a large base or launch site, while it can also be used for evacuation. These aircraft are all around use aircraft.

* U-28A
* UH-1N Iroquois
* UV-18A/B Twin Otter

V - VIP staff transport
VC-25A (Air Force One).

These aircraft are used for the transportation of Very Important Persons. Notable people include the President, Vice President, secretaries, government officials (e.g., senators and representatives), the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other key personel.

* VC-9C
* VC-25A (one used as Air Force One)
* C-32A/B (sometimes used as Air Force Two)
* C-40B/C

W - Weather reconnaissance

These aircraft are used to study meteorological events such as hurricanes and typhoons.

* WC-130J Super Hercules
* WC-135C/W Constant Phoenix

Undesignated foreign aircraft used by Special Operations Squadrons

* An-26 Curl (6th Special Operations Squadron)
* CN-235-100[44] (427th Special Operations Squadron)
* Mi-8 (6th Special Operations Squadron)

Ref : wiki (10/10)

3] USAF uses best

Air- Air(ex- The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM (pronounced am-ram), is a modern Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile (AAM) capable of all weather day and night performance. Designed with the same form-factor as the previous generation of semi-active guided Sparrow missiles, it is a fire-and-forget missile with active guidance. It is also commonly known as the Slammer in USAF service.)(9/10),



Air-Ground ( For example, there was an air-launched version of the Tomahawk missile, although this has been superseded by the AGM-86 ALCM. Other missiles used in both roles include the Penguin anti-ship missile and AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile. Many air-to-surface missiles can be used against both ships and land targets, although some of them have to be modified to perform both roles effectively. For example, the Standoff Land Attack Missile is a land-attack version of the Harpoon.)(9/10) ,

Ground-Air missiles ( FIM-43 Redeye, FIM-92 Stinger , MIM-104 Patriot )(7/10) - United States(8/10)

4] Training of Pilots (10/10)

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5] Future fighter for USAF is seen in F-35 which is still under construction and will replace all its fleet. F-35 is 5 th generation fighter with vertical landing / take off plateform. With new UAV`s coming everyday , it seems that with F-35 , F-22 and UAV`s USAF will enter in future but as other contries are also working on these plateform like russia , china and India which are competitors of US and future war will be fought with these countries if possible.



With russian t-50 , Sukhoi and MIG catching up fast , chinese spending in research and reverse engineering it wont be hard to catch USAF in 20-30 years of span. Latest simulation done by USAF in hawai for F-35 , SU-37 outperformed F-35 in lot of aspects. T-50 have started gearing so this will be tough decision to invest more in new research.

F-22 line is closed and F-35 program still under development , but UAV`s getting pace can out perform USAF in future but with big debt and huge spending , 6 th generation manned plane looks absolute at this time.
(7/10)

6] USAF have participated in lots of war from Vietnam to Afghanistan and thus proved that its present weapon is able to crush small or medium sized nation without any lose. Have seen in Iraq , Yugoslavia , Afghanistan. These countries were though ill equipped with old Russian weapons and were no match with modern US missiles but still one old Russian SAM was able to take down F-111 plane in Yugoslavia. If USAF goes on war with any country at present then there is no doubt that it will defeat it without much trouble but will suffer loose with Russian SAM or in Dog fight with Sukhoi`s. (9/10)

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