Fighter Programmes & Requirements Worldwide: 2016-17

Fighter Programmes & Requirements Worldwide: 2016-17

An estimated 4,000 fighters, valued at $260 billion are forecast to be procured over the next 15 years. Despite the rapid increase in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) numbers worldwide and future plans for Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs), the fighter market is still buoyant. Fighter programmes are planned to continue well into the 2020s in the US, Russia, China, India and Sweden, while Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey have plans to enter the fighter market with their own indigenous designs. The largest fighter programme is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, over 3,000 of which are currently planned for 12 countries.

Fighter requirements have been identified in 27 countries, while active fighter procurement programmes are also under way in 35 countries.

This report is intended to provide a surface-level overview of current  global fighter aircraft inventories  and to highlight key active  programmes either rumoured or in development...


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